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August 26, 2020
In this issue
“Nothing short of heartbreaking” – CINZ slams government following further event restrictions
Lo and Behold – Creativity prevails despite operating constraints
Fraser Suites Sydney unveils multi-million-dollar refurbishment
Hamilton Island hosts first event since re-opening
The Event Sessions Episode Four: Managing event obstacles
 
 
“Nothing short of heartbreaking” – CINZ slams government following further event restrictions
 
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced this week that Auckland will remain at Level 3 lockdown restrictions until Sunday, after which it will move to Level 2. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive, Lisa Hopkins, said in a statement that the change would have been palatable if the business events industry was able to move forward as well.
 
“Staying at Level 2 with no opportunity for any kind of gathering above 10 is nothing short of heartbreaking and catastrophic for the country’s largest city,” she said.
 
“Yet again, this industry faces uncertainty. Yet again we need to endure lack of targeted and meaningful support from the government. This isn’t sustainable. It’s not only affecting our industry but also health and personal relationships.
 
“CINZ will continue to seek clarity from government on issues such as clear guidelines on the ability to meet. Our “Safe Meetings” guidelines under Alert Level 2, which enable meetings up to 100 attendees, have been given to the Ministry of Health and we await feedback.”
 
Ms Hopkins closed her statement by imploring CINZ members to find ways to stay connected and find certainty and hope during these times.
Lo and Behold – Creativity prevails despite operating constraints
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
 
The global pandemic and strict safety measures have severely impacted the F&B and events industry. But resilient companies are adapting and refining operations in anticipation of the eventual pick-up.
 
The Lo & Behold Group (TLBG), a major hospitality company with 10 properties in Singapore, is adapting and modifying its cultural-culinary repertoire, said Alicia Budihardja, TLBG Assistant Director, Group Sales & Events/Group Operations. She describes how they tweak corporate events.
 
Find out more here. 
Fraser Suites Sydney unveils multi-million-dollar refurbishment
 
Fraser Suites Sydney has undergone a $4 million refurbishment. All 201 suites have been refreshed with new bedheads, sofas, coffee tables, chairs, desks, carpet and decorative lights.
 
The new-look rooms are complemented by refreshed pool and gym facilities and updated meeting rooms featuring the latest InFocus smartboard technology.
 
Fraser Suites Sydney boasts eight event spaces, the largest of which is 95-pax The Mezzanine.
Hamilton Island hosts first event since re-opening
 
Last week Hamilton Island welcomed its first business event since its re-opening on August 1, 2020.
 
The annual Hannay Lawyers conference took place, with guests journeying from Brisbane and utilising the island’s Stay Well procedures.
 
Principal-director of Hannay Lawyers Daniel Hannay commented: “The hospitality, staff attentiveness and COVID-19 safety plan that was in place meant that all our guests felt safe and very comfortable travelling to Hamilton Island.
 
“Having our conference in a relaxed island atmosphere and having time to explore the island was a highlight.”
 
Director, business events sales for Hamilton Island Julie Ford said that the team is looking forward to welcoming more Queensland groups over the next couple of months, and interstate groups once the state’s border re-opens.
The Event Sessions Episode Four: Managing event obstacles
 
There’s nothing more inspirational than a person or a team that finds strength through adversity (and hasn’t 2020 provided ample opportunity for that?).
 
In Episode Four of The Event Sessions, CEO of Atlantic Group Hatem Saleh shines a light on how a larger enterprise within the events industry managed three tumultuous events within quick succession.
 
Mr Saleh also explored how he personally managed his responsibilities and mental health along the way; listed the positives that have resulted from the global pandemic; and stated why he is ‘embarrassed’ about the current state of the Melbourne events industry.
 
Watch Episode Four here. 
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