Europe

Wonderful Copenhagen looks forward to ESTRO’s 2022 visit

Wonderful Copenhagen, Copenhagen’s official tourism organisation, have stated that a two-stringed engagement project, a strong national host group, and an attractive host city were the three determining factors for The European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), a European oncology society, choosing the city for its annual meeting in 2022 themed ‘Learning from every patient’...

Berlin pilot events show high level of confidence city is safe for in-person events

Germany’s capital city hosted three pilot events, 15-23 June, with up to 500 attendees. The events were: Capital Congress Medicine and Health 2021 (15–17 June), Greentech Festival (16–18 June), and Industry Day (21–23 June). The results of the participant surveys conducted after the events are now available and show 93.2% of the attendees felt they were ‘very well’ or ‘well’ protected from a coron...

Amsterdam welcomes return of in-person business events

Mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, and deputy mayor, Victor Everhardt, kicked off the return of business events to the city at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, 26 August. The mayor and deputy mayor were joined by Paul Riemens, RAI CEO, and Tracey Davies, president of Money 20/20, a key event hosted at the venue for the payments fintech and financial services industry, as they officially opened...

UK continues to lead European hotel occupancy

The UK continues to lead Europe in hotel occupancy with four straight weeks above 60% in the metric, according to the latest data from hospitality research specialists  STR through 18 July.  Thomas Emanuel, STR’s director, said: “Demand is almost exclusively leisure-driven as the UK has benefitted from a successful vaccination programme, a phased reopening and improved travel sentiment overall. Ot...

Cvent merger on the cards, reports WSJ

Cvent has reportedly agreed a merger with a ‘special-purpose’ acquisition company in a deal that would take the event technology company public. According to the Wall Street Journal, Cvent is slated to merge with Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp. II in a transaction that values the private-equity-owned company at more than $5 billion including debt. Cvent, founded by Reggie Aggarwal (pictured) ...

Adopting a post-pandemic shift to a citizen-centred approach

Many parts of the business events industry need to embrace the citizen-centred approach now adopted by many destinations in the wake of the pandemic. That’s according to Professor Greg Clark CBE who delivered a thought-leadership session at the Virtual Advocacy Discussion hosted recently by the IMEX Group. Adopting the citizen-first concept Cities across the world, Professor Clark explained, are n...

Austria relaxes event restrictions

From 1 July 2021 almost all event restrictions are lifted across Austria. The vaccination programme and falling infection rates across the country have paved the way for a full return to in-person events. These relaxations, coupled with the Vienna Meeting Fund 2021-2023’s contribution of €4m in aid of national and international event organisers hosting meetings in the city, reflect a sustained eff...

European Tourism Association supports EU’s vaccine passport travel plans

The European Tourism Association (ETOA) has endorsed a plan put forward by the European Commission for a Digital Green Certificate. The Digital Green Certificate would operate like a ‘vaccine passport’, making it clear which passengers have been vaccinated and facilitating safe, free movement inside the EU. The passport would be available free of charge in a digital or paper format, using a QR cod...