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Incon Launches Covid-19 Resource Page

Incon the partnership of some of the world’s leading conference organisers and association management companies has created a Covid-19 resource page, which provides tips and advice on creating online and virtual events and conferences. Our 10 Global Partners have contributed their latest recommendations and best practice advice on how to create, manage and market events or conferences during Covid-19. It is a stressful time to be working on events, we are offering this guide to help anyone trying to organise an event.

Patrizia Buongiorno, Incon Co-Chair and VP at AIM Group International remarked “we are delighted to come together to offer this resource and hope the expertise and guidance gives some relief and support to an industry in crisis.”

The page covers a broad range of topics, like how to move a scientific congress online? how to forecast participation? how to create engaging virtual meetings? why digital marketing is so relevant? how brand marketing has changed? what are the best technologies to market meetings? How to pivot content marketing? How to implement sanitary measures for events? or why sponsors should invest in digital events? A raft of articles can be consulted across a number of themes, to include:

• Virtual and Online Event Management

• Social Distancing Events

• Marketing Online Events and Engaging Communities

• The Technologies of Meetings

• Communication and Leadership

 

Get in touch if you have an article or resource that you would like featured in the additional resources section. Anyone looking for hands on support to organise an online, virtual or face-to-face meeting can check out our 10 partners on the Incon website. We have people and offices in 170 destinations around the world.

Asia’s MICE sector expected to rebound ahead of other regions

ASIA’S business events industry has the potential to rebound faster than other continents, but being able to conduct business safely is important, highlighted panellists at the Global MICE Situation in the Time of the Pandemic webinar for Philippine business events stakeholders, according to TTGmice e-news.

Green shoots can already be seen, according to UFI’s Asia Pacific regional manager Mark Cochrane. He related the example of China, which had zero exhibitions in February, is “slowly, and cautiously getting back into business”.

Asia’s business events sector is most likely to recover faster than other continents, experts predict

Although international travel is at a standstill, China’s massive economy has presented a lot of potential for domestic activities, Cochrane noted.

Noor Ahmad Hamid, ICCA’s regional director Asia Pacific, agreed, and pointed out that business events are starting to begin in smaller Chinese cities such as Qingdao, Chengdu, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Xiamen.

Some domestic activity is also happening in parts of Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia, as well as New Zealand – which is slowly easing local travel restrictions – and Australia, according to Noor.

Cochrane added that Asian countries with domestic markets such as South Korea and Japan will open up first, while Hong Kong and Singapore will take longer as these cities rely primarily on foreign participation.

Asian destinations are observed to be on the path to recovery, with Singapore and Thailand announcing recovery packages and Hong Kong offering rental-free venues. These moves bode well for the exhibition sector.

“We have to tell governments that MICE is important for economic growth, and they have to open up,” said Noor, highlighting that it was important for local stakeholders to come together to push for it as well.

Jennifer Glynn, SITE president, pointed out that incentive travel “will come back regionally”, but will likely be with tighter budgets due to weak corporate performance during the Covid-19 crisis. As such, incentive groups will favour destinations closer to home.

To help planners stick to the budget, Glynn suggested that a programme to remote regions, emerging destinations, or the countryside would work, since a majority of incentive programmes usually number from 25 to 50 people.

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavík is ready for the post-Covid-19 era

When social distancing measures were put in place in Iceland on March 16, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavík had to close temporarily. Before the outbreak, 2020 was on track to be a record year for Harpa in international events.

"It was confusing and difficult for us, as for everyone in the event industry, to see things unfold when borders started closing down," says Svanhildur Konradsdottir, CEO of Harpa. "But we certainly appreciate that most of our clients chose to postpone their events rather than canceling them. That inspired us to start right away to plan for the post-COVID-19 era."

There has been a steady decline in Covid-19 infections in Iceland since April 5. At this point, there are only a handful of active cases in the country. May 4 marked the start of substantial easing of the social distancing measures and on May 7 Harpa reopened, becoming one of the first conference halls in Europe to do so during the pandemic. Last week it was announced that from June 15, the 14-day quarantine will not be mandatory for passengers arriving at Keflavik International Airport. Instead, tourists and Icelandic residents entering the country will be given the option of being screened for the novel coronavirus.

"We have been working closely with the Icelandic health authorities enabling international conference guests to be safely brought together this summer. The well-being of our guests, organizers, and staff is of the highest priority, and we follow strict guidelines on personal hygiene, such as frequent handwashing, sanitation, and social distancing between people. We have implemented processes on how to divide our space into sections to fulfill current regulations on group size and social distancing. We have implemented cleaning procedures for the whole building with particular attention to frequently touched objects and surfaces. Microphones, pointers, keyboards and podiums are disinfected between speakers. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are available to all guests." Says Konradsdottir.

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center is well-known for its unique architecture, which is influenced by the exceptional and dramatic nature of the Icelandic landscape. Its location in the heart of Reykjavík, situated on the picturesque Reykjavík harbor, which features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the North Atlantic Ocean. Not to mention its state-of-the-art software and technologically that gives event professionals the option of offering virtual or hybrid (online/on-site) events.

 

Amsterdam Drone Week expands activities with hybrid summits

During these challenging times, technology shows amazing opportunities to implement innovations that could benefit the society. All over the world, drones are used for medical goods delivery, surveying, cleaning and food transportation. All inspiring initiatives to share within the UAM ecosystem. How can we bring the UAM industry to the next level? As collaboration is key to implement the new set of drone regulations and build an integrated sky. Amsterdam Drone Week will expand her activities in 2020 by organising two hybrid summits on 17 September and 1 - 3 December 2020.

