COVID-19

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...

Recovery for DMCs – time to look in our own backyard?

The UK declared ‘Freedom Day’ in late July and, following a series of unprecedented  lockdowns, attempted to re-start life as we know it, accepting the consequences of a rampant virus mutation balanced, this time, by a successful vaccination programme. Following an initial period of rapidly escalating Covid case numbers, almost four weeks later we can see this calculated risk seems to be paying of...

Sector welcomes New South Wales decision to lift international quarantine restrictions

In Australia, the New South Wales (NSW) state government has announced the lifting of quarantine for international travellers from 1 November. This announcement has been widely welcomed throughout the travel and MICE industry, which has been affected by tight border restrictions since the start of the pandemic 19 months ago. Peter Shelley (pictured), managing director of the Australian Tourism Exp...

IAPCO global strategic task force publishes Covid-19 factsheet of national guidelines for industry

The International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO) has launched a Covid-19 factsheet of national guidelines from different countries in a new publication from its Strategic global task force. In June 2020, IAPCO assembled a small group of national PCO associations from around the globe into a strategic task force. The objective was to facilitate the communication and disse...

BEIA’s 45th Annual Conference postponed until 2022

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) and Hawke’s Bay Tourism have announced the postponement of BEIA’s 45th Annual Conference in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand until 2022. Lisa Hopkins, BEIA chief executive and Hamish Saxton, chief executive of Tourism Hawke’s Bay, said the risks associated with the current Covid-19 outbreak, the continued lockdowns in Auckland and Waikato and the uncertainty around...

Australia to ease border restrictions

Australia’s export tourism industry, 1 October, welcomed the announcement of the reopening of international borders beginning next month. The move is being seen as the first phase of the roadmap for reopening international borders for both outbound and inbound travel. The announcement confirmed restrictions will be lifted in November for fully vaccinated Australians on all inbound and outbound tra...

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