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Head Office positions to be phased out in ICCA organisational shake up

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) president James Rees informed the association’s members, 31 July, of a management shake up at the Head Office in Amsterdam. The move follows a review of the organisation and its future development. Rees said the move, which included the decision to phase out some positions, was taken “in order to adapt to the changing demands of our industry...

New Galaxy ICC, Macau, to showcase at IT&CM China

Ahead of the opening of Galaxy International Convention Center (GICC) in Macau early in 2021, Galaxy Integrated Resorts will showcase the new facility and its MICE offer at the IT&CM China 2020 virtual event, 3-5 August. “We look forward to participating in IT&CM China’s new virtual event format this year,” said Joey Pather, the group’s senior vice-president, MICE operations and sales. “Wi...

ICCA to make its 59th Congress in Kaohsiung ‘A global hybrid experience’

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has officially opened the registration its 59th ICCA Congress in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, in November. The congress will be a hybrid format and held under the overarching theme: ‘Transforming Global Events Together’. The event will connect ICCA’s global community and allow them to explore new ideas, formats and technologies, combining ...

Emirates airline to offer passengers medical cover for Covid-19

Dubai’s Emirates airline is offering to cover medical expenses of up to €150,000 euros and quarantine costs of €100 per day for 14 days for passengers should they be diagnosed with Covid-19 during their travel. The cover is offered by Emirates free to its customers regardless of class of travel or destination and is immediately effective for customers flying on Emirates until 31 October, 202...

GL events first-half group revenues drop 55%

Integrated global events group GL events has reported first-half consolidated revenues of €266.8m, a 55.2% drop from the 2019 figure of €595.9m. Group revenue in the 2020 second quarter amounted to just €53.6m, down 79% on the 2019 figure. Olivier Ginon (pictured), GL events Group’s chairman commented: “Revenue was significantly impacted in the first half by the health crisis in France and in inte...

WTTC advises regional approach rather than country-wide border closures to fight Covid-19 spread

Regional and local measures are advised to combat Covid-19 spikes and help power the global economic recovery, rather than any further country-wide border closures, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC is urging authorities to take a more carefully calibrated approach and introduce localised measures and only when necessary. Such an approach would avoid blanket restrictio...

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to keep venues and schedules from 2020 in 2021

Organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, now pushed forward into 2021, have announced that all venues and competition schedules for the postponed event will be unchanged, aside from being pushed back a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Tokyo Olympics will feature a record 33 sports and 339 events, and all the 42 planned venues are secured for 2021, including the Athletes Village and the Ma...

Budding young eventprof wows at IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum

Brian Mushakwe (pictured), from Chinhoyi University of Technology in Zimbabwe, recently won the International University Challenge at the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum. The International University Challenge is part of the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum, a unique and free opportunity open to final year students of hospitality, event or tourism management courses. It offers insight into the ...

PCMA Compass report offers eventprofs framework of fresh insights

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has released a Business Events Compass. The inaugural report aims to provide an actionable framework of insights and strategies for business event professionals and their business partners during the pandemic and beyond. The report sees a best case economic recovery scenario, where Covid-19 is contained, that would give a recovery date with...

OnAIR strikes gold at Asia Pacific Stevie awards

OnAIR by Australia-based event management platform specialists EventsAIR has won the Asia Pacific Gold Stevie® Award for the Innovation in Technology Development in Computer Industries. The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards recognise innovation in the workplace in all 29 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. Nicknamed the Stevies after the Greek word for ‘crowned’, the winners will be celebrated during an ...

INVNT refreshes its group brand story and names new president and CEO

US-based live brand agency INVNT is relaunching itself as a ‘global brandstory project’ group and has added a new set of sub-brands. The international portfolio now comprises Folk Hero, a modern brand strategy firm, HEVĒ, a branded content and digital marketing studio, INVNT, the global live brand storytelling agency, and Meaning, its newly launched creative-led culture consultancy. Scott Cullathe...

AIPC takes Annual Congress to Paris

Global association of event venues, AIPC is to take its Annual Congress to Paris, 24-25 September. The original end of June date in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was cancelled back in March. The new two-day programme will aim to bring the global community of event centres together to discuss common challenges and future plans, with a focus on how to adapt to a new business reality. The Congress will now...