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IAPCO global strategic task force publishes Covid-19 factsheet of national guidelines for industry

The International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO) has launched a Covid-19 factsheet of national guidelines from different countries in a new publication from its Strategic global task force. In June 2020, IAPCO assembled a small group of national PCO associations from around the globe into a strategic task force. The objective was to facilitate the communication and disse...

Harrah’s Cherokee tower and convention centre opening completes $330m expansion project

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, North Carolina, USA, and invited dignitaries have officially opened the resort’s fourth hotel tower, the Cherokee, and the 83,000sq.ft. Cherokee Convention Center. The opening ceremony signifies the completion of Harrah’s Cherokee’s $330m expansion project, which has brought more than 450 jobs to the community. Brooks Robinson, regional senior vice-president and ge...

Osaka puts emphasis on its WaO factor with new tools for planners

With Expo 2020 Dubai underway, Osaka is seizing the opportunity to step further into the spotlight as the city’s own Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai moves onto the event horizon. Osaka’s aim is to become Japan’s number one MICE destination and that aspiration is backed up by the Osaka Convention and Tourism Buerau’s (OCTB) creation and release of a new MICE promotional video showcasing Osaka’s vibrant app...

Marina Bay Sands launches the Virtual Meeting Place

Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has unveiled a new Virtual Meeting Place, which allows event organisers to customise a virtual venue to replicate a real-life space. MBS claims to be the first venue in the MICE industry to launch such a platform globally, as it aims to effectively connect online and offline audiences. Networking, content delivery and the creation of a global marketplace to promote services ...

New ILEA Europe Board reflects consolidation

Following the consolidation of the UK Chapter and pre-existing Europe Chapter to create one unified European leadership team and membership base, the new-look International Live Events Association (ILEA) Europe for 2021/2022 has the following make up: President: Christian Seidenstuecker, CEO of JOKE Event AG Vice-president of membership: Erica Pew, client services director of Brands at Work Vice-p...

ExCeL London given go-ahead for 25,000sqm expansion

ExCeL London, UK has secured Planning Committee approval from its local council (Newham) in London to expand the venue, which will increase the building’s usable event space by 25,000sqm. Construction works are expected to start in 2022. ExCeL’s CEO Jeremy Rees described the decision as a “key moment” not just for ExCeL but for its customers and the entire UK events industry. “The expansion of ExC...

Hubilo set to accelerate development with new £92m tranche of funding from private equity partners

Fast-growing global virtual events platform Hubilo has announced that in a funding round led by Alkeon Capital and including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Balderton Capital, it has raised £92m ($125.35m) in Series B funding. This investment demonstrates the growing attractiveness of the event technology sector and brings Hubilo’s total funding to £113m in less than 18 months. The investment, one...

Kuala Lumpur one step closer to re-opening

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has welcomed the recent Malaysian Government announcements about domestic travel and tourism bubbles, on the back of the Centre closing as a large-scale vaccination centre (PPV). Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri, the Malaysian prime minister, announced the update allowing domestic and overseas travel for all fully vaccinated Malaysians from 11 October. The Governmen...

Krakow to host the 61st ICCA Congress 2022

The Polish city of Krakow has been chosen to host the 61st ICCA Congress in 2022, in the final analysis, ahead of Athens and Bangkok. The Congress will be hosted at the ICE Congress Centre, 13-16 November. “Krakow clearly demonstrates commitment to two of ICCA’s core values: working together and embracing innovation. For this reason, the city was an obvious choice for next year’s congress. 2022 IC...

UK travel and tourism sector may only recover by a third this year, says WTTC

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) says the UK’s travel and tourism sector’s year-on-year recovery may only recover by a third this year, whilst international travel spending continues to plummet. WTTC states the strict travel restrictions, such as the ‘traffic light’ system, is responsible. At the current rate of recovery, WTTC research shows the UK’s travel and tourism sector’s contri...

Vienna Meeting Fund doing the business

Five months on from the announcement of the Vienna Meeting Fund, which provided €4m (US$4.6m) to support national and international organisers host meetings in the Austrian capital, there are early positive signs for the scheme. Two hundred and forty-two congresses and corporate conferences have already received preliminary funding approval from the Vienna Convention Bureau (VCB), amounting to nea...

Cardiff City Hall welcomes the return of conferences

The ninth annual meeting for the International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS) is due to take place at the Cardiff City Hall, Wales, 17-20 October. The medical conference is the world’s largest multidisciplinary organisation which aims to advance clinical research specific to the role of cytokines in health and disease. The conference will take place in a hybrid format and will be hosted th...