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U.K. Could Resume International Travel by May 17, 2021

International travel to the U.K. could resume, at the earliest, May 17, 2021, according to a report produced by the U.K.’s Global Travel Taskforce. On Friday, the taskforce released a framework to chart The Safe Return of International Travel to the U.K., deciding on a “traffic light” system, which would categorize countries based on the level of risk.

California to Fully Reopen June 15, Including Conventions and Meetings

On June 15, all industries in California will be able to return to “usual operations,” according to an announcement by the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health.

The state, Governor Newsom said, would only fully reopen if two criteria are met:

Jamaica Establishes Advisory Board to Boost Meetings and Conventions Industry Business

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has established a new advisory board to help the destination increase business from the global MICE industry. In addition, to strengthening Jamaica’s position as a leading destination for meetings and incentive travel, the Board will ensure that the JTB’s Groups & Convention Department remains on the cutting edge of the latest industry trends.

New York Becomes First State to Launch Digital COVID-19 Health Platform for Venues

New York has recently announced the launch of a digital platform, called Excelsior Pass, to track an individual's recent negative PCR or antigen test result or proof of vaccination to help fast-track the reopening of businesses and event venues. The platform is voluntary and would work in a similar way to a mobile airline boarding pass.

Cannes’ Palais des Festivals Awarded GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation

After obtaining the “Sanitary Security Label” and “Ecovid Label” issued by SOCOTEC in February 2021, the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes was awarded North America’s top health certification for public hospitality facilities: GBAC STAR Facility. Awarded by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, this certification attests the implementation of the strictest protocols in terms of cleaning, disinfection and prevention of infectious diseases within the establishment.

Travel Oregon Invests Millions to Help State Get Visitor-Ready

As Oregon gears up for economic recovery, tourism is expected to lead the way and Travel Oregon is actively laying the groundwork. The agency, which serves as the state tourism office, has established a multimillion-dollar suite of investments to aid the tourism industry in economic recovery from the pandemic.

Nashville Showcases Recent Openings and Updates in New Campaign

“While you’ve been away, we’ve been creating, and it’s time to come on back to Nashville safely,” said The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. in a recent press announcement. When the world slowed down, “Music City’s” creative community forged ahead with brand-new openings, reimagined offerings from iconic hotspots and, of course, new music.

Here’s what visitors can expect in 2021:

Sacramento's Renovated and Expanded Safe Credit Union Convention Center to Open Soon

As California looks ahead to welcoming the return of conventions, Visit Sacramento will offer planners a new option with the opening of Sacramento’s SAFE Credit Union Convention Center. This fully renovated and expanded space will have new, flexible indoor and outdoor space.

Set to open in just a few months, Sacramento’s SAFE Credit Union Convention Center is situated in the city’s downtown neighborhood. Highlights will include:

California's Tourism and Labor Officials Call on Governor Newsom for Reopening Guidelines

Frustrated officials and union leaders representing California’s business travel, events and conventions industry are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to issue statewide guidelines clarifying under what conditions business meetings, events and conventions in California can resume someday.