Europe

Leipzig stages indoor concert with 1,500 fans as part of Covid-19 experiment

Fifteen hundred music fans in Leipzig, Germany, attended a live rock concert by local singer Tim Bendzko, in the name of a scientific experiment designed to better understand how Covid-19 spreads at large events. Fluorescent hand sanitiser, face masks and contact trackers for transmitting the contact rates and distances of individual participants, were all laid on by researchers for the audience, ...

Berlin to present BOCOM, a dive into the new experience of borderless communication

The question of how we want to work, communicate, network and learn in future will be explored on 3 September, via BOCOM, a hybrid multisite conference sponsored by the German Convention Bureau. The conference will attempt to find answers to questions of overcoming geographical, technological and subject boundaries. Organisers of ‘BOCOM – Experience Borderless Communication’  claim it a first of i...

IBTM World reports new exhibitor sign ups as intense safety campaign for 2020 show continues

Organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced “a raft of new exhibitors,” including Meliá Hotels International, Titanic Hotels, Ibiza Convention Bureau and Canary Islands for its IBTM World 2020, due still to take place in Barcelona 1-3 December and widely seen as an opportunity for the wider global industry to gather in person again. The task for organisers will clearly be to persuade corporate...

UK association survey reports 126,000 industry job losses and £2.4m per venue

A survey by the UK’s Meetings Industry Association (mia) has reported that the average venue value loss reported as a result of coronavirus pandemic is £2,398,600 (US$3.14m). The association also estimates that 126,000 events jobs have already been lost in the UK during this period. Over a third of 197 responding venues (34%) are reporting values between £1m and £5m for lost business as a result o...

Government relaxes lockdown restrictions in England, pilot scheme for events to continue

The UK government has confirmed a relaxation of lockdown restrictions in England, paving the way for business and sport pilot events to resume. Exact details of the pilot business events have not been publicly revealed. In an announcement on 13 August prime minister Boris Johnson said that the government “will not hesitate to put on the brakes if required, or to continue to implement local measure...

Manchester Central cleared for take-off to manage event spaces at Runway Visitor Park

UK convention complex, Manchester Central, has announced that it will be delivering events and hospitality services at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park and Concorde Conference Centre. Home to the Concorde aircraft, the Concorde Conference Centre can host dinners, conferences, weddings and parties for up to 700 people. Shaun Hinds, chief executive at Manchester Central said: “We are absolut...

In pictures: Thousands turn out for #WeMakeEvents Red Alert protest

Thousands of event professionals gathered along Southbank in London, UK on Tuesday 11 August, to demonstrate the critical condition of the UK events industry. Eventprofs in red shirts lined the entire Southbank from Westminster to the Tate Modern, as part of the #WeMakeEvents ‘Red Alert’ campaign. They came from all corners of the events industry, including the live music, festival, exhibition and...

Absolute occupancy levels for London hotels in July lowest on STR records

Hospitality industry data benchmarking company STR’s preliminary July data for London hotels showed record low occupancy for July 2020. In comparison with July 2019, occupancy dropped by 74.8% to 22.8%. Average daily rate more than halved (52.4%) to £83.61 (US$109.14), while revenue per available room (RevPAR) was down 88% to £19.02. The absolute occupancy level would be the lowest for any month o...

French Premier maintains ban on public gatherings over 5,000 until 31 October

International event management and venue grou, GL events has responded to the French prime minister’s announcement of 11 August 2020 maintaining the ban on public gatherings of more than 5,000 people until 31 October 2020. Premier Jean Castex indicated that, in accordance with the strict application of public health measures, French regional authorities (préfets) will have the authority to grant e...

Conference Compass points to new community VEP

Holland-based software developer Conference Compass has launched a new association and event platform. The company says its new product, which took five months to develop, is an inclusive, intuitive, and customisable #OneCommunity Virtual Event Platform (VEP). “When the pandemic hit the spring conference season and most of our customers had no choice but to cancel or postpone their events, we deci...

On the Newcastle:Gateshead waterfront – big reveal

New images have been revealed showing the green and public open spaces which will be created on the Newcastle:Gateshead waterfront, in the North East of England, as part of Gateshead Council’s arena-led regeneration scheme, Newcastle Gateshead Quays. The 7,4000sqm scheme includes a 12,500-seat arena, a conference and exhibition centre, two hotels, bars, restaurants and car parking all linked by ov...

ECM and ICCA launch European partnership

The European Cities Marketing (ECM) consortium and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) have launched a European partnership designed to provide better aligned benefits for their respective members. Specifically, the new phase of the partnership will start off with a programme of exploring exchange and reciprocity in three areas: educational content, advocacy and a mentor p...

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