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August 27, 2020
In this issue
A virtual happy hour with Human Nature
So where are we at as an industry? It’s the million-dollar question
Qantas plans to slash another 2500 jobs
Cairns and Great Barrier Reef open for business
Come back plan: Spicers Retreats
A virtual happy hour with Human Nature
By Brad Foster
Now here’s one to push those lunchtime ISO BLUES right away – a virtual happy hour with Human Nature and the SongDivision crew. And it’s free!
The event runs on September 18 from 12 to 1pm with music by SongDivision setting the scene for some musical mischief from special guests Toby, Phil, Andrew and Mike.
Register to attend by clicking here.  And it should go without saying ZOOM BOMBERS need not apply.
So where are we at as an industry? It’s the million-dollar question
By Peter Jones AM
To be honest, as I’m writing this, even I’m not 100 per cent sure as it constantly changes, and is also dependent on which state or territory you live in.
Who would have thought that the AFL Grand Final would ever leave Melbourne? But this is an indication of where we are at in relation to major events.
But what I do know is that the industry in general is not in a good place and it will be like this for a long time.
Continue reading here. 
Qantas plans to slash another 2500 jobs
As reported by ABC News, Qantas plans to cut 2500 ground crew jobs – on top of its 6000 existing redundancies – in order to save an estimated $100 million a year. Roles such as baggage handlers, tug drivers and cabin cleaners will be outsourced, following the airline reporting a $2 billion full-year loss due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The Transport Workers Union has called for the resignation of Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, and for the airline to repay the $267 million it received in the year to June 30 under the JobKeeper subsidy, because: "The social contract that was put in place by Scott Morrison was for employers to maintain their workforces through until the virus had passed.”
This doesn’t sound too good in terms of the return of international travel… and we feel for those poor people losing their jobs at THIS stage of the pandemic. But, hey, at least those skills are somewhat transferable.
Cairns and Great Barrier Reef open for business
Business events operators in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef have been welcoming visitors at venues and accommodation which are all operating under Queensland’s COVID-Safe plans.
Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef’s general manager Rosie Douglas said there was strong interest in the destination for events as planners looked to regional areas where delegates could enjoy space.
“The Cairns to Brisbane route is now the busiest in Australia with more flights scheduled for September to meet the demand,” she said.
“Direct Gold Coast and Darwin flights are being introduced from September 1 and the Adelaide flights have been so successful that they are returning to 100 per cent of their pre-COVID capacity next month. Event planners even have a new venue to consider with the newly upgraded Cairns Airport domestic terminal ideal for interactive welcome events.”
In more exciting news for event planners, this month Cairns Airport celebrated the completion of the $55 million T2 Domestic Terminal upgrade after 18 months of construction and three years of planning. Additionally, in 2022, a $176 refurbishment of the Cairns Convention Centre.
Come back plan: Spicers Retreats
Sarah Bugenhagen from Spicers Retreats has provided us with one of our most interesting come back plans yet.
In addition to sharing exciting plans for incentive groups and night conferences, she shared a refreshing opinion on online meetings, and we couldn’t agree with her more.
Read her full responses 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.
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