In the latest instalment of our ongoing video series, Northstar Meetings Group's global content team gathered to discuss the latest developments in group travel around the world.
This week, Loren Edelstein, vice president and content director of Northstar Meetings Group, speaks with Elizabeth West, editorial director for The BTN Group; Lauren Arena, editor of M&C Asia; and Paul Harvey, editor of Meetings & Incentive Travel.
Here are some of the points discussed:
2:30 Corporate travel policies are not going to hinder travel; it's going to be a thoughtful business decision between the traveller and their manager.
5:50 In the United Kingdom, "Freedom Day," in which all restrictions are lifted, has been pushed back by at least four weeks, currently to July 19. Events of up to 1,000 people continue to be permitted.
9:10 Financial support for businesses in the UK is scheduled to end June 30, which will create financial hardship for suppliers and planners who won't receive any revenue until business is actualized.
11:38 In Singapore, restaurants opened for indoor dining this week, but with a two-person maximum per group. MICE events of up to 250 people are permitted, with approval.
13:10 Phuket, Thailand, will open to international visitors on July 1. Visitors who stay in Phuket for 14 days can then explore the rest of the country as part of a "Sandbox Scheme."
14:35 In Singapore, talks are underway about creating travel bubbles with Hong Kong and Australia.
15:25 Japan has lifted its state of emergency in all prefectures except for Okinawa as it prepares for the Olympics. Meanwhile, 86 per cent of Japan's citizens are against holding the Olympic Games.
16:20 In some countries in Asia, vaccine supply still is not meeting demand.
17:30 While the EU has opened its borders to US travellers, each of the 27 member countries is free to enforce their own restrictions, which could present challenges to travellers, meeting planners and travel managers.
18:30 The sooner the United States comes to an across-the-board policy toward travellers from EU countries, the sooner the EU is likely to reciprocate.
M&IT editor Paul Harvey is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience. He began his career in the local press, working for various titles across the north. Since joining M&IT in 2013, he has become a trusted and respected voice in the sector, championing event professionals and reporting on all aspects of the events industry for the brand.