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June 17, 2020
In this issue
BECA’s urgent message following confronting new statistic
The future is virtually here
Accreditations launched for in-house event organisers
Hamilton Island announces re-opening date
Resilience, Balance & Gratitude – in an exciting new world of workplace wellbeing
BECA’s urgent message following confronting new statistic
On Monday, Australian Bureau of Statistics data confirmed that short-term overseas arrivals in April 2020 whose main reason for travel was to attend a convention or a conference, was zero. As such, the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has urgently called on states and territories to scrap the 100-person cap on indoor gatherings. Last week, the National Cabinet announced that this lift would be part of step three of easing restrictions, which is set to be completed in July.
BECA chair Dr Vanessa Findlay said: “For business recovery, it is critical that notice is given to allow professional event organisers to plan and promote, as well as implement new safety and hygiene protocols.
“We urge all states and territories to announce this change for July as soon as possible.”
Research commissioned by BECA has shown that business events directly contribute $35.7b annually to the Australian economy, and are responsible for the employment of 229,000 people.
The future is virtually here
By Lauren Arena
When Hong Kong-based start-up EventXtra was listed as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 to watch 2020, co-founders Sum Wong and Angus Luk thought this would be their year.
Then, coronavirus happened.
Not willing to let a good crisis go to waste, Wong and Luk set to work to launch a virtual exhibition platform at the beginning of the year and have since seen business skyrocket, with a 300 per cent growth in revenue in just six months.
Click here to read how they did it.
Accreditations launched for in-house event organisers
The Australasian (NZ) Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) has established two accreditations for in-house conference and event association professionals to highlight their skills and expertise.
The Certified Association Conference Organiser (CACO) and Certified Association Event Organiser (CAEO) accreditations were developed to recognise the crucial role played by in-house organisers.
On the development, New Zealand general manager of AuSAE Brett Jeffery said: “Around 70 per cent of conferences and events are organised in-house - that’s a lot of work.
“These accreditations will highlight the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience these people contribute to successful conferences and events.”
For more information, click here. 
Hamilton Island announces re-opening date
Hamilton Island has announced that it will be reopening its hotels and resorts on August 1. Over the past few months, the Hamilton Island team has been busy rejuvenating the island to ensure it is pristine and ready for guests. As part of its reopening, Hamilton Island has created a new Stay Well program, which will make sure the island is a safe and healthy paradise to enjoy. The Stay Well program includes protective measures such as thermal scanning for all who arrive at the island, enhanced cleaning measures island-wide, COVID-safe staff training and plans for social distancing, specifically for events and larger gatherings.
The team already has a couple of smaller groups booked for August, and Hamilton Island Race Week will closely follow. The new event will be predominantly on water, with a limited on shore schedule. A 250 delegate event is confirmed for the end of October.
All of Hamilton Island’s events will have new venue capabilities which allow for social distancing requirements and adhere to government advice. Updates have also been made to Hamilton Island’s Banquet Kit and service procedures. Julie Ford, director business events sales, told micenet: “The team are really excited to welcome guests back to the island, and we feel confident we will continue to provide our clients with a world-class experience here in Australia.”
Resilience, Balance & Gratitude – in an exciting new world of workplace wellbeing
Aaron Williams’ series on maintaining mental healthiness has proven quite the hit so far, and we’re pleased to be back with the third instalment.
This time, Aaron looks at how the positive qualities we’ve developed during COVID – such as an improved work/life balance and gratitude for the simple things in life – can be maintained in a post-pandemic world.
Have a read of it here. 
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