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May 14, 2020
In this issue
Work re-commences on NZICC, new deadline announced
The controversial call to re-open Uluru climb
Airlines to resume more flights next month
What I’ve learned from watching 20 online events in 14 days
Our industry friends in isolation: David Dymmott
 
 
Work re-commences on NZICC, new deadline announced
 
Last week, Fletcher Construction re-commenced work on the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) under the country’s Level 3 restrictions. While a revised opening timeline for the project has not been released, a new long stop date has been set at January 2025.
 
SkyCity’s latest update on the venue confirmed that COVID-19 restrictions in New Zealand and abroad are likely to have a disruptive impact on the project, primarily due to its dependence on the supply of materials from offshore.
 
Director of sales and marketing for the NZICC Prue Daly said that the team is actively working with Fletcher Construction to complete the project, and that they are hopeful it will be completed well before January 2025.
The controversial call to re-open Uluru climb
 
Like everywhere else, the Northern Territory has copped substantial tourism losses due to the impact of COVID-19. One business lobby group believes the solution is to re-open the Uluru climb – which was permanently closed in October last year – for another two to three years, in partnership with traditional owners.
 
Chairman of Alice Springs Major Business Group and general manager of Alice Springs airport Dave Batic said that ‘bold thinking’ will be required to kickstart the NT’s tourism industry when things return to normal, and that since October, 10,000 fewer people have passed through the airport.
 
“The concept there is that the traditional owners would provide tours for paying climbers and have a safety harness system in place just like the Sydney Harbour Bridge,” he said.
 
The idea has been rejected by Sammy Wilson, who was chairman of the Uluru Kata-Tjuta board of management in 2017 when the decision was made to close the climb.
Airlines to resume more flights next month
 
As countries move towards containing COVID-19, a few airlines are preparing to resume some flights next month.
 
Cathay Pacific will operate five flights a week to various destinations, including London, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and Osaka; and Qatar will increase operations to 80 destinations by the end of June.
 
Korean Air is planning on resuming flights to 19 international routes on June 1, including Singapore, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur, and Lufthansa Group will fly to a total of 106 destinations at the beginning of next month.
What I’ve learned from watching 20 online events in 14 days
 
Over a two week period, conference producer at Nectar Creative Communications Tiffany Bower said ‘yes’ to every webinar invitation that hit her inbox. Spanning different industries, time zones and technologies, the webinars taught her many things – most interestingly the dos and don’ts of hosting events online.
 
To read her observations, click here. 
Our industry friends in isolation: David Dymmott
 
Are you having industry friend update withdrawals? Don’t worry, so are we. Even though it’s only been one day.
 
For today’s update we caught up with David Dymmott from CC Conferences & Corporate Events, whose responses got us motivated and gave us a good chuckle. If you’re thinking that this picture looks familiar, it’s because Michael Walker used the same one a few weeks ago. The two of them ran into each other on a walk around Sydney – and it’s great to see that they complied with social distancing rules.
 
Have a read through David’s responses here. 
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