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ExCeL London’s Abu Dhabi owners confirm NHS is using venue rent-free

Owners of ExCeL London, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC) Group, have issued a statement confirming the East London venue has been offered to the NHS rent-free. Chief Executive of ExCeL London, Jeremy Rees said that the initial agreement between the 100,000sqm venue and the UK National Health Service included a contribution to some of the fixed costs involved with keeping the large fac...

Copenhagen’s oxygen robot helping hospitals in the fight against Covid-19

Not our usual meetings news fare I grant you, but this tale of innovation success from Denmark provides a welcome uplift in these difficult times. And, let’s not forget, all good inventions inevitably spring from conferences and meetings. It is often in times of crisis that we see new and innovative ideas come to fruition. Copenhagen-based company, O2matic, has – in collaboration with one of...

Glasgow’s November COP26 postponed due to Covid-19

COP26, a major climate summit due to take place in Glasgow from 9 November 2020, has been postponed. The postponement was announced in a joint statement from the UK and the United Nations, following a virtual meeting of officials. The announcement comes after it was revealed that the Scottish Event Campus, where COP26 was to have taken place, will become a temporary hospital in order to take care ...

UK NHS adds Harrogate Convention Centre to Covid-19 hospital list

Harrogate Convention Centre in Yorkshire, England, is the latest major UK convention centre to be transformed into a National Health Service hospital for treating Covid-19 patients. The HCC has been transformed into the NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber. Paula Lorimer, Director of Harrogate Convention Centre, said: “As Covid-19 has spread around the world, the impact has been devas...

Monaco CVB partners waive cancellation fees for organisers struggling with Covid-19 effects

Most of the hotels and the main convention centre in The Principality of Monaco have waived cancellation fees and postponement deposits for event organisers struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak. Meetings professionals and the Principality’s convention bureau and partners say they have been working hard to mobilise and to propose new dates for their clients, while guaranteeing...

UK government department partners on Business Events recovery survey

A UK survey in partnership with the government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and leading industry association, Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), has been commissioned to understand post Covid-19 recovery planning for the UK events industry. The survey is designed to provide a snapshot of sentiment across the sector, with the results being shared with both DCMS...

UK Business Secretary tells banks to ease access to coronavirus loan scheme

The UK Secretary of State for Business Alok Sharma (pictured) has called on the country’s banks to ease access to funding for good businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. His intervention came amidst reports from some businesses in the UK that their banks were making it increasingly difficult for businesses to access the recently created Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme. Speaking fro...

Long read: UK government must publicly recognise events industry

The events industry has entered a holding pattern. Time seems to be moving at a rapid pace: what we thought may be the case two weeks ago seems as outdated as a 1987 episode of Tomorrow’s World. It seems we are all waiting for our daily updates on the latest figures of reported Covid-19 cases to see if the now infamous curve shows any sign of ‘flattening’. I’m terrified to even note where we are t...

UK venues follow ExCeL hospital lead in fight against Covid-19

The Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, The NEC Birmingham and Manchester Central are all British convention and exhibition centres that are set to begin operation as temporary hospitals within weeks following the lead already set by ExCeL London. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on 30 March that the SEC could be refitted as a new field hospital within two weeks. It would be run by the...

Copenhagen: Facing the virus and its challenges

Marie Dyhr, Manager Travel Trade & PR, Wonderful Copenhagen, offers an exclusive insight for CMW on how her city CVB is adapting and continuing to think long-term for the destination. Like a growing number of destinations, Copenhagen is currently trying to curb the Covid-19 outbreak and the mounting socio-economic impact brought on by the virus. Since the first Dane tested positive in late Feb...

Charity Film Awards to go ahead as virtual event

The Charity Film Awards, which celebrates the best films and videos made for charity, is going virtual in 2020 due to Covid-19.

MIPIM to miss 2020 after rearranged date proves ‘problematic’

Organisers of international property conference MIPIM have confirmed the event will not now be taking place on its rescheduled June date.