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US to ease travel restrictions from November for vaccinated travellers from UK and the EU

The USA is to ease travel restrictions to allow foreign fully vaccinated passengers to enter the country starting in November. Vaccinated passengers will be able to travel to the US from the EU and UK from November onwards, the Biden administration announced 20 September, marking the end of the 18-month blanket ban on travel. White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced the “new in...

Key UK events industry figures assemble to launch integrated comms group

Ex-Concerto Group chairman and Clive agency founder Peter Jackson have joined the launch team of new integrated communications group. Asembl Group has been launched in the UK with the aim of delivering a fresh approach to creative event and marketing challenges. The new company is the brainchild of Gavin Farley, group CEO. He has appointed ex-Concerto Group chairman Mike Kershaw and Clive Agency f...

MCH Venues appoints new head of business development and innovation in Basel and Zurich

Switzerland-based exhibitions organiser, MCH Group has appointed Christian Ortlepp, trade and congress specialist, as head of business development and innovation at MCH Venues in Basel and Zurich. Ortlepp has been responsible for developing new business models, partnerships and offerings at MCH Venues since 1 September 2021 and is additionally in charge of the systematic planning, management and m...

In veritas: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre first out of the blocks

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) is Malaysia’s first venue, 20 September, to be granted the Safe Business Events (SafeBE) certification, a hygiene and safety label, by Bureau Veritas. The SafeBE certification programme recognises a venue’s implementation of the Government endorsed Business Events Standard Operating Procedures (BE SOPs) and the team’s operational excellence in event manage...

TravelTech Show announces return to in-person after 2021 virtual event

The TravelTech Show, which was virtually streamed this year, has announced its plans to return to an in-person event in London, 28-29 June, 2022. The virtual TravelTech Show 2021, 14-15 September, reported hosting 692 active participants, with 80 leading voices from the travel tech industry sharing their insights and knowledge. Fabio Zecchini, chief technology officer of TUI Musement, said: “I had...

EventWell opens fifth annual Event Wellbeing Week

EventWell, the UK-based charitable social enterprise that campaigns for better mental health and wellbeing in events, has opened its fifth Event Wellbeing Week for the industry. Taking place 20-26 September, the 2021 campaign, #EWW21, has as its theme: ‘The Culture of Self Care’ to recognise taking care of ourselves and our teams. The schedule will include: 20 September 8.00am – Re-entry Sho...

ICC Sydney launches webinar series for digital event organisers

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is launching a new conversational webinar programme, ‘Events in Focus’, showcasing insights into the planning and delivery processes of digital events. Brian Nash, ICC Sydney’s director of audio visual services, said: “We kick off the webinar series by introducing events delivered with a digital component. Through the webinar series, our team tal...

Citadines Eurometropole opens green and modern aparthotel in Strasbourg

Citadines Eurometropole Strasbourg, the four-star aparthotel, has opened its doors for the first time in Strasbourg, France. Operated by the AEGIDE Group, the new facility has its own conference area that includes facilities for seminars, meetings and congresses for up to 300 people. The Citadines Eurometropole Strasbourg is located in reach of the European Enterprise Centre and 10 minutes from th...

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire named host of UKinbound’s 2022 Annual Convention

UKinbound has announced that its 2022 Annual Convention has been awarded to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The winning bid was submitted by VisitAberdeenshire, with the convention set to take place on 28 and 29 September next year at Aberdeen’s P&J Live, the largest event complex in the north of Scotland. It’s expected that over 200 businesses from across the UK’s diverse inbound tourism sector w...

Northern Ireland unveils £1m conference support scheme

Northern Ireland’s Department for Economy has confirmed a £1m (USD$1.37m) conference support scheme to help secure more business events in Belfast, Derry and the region. The scheme will provide conference organisers with £50 for each out-of-state delegate to bring their association conference to the region, with awards ranging between £5,000 and £100,000 for all eligible events. Open to not-for-pr...

VisitBritain awards £200,000 to help kick-start the UK business events industry

Applications have now closed for VisitBritain’s Domestic Support Fund, an initiative that was designed to help kick-start the recovery of the UK business events industry. Launched in June 2021, the funding initiative has awarded a total of £200,000 (USD$274,809) to 29 UK events, including College of Mental Health Pharmacy Annual Conference, Association of Cardio-Thoracic Anaesthetists and Critical...

BCD Travel’s new expense management system takes off

BCD Travel, the corporate travel management company based in Utrecht, Netherlands, announced, 16 September, their latest development, BCD Pay™. It aims to create solutions that use artificial intelligence, machine learning and open APIs to simplify corporate travel payment, reconciliation and invoice management for clients. BCD Travel hopes to fulfil the demand for simplicity by travellers through...