COVID-19

Hong Kong industry association presses government to ease restrictions

At the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association’s (HKECIA)  annual conference, 1 June, Stuart Bailey, chairman of HKECIA, continued to push the government for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions Bailey commented: “There is a huge appetite for large-scale international events to resume but we need to have a plan, with reasonable certainty, that shows the international business com...

Is the German events industry on the road to recovery?

CMW talks with multiple industry leaders within the German events sector to get a finger on the pulse of the country’s re-opening As nations across Europe are taking steps to reduce Covid-19 restrictions in response to increasing evidence that omicron causes less severe disease than previous variants of the virus, Germany has been slow to follow suit. According to the Covid-19 Stringency Index, a ...

Thailand to lift testing requirement for international arrivals from 1 May

Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the lifting of the RT-PCR testing requirement for international arrivals, 1 May 2022, and the country has introduced two new entry schemes specifically customised for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. International travellers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative ...

New Zealand opens borders and ends capacity restrictions

The New Zealand government, 13 April, has ended Covid-19 restrictions that had put capacity limits on events. Lisa Hopkins (pictured), chief executive of Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), stated: “For the first time since mid-August 2021, the business events industry can finally breathe a sigh of relief. This announcement by minister for Covid Response, Chris Hipkins, coupled with the open...

New Zealand’s business events industry calls for ‘radical change’ to isolation policy

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has cautiously welcomed the New Zealand government announcement, 3 February, to begin a phased opening of international borders. BEIA still believes that this announcement will not help revive New Zealand’s hard-hit industry unless there is a radical change to isolation requirements. Lisa Hopkins, chief executive of BEIA, stated: “Currently NZ$150m (US$100m...

Internal Comms at core of holding events industry together

By Ross McCaw, CEO and founder of Bristol, UK-based OurPeople: During the first wave of the corona pandemic the virus destroyed the events industry with all live events brought to a halt. Technology was the only option for overcoming the obstacles presented by the pandemic and it created a mad scramble for event organisers to quickly find a digital solution. In spite of this obvious hurdle to over...

Brussels International Association Forum moved to March 2022

The launch of the first edition of the Brussels International Association Forum (BIAF) has been moved from 6-7 December 2021 to 14-15 March 2022. All delegates have been informed and have the option of either transferring their purchased BIAF ticket or to receive a full refund. Kai Troll, president of ASSOCIATIONWORLD, the association organising BIAF, said: “A large number of delegates raised conc...

BTA reveals £3.38bn loss to UK GDP due to lower levels of business travel

The Business Travel Association (BTA) has revealed that the UK lost £3.38bn (US$4.49bn) in GDP in the final week of November, due to the lower level of business travel trips following the continued impact of Covid-19. Data from Travelogix shows that, in the final week of November 2021 international business travel trips from the UK were 54.83% lower than the same week in 2019, and there were 279,5...

Las Vegas celebrates return of international travellers

Las Vegas has welcomed the reopening of the US’s borders to fully vaccinated international travellers. Steve Sisolak, governor of Nevada, said: “I am thrilled to welcome international visitors back to our great state and to fabulous Las Vegas. We know you’ve missed travelling just as much as we’ve missed welcoming you – and I’m thrilled that Las Vegas was at the top of your list. “Las Vegas ...

IMPACT, Thailand welcomes return to in-person events

IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre, Thailand, has welcomed the return of face-to-face events for the first time since April 2021. After Thailand opened its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers from over 63 countries on 1 November, the in-person event sector is now seeing a gradual return of activities. IMPACT has confirmed 49 events to take place between November-December. Of ...

ATEC calls for clarity over the re-opening of international borders

Australia’s export tourism industry is awaiting the announcement of the exact date for the reopening of international borders. With the announcement that New South Wales (NSW) will no longer require quarantine for overseas arrivals from November, there are now calls from the tourism industry for a date to work towards. Peter Shelley (pictured), managing director of the Australia Tourism Export Cou...

TTS develops Covid-19 test tracking software

Total Testing Solutions (TTS), a medical diagnostic testing service located in Los Angeles, US, has debuted a new technology, LINK, which aims to create safer travel and events in the post-pandemic world. LINK is an end-to-end software solution designed for businesses, hospitality groups, and venues to track test results and vaccination records for employees and guests. The system hopes to help bu...