Europe

Sustainable Travel Finland label for Messukeskus centre

Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre has signed up to Visit Finland’s Sustainable Travel Finland programme. “It is great to join forces with Visit Finland and other companies in the programme to tell our international audience about responsible tourism and events,” says Messukeskus’s marketing and communications director, Maria Mroue. Responsibility is a megatrend and a decisive select...

Vienna Tourism Conference 2020 marks successful departure from virtual-only events

The Vienna Tourist Board has safely marked the departure from virtual-only events, having welcomed 200 guests in-person and over 1,000 virtually, to its hybrid event, Vienna Tourism Conference 2020 on 30 September. “The successful holding of the Vienna Tourism Conference 2020 in the Vienna Hofburg, represents an important signal for Vienna as a meeting location,” said Christian Woronka, head of th...

UK chancellor increases support measures

The UK chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced increased support measures for businesses impacted by being in Tiers 2 and 3 of the country’s current restriction levels during the coronavirus pandemic. Addressing the House of Commons, 22 October, chancellor Sunak confirmed changes to the Job Support Scheme, which replaces the furlough scheme on 1 November, as well as more favo...

Mash Media nominated for three UK awards

Mash Media has been nominated in three categories in the UK’s 2020 Professional Publisher Awards. In what has been a turbulent year for most, the events industry has been hit disproportionately hard and Mash Media has not shied away from standing up to Government and to advocate for the sector to national and regional press. Mash Media in a nominee for Independent Publishing Company of the Y...

HSMAI Europe Curate puts issues of discrimination and diversity centre stage at online conference

Hospitality, events and travel professionals across the UK and Europe have been invited to take part in two research projects ahead of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s HSMAI Europe Curate online conference, which will be taking place 3-4 November this year. The research focuses on both discrimination and diversity in the industry as well as the future of events...

Bvlgari Hotel London launches B.Business workation

Adding to its B. staycation and daycation series, Bvlgari Hotel London is to launch B.Business, an elevated workation that provides use of an expansive suite, the hotel’s pool and gym, and includes refreshments throughout the day and lunch. Designed for those who may no longer hold offices in London and day workers alike, B.Business offers guests the ability to work, meet, entertain and relax safe...

Kew Green sees the Light with new management partnership

International hotel management company Kew Green Hotels has announced a global partnership with Light Human Hotels, an international brand claiming to be ‘inspired by the millennial spirit’. Kew Green Hotels will provide hotel management services for the portfolio, with hotels launching from the end of 2021 in destinations including Paris, Miami, Toulon, Corsica, São Paulo, Vila Real, ...

Ireland moves to highest level of restrictions, with business counting the economic cost

The Republic of Ireland is to move into the highest level (5) of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks as the Dublin government battles to curtail the spread of Covid-19. Announcing the lockdown, Taoiseach (leader) Micheál Martin said the intention was to subsequently to move back to Level 3. The new restrictions, which include curtailing the hospitality industry could lead to 150,000 people losi...

Mash Sessions: NHS Nightingale: Events industry is vital to towns like Harrogate

Paula Lorimer, director at Harrogate Convention Centre, UK, is in the process of seeing her venue transform back into an NHS Nightingale hospital. While proud to play a role in supporting the NHS, it is time for the UK government to repay the favour by providing the events industry with a targeted support package. Harrogate is a great example of a destination that relies on events for its local ec...

NEC Group to make 450 redundancies

Birmingham, UK-based NEC Group, which operates five venues including the National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Arena, Vox, Utilita Arena Birmingham and the International Convention Centre, is to axe more than half its workforce as a result of the Covid-19 crisis which has left it unable to host any large-scale event since March. The Group’s pre-pandemic annual revenues of approximately £160m h...

BestCities Global Forum 2020 goes virtual

The BestCities Global Alliance has announced that the 2020 edition of its BestCities Global Forum will be taking place online, 17-19 November. The event will be based around ‘Transforming’ associations and destinations to future-proof models, engaging with your audience and community building, and measuring impact by exploring the latest legacy projects within the industry. The alliance is collabo...

Penguins produces first live Honda Motor Europe event since start of pandemic

Penguins, a creative event agency part of the wider group DRPG, recently produced the first Honda Motor Europe live event since the start of the pandemic in March. Held at the Honda Academy in Frankfurt, the three-day Electric Vision Driving Event was the third event Penguins have produced there and the first live event since the start of the pandemic in March. As part of DRPG, Penguins were able ...