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GBTA Shares Updates on Convention 2020

Over the past few months, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) staff and leadership has considered "every option possible" to proceed with the association’s 2020 Convention set for November in Denver, CO; however, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to spike globally and the Denver Convention Center dedicated to a temporary medical facility, the convention center cannot be made available for November dates and, so, they had to cancel the event.

Stats: 73% of Event Planners Will Run a Hybrid Event in 2020

A survey of event professionals by etc.venues during its first hybrid event since lockdown revealed that almost three-quarters (73 percent) of them are planning a hybrid event before the end of the year.

A fifth (19 percent) of planners said the biggest barrier to choosing a hybrid event is a lack of experience, followed by concerns over cost (17 percent), risk of failure (17 percent), perceptions of low attendance (17 percent), confusion with technology (16 percent) and getting stakeholder buy-in (15 percent).

New in England: Pan Pacific London Touts "Most Technologically Advanced Ballroom" in London

Opening in early 2021, Pan Pacific London hotel is touted as what will be the city’s new landmark tower just across from Liverpool Street Station. A highlight of the property will be the 5,000-square-foot Pacific Ballroom, the hotel’s largest and most flexible event space—and one of the largest hotel ballrooms in the Square Mile.

Travel Networks Host Virtual ITMC 2020 Symposium

Global travel management networks Hickory Global Partners and WIN Global Travel Network announced they have come together to create and jointly host Virtual ITMC 2020, a global symposium series celebrating independent TMCs (travel management companies). The event will be sponsored by Hilton and Sabre Hospitality Solutions. Paul Tilstone, managing partner of Festive Road, will moderate the two-part event on July 23 and 30. 

Stats: 64% of U.K. and Ireland MICE Companies Experiencing Less Than Half Their Normal Business

Last week’s ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) U.K. and Ireland Chapter meeting was attended by more than 90 delegates from destinations, venues and suppliers. It was moderated by newly appointed chairman of Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), Simon Hughes

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand Announces Dates for MEETINGS 2021

The countdown for MEETINGS 2021 in Christchurch (Ōtautahi) has begun with the announcement of new dates for New Zealand’s premier business events exhibition run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ). MEETINGS 2021 will be held this time next year, on June 30 and July 1, 2021, at Te Pae Christchurch, the city’s new convention center.