LATEST STORIES ON CORONAVIRUS

In pictures: Events industry joins nationwide NHS tribute

In pictures: Events industry joins nationwide NHS tribute

As the UK came together to thank frontline healthcare workers, venues did their bit to mark the occasion.

Fears freelancers will be forced into debt despite UK chancellor’s intervention

Fears freelancers will be forced into debt despite UK chancellor’s intervention

Relief for freelancers welcomed by HBAA chair amid concerns many will have to take out loans before a payout in June.

How many MICE businesses have a complete travel ban in place?

How many MICE businesses have a complete travel ban in place?

Nearly 2,000 MICE professionals reveal whether their company has banned business travel in part three of C&IT's Impact of Coronavirus Report.

LIVE UPDATES: Which international events are being cancelled

LIVE UPDATES: Which international events are being cancelled

All the latest postponements and cancellations as the world deals with the spread of coronavirus.

Events industry applauds ExCeL's hospital transformation

Events industry applauds ExCeL's hospital transformation

The conference venue is expected to be ready for action as a huge coronavirus hospital by next week.

How coronavirus is changing event contracts and insurance forever

How coronavirus is changing event contracts and insurance forever

A need for more detailed contracts has been highlighted in C&IT’s Impact of Coronavirus Report, which surveyed 2,000 event professionals.

Largest stimulus bill in US history agreed

Largest stimulus bill in US history agreed

A nearly $2-trillion package will boost the US economy amid the COVID-19 outbreak after both sides of the senate reached an agreement.

Industry support line launched by Stress Matters

Industry support line launched by Stress Matters

Help by phone and Whatsapp is available to event professionals who would like to talk to a trained mental health first aider.

BTA calls on airlines to offer cash refunds

BTA calls on airlines to offer cash refunds

Airlines must adhere to IATA regulations where flights have been cancelled due to COVID-19, says the Business Travel Association.

Exclusive: Financial impact of coronavirus cause for global concern

Exclusive: Financial impact of coronavirus cause for global concern

C&IT’s international survey of 2,000 MICE professionals finds majority of companies, hotels and venues are 'very worried'.

‘Extreme risk' global destinations mapped in coronavirus report

‘Extreme risk' global destinations mapped in coronavirus report

Current situation in countries around the world has been assessed in the latest report from a risk intelligence company.

ExCeL Centre could become giant coronavirus hospital

ExCeL Centre could become giant coronavirus hospital

Military and NHS officials have met to discuss plans to convert the London venue into a temporary 4,000-bed hospital.

'Virtual isn’t a short term fix for our industry'

'Virtual isn’t a short term fix for our industry'

Inconnection predicts that the sudden demand for virtual will create more demand for hybrid and satellite events.

What you need to know about the Job Retention Scheme

What you need to know about the Job Retention Scheme

Employers can access the Job Retention Scheme to continue paying 80% of the salary for employees that would have been laid off.

Many US businesses hope trillion dollar relief package will be approved

Many US businesses hope trillion dollar relief package will be approved

A proposed relief package was blocked in the US Senate over the weekend, which would have included billions for hotels and airlines.

$2.5bn of Australian business events lost each month over COVID-19 shutdown

$2.5bn of Australian business events lost each month over COVID-19 shutdown

Immediate support is needed in this ‘dire situation’, says chair of Business Events Council of Australia.

Park in Philadelphia ‘flower-bombed’ by local event company

Park in Philadelphia ‘flower-bombed’ by local event company

US-based agency found a way to ensure the flowers intended for several corporate events didn't go to waste when they had to be cancelled.

Hotels offering free rooms to the homeless

Hotels offering free rooms to the homeless

Hotels have offered beds to London’s rough sleepers, as well as NHS workers, to support them during the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Lifejackets thrown' to every business in the events and hospitality industries

‘Lifejackets thrown' to every business in the events and hospitality industries

Agency boss and HBAA chair want the chancellor's financial support to go further, helping freelancers and the self-employed.

Contracts in the time of coronavirus: Force majeure and frustration

Contracts in the time of coronavirus: Force majeure and frustration

Conor Maher from Ellis Jones Solicitors explains what the options are when a contract can not be fulfilled because of COVID-19.

Coronavirus will have ‘significant consequences’ for hiring new talent

Coronavirus will have ‘significant consequences’ for hiring new talent

As many employers pause hiring plans, recruiters are considering how fair and inclusive virtual assessment and selection methods are.

