COVID-19

In veritas: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre first out of the blocks

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) is Malaysia’s first venue, 20 September, to be granted the Safe Business Events (SafeBE) certification, a hygiene and safety label, by Bureau Veritas. The SafeBE certification programme recognises a venue’s implementation of the Government endorsed Business Events Standard Operating Procedures (BE SOPs) and the team’s operational excellence in event manage...

Australian Convention Bureaux given Whitsunday boost

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has been strengthened with the addition of Tourism Whitsundays. AACB represents 18 leading business events destinations – the highest number in the association’s 36-year history. Tourism Whitsundays, representing one of Queensland’s most premium business events regions, hopes to contribute to the strategic direction of Australia’s business ev...

Call for Malaysia’s Government to allow purpose-built venues to resume operations

The Venue Sector of the Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM) has sent an appeal letter to the country’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) seeking assistance in allowing purpose-built venues to resume operations. Malaysia has a four-stage National Recovery Plan (NRP) which only allows the business events sector to re-open in the final stage, phase four. Currently Kuala Lumpur i...

A taste of association events to come

The Global PCO Kenes Group shares some insights on running association conferences again after the Covid-19 enforced hiatus. These events were held in Europe and the US, with proof of vaccination and negative PCR test results required in Paris, and attestation forms in Baltimore:   The first hybrid annual conference of the American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (A...

Cairns Convention Centre mass vaccination hub gets underway

The Cairns Convention Centre in Australia has become a mass vaccination hub, as the venue team does its bit to help the business events industry get back on its feet. Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) will be using the Centre as a Vaccination Hub for at least four weekends to boost the vaccination numbers in the region. As of 15 September, only 34% of Australia’s population...

Johannesburg, Durban and Lagos to host Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit

Johannesburg, Durban and Lagos are the host cities for the inaugural Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit, 19-21 September 2021. The Sandton Convention Centre, the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre and the Marriot Lagos Ikeja are the venues that will co-host the event’s numerous panel discussions, workshops and TED talks. Centred on the theme of Re-awakening Africa, the Summit calls on all tou...

‘Events Reimagined’ – Hubilo goes behind the scenes to offer organisers tips and advice

Hubilo Technologies Inc, a virtual and hybrid event management company, announced, 1 September, that they hosted a special event, ‘Behind the Scenes of Events Reimagined,’  with speakers offering solutions and tips for relieving some of the anxieties that event organisers experience. Speakers offered advice on how organisations could create engaging experiences where attendees actively participate...

Pandemic pushes back Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre opening plans

Due to the latest Covid-19 disruption, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is now aiming to hold its first events in the lead up to Christmas. The new building was on track to hold its first events in October but will now be delayed as many of the specialists necessary to complete the facility are unable to travel down from the North Island. John Bridgman, chief executive of Ōtākaro Limited, sai...

WTM Africa announces finalists for the ‘Reigniting Africa’ award

World Travel Market Africa (WTM Africa) has announced the six finalists in the new ‘Reigniting Africa’ award category for its WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards. The final winner will be announced, 27 September. Megan Oberholzer, portfolio director of travel, tourism and creative industries at Reed Exhibitions, said: “The judges were highly impressed by the quality of the submissions received ...

Who owns the data?

Global event auditor BPA president and CEO Glenn Hansen discusses the need for standards in digital events, including data ownership: In June 2020, we at BPA Worldwide published an open letter to the industry on the subject of data leakage in the bidstream. It was still early days of the Covid pandemic and digital events were just becoming du jour. Our writing at that time pertained to the digital...

ICCA statistics ‘reinvented’

It is no surprise that the annual ICCA destination rankings have changed in format, quite radically, due of course to the effects of Covid. All comparisons with previous years are pretty much redundant and the association went for the option of ‘reinventing’ its avidly awaited report on the international meetings market to show just how its members and associations had coped with the unprecedented...

Research from Tourism Australia suggests optimism over industry’s future

Tourism Australia has released the Business Events Consumer Demand Project (CDP), 19 August, which indicates that despite the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, association and incentive decision makers are optimistic about the industry’s future. The CDP research surveyed 163 decision makers from the association sector and 354 from the incentive sector in 11 of Australia’s key markets aimed to better...