Business events given green light across New Zealand

Business events will soon be permitted in Auckland, after it was announced that it will join the rest of New Zealand at Covid-19 alert Level 1 from 11.59pm on 7 October. Level one means that social and business restrictions will be lifted, however border controls will remain in place. It also means that domestic travel is permitted between states. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chie...

Small steps are not big enough or bold enough for the UK event industry, says BVEP

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body and advocacy group for the UK’s £70bn (US$88bn) events industry, is now calling on the UK Government to save the industry from complete collapse by providing further targeted and long-term support for the sector. After a week during which the UK event industry had been expecting some positive news from its government around a t...

Caesars donates food and supplies during Covid-19

Caesars Entertainment has donated more than 250,000lbs of food and thousands of personal protection supplies across the United States to combat Covid-19.

IBTM Americas bumps 2020 show to August date 

Reed Exhibitions Mexico has announced that IBTM Americas 2020, which had been scheduled for 27–28 May 2020, will now take place on 26-27th August 2020 at Centro Citibanamex.

MIPIM to miss 2020 after rearranged date proves ‘problematic’

Organisers of international property conference MIPIM have confirmed the event will not now be taking place on its rescheduled June date.

ExCeL London to be turned into emergency hospital for Covid-19 patients

UK Health Minister Matt Hancock confirmed at a press conference, 24 March, that ExCeL London is to be turned into a special temporary hospital able to host 4,000 Covid-19 patients (as reported 23 March by CMW).

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).

Stress Matters launches mental health hotline during COVID-19

A free, dedicated support line for the events industry has been launched today by UK-based company Stress Matters.

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. 

Australia losing $2.5bn a month to COVID-19, says BECA

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) says Australia is losing AUD$2.5bn per month in cancelled business events.

Dealing with the now and preparing for the future

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy says we must keep one eye on the future, and make sure we're ready for the end of the COVID-19 crisis.

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