Our view: Jimmy Fallon proves the show can and must go on

Our view: Jimmy Fallon proves the show can and must go on

Innovation and creativity can come from times of difficulty, says C&IT's editor Calum Di Lieto.

Navigating the coronavirus: FAQ for agencies

Navigating the coronavirus: FAQ for agencies

There's an abundance of advice out there about how as an employer you should deal with the fallout from the coronavirus.

‘This could be the most challenging crisis we’ve faced’

‘This could be the most challenging crisis we’ve faced’

Technology has a massive part to play in helping us through this period, says DRPG’s Dale Parmenter.

Will coronavirus change company culture for the better?

Will coronavirus change company culture for the better?

As more of us are forced to work from home, positive employee mindsets will become even more important says author and CEO Chris Dyer.

Our view: How school closures will impact parents and businesses

Our view: How school closures will impact parents and businesses

C&IT's associate editor examines how closing down schools because of coronavirus will affect event professionals with young families.

‘Severe implications’ for suppliers as Glastonbury Festival 2020 cancelled

‘Severe implications’ for suppliers as Glastonbury Festival 2020 cancelled

Iconic music festival to have ‘enforced fallow year’ following government guidance regarding large gatherings.

What does coronavirus mean for Dubai Expo 2020?

What does coronavirus mean for Dubai Expo 2020?

With the world’s biggest live event set to open in Dubai in October, organisers released a statement about the coronavirus threat.

Industry welcomes UK government's £350bn business aid pledge

Industry welcomes UK government's £350bn business aid pledge

MIA wants more long-term support from the UK government, while BVEP expresses anger over the way the crisis has been handled.

‘In times of isolation we all understand the value of live events’

‘In times of isolation we all understand the value of live events’

This is an opportunity to reinforce the importance of meetings and conferences, says the MD of Speakers Corner.

Calls for Boris Johnson to address 'staggeringly reckless' venue guidance

Calls for Boris Johnson to address 'staggeringly reckless' venue guidance

Commentators and industry leaders demand more government intervention as the latest advice is met with criticism.

C&IT’s coronavirus survey: Share your experiences

C&IT’s coronavirus survey: Share your experiences

Please complete our quick industry survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on event professionals around the world.

COVID-19 petition will be debated by UK Parliament after hitting 100,000 signatures

COVID-19 petition will be debated by UK Parliament after hitting 100,000 signatures

Petition asks for the government to provide financial assistance to events businesses suffering from cancellations.

Venues update cancellation policies amid fears of coronavirus impact

Venues update cancellation policies amid fears of coronavirus impact

Venues, hotels and event organisers tweak policies as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the MICE sector.

'Our client cancelled, but told us to throw a party instead'

'Our client cancelled, but told us to throw a party instead'

TEN6 Creative turned what would have been a wasted event into a spontaneous gathering for industry colleagues and friends.

Coronavirus: The complete list of destinations to avoid

Coronavirus: The complete list of destinations to avoid

Risk intelligence company updates report with a list of countries to avoid and those where risk is more limited.

Event cancellation? How to quickly make it digital

Event cancellation? How to quickly make it digital

As coronavirus continues to cause event disruption, planners are turning to digital platforms to ensure meetings can go ahead.

MICE industry urged 'not to lose faith' in the face of coronavirus pandemic

MICE industry urged 'not to lose faith' in the face of coronavirus pandemic

A look at what the future may hold as a long list of high profile corporate, tech and sporting events tumble in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Malaysia postpones and cancels major business events

Malaysia postpones and cancels major business events

Convention and Exhibition Bureau takes decision based on ‘the evolving COVID-19 pandemic’.

Budget 2020: UK govt provides relief for a 'very small proportion' of the MICE sector

Budget 2020: UK govt provides relief for a 'very small proportion' of the MICE sector

Industry leaders say the budget doesn’t take into account the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on larger businesses.

IMEX Frankfurt 2020 cancelled over coronavirus concerns

IMEX Frankfurt 2020 cancelled over coronavirus concerns

Major industry trade show is the latest event to succumb after Germany's health minister calls for a ban on large events.

Informa issues statement as £425m of events scrapped or postponed

Informa issues statement as £425m of events scrapped or postponed

A postponement programme was swiftly deployed to deal with the impact of coronavirus on the events sector.

