World Expos governing body’s Member States vote to confirm one-year postponement to Expo 2020
Expo 2020 Dubai is gearing up to help shape a post-pandemic world and create a better future for all after a two-thirds majority of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Member States voted in favour of postponing the next World Expo by one year.
The global mega event will now run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, a delay that allows all participants to safely navigate the impact of COVID-19, and allows the World Expo to focus on a collective desire for new thinking to identify solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.

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The German government has just announced a global travel warning up to and including June 14, 2020. That means there will be no German vacation trips to other countries by this day. Neither in Europe nor in overseas travel countries like Asia, the Caribbean or America will there be any German vacationers by this date.

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Dr. Ralf Corsten hands over after 17 years/André Witschi confirmed as new Chair of the Supervisory Board. At its first meeting in 2020, the Supervisory Board of Steigenberger Hotels AG has announced that there will be a change in leadership. Both the Supervisory Board and the Executive Board wish to express their thanks to Dr. Ralf Corsten, outgoing Chair of the Supervisory Board, who has guided the fortunes of the company over a period of almost two decades and has turned
Steigenberger Hotels AG into a group which is ideally positioned to meet the demands of the international hotel sector. Dr. Corsten is standing down at his own request following the successful completion of change of ownership in January 2020 and after having been significantly involved in driving forward and shaping the process. André Witschi, who already served as CEO of Steigenberger Hotels AG between 2008 and 2010, is ideally suited to step into the shoes of Dr. Corsten as Chair of the Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board and the Executive Board are
delighted that Deutsche Hospitality has secured the services of such a capable successor.

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The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced its recovery plan following the end of the pandemic, as well as the latest updates on tourism developments.
HKTB’s executive director, Mr. Dane Cheng, announced a three-phase plan to reinvigorate tourism to the city. This plan has been designed to complement the HK$400 million (approximately £41.8 million) funds allocated to supporting promotions by the trade.

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Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau or TCEB has announced two projects focusing on digital-based MICE services and health safety standard.
The first called “Virtual Meeting Space” (VMS) will help MICE entrepreneurs run business events online and re-skill their employees via virtual platforms. The second, called “Simple Ways to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Your Meetings and Events”, offers MICE venue owners and operators an incentive to upgrade their safety and health standards. The two projects are in response to the business disruptions brought about by COVID-19 and lockdown measures worldwide.

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Statement from the Organisers.”In light of the changing global situation relating to the COVID-19 virus, we have continued to monitor the impact it is having not just on our industry, but on society in general. Many meetings took place with the Dubai World Trade Centre and we reviewed other options to organise an event in the last quarter. However, after consultation with our key stakeholders and after listening to our industry, ultimately it became apparent that the best course of action, and with everyone’s best interests in mind, is to postpone the event to 2021.

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