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New Zealand business events sector welcomes government easing of restrictions

The business events sector in New Zealand has welcomed its government’s decision to end vaccine mandates from 4 April and increase indoor event capacity to 200 people from 25 March. Lisa Hopkins, chief executive of Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), stated: “This positive news from the prime minister will start to bring back vital confidence and clarity for event decision-makers. “Our secto...

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...

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 ...

Thailand events set to return under safety protocols

Thailand’s Centre of Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s (TCEB) proposal to allow the return of in-person MICE events to be held under ‘Covid-19 Free setting’ protocols. The approval follows the government’s announcement, 11 October, that fully vaccinated overseas visitors will be allowed to enter Thailand from 1 November with...

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...

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...

MyCEB pleads with the Malaysian government to reopen the business events industry

The Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), as the lead agency for the business events industry, has pleaded to the Malaysian Government to reopen the fully vaccinated business events industry as soon as possible. Since the pandemic, Malaysia has recorded 57 postponements and 66 cancellations of significant international events. With the increase in immunisation over the last few months...

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...