Menu

space bar

Industry News relevant to COVID-19

Travel Industry Seeking Federal Relief for Catastrophic Coronavirus-Related Losses – Northstar Meetings Group
03/18/2020

Decreased travel due to the coronavirus outbreak could equate to an $809 billion economic hit to the U.S. economy and the loss of 4.6 million travel-related jobs in this country by the end of April, according to an analysis prepared by Tourism Economics and released by the U.S. Travel Association.

Read More

CEIR Reports On Economic Impact Of Covid-19 To U.S. Exhibition Industry – CEIR
03/18/2020

Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released preliminary projections of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the U.S. business-to-business (B2B) exhibition industry in the coming months.

Read More

Due to Coronavirus Outbreak, These In-Person Events Have Become Virtual Meetings – Northstar Meetings Group
03/13/20

The coronavirus outbreak has had a major impact on the entire meetings industry already, forcing event organizers to cancel or postpone their conventions, trade shows and conferences.

Read More

Coping with Coronavirus: A Watershed Week for Meetings – Northstar Meetings Group
03/13/20

On Tuesday afternoon, March 10, we published a statement signed by 150 travel industry organizations – including Northstar Travel Group – insisting that healthy Americans can continue to travel safely in the U.S. and need not cancel due to COVID-19.

Read More

UFI and SISO launch global campaign to support the exhibitions and events industry – Travel Daily News
03/06/2020

Paris based UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and Atlanta based SISO, The Society of Independent Show Organizers, launch a new campaign, called “This Show Is Open”.

Read More

Coronavirus Response: Tradeshow Orgs Launch ‘This Show Is Open’ Campaign – Meetings Today
03/6/2020

The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) partnered with UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry to launch a “This Show Is Open” campaign in an effort to stem the wave of event cancellations in the wake of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak.

Read More

UFI and SISO Launch Campaign to Support Exhibitions Industry in the Face of Coronavirus – Northstar Meetings group
03/05/2020

As the spread of the COVID-19 illness has led to the cancellation or postponement of a number of trade shows and events, industry organizations are taking steps to help support those exhibition organizers working to keep their events going.

Read More

UFI and SISO launch global campaign to support the exhibitions and events industry – Exhibition World
03/05/2020

Paris based UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and Atlanta based SISO, The Society of Independent Show Organisers, 5 March, have launched a new campaign, called “This Show Is Open”.

Read More

MMBC to Meetings Industry: There’s No Reason to Cancel Events in the U.S. - Northstar Meetings Group

Meetings industry leaders are rallying to address growing concerns about COVID-19 and the outbreak's damaging impact on travel and events. To date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not have a coronavirus-related travel health notice for the United States, and it is safe to travel and meet here.

Read More

"NO EVENT BAN NECESSARY IN UK, SAYS GOV MEDICAL ADVISER"

There will be no ban on live events and other large-scale mass gatherings in the UK in the immediate future, a senior government medical adviser has told the UK events industry.

Read More

"Coronavirus: why banning events is over the top" – Meetings & Incentive Travel
03/02/2020

Over the weekend European countries moved into overdrive in formulating their responses to the coronavirus outbreak, many with huge ramifications for our industry.

Read More

Statement regarding COVID-19 to members, partners and the events community – Events Industry Council
03/02/2020

To our friends, colleagues and the communities most deeply impacted by COVID-19, I want you to know we are here to help.

Read More

WHO Calls Coronavirus 'Deeply Concerning' But Not a Pandemic - The organization says nine infected countries have not reported a new case for more than two weeks – Northstar Meetings Group
02/27/2020

Despite the continued spread of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization said that the virus could be contained and should be not be considered a pandemic at the moment.

Read More

PAX East organizers, eventgoers focus on coronavirus prevention with strict hygiene methods – Boston 25 News
02/28/2020

Read More

Starbucks reopens most of China stores as new coronavirus infections fall: 'Early signs of recovery' – Yahoo Finance
02/27/2020

Starbucks (SBUX) said on Thursday that 85 percent of its China stores are open after closing more than half them amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Read More

2019-2020 U.S. Flu Season: Preliminary Estimates – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Read More

Most events ‘not insured’ against coronavirus – Conference & Incentive Travel
02/27/2020

What event planners need to know about insurance cover if their event is cancelled or postponed over the coronavirus outbreak.

Read More

How Restaurants can Prepare for a Coronavirus Pandemic – Restaurant Business
02/28/2020

As coronavirus fears gripped the world this week, more attention has focused on challenges restaurants often face in keeping sick workers home—and how that could exacerbate the spread of a virus many experts believe is destined to become a global pandemic.

