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INCON launches Covid-19 resource page

Global PCO and AMC partnership INCON has created a COVID-19 resource page, providing tips and advice on creating online and virtual events and conferences. Ten of INCON’s Global Partners contributed their latest recommendations on how to create, manage and market events or conferences during Covid-19. Patrizia Buongiorno, INCON Co-Chair and VP at AIM Group International said: “We are delighted to ...

Cvent reduces headcount by 10% worldwide

Event tech giant Cvent, has which has grown exponentially in recent years and which was acquired in 2016 by Vista Equity Partners in a record US$1.65bn deal, has released the following statement, 22 May, announcing a major programme of lay-offs and furloughing of staff: “Furloughs and lay-offs have greatly impacted professionals across the meetings, events, and hospitality industries – indus...

Kenes takes its e-medicine and moves to a new dimension

Global PCO Kenes Group says it has been steering a virtual conference course through uncharted waters of late and is now ready to share the lessons of its ‘Virtual Expedition for better science’ in a White Paper. Kenes was forced to adapt quickly, given that medical and scientific meetings – which it specialises in – came to a sudden halt when the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. The group says it imm...

ICCA and TCEB announce webinar series to navigate the new norm

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) have agreed a new collaboration to organise a series of educational webinars for the meetings community. The webinars kick off on 26 May 2020 under a partnership that is designed to focus on education in response to the global Covid–19 crisis, with the objective to mitigate t...

Destinations International 2020 will be virtual

Destinations International, a resource for official destination organisations, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and tourism boards, has announced that it’s 2020 Annual Convention will take place virtually. President and CEO of Destinations International, Don Welsh, said: “The safety of our members is our number one priority. We made the decision to host the Annual Convention virtually ...

ESI launches esports Digital Summit

The virtual B2B esports conference, ESI Digital Summit, has announced its first speakers and topics for the event which takes place 26-27 May. London-based organiser ESI says topics will range from brand showcases, mainstream partnerships, through to the state of the industry post-quarantine and the return of The Clutch, the pitch investment competition mentorship programme for esports start ups. ...

LinkedIn adds live video events product to platform

LinkedIn has announced a new global virtual events tool that allows the broadcasting of video events via its platform. The LinkedIn Virtual Events tool was launched in tandem with a new Polls feature on the professional networking platform and represents a tighter integration between the existing LinkedIn Live and LinkedIn Events products. Despite now being owned by Microsoft,  the new product is ...

ICCA announces record number of association meetings in 2019

Fresh statistics from International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) for 2019 have captured 13,254 rotating association meetings, the highest ever recorded annual figure by the association. The figure was an increase of 317 on last year’s record-breaking number. Year-on-year, ICCA has reported a promising consistent growth pattern in the association meetings market and its Association Da...

EventsCase launches employee aid fund

EventsCase, a UK event management software company, has announced that a £50,000 (USD$61,665) relief fund has been made available to its employees worldwide, to meet the economic needs that may arise from the Covid-19 pandemic. The EventsCase management said the fund aimed to “transmit a message of support and confidence” to its more than 50 employees across the UK, Spain, UAE and USA....

PlanetIMEX unveils online islands and readies for lift-off with EduMonday

New online experience, PlanetIMEX has officially launched with the unveiling of the first two online ‘islands’ of content and experiences, and the first part of the meetings milky way coming into focus with EduMonday on 11 May. Education Island and Community Island are promised to be rich, engaging 3-D online experiences and will be complemented by a third, Networking Island, due to launch 14 May....

Covid-19 – the largest insurance loss of all time?

REUTERS: Insurers are normally great with numbers, but the Covid-19 pandemic has them struggling to estimate how many billions of dollars in losses they face, and what the fallout will be for their massive investment portfolios. Executives, lawyers and analysts say the cost is sure to be multiples of prior catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina, the Tōhoku tsunami or the 9/11 attacks. That could be t...

Event evolution: Mash Media partners with Swapcard for digital event

With many events turning to the digital landscape as a way to stay relevant during the current climate, many more events have been launched as online-only, to stay ahead of the curve and reach a global audience, all from the comfort and safety of their own homes. One such event is Evolve: The Virtual Event for Planners. Organised by Baptiste Boulard, CEO of Swapcard, the event is aimed at premium ...