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DMC issues European event terror clause advice

AIM Group International advises clients to purchase additional cover, as Brussels DMC enquiries fall by 60 per cent

Pictured: Jan Van den Broeck

All events being held in European destinations should be insured by an additional terror clause, a leading destination management company has said.

AIM Group International is issuing advice to purchase the additional cover to all clients hosting events across the continent, protecting against cancellation in the event of a terror attack.

Jan Van den Broeck, AIM Group’s Belgium country manager, said: “We invite clients to take up the terror clause for events all across Europe, against whatever can happen. We now add it as standard in our budgets for clients, and a €2,000 (£1,500) additional terror clause is worth it for an event which has a €500k (£400k) turnover.”

Van den Broeck says the Brussels office of the DMC, which employs seven staff, has ‘suffered’ since the terror attack on the city that killed more than 30 people in March. New enquiries have fallen 60 per cent and regular high-end group travel from Spain has almost disappeared, he added.

Speaking to Meetpie at the IMEX trade show in Frankfurt, he said: “Our DMC has suffered; I definitely have fewer appointments than normal for this week. It will be perhaps June before see enquiries come back again, and May is very quiet.”

He did, however, point to support from association conferences that have remained in the city, such as the US-based data association IDUG DB2 Tech Conference, set to bring 500 delegates to Brussels in November and The European Group of Valuers’ Associations to be held on 12-14 May, while next year Brussels Square will host the European Society of Endodontology biennial conference.

All European Union events are still taking place, Van den Broek added. “If we can assure security for those kind of high level meetings, we can do it for corporate and association meetings.”

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