Amsterdam Drone Week, is an initiative of EASA and RAI Amsterdam and is organised in close collaboration with our founding partners Boeing, Airbus, KPN and City of Amsterdam and supported by CANSO, Commercial UAV Expo, DGMOVE and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. In the run-up virtual expert sessions and matchmaking will be facilitated to create additional networking moments and share knowledge through the entire UAM ecosystem. Paul Riemens, CEO of RAI Amsterdam: “We looked at new ways to reach out to the UAM industry during these challenging times. We see the ongoing need of connecting and sharing knowledge as things are moving in a fast pace. Technology is at hand to build a suitable new hybrid event that fits the demand of the UAM industry.”

 

ADW 2020: yearround knowledge sharing and networking

Amsterdam Drone Week will focus on yearround knowledge sharing and networking. Nynke Lipsius, Event Director ADW, explains: “In September and December we will organise two hybrid summits. The hybrid summits consist of an online livestream with keynotes, panel discussions and interviews to reach out on a global scale and can also be visited live onsite. As connecting through the UAM ecosystem is key to move forward all delegates, partners and speakers can use ADW matchmaking to plan virtual or live meetings during the hybrid summits.

 

Collaboration EASA and Amsterdam Drone Week

The EASA High Level Conference on Drones will unfortunately not take place in its traditional format in 2020, due to the impact of the coronavirus. The next conference is currently expected to take place during Amsterdam Drone Week 2021, scheduled for 7 December - 9 December 2021. “At this time all our resources and expertise are directed to the Covid-19 challenges we’re facing in the aviation industry.” says Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director.

ADW and Commercial UAV Expo Europe together in Amsterdam in 2021

In 2021 Amsterdam Drone Week will be co-located by Commercial UAV Expo Europe in Amsterdam. Together we will cover the entire drone ecosystem from UAM to all vertical markets. Lisa Murray, Group Director Commercial UAV Expo Europe: ”This year we will join forces virtually. We look forward to welcome the entire drone industry live on 7 December - 9 December 2021 in Amsterdam with amazing demo’s.”

 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About Amsterdam Drone Week

Amsterdam Drone Week is the global platform for sharing knowledge on current air solutions, potential innovations and vital regulations. Creating valuable connections with all key players, knowledge institutes and authorities to co-create and co-operate to build the UAM ecosystem. It is a co-creating platform which showcases the latest technology and helps unlock the potential of drones and discovery of new applications. Through virtual hybrid summits, expert sessions and matchmaking, ADW connects the entire UAM value chain around drone regulations, new technology and future solutions. For more information visit: www.amsterdamdroneweek.com.

Etihad Airways adds more return flights, including Paris, Geneva, and Milan

New transit connection from Sydney to London via Abu Dhabi, as well as special return flights to Belgrade, Dublin and Toronto. Etihad Airways adds more return flights, including Paris, Geneva, and Milan.

 

The airline will also operate a direct return transit between London and Sydney via Abu Dhabi. Similar to the previously announced Melbourne service, passengers will remain onboard the aircraft when it lands in Abu Dhabi.

 

Schedule of special flights (effective 19 May – 15 June 2020 - subject to change):

• Amsterdam: May 20, 22, 27, 29 & June 1, 3, 8, 10, 15

• Barcelona: June 24, 31 May & 7, 14

• Belgrade: May 21

• Brussels: May 24, 31 & June 7, 14

• Dublin: May 23, 30 & June 6, 13

• Geneva: May 23, 30 & June 6, 13

• Frankfurt: May 24, 31 & June 7, 14

• Jakarta: May 21, 28 & June 4, 11

• Kuala Lumpur: May 23, 30 June & 6, 13

• London Heathrow: May 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 & June 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15

• Melbourne: May 20, 22, 27, 28 & June 4, 11

• Milan: May 24, 31 & June 7, 14

• Paris CDG: May 24, 31 & June 7, 14

• Seoul Incheon: May 21, 23, 28, 30 & June 4, 6, 11, 13

• Singapore: May 19 & June 2, 9

• Sydney: May 26 & June 2, 9

• Tokyo Narita: May 25 & June 1, 8

• Toronto: May 21

• Zurich: May 24, 31 & June 7, 14

Etihad said it has implemented an extensive sanitisation and customer safety programme and is practicing the highest standards of hygiene at every part of the customer journey. Guests travelling on Etihad Airways flights are required to wear a face mask throughout their journey.

New faces at The Hague Convention Bureau to focus on key sectors

The Hague Convention Bureau has employed two new international sales managers to focus on the city’s specialist markets; including new energy, impact economy, IT & tech and cyber security.

Jeanine Dupigny and Nadir Aboutaleb bring excellence and experience across key sectors to The Hague Convention Bureau’s team:

  • Jeanine, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, will focus on MICE acquisitions in the new energy and impact economy sectors. She brings a wealth of knowledge from the industrial development, petrochemical and tourism sectors as well as experience working with voluntary and charitable organisations around the world.
  • Nadir, who considers The Hague to be his hometown, has more than nine years’ experience in the meetings and events industry. Most recently this has included time at leading venues such as the RAI Amsterdam. His new role will focus on the development of specialist events covering IT & Tech and Cyber Security.

Bas Schot, Head of The Hague Convention Bureau said: “Despite challenges facing our industry, there has never been a more important time to develop new relationships and promote destinations to key sectors in creative and personal ways. Jeanine and Nadir are both specialists in their chosen fields and I look forward to the impact they will have on The Hague Convention Bureau going forward.”

Meet the whole The Hague Convention Bureau team »