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September 2, 2020
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Pacific World ends meeting and event activity globally
GCCEC launches hybrid events
The Events Centre Caloundra delivers first event in four months
PCMA partners with Korea MICE Association
Don’t know your Zoom from your Skype? AV 24/7 launches complimentary coaching and strategy sessions
New name, new logo, new perspective… but it’s business as usual!
 
 
Pacific World ends meeting and event activity globally
 
By Brad Foster
 
One of the world’s largest global destination and event management companies, Pacific World, announced yesterday it is stopping all of its operations in the meetings and events sector.
 
The press announcement did not say what would happen to the more than 200 staff who were working for Pacific World in 34 countries.
 
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GCCEC launches hybrid events
 
In response to the unprecedented demand for integrated event solutions, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has expanded its hybrid and virtual event capabilities.
 
The venue now boasts the ability to bring in remote presenters, stream events to public platforms and/or provide private secure streaming and tools via its high-bandwidth fibre optic internet connection.
 
In recent weeks, the convention centre has hosted a number of hybrid events, such as Reimagine Gold Coast 2020 and the Surf Girl Awards. GCCEC facilitated live streaming of presentations at the think tank session, including communication from the Prime Minister, and broadcast the awards event to Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Facebook audience.
The Events Centre Caloundra delivers first event in four months
 
The Events Centre Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast opened its doors over the weekend to welcome hundreds of patrons who attended the venue’s first live performance in more than four months. The event was a live performance by powerhouse vocalists Tenori, with 270 audience members in attendance.
 
The centre is one of only a handful of Queensland theatres that have reopened their doors following the introduction of a Covid-safe plan, which includes social distancing, sanitisation protocols, contact tracing and a range of new procedures endorsed by the state government.
PCMA partners with Korea MICE Association
 
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Korea MICE Association have announced a two-year strategic agreement to provide bolstered support to members of both organisations. A key component of the partnership will focus on the delivery of PCMA’s Digital Event Strategist (DES) course in Korea in a move to ensure event planners are skilled for designing and delivering hybrid and digital events.
 
PCMA managing director of APAC, Karen Bolinger, said the partnership will provide a great opportunity to engage with Korea’s business events industry and provide practical and skills-based training in order to fuel its recovery.
 
President of Korea MICE Association Chun Kim said the agreement will facilitate a safe and sustainable MICE market among the Asia Pacific region.
 
The partnership has already seen 26 members from Korea MICE Association start the Digital Event Strategist course in August 2020.
Don’t know your Zoom from your Skype? AV 24/7 launches complimentary coaching and strategy sessions
 
By Brad Foster
 
Virtual and hybrid event staging specialist, AV 24/7 has launched a new service offering complimentary coaching clinics and strategy for organisations wanting to transition to virtual and hybrid events.
 
The staging company specialises in helping clients deliver seamless events in a Covid-19 world combining its 15 years of experience in live events with on-the-ground skills required for effective virtual and hybrid events.
 
Continue reading here. 
New name, new logo, new perspective… but it’s business as usual!
 
DC Conferences (DCC) is a well-known brand in the PCO world but it may not be widely known that it has been quietly managing associations in the not-for-profit sector for more than 20 years.
 
And so, to bring due recognition to this side of DCC, the company has decided to change its name to DC Conference and Association Management (DCC&A.)
 
Commenting on the change, DCC&A founder and director Dianna Crebbin said: “It’s a small change to our name which is welcomed by our association management team as it is more inclusive and more reflective of what we do.
 
“It gives us a renewed perspective on the benefits that come with the integration of the conference management and association management teams for our valued clients.”
 
DCC&A will continue to provide services for conference and association management into the future.
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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