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June 9, 2020
In this issue
Singapore-China 'fast lane' opens
Gold Coast’s BE industry prepares to meet again soon
Industry veteran charts domestic path for 'EVENTual' recovery
Our industry friends in isolation: Anthony Jepson
A hearty recipe to try out
 
 
Singapore-China 'fast lane' opens
 
By Lauren Arena
 
A ‘fast lane’ for essential travel between Singapore and China will open today, marking the very cautious return of travel in the region.
 
Similar to the trans-Tasman travel bubble, travellers on both sides will be exempt from serving a 14-day quarantine, but strict rules and limitations apply. Travellers must be tested 48 hours before departure, and again when they land, and will be required submit a detailed travel itinerary that must be adhered to. A brief, one- or two-day quarantine will also be necessary while awaiting test results upon arrival.
 
The fast-lane agreement connects Singapore with six provinces in China: Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, and is currently only available for official travel (travellers sponsored by government agencies), but will soon be extended to business travellers.
 
Singapore’s Trade and Industry Minister, Chan Chun Sing, said similar travel discussions were ongoing with South Korea, New Zealand and Malaysia.
 
In a recent webinar, executive director of the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, Andrew Phua, said a fast lane agreement may also be extended to allow VIP buyers to visit Singapore for future trade events.
Gold Coast’s BE industry prepares to meet again soon
 
Ah, the Gold Coast. We miss it. This month, in fact, we were supposed to be up there for the This is Gold Coast Business Exchange, until it was postponed due to COVID. Although we’re not there, we were heartened to receive this video last week showcasing what the local operators have been up to during lockdown.
 
The ‘Let’s Meet Again Soon’ clip includes updates from Dreamweavers Event Creators and Producers; Village Roadshow Theme Parks; the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre; and more. Have a watch of it here. 
 
We miss you all, and can’t wait to get up to the Gold Coast again!
Industry veteran charts domestic path for 'EVENTual' recovery
 
By David Hall
 
We must all accept that the current COVID-19 pandemic is without precedence in terms of the negative impact on the global economy and society as a whole. As a consequence, this has made many, if not most people nervous, particularly when it comes to making future travel commitments, especially in the short term.
 
The business events sector is particularly vulnerable, but it does have one positive element and that is the lead time between when events are secured by a destination and when the event is actually staged can be quite lengthy. As we know, for international BE events this can be from one year up to five or six years.
 
Continue reading here. 
Our industry friends in isolation: Anthony Jepson
 
Do you know what Canasta is? We didn’t, until we read what Conference Venues & Booking Services’ Anthony Jepson has been up to during isolation.
 
He’s also been learning a few new skills, and getting out and about (while adhering to social distancing rules of course). Find out everything he’s been doing, and what he plans on getting up to after isolation, here. 
A hearty recipe to try out
 
Winter has officially arrived, which means it’s time to crack out the hearty dinner recipes. Why not try this butter chicken one from Tourism Portfolio’s DMC partner Distinct Destinations?
 
We’re sure you’ll enjoy it more than anything you’d get from the local takeaway shop, and, if you’re hosting your first post-isolation dinner party, it’s guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.
 
Access the recipe here. 
We welcome your news and input on our sector. Email brad@btp.net.au, helen@btp.net.au, jenny@btp.net.au or digital1@btp.net.au with anything you want to share or say.
 
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