How many company events are being cancelled due to coronavirus?

How many company events are being cancelled due to coronavirus?

Survey of HR professionals looks at the extent of event cancellations and travel restrictions imposed.

Coronavirus: Fears ‘businesses could go under’ leads to calls for help

Coronavirus: Fears ‘businesses could go under’ leads to calls for help

Industry bodies, venues and suppliers have all called for assistance from the Chancellor in tomorrow’s Budget announcement.

Coronavirus will have ‘huge repercussions’ for agency workforce

Coronavirus will have ‘huge repercussions’ for agency workforce

Industry faces 'fundamental changes' over Covid-19 outbreak, with freelancers particularly affected, says agency CEO.

What does ITB Berlin cancellation mean for IMEX Frankfurt?

What does ITB Berlin cancellation mean for IMEX Frankfurt?

IMEX Frankfurt issues statement after multiple major events cancelled across Europe because of coronavirus.

Oman Petroleum & Energy Show postponed over coronavirus concerns

Oman Petroleum & Energy Show postponed over coronavirus concerns

Omanexpo has delayed one of the most important oil and gas events in the Middle East by six months because of travel fears.

PCMA reshuffles leadership to support coronavirus response

PCMA reshuffles leadership to support coronavirus response

Association makes leadership team changes to better support event professionals with Covid-19 crisis management.

Conference centre used as coronavirus quarantine site reopens

Conference centre used as coronavirus quarantine site reopens

Milton Keynes conference centre is back to ‘business as usual’ after housing Britons returning from Wuhan in China.

Travel bans won't stop coronavirus, warns WTTC

Travel bans won't stop coronavirus, warns WTTC

Worldwide counter-measures have been strongly condemned, as UK government holds emergency Cobra committee meeting.

Most events 'not insured' against coronavirus

Most events 'not insured' against coronavirus

What event planners need to know about insurance cover if their event is cancelled or postponed over the coronavirus outbreak.

AIME increases numbers despite coronavirus

AIME increases numbers despite coronavirus

The conference saw a rise in registrations amid reduced levels of international travel.

Hong Kong offers free venue hire amid coronavirus fears

Hong Kong offers free venue hire amid coronavirus fears

A government subsidy aims to reinvigorate the conferences and events industry after event cancellations.

Can video save events amid Coronavirus cancellations?

Can video save events amid Coronavirus cancellations?

Event industry must stop thinking 'if you’re not physically in the room, you’re a no-show’ says video platform CCO.

Cancellations and deferrals: How global agencies are reacting to coronavirus

Cancellations and deferrals: How global agencies are reacting to coronavirus

As IBTM APAC gets postponed, agencies tell C&IT what they are doing to meet the challenges posed by the outbreak.

IBTM APAC 2020 postponed over coronavirus

IBTM APAC 2020 postponed over coronavirus

Organisers have postponed the inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Top agencies speak out amid warnings the coronavirus response came ‘too late’

Top agencies speak out amid warnings the coronavirus response came ‘too late’

With reports that another key congress may be cancelled, agencies explain how they have been taking stock.

Exclusive: GPJ comments on Mobile World Congress coronavirus cancellation

Exclusive: GPJ comments on Mobile World Congress coronavirus cancellation

MWC in Barcelona will not go ahead, as one senior agency planner says brands took action after consulting chief medical officers.

Bushfires and coronavirus: Australian MICE conference responds

Bushfires and coronavirus: Australian MICE conference responds

The Melbourne-based show for APAC event planners, AIME, responds to the coronavirus outbreak and Australian bushfires.

UK conference centre taken over by hospital as coronavirus declared 'serious threat'

UK conference centre taken over by hospital as coronavirus declared 'serious threat'

Hospital in Milton Keynes running hotel and conference centre as outbreak worsens and more flights are cancelled.

Travel risk ‘worsening’ as coronavirus spreads

Travel risk ‘worsening’ as coronavirus spreads

Riskline warns against any non-essential travel to China, with Penang now also on high alert.

Lockdowns extended as BA suspends flights to and from mainland China

Lockdowns extended as BA suspends flights to and from mainland China

BA says all direct flights involving mainland China have been suspended 'with immediate effect' because of the coronavirus.

What you need to know about the Coronavirus threat

What you need to know about the Coronavirus threat

Risk intelligence company assesses the response to the outbreak and its impact on travel.