Sorry, We’re Closed: Major Holidays ‘Round the World

When planning events in far-flung locales, there are always hundreds of details to consider along the way. One of the most important, yet often overlooked? What’s going on while you and your guests are visiting – and how those local events can impact your bottom line, particularly when it comes to line items like local staffing, overtime, group activities, transportation, etc.

Having recently landed in Hong Kong on the biggest holiday weekend of the year, then a few months later finding myself looking for a walk-in clinic in the middle of Malaysian Diwali celebrations, I was reminded of how helpful it can be to have some awareness of the local holiday schedule before making plans. To put you in the what’s-going-on-and-when frame of mind, here’s a top line on a few key national holidays around the world. P.S. – Also, don’t forget to check your location for local celebrations and religious observance days as well!

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Kate Doyle Hooper

Kate Doyle Hooper

Since establishing her own company over a decade ago, Kate has produced just about every kind of event imaginable, from executive meetings and conferences to live music performances, mobile tours, fashion shows, celebrity gifting suites, and retail events for companies such as American Media, Bloomingdale’s, Conde Nast, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, Hearst, Macy’s, Perry Ellis, Time Inc., Wilhelmina Models and Rodale, to name a few. Kate's editorial and advertising work has been published in Budget Living, ELLE, Fit, Civilization, Conde Nast Traveler, Esquire, Essence, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Men's Fitness, Men's Health and Shape, as well as on and

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