Beyond Asia: Dusit Beach Resort Guam; IBTM Americas; and Fira de Barcelona

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

Dusit Beach Resort Guam

Dusit takes over management of Guam resort
Dusit International has taken over the management of the former Outrigger Guam Beach Resort with effect from June 1.

The Thai hospitality company will also assume management of the luxury retail centre next to the resort, The Plaza.

Located in tourist hotspot Tumon Bay, the 604-room resort has been renamed Dusit Beach Resort Guam and is currently undergoing renovations. So far, a splash pad has been added for families.

The two properties will add to the company’s existing portfolio in Guam, which includes the 421-key Dusit Thani Beach Resort, located next to the Dusit Beach Resort Guam.

IBTM Americas postponed to 2021
IBTM Americas will be postponed to May 19 and 20, 2021, due to controls posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Event organiser Reed Exhibitions Mexico said that these curbs, including travel restrictions, would “significantly impact the quality of the event”.

In the meantime, before the next face-to-face exhibition in Mexico City next year, Reed Exhibitions Mexico will hold a succession of virtual events during the remainder of 2020, through to 2021.

This year’s IBTM Americas was originally scheduled for August 26 and 27 in the Mexico City, host city for the event since its first run in 2018.

Fira de Barcelona readies to resume events in September
Spanish trade fair institution Fira de Barcelona (Fira) is planning for the resumption of its business events within the country soon.

Currently, Fira is working with Barcelona public health institution The Hospital Clinic to come up with health and safety protocols for its Montjuïc and Gran Via venues. The protocols will come into effect in September.

Once the green light is given by the authorities, Fira is planning to restart events with business fair BizBarcelona, and gastronomic trade show Alimentaria in September. However, the organisation acknowledges that resumption of activity will only be possible through the use of hybrid event models.

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