On September 10, the #PowerOfLiveEvents initiative left the virtual space and converted into an all-day live conference with support from the newly formed Budapest Convention Bureau and the Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre and with the cooperation of the industry associations.
More than 350 exhibitors, 500 decision makers and 1,850 participants attended the MICE event by Heavent Meetings in the Palais des Festivals Cannes in the beginning of September. (A)LIVE, the outdoor conference, which involved speakers from the event industry and the mayor of Cannes, marked the first tradeshow taking place in France since March.
IFEMA (Fair Institution of Madrid) has announced details on FITUR 2021 (International Tourism Trade Fair), an annual event that brings together professionals from the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) tourism industry. The event will celebrate its 41st edition from January 20 to 24, 2021, at Feria de Madrid, and offers among its varied content a strategic area that is a meeting point for the specialized offer and demand in this segment, which is key to boosting the tourism industry worldwide.
Fairs and exhibitions in Istanbul have resumed under strict hygiene rules and precautions due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
CNR Beauty & Wellness Fair became the first international fair to be opened in Istanbul after a six-month break. Implementing the safety and health regulations including social distancing, hygiene, and obligatory face masks, the Beauty & Wellness Fair expects to host 25,000 professionals over three days.
GBTA, the Global Business Travel Association, has released a statement reiterating the importance of cooperation between the E.U., Canada and the U.S. to restore safe travels and reboot the economy. GBTA is urging the European Commission, E.U. governments, Ottawa, and the White House to pursue talks to find a resolution for transatlantic travel, based on reciprocity, proportionality, and the latest scientific advice.
In a united effort to kickstart the events market, many U.K. industry associations and prominent leaders in the sector have teamed up to create and support UKickstart Event 2020, taking place on Tuesday, September 8 at 2 p.m. This free-to-attend, nationwide, multi-hub live and virtual event will bring together meeting and event leaders and professionals who want to drive the U.K. to have the confidence to start meeting again.
More and more in-person and virtual events are coming together in the form of seminars, incentives, product launches, congresses and other gatherings. In addition, an increasing awareness in terms of health and safety goes hand-in-hand with a growing demand for events that are more sustainable. To meet this demand and to remain a pioneer in B2B services, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Group has set up a hybrid events think-tank.
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).