8,716 average net delivery, period ending March 2019
May 28, 2020
In this issue
Association expert says critical period is nearing
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre hosts first trade show since pandemic hit
Te Pae takes on new bookings
Our industry friends in isolation: Anna Stewart
 
 
Association expert says critical period is nearing
 
By Brad Foster
 
Like everyone working in the business event sector, managing director of The Association Specialists, Francis Child, has had a torrid time of it over the past two months.
 
He and his team have, however, been fortunate that alongside their event business they manage the secretariats of a large number of Australian associations.
 
He says while JobKeeper has been a life-saver for many, he is concerned it has only pushed the problem six months down the road.
 
Continue reading here. 
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre hosts first trade show since pandemic hit
 
Exciting news. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) has welcomed the city’s first exhibition since the COVID-19 pandemic. The three-day event was the 98th Hong Kong Wedding Fair, and each attendee was required to wear a face mask and had their body temperature screened before entering the venue.
 
Social distancing was implemented at busy locations such as the Fair ticket counters, food and beverage outlets and bathrooms, and other preventative measures were enforced, including floor plan design, queuing logistics and the frequent sanitation of furniture and exhibition stands.
 
To find out more about the preventive measures at the HKCEC in response to the coronavirus, click here. 
Te Pae takes on new bookings
 
Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has secured a host of new conferences. The 67 contracted or confirmed events represent a 30 per cent increase on the number of bookings announced at the end of 2019, and are projected to bring over $40 million of economic benefit to the city.
 
General manager of the venue Ross Steele said the fact that it has taken on new bookings during this time is proof that people still want face-to-face connection with their peers.\
 
“A major reason that convention centres exist is to drive not just economic but also social value for the cities they are based in, so it’s encouraging to see that even at a challenging time such as this, we are continuing to deliver those important opportunities for Christchurch,” he said.
 
To watch a video update from Ross, click here. 
Our industry friends in isolation: Anna Stewart
 
As you can see from this photo, Anna Stewart hasn’t been squandering her time inside.
 
She’s been Learning Italian on Zoom… often with a Prosecco in hand, naturally.
 
Find out what else Ms Stewie has been up to in isolation, and what she hopes to do afterwards, 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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