How to make your events business more resilient

How to make your events business more resilient

Sun Tzu and Charles Darwin gave some advice that still rings true today, says Aonia’s CEO Daniel Chua.

'Small, medium or large - all agencies will be feeling the same shocks'

'Small, medium or large - all agencies will be feeling the same shocks'

Cheerful Twentyfirst boss talks about the challenges of going through an acquisition in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.

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.

How can the events industry recover from the impact of coronavirus?

How can the events industry recover from the impact of coronavirus?

Nearly 2,000 event professionals contributed to C&IT's Impact of Coronavirus Report and gave their thoughts on what the future holds.

Coronavirus: Your furlough questions answered

Coronavirus: Your furlough questions answered

Experts answer key FAQs about the tricky decisions businesses need to make around furloughs and offer guidance on the job retention scheme.

Global venues being transformed into field hospitals

Global venues being transformed into field hospitals

Which international convention centres are becoming temporary hospitals to manage spikes in coronavirus cases?

5 ways events will change after coronavirus

5 ways events will change after coronavirus

WRG’s Ben Atherton predicts how the industry might adjust when normality returns to live events.

Majority of event professionals fear job cuts

Majority of event professionals fear job cuts

Part four of C&IT’s global Impact of Coronavirus Report, we find out which regions are most concerned about job security.

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.

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.

‘Kill the agenda, it gets in the way of creativity’

‘Kill the agenda, it gets in the way of creativity’

A detailed event schedule doesn’t leave much room for flexibility or self-expression, says INVNT’s Adam Harriden.

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.

Aeorema Communications acquires Eventful

Aeorema Communications acquires Eventful

The deal marks Aeorema's 'conviction in the future and recovery of the events and MICE industry'.

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.

Case study: Global Conference for Media Freedom in London

Case study: Global Conference for Media Freedom in London

Identity worked with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for an event with keynote speakers including Amal Clooney and Jeremy Hunt.

Aspect hires director of client experience

Aspect hires director of client experience

Creative events agency Aspect reports a signficant expansion with the appointment of three new key team members.

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.

In pictures: 24 hours at Cowdray House

In pictures: 24 hours at Cowdray House

Planners enjoyed the best of the English countryside on a FAM trip in West Sussex.

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 to make all-male panels a thing of the past

How to make all-male panels a thing of the past

C&IT caught up with Amy Kean, co-founder of the diversity charter aiming to put an end to ‘manels’ everywhere.

Case study: Farm-to-table food experience in Barcelona

Case study: Farm-to-table food experience in Barcelona

A tech company’s management team spent a day making and eating some delicious Spanish food.

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.

New managing director for Yellow Fish

New managing director for Yellow Fish

Brighton-based events agency appoints MD who will join the board and lead company's development and strategy.

Deadline extended for the C&IT Awards Americas

Deadline extended for the C&IT Awards Americas

As C&IT expands its reach globally, we've launched the C&IT Awards Americas to recognise the best in US events.

Smyle appoints creative director

Smyle appoints creative director

New hire joins from TRO Group to lead a team of creatives and designers from the agency’s London office.

Why the best events should have a lasting legacy

Why the best events should have a lasting legacy

The positive impact of an event can reach far beyond its attendees, says co-founder of female leadership conference WNORTH.

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.

In pictures: New event space in Oscar Wilde-inspired hotel

In pictures: New event space in Oscar Wilde-inspired hotel

L’oscar London has three new spaces for private events and the largest is set within a Grade II Listed chapel.

How a centrepiece made an event more sustainable

How a centrepiece made an event more sustainable

C&IT went to a Scottish dinner and learned how even small gestures can help combat climate change.

What they don't tell you about flexible working

What they don't tell you about flexible working

Despite the benefits for busy event professionals, the realities of ditching the office don't always live up to the hype.

Airline Flybe goes into administration

Airline Flybe goes into administration

UK airline says the hit on demand for air travel caused by the coronavirus was partly to blame for the collapse.

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.

4 ways to make your events more diverse

4 ways to make your events more diverse

Co-founder of Maddox Events gives her tips on how a conference can achieve real diversity and inclusion.

