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5,000-cap Barcelona pilot show had no impact on Covid spread

In news that bodes well for the UK Government's Events Research Programme, organisers have found there was “no sign” of increased Covid-19 infections following a pilot test event with 5,000 fans at a Love of Lesbian show at Barcelona’s Saint Jordi Arena (cap. 17,000), during which there was no requirement for social distancing.

ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance launch Incredible Impacts Awards 2021

ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance have opened applications for the fifth year of the Incredible Impacts Programme, a global initiative that shines a light on associations delivering lasting societal change through congress.

This year’s programme also responds to the industry challenges faced as a result of the pandemic by welcoming applications from associations that have successfully delivered legacy programmes through virtual or hybrid event formats.

European Tourism Association supports EU’s vaccine passport travel plans

The European Tourism Association (ETOA) has endorsed a plan put forward by the European Commission for a Digital Green Certificate.

The Digital Green Certificate would operate like a ‘vaccine passport’, making it clear which passengers have been vaccinated and facilitating safe, free movement inside the EU.

The passport would be available free of charge in a digital or paper format, using a QR code to authenticate a valid negative Covid test.