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July 1, 2020
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Qantas news spells disaster for international MICE market
Rooftop views are on the menu at the new Crowne Plaza Hobart
We can’t afford to wait for a vaccine: Global industry urges
PCMA call for APAC participants to complete COVID-19 impact survey
Christchurch events industry reunites for arty do
 
 
Qantas news spells disaster for international MICE market
 
By Brad Foster
 
Australia and the world, we have a problem.
 
As COVID-19 cases top 10 million worldwide, news that Qantas is cutting all international flights until July 2021 has stymied all talk of a speedy recovery of business event travel.
 
Internationally, nothing will be happening for more than 12 months from now. Domestically, things remain terribly grim.
 
Despite all the posturings, strategies and positive talk, it appears right now that the Australian business event sector is stuck. In a big way. Like never before.
 
Continue reading here. 
Rooftop views are on the menu at the new Crowne Plaza Hobart
 
IHG has welcomed its first hotel in Tasmania with the brand new Crowne Plaza Hobart in the heart of the vibrant CBD, showcasing breathtaking harbour and Mount Wellington views.
 
From its 235 design-led guest rooms, to six innovative meeting spaces, vibrant communal areas, and Hobart’s first Club lounge – Crowne Plaza Hobart balances the very best of work and play.
 
Guests can transition effortlessly from nine-to-five and five-to-nine at one of the hotel’s three sensational dining destinations. Farm-to-fabulous comes to life at the signature restaurant Core, featuring local Tasmanian produce, and the best of local wines and creative cocktails are abundant at The Deck - complete with stunning mountain backdrops. Or, to take your event to new heights, why not meet at Hobart’s first rooftop venue, AURA Restaurant & Lounge Bar?
 
Find out more here. 
We can’t afford to wait for a vaccine: Global industry urges
 
By Lauren Arena
 
During an online forum hosted by the Hong Kong Tourism Board last week, industry heavyweights such as the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), International Air Transport Association (ITATA), and the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) urged governments to remove barriers that are stifling recovery efforts.
 
Rather than simply throwing stones, association leaders discussed pathways to help navigate the new tourism and events landscape.
 
Read what they had to say here. 
PCMA call for APAC participants to complete COVID-19 impact survey
 
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has extended its COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard Research initiative with a push into the Asia Pacific region.
 
Karen Bolinger, managing director of PCMA APAC, has called for members of the business events community to contribute to the survey, to help create an accurate view of the industry so that event planners and suppliers can design effective recovery strategies for the region.
 
The survey is open for seven days, closing on July 7, 2020. Complete the short survey here. 
Christchurch events industry reunites for arty do
 
This image looks like a relic from a post-COVID world, right? Well, it was actually taken last week in the Great Hall in Christchurch Art Centre, where members from the hospitality and events industries gathered to catch up about what’s been going on over the past few months. The event was organised by MF Events and the Christchurch Arts Centre, and more than 150 people braved the rainy weather to take part.
 
Director of sales and marketing for MF Events Sarah Robinson said that everyone enjoyed being in the same room, and that the atmosphere was very exciting.
 
In other Christchurch news, this week the date for MEETINGS 2021 – New Zealand’s premier business events exhibition – was announced. The event will take place on June 30 and July 1, 2021, at Te Pae Christchurch, the city’s new world-class convention centre. Only a year to go!
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 with anything you want to share or say.
 
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