MICE MONDAYS / 2020-Jun-22
Happy Monday, all you lovely event professionals! Let's shake off the weekend and hit that news you need to know, in less than 5 minutes. Let's go 🚀
📣 QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.” -Leonard Bernstein, and American Composer who would have made a great event planner with ideas like this.
👩💻 GENERAL NEWS
The pandemic has not only devastated private companies, it's also costing governments dearly in tax revenues. In the USA alone it's estimated that local and state governments have lost an estimated $17 billion in hotel-related taxes.
Forbes magazine discusses the question, "Are Virtual Events A Passing Fad Or Here To Stay?" (spoiler: Here To Stay wins)
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has released new data which measures the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. Numbers include global 97% travel decline in April and 100% of destinations in the world implementing travel restrictions. 😳
Manchester Airport is testing an option which allows passengers to pre-book a security time-slot. Supporters believe this will reduce waiting times and help travelers feel safer and more confident.
KLM (a subsidiary of Air France) plans to significantly increase its flights over the summer to 6,900 in July and 13,100 in August. This is a positive indicator, though still quite a bit lower than 2019 numbers.
Level Europe, the Austrian registered short-haul airline (part of the International Airline Group), has filed for bankruptcy due to diminished demand.
Spain has announced a €4.25 billion plan to aid its tourism industry. Many have criticised the plan as poor for an industry that makes up 12% of the country's GDP. Neighboring France has a similar plan worth €18 billion, so they may have a point.
On Sunday, Spain also made the news by opening its borders to travelers from the EU and Schengen countries. Before purchasing your weekend to Spain though, make sure you read the details.
Dubai also announced it will be back in business to tourism on July 7th. Not surprisingly, strict rules apply. You must prove to have tested negative in the previous 4 days of your arrival. And, if you test positive when you arrive, you'll be quarantined by the government at your own expense.
The Safe Travel Stamp (offered by the World Travel & Tourism Council) continues to gain traction, adding Egypt, Slovenia, Ukraine, Vienna and others as 'safe destinations'. The stamp proves compliance with global health and hygiene standardised protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’.
🏨 HOTELS & VENUES
Hotels turning to tech to help them keep employees and guests safe. Electrostatic sprayers, UV sanitizers, robot butlers, and app key cards are just a few things that will make your next hotel stay much more high tech (and safe).
For China, a contactless hotel experience is nothing new. Virus fears have boosted interest in these hotels, including Alibaba's FlyZoo Hotel in Hangzhou.
The Mouse is making it's long awaited return. Disney opens its doors in Orlando on July 11th. Their reopening strategy is well worth a look, especially for hotels and venues who are still laying out their own reopening plans. (Video)
The smiles will not be limited to the Orlando, Florida. On July 15th, Disney Paris will also be opening its doors to the public with new health protocols in place.
The Hotel Arts Barcelona has also announced its official reopening on the same day, July 15.
That's all for today!
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