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June 19, 2020
In this issue
BECA calls for JobKeeper extension to keep industry alive
TCEB launches people-focused campaign
Seven tips for virtual events from the MEALIVE 2019 Awards
Convention centre readies for re-opening
Wellington gets into the spirit of events
Your weekly quotivation
 
 
BECA calls for JobKeeper extension to keep industry alive
 
The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has called for targeted government support for the business events workforce, claiming that without an extension of the government’s JobKeeper arrangement, the industry faces financial ruin.
 
In a statement to the media, BECA said that the total value lost for the business events industry over the next 12 months is an estimated $35.7 billion, with staffing losses across the country estimated at more than 92,000 by the end of this month.
 
BECA chair Dr. Vanessa Findlay said: “Without government support the business events industry is not just facing a hiatus; it is facing a total dislocation and complete loss. We would be facing a total rebuild of an industry from the ground up. We are uncertain whether we will ever get back to being able to compete globally if this situation transpires.”
 
The Business Events Recovery and Rebound Framework, which is being led by BECA, identifies key challenges facing the industry and gaps that are not alleviated or solved by the government’s existing stimulus and support measures.
 
The JobKeeper scheme is legislated until September but is being reviewed, with the outcome to be announced on July 23.
 
To access the Business Events Recovery and Rebound Framework, click here. 
TCEB launches people-focused campaign
 
By Lauren Arena
 
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has unveiled a new marketing and incentive scheme that appeals directly to event organisers “as individuals”.
 
TCEB SVP – strategic marketing and business development, Nichapa Yoswee, said the ‘I M People Focused’ campaign will become the bureau’s new “mantra” as it prepares to re-open its meeting and incentive industry and encourage international events to return to the Kingdom.
 
“A focus on people is paramount to building new event experiences and will guide the way we create solutions,” she said.
 
As part of the campaign, event organisers can tap into a US $500,00 financial grant as well as a host of complimentary products and services from TCEB’s local partners.
 
“As we progress further into the easing of travel restrictions, rest assured that Thailand is ready to rekindle old relationships and [create] new ways of face-to-face connection,” Yoswee said.
Seven tips for virtual events from the MEALIVE 2019 Awards
 
It’s safe to say that the MEALIVE 2019 Awards event – a combination of Meetings and Events Australia (MEA)’s State and National awards, which took place at ICC Sydney Studios on May 29 – was a resounding success. Pulled together in a mere six weeks, organisers compressed 48 event hours into a two-hour virtual broadcast, with 500 industry colleagues logging in to take part.
 
Indeed, the event was so successful that MEA organised a follow-up webinar exploring what was involved in pulling it off. Project director for MEALIVE2019 Paula Nolan was one of the speakers for ‘Behind the Scenes at MEALIVE 2019’, and provided interesting insights into what sets a virtual event apart.
 
You can read seven of her tips here. 
Convention centre readies for re-opening
 
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has received approval from the Gold Coast Public Health Unit to operate under its Site Specific COVID Safe Plan. The plan covers all essential areas of operation including cleaning and hygiene and social distancing – with new floor plans, food and beverage service, training and record keeping.
 
The venue could potentially host up to 4500 visitors per day based on one person per four sqm. The arena that would normally hold up to 6000 now has a COVID safe capacity of between 1500 and 3000 people.
 
On the re-opening, general manager of the GCCEC Adrienne Readings said: “We are all looking forward to welcoming business back to the centre after months of getting the building and business COVID safe. We are confident in our plan and the processes that we have implemented to ensure the safety of all visitors to GCCEC.”
Wellington gets into the spirit of events
 
This week, new research conducted by Tourism New Zealand found that 94 per cent of New Zealand businesses are planning on holding an event within the next 18 months. The country’s business events industry is returning to normal, and WellingtonNZ’s business events team has celebrated the occasion by launching a series of tailored incentive itineraries encompassing the best of what the city has to offer.
 
The Wellington Movie Magic itinerary involves a highlight reel of the city’s film and screen sector, with experiences including a visit to Weta Workshop to explore the art of film-making, and a journey to Wairarapa to view scenic filming locations with commentary provided by a local film-maker.
 
Other itinerary categories include The Best of Wellington; Food and Drink; Culture and Creativity; and NZ Culture.
 
You can have a look through them yourself here. 
Your weekly quotivation
 
We’re not sure if this is quotivation, or schadenfreude. In any case, Darren Isenberg is back with a video of quotes that are guaranteed to make you laugh. This week’s topic is businesses with questionable names, that are surviving these tough times despite the twin challenges of a global recession and their unfortunate monikers.
 
Have a watch of it here, and let us know your favourite.
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