Events

New venue launched as CENTREPIECE of Melbourne’s sporting hub

The spiritual home of Australia’s sporting and entertainment capital has announced the official launch of a new events and conference venue in Melbourne Park, named CENTREPIECE. Building on the experience offered by events like the Australian Open, the venue has the capabilities to host everything from large-scale conferences and awards nights, weddings and gala celebrations, including five-...

Calgary’s bright future – a billion reasons why

With an investment of more than CAD$1bn into events and hospitality over the next few years, Calgary is emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic with eyes set firmly on the future. Sharing that there are “a billion reasons to hold your event in Calgary”, the Western Canadian hub city is ready to welcome the world safely and in style. Here’s a roundup of some of the “billion reasons” and how they are co...

Messukeskus announces social distancing restrictions waived

The Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland stated, 3 September, that the obligation to divide audiences into blocks and the two-metre safety distance obligation can be waived at public events in the Uusimaa region as well. In Finland, fairs have already been organised in Turku, Oulu and Tampere. Several public and professional events are being prepared for October-November 2021. ...

BEIA requests clarity from New Zealand government for event industry’s future

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) suggests the move to a more restricted Level 2 for regions outside of Auckland will make additional support crucial for the country’s business events industry. Under Level 2 from 8 September, gatherings outside of Auckland will need to be under 50 persons in a defined space, down from 100 in previous guidelines. Mask-wearing will be mandatory and all ...

MyCEB says ‘Let’s Meet Now’ to its business events industry

The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) has introduced, 6 September, another new component under the Meet in Malaysia campaign, ‘Let’s Meet Now’. This additional support package aims to complement the primary objective of the Meet In Malaysia campaign of stimulating the economy of the domestic business events industry. Targeting one-day meetings from local markets, the ‘Let’s Meet ...

Aventri and Brandlive produce new events production partnership

Aventri, an event management software company, and live video solutions platform, Brandlive, have announced, 24 August, a partnership between the two companies. The partnership combines Aventri’s virtual and hybrid event platform with Brandlive’s patent-pending video production software, Greenroom. Greenroom is intended to give event organisers a complete virtual video production studio in the clo...

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...

Abu Dhabi introduces updates to E-learning programme

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is marking the first anniversary of its Abu Dhabi Specialists E-learning Programme by introducing new modules and markets for the training scheme. The programme, launched as part of DCT Abu Dhabi’s response to Covid-19, saw all forms of physical promotional offers, workshops and training courses shifted onto virtual platforms. The e...

UK’s BVEP to launch Shape of Events Report

The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body and advocacy group representing the UK events sector, is to launch its Shape of Events Report. The report, which is sponsored by brand communications agency Davies Tanner, will be published in early September and has been produced to support both BVEP partner organisations and the wider event industry in the UK. It promises insig...

VenulQ brings To Hybrid and Beyond to North America

Events software provider, VenuIQ, announced, 19 August, a North American follow up to its UK virtual event, ‘To Hybrid and Beyond’, taking place 26 August at 11am ET. The event will discuss developments and challenges from the past year and aim to highlight how the North American event industry’s post-pandemic landscape could take shape with the uncertainty of the Delta Covid variant. VenuIQ’s pan...

IBTM Americas 2021 returns for face-to-face 11th edition

The 11th edition of Reed Exhibitions’ IBTM Americas 2021 will take place face-to-face, 18-19 August, at Centro Citibanamex Mexico City. Under the concept ‘Humanising events’, the international industry trade show, will again provide a platform for meetings and events professionals to connect and meet with friends, partners, and colleagues. Organisers of IBTM Americas 2021 expect around 2,000...

Emergence of the ‘new’ hybrid

International branding agency INVNT’s CEO and COO of the INVNT Group Kristina McCoobery, INVNT APAC MD Laura Roberts, and INVNT EMEA MD Claudia Stephenson reflect on how their agency has worked with the new hybrid reality:   We’ve seen conferences and meetings take on many different iterations across the globe since last March, as a result of coronavirus restrictions on in-person gatherings, ...

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