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July 3, 2020
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Peter Jones launches PJSE Consulting
UFI APAC conference cancelled
NZ event talks result in $10m government fund
What’s this? A company that’s growing. 
Heidi Heming appointed Australia-based BDM for Te Pae
Your weekly quotivation
 
 
Peter Jones launches PJSE Consulting
 
Managing director of Peter Jones Special Events, Peter Jones, this week launched PJSE Consulting, offering organisations the guidance, strategy and advice to help them create and deliver their own events.
 
As the founder of one of Australia’s most experienced event companies, Peter Jones will continue to oversee Peter Jones Special Events and work with businesses who want the full event package from creation through to execution. PJSE Consulting however, will provide professional event consulting to help clients to realise their vision, activate and engage their audiences and achieve their objectives.
 
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UFI APAC conference cancelled
 
By Lauren Arena
 
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry (UFI) announced this week that its 2020 Asia-Pacific Conference and the Digital Innovation Forum will be cancelled. The twin events were originally scheduled to be held in Macau in March and were subsequently rescheduled in late August.
 
UFI regional manager Asia-Pacific, Mark Cochrane, said the “difficult decision” was made together with local stakeholders in Macau.
 
“Unfortunately, the travel restrictions across the region and around the world made it impossible to proceed with this event in Macau in 2020… we look forward to bringing this event back to Macau at the earliest opportunity.”
 
According to the association, a return to Macau is likely to be in 2022 as the UFI Asia-Pacific Conference 2021 has already been secured for Melbourne, and will mark the first-ever UFI event in Australia.
NZ event talks result in $10m government fund
 
Ongoing talks between the New Zealand event sector and government has resulted in creation of a new $10 million fund for the domestic sector designed to help save jobs as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.
 
Conventions & Incentives New Zealand chief executive, Lisa Hopkins, said the new funding announcement follows a meeting with Minister of Economic Development, Phil Twyford, on Wednesday.
 
“The purpose of the Domestic Events Fund is to stave off the loss of critical events which contribute to regional economies, and that without support may never return,” Minister Twyford said.
 
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What’s this? A company that’s growing.
 
Brand storytelling agency INVNT, which has been heavily involved in live events, this week launched as [INVNT GROUP] in the Asia Pacific with new divisions designed to serve clients at every and any stage of the storytelling cycle.
 
The portfolio now includes FOLK Hero, a modern brand strategy firm, HEVĒ, a branded content and digital marketing studio, INVNT, the global live brand storytelling agency, and MEANING, a creative-led culture consultancy.
 
[INVNT GROUP] in the Asia Pacific is being headed up by Laura Roberts, who remains as managing director of INVNT APAC.
 
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Heidi Heming appointed Australia-based BDM for Te Pae
 
Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has announced the appointment of Heidi Heming as business development manager for the Australian market.
 
Heidi is an industry stalwart who most recently worked for 11 years with Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ). In her new role, she will work closely with Te Pae’s locally-based business development team to cultivate leads in one of the centre’s core markets.
 
On her appointment, general manager of Te Pae Ross Steele said: “Heidi is well respected in the industry. She is a superb networker and will be a real asset as we continue to promote Te Pae Christchurch during our pre-opening period.”
Your weekly quotivation
 
Yesterday we attended the Bring Back The Buzz industry team-building event at Hyatt Regency Sydney, which was thoughtfully put together by BeChallenged. It was great to catch up with industry friends and become re-acquainted with the wonders of in-person events, which included enjoying a delicious meal (without having to wash up afterwards), having some laughs (without the Zoom lag) and engaging in the practically-forgotten practice of pinning on a name badge. We have to say, reading names from lapels was a welcome change from reading them from a computer screen.
 
Darren Isenberg has been experiencing a bit of name badge nostalgia lately, and has thus centred this week’s quotivational video on the names he’d like to read on them in the coming months.
 
Enjoy the video here. 
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