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Marina Bay Sands to re-open attractions on 1 July

Marina Bay Sands has announced it will re-open its attractions on 1 July with enhanced hygiene and safe-distancing protocols. The attractions re-opening will include its ArtsScience Museum, Sands SkyPark, Observation Deck and Casino. These join other venues such as The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, which re-opened on 19 June, as well as an initial five of Marina Bay Sands’ restaurants on 27 June. A...

TCEB now I M PEOPLE FOCUSED with up to $500k in grants on offer

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has announced a new incentives and meetings campaign, alongside a new grant opportunity worth US$500,000. The new campaign, titled ‘I(ncentives) M(eetings) PEOPLE FOCUSED’, is a mantra designed to guide and communicate creative solutions, says TCEB Senior Vice-President – Business, Mrs Nichapa Yoswee (pictured). In parallel, an EASE UP programme...

Barcelona ICC has September opening in its sights

The Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB) management team is targeting a September reopening for its 100,000sqm convention facility. The CCIB says it is developing strict protocols to guarantee social distancing measures and ensure maximum safety of the events, visitors and employees. GL events manages 50 venues worldwide and has already reopened some of its centres in China. Lockdown i...

Vilnius venues open up in a 3D, as Latvia expands travel bubble

The Lithuanian capital Vilnius is inviting meeting and event planners to explore the city’s venues online. With 3D models of meeting spaces, it is now possible to see what Vilnius has to offer and plan events from the home. Go Vilnius, the city’s development agency, is digitalising the city’s most popular meeting and event venues, including hotels, universities, theatres, museums, and business cen...

Conflicting government advice adding to tourism business hardship, says UKinbound

Tourism businesses in the UK, specifically tour operators and destination management companies, are at grave financial risk of collapse if the government does not urgently amend its arbitrary advice for the leisure industry, travel trade association UKinbound has found. In direct conflict to the chancellor and HM Treasury’s repeated statements that all businesses in the leisure sector are eligible...

New WHO guidelines issued for ‘mass gatherings’, but questions remain

As the MICE industry continues to lobby authorities around the world to consider business events separately from ‘mass gatherings’ and the US President moves to shut down his country’s funding for The World Health Organisation, the WHO has issued new guidelines for outdoor events and ‘mass gatherings’. The document, published on 29 May, is an update of the interim guidance document entitled ‘Key p...

Russian study shows scale of job and wage cuts if lockdown continues

Russia-based R&C Market Research Company has conducted a study into the impact of Covid-19 on the Russian event industry. The results reveal potential losses to the sector of US$1.55bn if the industry can’t get up and running in 2020. The research was carried out jointly by the Russian Convention Bureau, the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs and the Union of Exhibition Developers, w...

FC Seoul ‘sexes up’ spectator-less matches

South Korean football club, FC Seoul has issued an apology for some mannequin exhibitionism at a televised curtain raiser, after filling empty seats with sex dolls. The K-League side had attempted to fill, at least partially, the spectator void by using mannequins to replace fans. However, the ‘mannequins’ turned out to be sex dolls, with the club blaming the mix-up on a “misunderstanding” with th...

MPI announces WEC Grapevine date change to November

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced it will move its World Education Congress (WEC) Grapevine to a 3-6 November slot, back from the previous June date. The association is now calling for its industry members to ‘Reunite for Recovery’ both in-person and virtually during the new dates for its signature annual event. The association said it took the decision to move dates “in orde...

GL events Q1 revenues drop 37% as Covid-19 effects feed through

Event industry group GL events has announced first quarter group revenues of €213m, which represents a 37.3% drop over the same period last year. The Exhibitions division was down over 67% at €42.8m for the quarter (2019: €132.3m). The Live section of the business held up better, dropping just 8% on the 2019 Q1 figure of €124.2m to €11.4m, while the Venues business plunged 31.9% to €57.1m compared...

Striking a chord

MPI’s European Meetings and Events Conference asked delegates to push their boundaries in the home of flamenco. Amilio, the old flamenco master, is sitting on stage in a loose suit jacket, his weather-beaten face almost concealed behind a straggly, grey beard. We’ve come to meet him at the headquarters of the Alala Foundation, an NGO based in the Poligono Sur district of Seville, Spain. He is teac...

Santjer to head communications for the NürnbergMesse Group

From 15 April, Dr Ulf Santjer will be the Executive Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Marketing at NürnbergMesse. Santjer comes to Exhibition Centre Nuremberg following his work for sporting goods company Puma in Herzogenaurach. As executive director of corporate communications and corporate marketing, he will be responsible for both the company’s brand strategy in addition to its...

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