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Buyer Q&A: Virtual FAM Trips and Remote Working

Continuing our Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange Buyer Q&A series, Meeting Spotlight spoke with Danene Dustin, senior global sales executive for Morris Meetings & Incentives, a full-service meeting and incentive program provider. Topics covered include working remotely, how incentives could change and the value of virtual "FAM" trips. 

Here's what Dustin had to say:

How has your segment of the industry changed over the last year? 

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.

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.

FITUR MICE Receiving Positive Business Response Ahead of Event

With only three months to go until FITUR Tourism Recovery Special, it says there has already been a tremendously positive business response to the FITUR MICE section, the B2B meeting point for the supply and demand of meetings, conferences and congress tourism and business travel. This response testifies to the need to renew contacts, find business opportunities and boost business activity in this vital segment for tourism and countries’ economies.

Tirol, Austria Joins Global Destination Sustainability Index

For the first time, the meeting and congress destination Tirol, Austria is participating in a benchmarking process, according to the Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index. With this, the Convention Bureau Tirol (CBT) and its partners want to launch an initiative for even more sustainability and make this commitment measurable and comparable.

FITUR TALENT Reveals Key Ideas For Recovery In Tourism Employment

The FITUR Tourism Recovery Special” is moving forward as it organizes content, providing spaces for sharing knowledge and new tools to help the tourism industry’s recovery. This year’s fair will take place on special dates, May 19-23 at Feria de Madrid. A good example of this new strategy is its renewed commitment to FITUR TALENT, a special-interest space focusing on people and on their potential, talent, skills and professional training as the cornerstones of growth for tourism companies.

FITUR 2021: A Strategic Edition for Tourism Recovery

IFEMA is working on a "very special edition" of the International Tourism Fair, FITUR 2021, with the challenge to set a turning point and contribute to the recovery of the tourism industry. In the upcoming fair, FITUR aims to adapt to the current context and to the needs of companies, countries and destinations that will lead to the revival of the tourism industry.  

VisitBritain: International Flagship Trade Event 
ExploreGB Will Go Virtual in 2021

VisitBritain has announced that its flagship annual travel trade event ExploreGB will run as a virtual event in 2021. ExploreGB Virtual, taking place from March 1-5, 2021, will invite international buyers to connect online with travel trade suppliers from across the UK to do business and boost bookings.

Attendance is free with registrations set to open from mid-December.