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📣 QUOTE OF THE WEEK

It's tough out there #eventprofs. More than ever, we need to hope for the best while planning for the worst. But we also need to support each other by staying positive.

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." - Aristotle


👩‍💻 GENERAL NEWS

Virtual Events are out in full force. The latest to join the movement is the inspirational Tony Robbins, one of the world's premier self help gurus. His latest event attracted over 22,500 participants from 143 countries. Check out his video board for some inspiration 😎

The UK events industry took a significant hit today, and Boris Johnson announced that effectively there will be no conferences or exhibitions for another 6 months.

Conferences and exhibitions will not reopen on 1 October, prime minister confirms
The prime minister confirmed that this ruling would be place in for six months

The UNWTO (United Nations World Travel Organisation) released a completely free too to help the travel industry track the recovery of the sector. Using this tool, you follow data related to travel demand in your country and around the world.

UNWTO Tourism Recovery Tracker

According to Event Industry News, the events sector is currently operating at 1-5% of normal capacity. 👀


🛩 TRAVEL

In positive news, Austrian Airlines has opened up a new route to China. Both China and Austria say that this is a necessary step to reinvigorate trade between to the two continents.

Air France announced that for the winter months, it will cut back its anticipated operations to about 50% of its originally planned schedule.

Qatar Airways has been granted a massive government bailout of nearly $2 billion. The airline says it has lost nearly the same amount since March.

Qatar Airways got $1.95 billion government lifeline after losses widened
Qatar Airways received a 7.3 billion riyal ($1.95 billion) lifeline from the Qatar government after losing 7 billion riyal in the year to March 31, the state-owned group disclosed on Sunday.

In a bid to boost travel to Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines is setting up drive-thru testing areas near the main travel hubs of LA and San Francisco. There is a cost, of course, but it aims streamline the new protocols to travel safely.

Hawaiian Airlines offering Covid-19 testing
The drive-thru tests will be available in Los Angeles and San Francisco, with more locations to come.

🌎 DESTINATIONS

Destination? Nowhere. Yes, a handful of airlines are literally selling flights that leave the airport and return to the same airport. Qantas' 7 hour flight to nowhere sold out in 10 min.

Qantas seven-hour flight to nowhere sells out in 10 minutes
With international flights restricted, Australian carrier Qantas is the latest airline to offer a flight to nowhere, taking in local sights to passengers paying up to US$2,700.

Winter is coming, and you may not be able to fly away. So why not find a cozy local hotelier to support? This list from The Telegraph is a great starting point for anyone living in the UK.

Britain’s 50 cosiest hotels to keep warm in this winter
At this time of year, what could be more enticing than a comfortable hotel offering roaring fires, good local walks and buttered crumpets for tea? Telegraph Travel finds the best in Britain.

🏨 HOTELS & VENUES

Hotels around the world are desperate for new income streams. CitzenM may have something. They've just launched a subscription plan targeted at remote workers. For $600/month, members get 3 free nights at any CitizenM hotel, 3 hours of meeting space, AND 24/7 access to common areas (living rooms) for unlimited remote working.

CitizenM targets remote workers with new corporate subscription plan | PhocusWire
Amsterdam-based CitizenM’s monthly flat-rate plan provides three nights of stays, three hours of meeting room use and unlimited use of lobby co-working space.

After nearly 8 years of anticipation, the Four Seasons has finally opened its doors in Madrid. This is the first Four Seasons in Spain, and it looks absolutely stunning.

Four Seasons Hotel Madrid Opens Tomorrow. This Is What You Need To Know
Everything you didn’t know you needed to know about the first Four Seasons hotel in Spain—which is opening tomorrow (September 25).

That's all for this week's edition of MICE Mondays!  

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