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June 30, 2020
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Ticketing company releases event safety 'playbook'
Research shows Australians are ‘getting back out there’
WA environmental conference postponed to allow for interstate attendees
IHG workers get packing
Ticketing company releases event safety 'playbook'
Eventbrite has released what it is calling a "playbook" highlights attendee safety advice for event organisers.
Eventbrite releases the online book as it welcomes news that some countries are starting to open up again.
Developed in collaboration with risk management and health experts from The Chertoff Group, and informed by published guidance from the World Health Organisation, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security, the playbook is designed to provide creators of all events with resources to adopt new safety policies and procedures that follow the COVID-19 advice of health officials and regulators.
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Research shows Australians are ‘getting back out there’
Travel technology company TripTech has released findings from its suite of apps which reveal that the easing of restrictions have seen Australians return to domestic travel.
Although user data from June 2020 showed that Australians are traveling 60 per cent less compared with 12 months prior, the opening of state borders has seen a month on month growth of 15 per cent.
The apps identified South Australia as the strongest state for getting back on the road, followed by Victoria and New South Wales. In terms of where people are going, TripTech found that June’s regional hotspots were Murray East, the Eyre Peninsula, Victoria’s High Country, the Yarra Valley, and regions through southern New South Wales.
Great news for regional tourism operators. We can’t wait until we hear these kind of stories about business events.
WA environmental conference postponed to allow for interstate attendees
Hundreds of Australia’s brightest environmental minds will gather in Mandurah next year for a national conference, after organisers postponed the 2020 event due to COVID-19.
The Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE) national biennial conference will take place over three days in September 2021, to allow for interstate travellers to attend.
Around 300 delegates are expected to stay in Mandurah during the event, and mayor Rhys Williams said that the conference will allow for the city’s environmental assets and leading approach to environmental education to be showcased.
"With our incredible waterways, internationally recognised wetlands and historical natural assets including the ancient thrombolites, Mandurah is the perfect place to hold a conference of this nature," he said.
IHG workers get packing
One of the silver linings of the COVID pandemic has been the combined efforts of suppliers to switch their efforts to supporting those in need.
Recently, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) did its bit by assisting food rescue charity OzHarvest with packing food hampers at its headquarters in Alexandria to distribute amongst the community.
Together, the 18 volunteers from the IHG corporate office and hotels including InterContinental Sydney, Holiday Inn Sydney Airport and Crowne Plaza packed 532 hampers for delivery to OzHarvest’s Waterloo hub.
Director of groups and meetings, regional sales Australasia at IHG Leanne Zeid was one of the volunteers, and said that she “absolutely loved” helping out.
IHG is one of OzHarvest’s ‘Awesome Partners’, and provides the charity with surplus food from its hotels as well as sponsoring its education program that puts at-risk youths through a Certificate II in hospitality skills.
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