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Marriott International reports fresh data breach

Global hotel chain Marriott International has reported a second major data breach, within 18 months. The company is emailing those affected and said the new breach involved up to 5.2m guests. It said the breach was started in January at a franchise property, but halted in February. An investigation is ongoing. In November 2018 Starwood Hotels & Resorts (acquired by Marriott in 2016) data was i...

ICCA’s CEO says meetings can facilitate change during challenging time

ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath has said meetings can be a facilitator of change at a time of economic challenge in this message to the worldwide ICCA community: With Covid-19 continuing to affect ICCA members and associations globally in both professional and personal terms, there has never been a more important time for ongoing communication and support amongst our membership. As an industry we freque...

Expo 2020 Dubai to explore date change as Covid-19 impacts preparations

Expo 2020 Dubai has released the following message regarding a possible date change to the big event: We continue to face a global situation that is both fast moving and unpredictable. Over the last several weeks, we have been working hard, both internally and in consultation with key UAE and international stakeholders, to review the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on our plans and preparations for Exp...

JMIC creates portal for accessing Covid-19 resources

The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) website (themeetingsindustry.org) has been re-purposed to create a point of access for a wide range of Covid-19 related materials, information and resources for industry members. “This is simply about facilitating sharing,” said JMIC President Kai Hattendorf. “Our intent is not to replicate content – we are all awash in information right now. Instead we a...

GL events announces measures to protect business and employees; postpones AGM and dividend

Integrated events industry group GL events has announced the postponement of its proposed AGM and cancelled the dividend as the company moves to “protect all employees and stakeholders” in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Olivier Ginon, GL events Group’s Chairman commented: “GL events is taking all necessary measures in accordance with the recommendations of the competent health and govern...

AIPC and UFI Guide to Good Practices made available to wider industry

AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres and UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, are now making their recently developed Guide to Good Practices for the management of Covid-19 health and operational challenges, available to all industry members.

WTTC research reveals scale of damage to global travel and tourism

Up to 75m jobs are at immediate risk in global travel & tourism due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021

The organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the Japanese government have finally agreed to a one-year postponement of the event because of the global coronavirus pandemic. 

IBTM Events launches online resource hub IBTM Connect

Reed’s IBTM Events has launched, 24 March, a new online platform, IBTM Connect, as a global online resource hub for business events professionals to access and share knowledge and practical guidance. 

Stand together while we are far apart

“It has become increasingly evident that the outbreak of coronavirus is affecting us all and presents the greatest challenge that most of us will have faced in our lives and professional careers.

A call for your virtual events

As the majority of people are now working at home, and with no live events able to run, the events industry continues to demonstrate its creativity to keep content rolling. As the industry remains mothballed, it is the ideal time to develop knowledge.

Ungerboeck goes virtual for its Unite EMEA conference

Global event technology platform Ungerboeck is making its 2020 Ungerboeck Unite EMEA Conference a virtual event.