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July 27, 2020
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SITE predicts rise of domestic incentive programs
New experiment to test Covid-19 spread at mass gatherings
ITE Hong Kong 2020 cancelled
NCCC opens kitchens for food relief
 
 
SITE predicts rise of domestic incentive programs
 
By Brad Foster
 
President Elect for the SITE International Foundation, director of the Meetings Industry Fund, and CEO of the IMEX Group, Carina Bauer, SITE CEO, Didier Scaillet, and President Elect, Aoife Delaney, were bunkered down in their respective homes when I spoke to them online late last week.
 
More akin to travelling the world the trio, like the good people of the world, are practising social distancing and, in their areas of expertise, waiting patiently for the COVID-19 tables to turn.
 
Like many travel-related associations, SITE has been busy online, conducting 18 webinars in the past few months with in excess of 5000 registrations of people who are no doubt asking the same question: When can we come together again?
 
Continue reading here. 
New experiment to test Covid-19 spread at mass gatherings
 
Scientists at the University Hospital Halle (Saale) in Germany are conducting an experiment to test the spread of the coronavirus at mass gatherings. As reported by IFLScience, the scientists will observe three different scenarios at a concert by German pop star Tim Bendzko at Leipzig Arena next month.
 
Scenario one will involve 4000 participants enjoying the concert in pre-Covid conditions (albeit with face masks); scenario two will see the entrance and movement of the 4000-strong audience controlled; and the third will involve 2000 participants abiding by the 1.5 metre social distancing rule.
 
Each participant will be given an electronic tag that beams back data about their distance, duration and frequency of contact with other audience members. After the event, the data on peoples’ movements will be run through a computer model that looks at how the coronavirus could be spread from person to person.
ITE Hong Kong 2020 cancelled
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
 
International Travel Expo (ITE) Hong Kong is off. Comprising the 34th ITE (Leisure) and 15th ITE MICE, it was to be held at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre between August 7 and 9. Already postponed from June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, further postponement wasn’t possible as no suitable date or venue could be found. New dates are June 17 to 20, 2021.
 
Organiser TKS Exhibition Services said foreign exhibitors outnumbered local sellers. Thousands of trade visitors also pre-registered online. It may arrange an online marketing platform for sellers and buyers to maintain contact.
 
“Some smaller B2C exhibitions were able to resume in late May,” said Stuart Bailey, chairman of Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association.
 
“However, live events were halted once again when virus cases spiked this month. Most conferences and exhibitions in August-September have been cancelled.”
NCCC opens kitchens for food relief
 
The National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC) has joined OzHarvest’s Hospitality Heroes program, opening its kitchens and re-engaging its teams to produce and deliver meals to those affected by Covid-19.
 
The venue will be preparing 500 meals each week over an eight week period - including pasta, curries, stews and vegetables - and delivering them to community charities.
 
NCCC’s general manager Stephen Wood said the centre is proud to offer continued support as part of its ongoing 13-year relationship with OzHarvest in Canberra.
 
“We understand how difficult current circumstances can be, our own industry has been greatly affected,” he said.
 
“It is through these challenging times that working with partners such as OzHarvest, we not only have the opportunity to best serve our community but also have the ability to re-engage our own staff in what is the true essence of hospitality.”
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