Read More

U.S. Travel Statement on the Cancellation of ITB Berlin
02/28/2020

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement in response to the announced cancellation of the ITB travel trade show in Berlin: “The guiding principle of the American travel community on coronavirus is to seek and follow the most current guidance from public health authorities. The government of Germany deemed the cancellation of ITB the appropriate call to make based on the available information."

Read More

How to prepare for coronavirus in the U.S. (Spoiler: Not sick? No need to wear a mask.) – Washington Post
02/28/2020

There are the exam gloves, the surgical masks, the dubious supplements and the deceptive disinfectants.

Read More

Singapore Emerges as Litmus Test for Coronavirus Containment – Bloomberg
02/27/2020

As the novel coronavirus starts to gather speed in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., there’s one place it is seemingly being contained: Singapore.

Read More

Hong Kong offers free venue hire amid coronavirus fears – Conference & Incentive Travel
02/26/2020

Read More

A Joint Statement on Tourism and COVID-19 - UNWTO and WHO Call for Responsibility and Coordination

As the current outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to develop, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are committed to working together in guiding the travel and tourism sectors’ response to COVID-19.

Read More

WHO Calls Coronavirus 'Deeply Concerning' But Not a Pandemic – Northstar Meetings Group
02/27/2020 

Despite the continued spread of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization said that the virus could be contained and should not be considered a pandemic at the moment.

Read More

San Francisco’s coronavirus state of emergency won’t halt Game Developers Conference – Washington Post
02/26/2020

Despite a “state of emergency” due to the threat of the coronavirus in San Francisco, the Game Developers Conference is still a go (for the moment), and San Francisco is still open for business, just not business as usual.

Read More

Top U.S. Trade Shows Set to Go On Notwithstanding COVID-19 Outbreak; Mobile World Congress Shares Insight into Its Cancellation – Trade Show Executive
02/23/2020

CONEXPO/CON-AGG & IFPE (International Fluid Power Exposition) 2020 began move in last week as scheduled.

Read More

Trade Show Industry Continues as Impact of Coronavirus Remains Uncertain – Trade Show Executive
02/09/2020

U.S. trade shows are facing more challenges this week than the week prior as the coronavirus, recently renamed “novel coronavirus pneumonia” or NCP, continues to spread globally.

Read More

Cancelling events over coronavirus ‘damaging’ says UFI/SISO – Exhibition News UK
02/19/2020

Global industry associations UFI* and SISO* have issued a joint statement advising organisers in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and in major parts of Asia not to cancel events because of the coronavirus.

Read More

How Major Shows This Spring Are Forging Ahead Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak – TSNN
02/19/2020

In the wake of the expanding coronavirus outbreak mainly within China, but spreading to other countries by the day, the massive Mobile World Congress in Barcelona decided to cancel its show after a slew of major tech firms pulled out citing safety concerns.

Read More

Joint UFI/SISO statement on the Coronavirus and the global exhibitions and events industry
02/19/2020

Around the world, societies and businesses are dealing with the consequences of the current outbreak of COVID-19.

Read More

NewsGuard webpage identifying MISINFORMATION about the COVID-19

As the Wuhan coronavirus — also known as COVID-19 — spreads across the globe, so does disinformation and misinformation about the disease. Follow the spread of this dangerous information with NewsGuard’s new Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center.

Read More

sidebar image

  • “Without a doubt the most valuable three days of the year for networking, learning, and meeting colleagues.”
    Tony Calanca, Executive Vice President, UBM
  • “Two of the best acquisitions Access Intelligence had executed came directly from contacts and discussions held at the SISO CEO Summit. Beyond that important networking for transactions, I learn best practices from the best in the industry. The ROI for membership is immeasurable.”
    Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence
  • “The impact of SISO is so much bigger than its size. It feels more like a global council of important tribes than a traditional trade association.”
    David Adler, CEO & Founder, Bizbash Media
  • “Our industry thrives on the personal relationships that face-to-face builds, and the CEO Summit is the ultimate place to build YOUR network!”
    Tom Mitchell, President, Messe Dusseldorf North America
  • “As busy, independent, for-profit organizer, SISO keeps our company connected to all the key players working in this industry and allows great relationships and ongoing learning of best practices from the best in the business. All invaluable assets to help move our business forward."
    Howard Hauben, CEO, H2 Events
  • “The SISO membership represents the entire for-profit tradeshow community and the annual SISO conferences are must-attend events for their educational and networking value.”
    Joel A. Davis, Founder & CEO, JD Events
  • “SISO connects strategic minds through invaluable networking opportunities and face-to-face executive conferences focused on excellence and inspiration.”
    Dana Teague, Vice President, Informa Global Exhibitions
  • “Participating in SISO puts you on the leading edge of the events world.”
    Charles McCurdy, CEO, Informa Global Exhibitions