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June 25, 2020
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Queenstown holds first conference since lockdown
Full crowds expected at Optus Stadium next month
What’s next for incentive professionals?
Sydney secures investigative journalism conference
Queenstown holds first conference since lockdown
The first post-lockdown conference for Queenstown took place last week at Crowne Plaza Queenstown.
Organised by non-profit trust The Icehouse, the event saw 30 business owners from throughout New Zealand gather over two days to network and acquire new skills to grow.
Crowne Plaza Queenstown was originally going to open on July 1, but the date was brought forward to accommodate the conference.
Destination Queenstown interim chief executive Ann Lockhart said she was delighted by the milestone, and that conferences, incentive programs and other business events would play an important role in the district's recovery.
Full crowds expected at Optus Stadium next month
Following the Western Australian state government’s relaxation of rules governing mass gatherings, Optus Stadium has announced that starting next month, it will welcome back full crowds.
From July 18, the stadium will be able to operate at full capacity, with up to 60,000 guests allowed inside the venue.
Over the past few months, the team at Optus Stadium has given the venue a deep clean, installed sanitising stations, sanitised all equipment and areas and upgraded security and CCTV systems.
Optus Stadium boasts a collection of function spaces, from the 150-pax Cygnet Room to the 2000-pax River View Rooms.
What’s next for incentive professionals?
If you’re not all webinar-ed out, you might want to check out the one that the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) is hosting tomorrow on how incentive travel professionals can adapt to the new normal.
The webinar will involve a conversation between SITE’s chief marketing officer Pádraic Gilligan and Vice President, Strategy Consultant at Magid Dr Rick Garlick, who will collectively impart data, tips and strategies to help participants adapt to a post-COVID landscape.
To find out more or register, click here. 
Sydney secures investigative journalism conference
The 12th Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC21) will take place in Sydney in November 2021, following the successful combined efforts of the Judith Nelson Institute and bidding services specialist BESydney.
This will be the first time the event will take place in the Asia Pacific region, with the program including training, practical panels, workshops on the latest investigative techniques, data analysis, online research and cross-border collaboration by the best journalists in the field.
On the win, NSW minister for jobs, investment, tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said: “With 60 per cent of the world’s population now based in the APAC region, and a strong performance in navigating a path through the social and economic challenges created by COVID-19, we welcome the world’s journalists to hear more about our region, and take those learnings back to their audiences at home.”
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