Martin Fullard

Mayor Andy Burnham says events are ‘critical to success’ of Manchester

The mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, has said supporting events is critical to the success of the Northern UK city. In 2019, Marketing Manchester unveiled a five-year strategy which targets 40% growth, adding £345m to the city’s existing business tourism value of £862m (according to figures taken from 2017). This would be mainly driven by an increase in conference, meetings and exhibition busine...

New dates announced for MEETINGS 2021 in Christchurch

The countdown for MEETINGS 2021 in Ōtautahi Christchurch has begun with the announcement of new dates for the New Zealand business events exhibition run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ). The 2020 MEETINGS show, due to take place in Auckland in April, was postponed due to coronavirus.  MEETINGS 2021 will be held 30 June-1 July 2021, at Te Pae Christchurch, the city’s new world-class...

Denmark opens its doors a little wider for tourism

The Danish authorities have followed up the 15 June opening of the country’s border to tourists and other visitors from Germany, Iceland, and Norway, and, from 27 June are allowing citizens from a range of other EU countries to visit also. There are some conditions, however. The Danish border is open to citizens from EU countries with fewer than 20 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitan...

Events industry debated in UK Parliament

Further measures to support UK industries have been discussed in the House of Commons, 25 June. Ministers agreed that there are gaps in support and said they hoped the events industry would receive specific measures. In response to a petition signed by more than 150,000 people, the events industry was put centre stage as an industry in need of further support, as a restart date is yet to be confir...

Short term Covid-19 pain generates long term gain for associations

Association expert, Belinda Moore, has released a comprehensive report, 26 June, on the current and future impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the association sector which shows that the disease may not have been all bad for many associations. Research into 426 associations found the initial impact of the crisis to be negative with an intensive amount of innovation required to adapt to the new operat...

WTTC lays out guidelines for safer travel

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has laid out its new guidelines for Safe & Seamless Travel including testing and tracing to ensure people can enjoy Safe Travels in the ‘new normal’. Following medical evidence, the guidelines will ensure that the travel sector is provided with an extensive framework to help governments and private business work in collaboration to create aligned t...

Austria Center Vienna reports strong 2019

Vienna’s Austria Center has announced a strong set of results in 2019 despite ongoing modernisation work being carried out at the venue. Throughout the first half of 2020 the coronavirus pandemic has had a notable impact both on the congress industry and Vienna as a destination for tourism, with the majority of large-scale international events either cancelled or postponed. Unlike trade shows and ...

PLASA launches #WeMakeEvents campaign

PLASA, (the Professional Lighting and Sound Association) has announced the launch #WeMakeEvents, a new campaign with the aim of amplifying the voice of the event and  entertainment technology industry and gaining meaningful government support. The campaign includes a video highlighting the vital role of supply chain companies, along with the freelance community, to the live events industry and the...

Life’s a cabaret my friend: Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties, Episode 7

This week’s podcast is packed full of advice for speakers and explores how to command an audience without dying on stage; how to realise that failure is a MUST if you want know what really works. It also offers some great learnings from comedy greats Robin Williams and Whoopee Goldberg.     The lessons well illustrate just how important it is to tell your story and not be afraid of showi...

Research reveals impact of Covid-19 on travel businesses

During the weeks from May 11–25, 2020, over 900 travel executives from the top tourism source markets participated in a global survey by Travel Consul, an international travel marketing alliance. The goal of this survey was to get a better understanding of the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the industry, current needs and a view to what the future might entail. Here are a few highlights o...

Prime minister’s address: ‘bitter pill for events industry’, says BVEP chair

After welcoming the news of a relaxation to the social distancing measures, the chair of the UK’s Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), Simon Hughes (pictured), has lamented what he says is a “shameful” oversight by the government in failing to specifically reference the events industry in today’s address by prime minister Boris Johnson, 23 June. Conference and exhibition centres ...

Events industry petition to be debated in London’s House of Commons

A petition calling for the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry is to be debated in House of Commons on 25 June. The petition received 153,152 signatures. The industry, which is suffering huge financial challenges as a result of postponed and cancelled events, employs 700,000 people in the UK. Last week a survey conducted by ESP Recru...