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May 11, 2020
In this issue
New Zealand events could re-start from today
Thailand shows signs of recovery
Travel and incentives in a post-Covid-19 world
The ‘Createrer’ shares delicious dinner recipe to try at home
 
 
New Zealand events could re-start from today
 
As reported by 1 News, today New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern will announce whether the country will move to Covid-19 Alert Level 2, a transition that will permit indoor and outdoor gatherings with up to 100 people. As business events could be among these gatherings, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is urging the government to make a clear distinction between business events and mass gatherings to give domestic meetings a solid platform to resume under the new alert level.
 
CINZ chief executive Lisa Hopkins said it is crucial the government understands that the business events industry can operate under a controlled set of ‘bio-safe’ principles and should not be subject to mass gathering restrictions.
 
“The business events industry runs highly organised events where we can trace visitors, delegates, speakers and exhibitors as well as monitor, track and put in place a range of measures that ensure these events comply with government measures on hygiene and physical distancing,” she said.
 
CINZ has drawn up new business events guidelines which will provide a framework to ensure all aspects of people attending business events are covered. The framework has been sent to the Ministry of Health for final guidance before being distributed.
Thailand shows signs of recovery
 
Nationwide lockdowns across Thailand have eased and domestic flights have resumed at 28 airports, spurring confidence among business events professionals that events may soon be allowed to take place. International travel restrictions and curfews remain, but local businesses such as floating markets, small restaurants and outdoor sporting venues have reopened.
 
The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), meanwhile, is helping keep event businesses alive by providing an e-learning platform to help up-skill planners in virtual meetings management. It also provides venue operators with funds to upgrade health and safety standards.
 
Since March, Thailand has received more than 40 new business leads worth approximately THB 2.5 billion (US$76 million), largely from regional markets like China, India, Singapore and Japan, for Q4 2020 and into 2021.
Travel and incentives in a post-Covid-19 world
 
We’re all wondering when the effects of Covid-19 will blow over and normal life will resume. The question on everyone's lips has been: What will the new normal look like?
 
For no sector of business is this a more challenging question than the travel incentive industry. Just ask long-time incentive expert and Senior Vice President of Andria Mitsakos Public Relations (AMPR) Damion Breust.
 
Damion recently penned a piece for micenet readers from the Greek island of Kalymnos – which is where he was working when his travel plans were cancelled – on incentives in a post-Covid world. In it, he provides his take on how they will work in the future, and answers whether people will want to travel at all.
 
Have a read of it here. 
The ‘Createrer’ shares delicious dinner recipe to try at home
 
In our April 21 e-newsletter we showcased what micenet contributor and world-renowned caterer Tom Rutherford has been up to during lockdown, which, as it turns out, is a lot of virtual dinner parties and the trying out of new recipes with his wife.
 
Tom has ever so kindly shared one such recipe with us: Lemon Moroccan Chicken. You can have a look at it here. 
 
We can practically smell the delicious spices through our screens while reading this recipe, and it doesn’t sound too difficult either. You’ve probably got a lot of these ingredients in your pantry already.
 
Good luck!
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