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September 3, 2020
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Healthcare confex goes online – and ongoing
Mayvin Global expands to Darwin
Visit New Zealand without actually visiting
Episode Five of The Event Sessions is almost here
Come back plan: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Healthcare confex goes online – and ongoing
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
As the coronavirus pandemic wore on, healthcare professionals were not only restricted from meeting in Singapore for the annual CAREhab and Singapore Rehabilitation Conference, many were serving at the frontline.
Yet on July 17 and 18, more than 1,200 members of the healthcare community from over 30 countries – Australia was among the top five represented – met on an integrated digital platform of live content, and their conversation continues. James Boey, executive director of SingEx Exhibitions, explained how this works.
Continue reading here. 
Mayvin Global expands to Darwin
Despite the impact of COVID-19, Mayvin Global, a consultancy specialising in the delivery of commercial and revenue generation solutions across tourism, business events, associations and the arts, has opened a third office in Darwin.
With offices already in Sydney and the Gold Coast, Mayvin Global recognised the opportunity to support Northern Territory’s business events and tourism sectors at a time when most companies around Australia are reducing their growth investments.
Managing director of Mayvin Global Deanna Varga commented: “Opening an office during COVID-19 might seem like going against the grain, however, after the experience of our recent projects, undertaking multiple visits to Uluru, Darwin and Alice Springs and having had several meetings with NT representatives, I knew this was a risk worth taking.
“The opening of the Darwin office, is a great chance for us to show real commitment to the region, one I’m passionate about, by providing ‘boots on the ground’ to work across tourism, business events, associations and the arts.”
Mayvin Global recently completed Industry Enhancement Workshops in Darwin, Alice Springs and Uluru for Northern Territory Business Events, and an International Conference Bidding Process for the Darwin Convention Centre.
Visit New Zealand without actually visiting
Tourism New Zealand has hopped aboard the podcast/audio experience train by launching a Spotify channel – allowing listeners to experience New Zealand without stepping on a plane.
The album – Mindful Journeys – features four meditative audio tracks designed to transport listeners to New Zealand.
Through the soundscapes, listeners will journey through the North and South Islands, being calmed through sounds unique to New Zealand including native birds, bubbling geothermal mud pools and the gentle sound of the breeze moving through the forest.
Have a listen to them yourself and see if it does anything to ease the travel bug here. 
Episode Five of The Event Sessions is almost here
We’ve been looking forward to Episode Five of The Event Sessions, which will feature CEO of Saxton Speakers Bureau Anne Jamieson. We had the pleasure of speaking with her at this year’s AIME (remember that time, when things were still somewhat normal?), and she provided some interesting predictions about the future of speakers at business events.
The industry has changed immeasurably since then, and we’re sure that Anne has an insightful take on where things are headed. In Episode Five, she will discuss the power of collaboration and partnership during these times; and finding power in the connective tissue which brings us together and makes us stronger as an industry.
Stay tuned. If you missed Episode Four, check it out here. 
Come back plan: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
The last time we heard from Sofitel Sydney Wentworth they were putting on a spectacular concert for guests finishing up their quarantines.
Well, turns out they've been up to a bit more than that during recent times, and we spoke with associate director of sales/ conference & events Leonie Wood to find out just what.
You can read her 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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