ExCeL London to be turned into emergency hospital for Covid-19 patients

UK Health Minister Matt Hancock confirmed at a press conference, 24 March, that ExCeL London is to be turned into a special temporary hospital able to host 4,000 Covid-19 patients (as reported 23 March by CMW).

Dealing with the now and preparing for the future

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy says we must keep one eye on the future, and make sure we're ready for the end of the COVID-19 crisis.

Reed Messe Wien converts into a hospital

Over the past week Reed Austria has been working with the City of Vienna to convert their venue in the Austrian capital, Reed Messe Wien, into a temporary hospital.

mia lobbies UK government for grants and VAT deferment scheme

The Meetings Industry Association (mia) has written a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanding businesses get immediate access to emergency funds, to avoid a staffing crisis.

KLCC goes digital to ensure major conference can still run

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) hosted a key conference from Canada under altered circumstances, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Manchester Central gathers female eventprofs for International Women’s Day

Manchester Central hosted a podcast to celebrate International Women's Day, which took place on 8 March.

EICC launches new sustainable campaign Step Change

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has launched a new sustainability programme, ‘Step Change’.

ICCA UK & Ireland Chapter re-elects Diana Waldron as Chair

The International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) UK & Ireland Chapter has re-elected Diane Waldron, as Chapter Chair for a second term.

MECC Maastricht offers venue free to coronavirus cancellations

MECC Maastricht in the Netherlands has announced it will offer its venue free of charge to organisers who have been forced to cancel or postpone their event because of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Viparis eliminates use of pesticides at its venues

French venue manager and organiser Viparis has strengthened its commitment to biodiversity, by eliminating the use of pesticides.

Highlights from International Confex 2020!

International Confex came to a close this week, alongside the co-located Event Production Show and PA Show. All three events ran from 25-26 February at their new home of ExCeL London.

Martyn’s Law: Figen Murray urges eventprofs to take ACT Awareness course

Martyn’s Law campaigner Figen Murray (pictured) is calling on UK event professionals to undertake the government’s ACT Awareness eLearning course.  

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