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MMGY Global research reveals increase in US confidence in domestic travel

MMGY Travel Intelligence’s Travel Intentions Pulse Survey Wave VIII (TIPS) and MMGY Global’s Travel Safety Barometer have revealed that positive perceptions of lodging safety, car travel, business and domestic travel are at their highest in the US since the start of the pandemic. The company’s executive vice-president of insights and strategy, Chris Davidson, said: “We’re seeing this m...

Business events sector wins VisitEngland’s Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award

The business events industry has won the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism prize in VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence 2020. For the first time, the awards took place online, with the national advisory body’s chair, and former chair of the Events Industry Board, Nick de Bois, announcing the winners. The sector was praised for its contribution in supporting the public and National Health Servic...

Manchester Central cleared for take-off to manage event spaces at Runway Visitor Park

UK convention complex, Manchester Central, has announced that it will be delivering events and hospitality services at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park and Concorde Conference Centre. Home to the Concorde aircraft, the Concorde Conference Centre can host dinners, conferences, weddings and parties for up to 700 people. Shaun Hinds, chief executive at Manchester Central said: “We are absolut...

New APAC research from PCMA finds planners intending to stay close to home for events

Results from global industry association Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) first APAC research post Covid outbreak finds planners are struggling to budget for hybrid events as they try to find the balance between taking an event online and managing face-to-face attendee’s expectations. The research finds 61% of planners and 47% of suppliers are only willing to travel within t...

Virtual Events Institute launches global platform to educate and inspire

The Virtual Events Institute (VEI) has been launched as a global platform to bring those in the global event industry together to “educate, discuss, inspire and do business”. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, virtual events and experiences now play a crucial role within the event industry. The VEI aims to provide a platform to discuss virtual and hybrid events and deliver summits, market i...

IBTM World launches new-look TechWatch Live for 2020

IBTM World, which organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions intends to run 1-3 December at Fira Barcelona, Spain, is launching a new concept for its Tech Watch Awards this year. TechWatch Live will feature a new judging panel chair and live pitching onsite at IBTM World, reflecting the increasing significance that technology and digital plays in the meetings and events industry. The new format TechWatch L...

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...

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