Events Industry News Roundup - November

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Events industry demonstrates its commitment to fight climate change, event-goers are spending three times more on event trips, recruitment and operational challenges are impacting the business meetings and events sector, and much more for November's Event Industry News Roundup. 


Global events industry presents Net Zero Carbon Events pledge at COP26

The global events industry has presented a roadmap for a net zero carbon future for events. Industry leaders from venues, organisers, suppliers, and associations, were live on stage at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, 10 November, demonstrating the commitment of the events industry community to fight climate change. The pledge presented was developed through a broad industry collaboration hosted by the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), with the guidance and support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and with representatives from across the sector.

Read more here (Exhibition News) 

One Day at Christmas returns

One Day at Christmas (ODAC), Mash Media’s annual charitable event for the elderly and those who might otherwise be alone over the festive period, will take place at ExCeL London on 14 December. With more than two million people in England over the age of 75 living alone, and more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member, Christmas can often be an isolating holiday. The event aims to make Christmas a joyful season for elderly and lonely people. This year’s event is expected to welcome 300 people and 50 volunteers. Attendees can expect a Christmas lunch, bingo, fun activities, music, dancing and more.

Read more here (Conference News ) 


Event-goers are Spending Nearly Three Times More on Their Event Trips Compared to Pre-Covid

As the industry begins to open up again and braces itself for a roaring 2022, Event Genius and Festicket take a look at the booking patterns of event-goers. Leading this surge are event-goers from the UK, with 31% of all international orders for 2022 coming from music fans in the UK. This may seem unsurprising, given the country’s own easing of restrictions. The UK is followed closely by the USA, which accounts for 28% of orders, and then France (5%), Germany (5%) and Ireland (4%), with Italy, The Netherlands and Spain seemingly slower to recover the positive sentiment.

Read more here (Event Industry News) 


Recruitment and operational challenges impacting the business meetings and events sector

Supply chain issues, increased operational costs and staff shortages are heavily impacting the business meetings and events sector, according to the Meetings Industry Association (mia). The latest survey of venues revealed nine in 10 venues currently have vacancies, with over three-quarters seeking waiting staff, and almost half holding vacancies for receptionists, housekeeping and kitchen staff. On average, venues reported a loss of over a third of non-UK workers from the start of the pandemic, which has been led by challenges presented by Brexit and applications to the EU Settlement Scheme closing at the end of June.

Read more here (Events Industry News)  


Olympia London one of first UK venues to commit to net-zero pledge during COP26

This week, key players in this global industry have committed to creating a positive impact on the environment by signing a net-zero emissions pledge. Olympia London was one of the first UK venues to sign this pledge to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 and reduce total GHG emissions by 50% by 2030 in line with global efforts set out by the Paris Agreement to limit warming to 1.5C. The venue and other participants will provide a clear roadmap before the end of 2023 demonstrating how they will achieve net-zero status.

Read more here (Events Industry News) 



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