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How is COVID-19 Changing the Business Events Industry?

The speed with which the COVID-19 pandemic hit the business world – and the totality of its damaging effects in every corner of the hospitality, destination marketing, travel and live events sectors – cannot be overstated. To get a sense of the pandemic’s impact, PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) Convene sent an email invitation on…

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Coronavirus: German Expo Losses €3bn

German trade fairs have already been hit hard by COVID-19 crisis cancellations and postponements. Organisers and service providers are already suffering significant financial losses. AUMA, the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry, has now forecast a total loss to the German economy of around three billion euros. From UFI…

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Coronavirus: AU$2.5bn Monthly Losses, BECA

Coronavirus event cancellations are wiping AU$2.5bn off the Australian economy every month. So say new figures from a major industry body. Shutting down large gatherings has effectively shut down the country’s meetings sector, with devastating results, according to the Business Events Council of Australia. From Association Meetings International…

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Coronavirus: €81.6bn Lost from Exhibitions

Iceberg partner UFI has updated its earlier economic impact assessment of international exhibitions and trade shows due to the coronavirus crisis. At least €134 billion ($145 billion) of contracts have not concluded with shows not taking place as planned through Q2. The industry economic output in total is down €81.6 billion ($88.2 billion). From UFI…

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Coronavirus: Bill Gates’ 2015 TED Talk, and the Legacies Missed

The Iceberg exists to celebrate the legacies of business events. Sadly, sometimes the chance to create social legacies is strikingly missed. It’s a salutary lesson to look back at a TED talk from 2015 given on the subject of pandemic preparedness by philanthropist and Founder of Microsoft Corporation Bill Gates. From Boardroom…

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Coronavirus: African Sector Also Suffering Under COVID-19 Crisis

Meetings Africa 2020 already seems so long ago. As the world struggles to tackle COVID-19, not only have major conferences and exhibitions in Asia, Europe and America been cancelled, but Africa is also feeling the crisis. Interviews include Gregg Talley, President and CEO of Iceberg partner Talley Management Group. From the Event…

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Coronavirus: UK Events Industry Promised an Amplified Voice

The coronavirus crisis is the biggest challenge ever faced by the events industry. Get ready for business as extremely unusual. In an editorial posted before the United Kingdom locked down, one Iceberg partner promised the UK meetings industry “to amplify its voice at every turn”. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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