MICE MONDAYS / 2020-Jul-06
Happy Monday, event warriors. Let's get to your 5 minutes of event industry news now. 🚀
📣 QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started." - Mark Twain
👩💻 GENERAL NEWS
The UK moved to boost its summer sporting events, allowing participants from certain countries to be exempt from travel quarantine rules. Formula One, international football, golf, cricket and snooker tournaments are set to benefit.
The music industry is fighting for its life. Over 1,500 artists including Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones, have banded together behind a campaign called 'Let The Music Play'. They are urging the government to support the industry which supports 210,000 jobs.
Cirque du Soleil has filed for bankruptcy protection and cut 3,500 jobs. We all hope this is just a temporary hiatus.
Air France is the latest airline to cut back its staff, announcing a plan to remove 7,500 jobs. The company was losing up to €15 million per day. The decision has sparked harsh criticism, also because they were rewarded a €7 billion state bailout to avoid this.
The 'middle seat debate' rages on in the USA. Senator Bernie Sanders slammed American Airlines for its decision to stop blocking middle seats and limiting capacity on flights.
New Zealand's excellent response to the pandemic has famously left it close to zero cases today. Their upcoming spring and summer event season is stacked, and event planners are grateful.
Japan is also rolling back restrictions on large-scale events. From this Friday, the government will boost the maximum number of people allowed at indoor venues to 5,000.
Britain is opening up to travel, lifting quarantine for around 60 'low risk' countries starting on July 10th. This is a positive step forward, the events industry demands more support.
Portugal is furious over the UK's new safe travel list. Portugal has had far fewer coronavirus cases and deaths, yet travelers arriving to the UK from Portugal will have to quarantine under new rules. This is a major deterrent for British tourists, who accounted for 2.1 million visitors last year.
Thailand joins the list of countries partially opening its borders after a three-month closure. After more than five weeks with no recorded community transmission, some groups of foreigners are now being allowed in. The county's protocol includes a rapid coronavirus test upon arrival.
🏨 HOTELS & VENUES
Ok, Hopin may not be a venue. But the virtual events company has quickly become a meeting point for many digital conferences. The company recently raised $40 million to boost its growth.
The luxury hotel brand, Bulgari, has inked an agreement to open a new hotel in Rome (its hometown). It is scheduled to open in 2022 and feature more than 100 rooms.
Similar to its rivals, Booking.com has launched a 'health and safety measures' feature. Accommodations can now easily list measures they have implemented including hygiene, sanitisation, social distancing, and food safety.
That's all for this week's edition of MICE Mondays!
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