Europe

Hamburg’s corona capacity calculation

Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB), together with MICECLOUD Solutions, has launched a free tool that calculates the required meeting room size in line with Germany‘s Covid-19 regulations. Event planners and service providers can use the tool to discover the most suitable venues in Hamburg to enable a safe and socially distanced event. HCB worked with MICECLOUD Solutions to add coronavirus criteria to...

Events industry petition to be debated in London’s House of Commons

A petition calling for the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry is to be debated in House of Commons on 25 June. The petition received 153,152 signatures. The industry, which is suffering huge financial challenges as a result of postponed and cancelled events, employs 700,000 people in the UK. Last week a survey conducted by ESP Recru...

PCO insights: Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties, Episode 6

  In this episode AXICA’s Mark Felstead interviews the MD of leading PCO K.I.T. Group, Merryn Scholz, on a range of topical issues, including how medical associations are being affected by the situation around Covid-19. She discusses navigating the process of finding new dates for their events in the coming years and also how they are fitting in re-bookings of cancelled conferences into the c...

Europe’s largest geography conference heads for NewcastleGateshead

Geographers from around the world will be coming together in NewcastleGateshead for The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference in 2022. The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2022 will be held at Newcastle University 30 August-2 September 2022. The conference usually attracts just over 2,000 attendees from around the world, with a third coming from outside the U...

New formats and new voice for Germany’s SevenCenters consortium

Germany’s longstanding venue marketing consortium SevenCenters is embarking on new research and marketing formats and has launched a fresh website and has a new spokesperson. As the business moves towards a ‘new normal’ with digital and hybrid formats to the fore, innovative concepts and compelling communication are key for the consortium which represent the seven biggest German convention centres...

Helsinki pushes off with data study on e-scooter services for sustainable mobility

Helsinki has launched a data experiment into the use of e-scooters and bike sharing, in order to understand how micro-mobility services are used in the city. The experiment is expected to show how this kind of data could support the development of safe and sustainable mobility. The experiment will be conducted in co-operation between French company Vianova, micro-mobility operators, the city’s inn...

Ireland could permit gatherings of up to 5,000 people from September, says Taoiseach

The prospect of outdoor gatherings in Ireland of up to 5,000 people being permitted from September has been raised, as government measures introduced to limit the spread of Covid-19 are eased. Speaking in Dublin, 16 June, Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar (pictured) said that provided the disease stayed suppressed “we could see some smaller outdoor or mass gatherings in September, mayb...

Austria and Italy leading the way for conventions restart in Europe

Momentum for reopening of business, including venues, is gathering pace, at least in Europe, where Austria has declared itself open for conventions and exhibitions again and Italy gave its regions the power to decide when to reopen for business events. Lombardy has set a restart date of 14 July. Conventions are possible again in Austria, with new regulations coming into place on 15 June. Austrian ...

Tree of Hope for European travel springs up in Brussels

‘We are travellers in this world, not residents.’ — Erasmus (1466-1536) Belgium, like many European countries, has had its borders closed for a while, but from 15 June they will be mostly re-opening. To signify the country’s European travel ambitions, a Tree of Hope has been planted on the Mont des Arts in Brussels by the Flemish Minister for Tourism, Zuhal Demir. The tree is intended ...

Industry warns of catastrophic consequences for UK events without immediate guidelines for opening

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the advocacy group for the UK’s £70bn events industry, has today warned of ‘a catastrophic and irreversible’ impact to the industry if the UK government further delays publishing clear and practical guidelines on the opening of the events sector and relaxing the current two-metre physical distancing rule. The sharp warning – the BVEP called the ...

Prepared for take off: Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties podcast, Episode 5

  The latest podcast episode from AXICA Berlin’s Mark Felstead, in conjunction with Mash Media, updates us on what events are currently allowed to be held in Berlin. Viewers will also get expert insights on how the next phases of the loosening of the restrictions might effect the process of hosting events in the city. There is also a new prognosis on that long running saga surrounding the cit...

London Tech Week still Connects

London Tech Week Connects, which has been running online, 9-12 June, over a combination of Zoom and event management platform Grip, has helped to keep brand momentum going given the full physical event has had to be postponed until September. The four June days of virtual sessions have included speeches about women in business by US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and Cherie Blair QC. The ...