Vaccination

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...

Cairns Convention Centre mass vaccination hub gets underway

The Cairns Convention Centre in Australia has become a mass vaccination hub, as the venue team does its bit to help the business events industry get back on its feet. Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) will be using the Centre as a Vaccination Hub for at least four weekends to boost the vaccination numbers in the region. As of 15 September, only 34% of Australia’s population...

Melbourne’s CEC paying it forward during vaccination drive

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has been running a ‘pay it forward’ campaign at its Shed Café. While people are lining up for their vaccinations at the venue, the Shed Café is offering a great opportunity to pay it forward. Visitors to the vaccination centre can shout a nurse a coffee and include a heart-warming message of support. Since March, MCEC has been home to o...

Northern Ireland relaxes quarantine restrictions and welcomes back conferences

It was announced that, effective 16 August, individuals in Northern Ireland who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to quarantine for 10 days if someone they have been in contact with tests positive for Covid-19. Instead of quarantining, they must take a PCR test on days two and eight of what would have been their 10-day quarantine period. The Northern Ireland government re-emphasised the imp...

BECA requests targeted support for Australian events industry

Representatives of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) met, 16 August, online with the Hon Dan Tehan MP, minister for trade, tourism and investment to request targeted support for businesses reliant upon income from business events. Geoff Donaghy (pictured), BECA deputy chair and CEO of ICC Sydney, stated: “Survival of the complete visitor and events supply chain is our number one prio...

BECA backs calls for mass vaccination as pathway to Australia’s events recovery

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has announced it is supporting the call for the industry and broader community to get vaccinated as quickly as they are able, to support the first stage of the Government’s four-step national plan. Australia’s National Cabinet agreed in principle, 30 July, to transition Australia’s National Covid-19 Response, providing a pathway forward for the count...

ATEC promotes mass vaccination as Australian tourism industry’s solution

While regional lockdowns are affecting people in many, largely localised areas of the country, Australian tourism businesses nationwide are feeling the enormous financial impact of the recent round of border closures. With the Federal Government last week outlining a national COVID transmission plan, Peter Shelley (pictured), Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director, said: “Witho...

Hong Kong CEC introduces Lucky Draw to boost vaccination drive

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML), has introduced a lottery incentive prize to promote the city-wide vaccination drive.  HML launched the Lucky Draw on 14 July to encourage Hong Kong residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Prizes valued at over US$64,000 include year-round unlimited dinner buffets and dining vouchers at HKCEC’s restaurants. Participants mu...

Ireland welcomes back UK travellers

Aer Lingus, the national airline of Ireland, is now welcoming British customers back onboard flights between the UK and Ireland, with Ireland having opened its doors on 19 July to British travellers. Ireland is the first country in Europe where fully vaccinated British citizens can visit without the need for any Covid-19 tests into or out of the country. There will also be no requirement to self-i...