Bulletin: COVID-19

We’re all being flooded by news and communications about COVID-19.  Below we summarise information about how destinations are responding, which we hope will help you in planning your own mitigation and recovery strategies.



Malaysia’s Safe Business Events Venue Certification
Source: Edited excerpt from TTGMICE
Date: 9 June 2021

Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM), Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), and Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Organisers (MACEOS) are driving the Safe Business Events Venue Certification. This is part of a broader strategy to ensure business recovery and continuity, and to instil trust in the industry’s commitment to its clients, stakeholders and the community. The certification programme has been endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and an internationally-recognised certification body has been approached to undertake the venue auditing and assessment and the implementation of the safety certification process.

Taiwan’s AR and VR choices for event organizers
Source: Edited excerpt from Mix Meetings
Date: 17 June 2021

MEET Taiwan, under the Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade has provided an online interactive exhibition template that can be used by event organisers to provide a virtual setting featuring five exhibition halls and six booth designs. This innovation, can also be customised by planners by adding webinars and more for their particular event. 360° video formats are being used to give on-demand views of destinations, venues and pre-arranged product presentation.


North Coast’s USD 74,958 support package
Source: Edited excerpt from CIM
Date: 15 June 2021

The North Coast Business Events Incentive Fund has opened this week after receiving grant funding from the Federal Government under the Recovery for Regional Tourism program. The Business Events Fund provides event managers with the opportunity to secure funding from a pool of AUD 100,000 (USD 74,958) to help offset costs associated with holding an event on the North Coast.

Perth launches digital tours of venues
Source: Edited excerpt from CIM
Date: 8 June 2021

Business Events Perth, supported by Business Events Australia’s Boost Program, unveiled a suite of digital tours of Western Australia’s most iconic and impressive conference venues. The fifteen 3D digital tours of Perth venues can be found on Business Events Perth’s new website and viewed on any device.


VisitBritain’s Domestic Support Fund
Source: Edited excerpt from Conference and Meetings World
Date: 9 June 2021

In an initiative to kick-start the recovery of the UK business events industry, VisitBritain has announced a £100,000 (USD 141,565) Domestic Support Fund for not-for-profit organisations and charities hosting meetings, conferences and events in the UK from 21 June to 17 December 2021. Events with from 100 to 500 delegates taking place in the UK are eligible to apply, with the fund open for bids from 9 June 2021. The financial support available is based on the number of delegates attending, with up to £15,000 available for each event.


Colombia unveils business events reactivation plan
Source: Edited excerpt from Conference and Meetings World
Date: 18 June 2021

The Colombian Convention Bureaux´ Network outlined its reactivation strategy for strengthening and promoting the business events industry in the country at a hybrid media conference on 16 June. The Network also unveiled its website, designed to support the promotion and reactivation efforts implemented by the 11 destinations that are part of the Network, in Colombia and abroad. This website tool is accompanied by the promotional campaign #HazTuEventoEnColombia – #HostYourEventInColombia, aligned with Colombia´s promotional programme that describes the country as “the most welcoming place on earth”.

USA’s “Let’s Meet There” campaign
Source: Edited excerpt from MeetingsNet
Date: 17 June 2021

The U.S. Travel association has launched the “Let’s Meet There” campaign, an initiative to communicate the distinct difference between professionally managed events (PME) and ‘large gatherings and drive more consistency around pandemic regulations. The association has worked together with the Ohio State University to unveil a White Paper called “The Scientific-Based Evidence for Conducting Safe and Healthy Professional Meetings and Events.”

Read the White Paper here.