Events

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL: Hotel chain to pilot pre-event COVID-19 testing in U.S. properties

In a bid to boost confidence amongst business travellers and revive the brand’s events business, Marriott has announced that it will begin to roll-out pre-event COVID-19 testing from January, initially in U.S. properties in Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Colorado. It is hoped that the scheme, which will include options ranging from 15-minute rapid testing to PCR tests, will then be able to roll out in all Marriott brands and properties who wish to participate.
United States of America
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HONG KONG: Increased local COVID-19 measures and entry requirements from 10 December 2020

The government of Hong Kong has announced today that from 10 December, arriving passengers will be required to take an extra COVID-19 test three weeks after landing, in addition to the tests already required immediately after landing and towards the end of their mandatory two-week quarantine. The increased measures coincide with an increase in local restrictions from the same date; Hong Kong will once again ban dining in restaurants after 18.00 (local time) and close all gyms and beauty salons, to curb a rise in COVID-19 cases in the densely packed financial hub.
Hong Kong
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Event
Business
Leisure

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL: Marriott Bonvoy launches triple points incentive for event bookings

Marriott International has announced that, in an effort to boost event, meetings and groups bookings and assure customer confidence post-COVID-19, eligible bookings made for events held by 31 March 2021 will receive triple Marriott Bonvoy points. In addition, customers will receive 5% off master-billed group rooms, one complimentary delegate or room in every 10 paid delegates or rooms for groups between 10-100 people, and a signing bonus of 5,000 points at participating hotels across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Middle East
South Africa
United Kingdom
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FRANCE: City of Paris makes face masks mandatory in some outdoor areas from 10 August 2020

From today, 10 August, the city of Paris has made the wearing of face masks mandatory for anyone over the age of 11 in busy outdoor areas to curb a rise in COVID-19 infections. Among the areas included are the banks of the River Seine, and a number of open-air markets.
France
Borders
Event
Business
Leisure

JAPAN: Restrictions on public events to ease from 10 July 2020

The country's economy minister has announced that the government had agreed with members of a new expert panel to ease restrictions on holding events from 10 July. The relaxation comes despite Tokyo reportedly confirming 102 new COVID-19 cases as of 6 July, in what was the fifth straight day that the tally of new cases exceeded 100.
Japan
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Business
Leisure