Beyond Asia: NYC & Company; Germany; World Routes and IATA Slot Conference

Here's TTGmice's weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.

Brooklyn Historical Society is one of New York City’s cultural institutions that can double up as a one-of-a-kind event space

NYC & Company puts together virtual resources
NYC’s Conventions and Visitors Bureau, NYC & Company, has put together a list of virtual site inspection resources featuring venues and hotels across the city, for event planners to plan ahead.

Bringing together photographs, virtual and video tours and other details on a wide range of venues, the list features purpose-built business event venues such as The Javits Centre, as well as unconventional spaces, such as the Yankee Stadium and American Museum of Natural History.

A selection of hotels are also available, ranging from the Andaz Wall Street which offers a total of 975m2 of meeting space, to the 733-key InterContinental New York Barclays and its 460m2 Grand Ballroom.

Germany’s lobby for exhibitions to resume successful
German authorities have given the green light for states to resume trade shows and exhibitions, according to a press statement from UFI.

The go-ahead attests to the association’s reasoning that exhibitions and tradeshows should be allowed to resume on a different schedule from other large-scale gatherings, because of their economic impact and organisers’ ability to control movement of delegates.

Thus far, the state authorities at North-Rhine Westphalia, home to state capital Düs­sel­dorf and the city of Cologne, have agreed to allow such business events to return from May 30. The go-ahead is subject to conditions, including limits on attendee numbers and the following of authorised health and safety procedures.

World Routes and IATA Slot Conference to emphasise aviation recovery
For 2020, both World Routes and the IATA Slot Conference intend to bring together players in the hard-hit aviation sector to layout recovery plans.

The two events are set to be held within the span of one week, with World Routes slated for November 14-16 in Milan, and the IATA Slot Conference scheduled for November 17-20 in Barcelona.

Laura Maughan, head-worldwide airport slots, IATA, hoped that both events will help promote much-needed recovery in air travel.

“We hope by November these events will provide a chance for the aviation sector to focus on the rebuilding of their schedules and destinations for 2021 and help stimulate services that will support global recovery and enable economies … to see improvement in air travel,” she commented.

Each year, airlines, airports and tourism authorities come together at World Routes to explore new routes and services, while airlines and airport coordinators attend the IATA Slots Conference to secure flight slots and nail down schedules for the year ahead.

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