Case study: Live-streamed heart surgery at ACI 2020

Case study: Live-streamed heart surgery at ACI 2020

Delegates asked surgeons questions during live operations at the Advanced Cardiovascular Intervention conference.

New executive producer for GPJ

New executive producer for GPJ

George P. Johnson grows its integrated production team with one hire and two promotions.

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.

Top event trends for 2020 uncovered

Top event trends for 2020 uncovered

Event Academy's Industry Trend Report reveals priorities for planners in the coming year.

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.

INVNT acquires Folk Hero

INVNT acquires Folk Hero

Event agency aims to grow its live and digital storytelling capabilities with acquisition of New York-based brand strategy specialists.

'It’s crazy that a third of event food is dumped in landfill'

'It’s crazy that a third of event food is dumped in landfill'

Events sector must do more to mitigate the impact – both financial and environmental – on clients and delegates, says BCD M&E senior director.

Why satellite events get noticed and save 'serious' money

Why satellite events get noticed and save 'serious' money

The popularity of small-scale live events will only grow in the coming years says an agency director at OrangeDoor.

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.

Sledge acquires SWM Partners

Sledge acquires SWM Partners

Pharmaceutical specialist with a turnover of £10m has been bought out by the live events agency.

AIME increases numbers despite coronavirus

AIME increases numbers despite coronavirus

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

Air New Zealand unveils lie-flat beds for economy passengers

Air New Zealand unveils lie-flat beds for economy passengers

The airline says the new design is a “game-changer” for economy-class customers on long-haul flights.

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.

Top doctor reveals 12 ways to make events more accessible

Top doctor reveals 12 ways to make events more accessible

Doctor Helen Grote describes how to make events more inclusive for disabled delegates.

Bomb victim's mother fights to make venues safer

Bomb victim's mother fights to make venues safer

Home Office is consulting on 'Martyn's Law' to protect fans at concerts and large-scale events.

Venice Carnival cut short as Coronavirus experts warn of global ‘tipping point’

Venice Carnival cut short as Coronavirus experts warn of global ‘tipping point’

Annual festival adds to a long list of pulled events while a global agency talks of cancellations, postponements and a move to virtual meetings.

Our view: the one time it's ok to get naked with work colleagues

Our view: the one time it's ok to get naked with work colleagues

On a trip to Istanbul, C&IT's senior reporter got a more authentic Turkish bath experience than she bargained for.

'Four-poster bed, copper bath and gorgeous furnishings': a night at Down Hall Hotel

'Four-poster bed, copper bath and gorgeous furnishings': a night at Down Hall Hotel

C&IT's associate editor reviews a country house hotel dating back to 1322 with Italianate architecture and luxury interiors.

The charity ball with a projection-mapped 'Wheel of Fortune'

The charity ball with a projection-mapped 'Wheel of Fortune'

Country estate Alrewas Hayes hosted the 25th anniversary of the Hope and Homes for Children fundraiser.

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.

MGM Resorts takes action over massive data hack

MGM Resorts takes action over massive data hack

More than 10.6million guests have had their data leaked after the cyber attack, according to reports.

APAC planners still 'use manual processes' for most of their tasks

APAC planners still 'use manual processes' for most of their tasks

Australian and New Zealander event planners need a more technology-driven approach, according to new research by Cvent.

DICE launched to improve diversity at conferences and events

DICE launched to improve diversity at conferences and events

New charter aims to eliminate 'manels' and offers guidelines for making events more diverse, on and off stage.

World’s most popular destinations for business travel revealed

World’s most popular destinations for business travel revealed

New research draws on official government flight data to reveal locations most popular with UK business travellers going overseas in the last year.

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.

Delta commits $1 billion to become first carbon-neutral airline

Delta commits $1 billion to become first carbon-neutral airline

The airline makes 10-year commitment to mitigate all emissions from March 2020.

Smyle forecasts 50% turnover growth in 2020

Smyle forecasts 50% turnover growth in 2020

Agency features on the Sunday Times International Track 200 and predicts big things for the year ahead.

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