Hot News from Meeting Prague
Virtually Explore the Lobkowicz Collections
As an antidote to pandemic-induced closures of museums and cultural institutions, the Lobkowicz Collections offers unique virtual experiences to engage with local and international audiences — including live virtual tours of the Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle. Join William Rudolf Lobkowicz as your personal guide to explore the Lobkowicz Collections, which feature world-famous paintings by Canaletto, Bruegel, and Velázquez, and hand-annotated manuscripts by many of the world’s greatest composers, including Mozart and Beethoven. Further discover the story of how one of the oldest and most prominent noble families in Bohemia returned to their native country to reclaim their confiscated possessions.
US market is Recovering while the World and Prague Celebrate Global Meeting Industry Day
In few hours – on April 8th, the World will celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), which this year takes on an added sense of urgency and hope. Many industry associations are planning annual daylong events focusing on the meeting and event industry’s efforts to rebuild the business in the aftermath of the pandemic while stressing the economic impact of the meeting and hospitality business and the importance of face-to-face business exchanges. And they are not too far away. SITE, for example, has been holding hybrid events for couple months, and in May they are holding their premier hosted-buyer educational event at Fairmont Austin, which will include hosted buyer sessions and various receptions.
Operations at Airport Prague Gradually Resume; Summer Season Starts on Sunday
During the first week of the 2021 summer schedule, which comes in effect at Václav Havel Airport Prague on Sunday, 28 March 2021, passengers will be able to use direct air connections to approximately 35 destinations in 21 countries worldwide, including charter flights. The schedule features both currently operated destinations and services re-launched from Prague by airlines after a break. The list of offered routes should continue to increase following the resumption of operations in the coming months.
Ministry Starts Accepting Applications for the COVID Trade Fairs/Meetings Programme on 6 April
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has published a call for new COVID Trade Fairs/Meetings compensation programme. The Ministry will start accepting applications on 6 April, and they can be submitted until 31 May 2021.
Prague Meetings Industry Under Patronage of Women
Initiatives emerge around the world to support women in corporate and project leadership roles and to promote equal access to employment and remuneration of both genders in management positions. The Czech Republic and Prague are no exceptions in this respect. The most prominent events dedicated to this topic are the Equal Pay Day conference, which will take place online at the turn of March and April, and the Women in Business conference also planned online for April of this year.
Prague Continues to Promote Electromobility and Sustainable Means of Transport
Already in mid-2019, Prague City Assembly approved the Sustainable Mobility Plan for Prague and surrounding areas with a view to 2030, which, among other issues, addresses the development of electric cars, the overall reduction of Prague transportation traffic and, last but not least, the increase in safety. The strategy also sticks to the global trend of reducing carbon burden and improving the environment by adapting such measures as the introduction of electric buses and construction of so-called P+R car parks at key transport hubs. Another great commitment is to increase the share of barrier-free metro stations from 72% to 95%. At the same time, the city increases its chances of meeting the strict conditions of those meeting organizers who prefer destinations paying special attention to sustainable development when choosing a location for their event.
Hybrid City Alliance Adds 8 New Members
The Hybrid City Alliance has attracted a host of new members since its launch in December 2020. Antwerp, Cannes, Durban, Edmonton, Lausanne Montreux, Seoul, Sydney and Zurich join co-founding members The Hague, Ottawa, Prague and Geneva, expanding the Alliance’s reach to now include destinations across five continents.
Responsible Living Hotels – Occidental Praha
Barceló Hotel Group continues with the implementation of the Responsible Living Hotels project, whose mission is to make our Occidental Hotels & Resorts conscious travel claim brand, offering our customers responsible hotel stays committed with sustainability.
Czech Republic Celebrates: 100 Years Ago, Czechs Enriched World's Dictionaries with Term "Robot"
Beginning of 2021 marked an important anniversary for Czech and international linguistics. Experts, fans, as well as general public who follow the development of artificial intelligence have been using the word "robot" for an incredible 100 years. This word dates back to the era Czechoslovak Republic and was first used by none other than the acclaimed Czech writer Karel Čapek in his drama R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), which was translated into 30 world languages.