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Fear spreads faster than a virus?

The European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Tourism Association (ETOA), United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) and the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations (ECTAA) have called for bilateral conversations between European and US authorities to review and cancel the travel suspension from Europe to the United States of America.

ASAE asks for federal intervention

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has addressed the following letter to the US White House and its Director of the National Economic Council:

SXSW ‘show must go on’ as organisers explore virtual options

Organisers of tech and music conference South by Southwest (SXSW) have said they were “devastated” by the decision of The City of Austin authorities to cancel the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU. The show was to have run 13-22 March attracting 400,000 visitors.

Centers for Disease Control releases coronavirus guidance for events

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new report, ‘Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus’.

Pioneering events academic launches masterclasses

Lauren Grech, curriculum builder for the United States’ first-ever Master of Science in Event Management programme, has launched a series of masterclasses.

Report reveals UK business travellers most popular destinations

Comparethemarket.com has released a new report titled ‘Business Travel Trends’, revealing the locations most popular with UK business travellers in the past year.

HotelPlanner acquires EventConnect.com

US-based group hotel bookings platform HotelPlanner has acquired Australia-based online venue marketplace EventConnect.com.

Coker swaps Philly for San Diego

President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), Julie Coker (pictured), has resigned her post, effective in March 2020 in order to take up the position of President and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority.

Bidding now open for 2022 ICCA Congress

Bidding is now open for the 2022 International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress.

Aventri adds 1,500 venues to its database with new partnership

Event technology company Aventri has added another 1,500 non-traditional venues to its database, in a new partnership with VenueBook.

Esports conference ESI returns to New York

E-sports business conference ESI will be returning to New York in April 2020.

Atlanta opens new hotel close to venue

The AC Hotel Atlanta Airport Gateway is a new hotel which will open on 17 January in Atlanta, USA.