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July 6, 2020
In this issue
BE Sydney looks to the future
STB calls industry to submit digital solutions for ‘new normal’
Now this will be worth watching online – The Event Sessions
ICC Sydney launches hybrid event solutions
Another one for the sweet tooths
 
 
BE Sydney looks to the future
 
By Brad Foster
 
Lyn Lewis-Smith could be described as an industry veteran but she probably wouldn’t like that tag. Like most people who have been through a range of disruptions – 911, the GFC, SARS, etcetera – she’s recognised that in the global world things happen from time to time.
 
But nothing like this.
 
Continue reading here. 
STB calls industry to submit digital solutions for ‘new normal’
 
By Lauren Arena
 
Two heads are better than one – and that’s the approach adopted by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in its latest effort to rebuild the MICE and tourism industry.
 
STB recently launched the Tourism Innovation Challenge and put out an open call to technology providers and software developers with market-tested solutions to collaborate with tourism and MICE industry players and accelerate the adoption of new technologies in the sector.
 
According to STB, the call for solutions will help address five key areas of opportunity and assist the MICE and tourism industry to restore consumer confidence and emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis. Opportunity areas include biotech that can facilitate a low-touch or contactless experience, and virtual destination offerings to diversity revenue streams.
 
Shortlisted solution providers will then be invited to pitch to industry via online webinars in July, and relevant grants will be made available to assist implementation.
 
Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS) supports the initiative and is working to ensure its members can capitalise on the proposed solutions.
Now this will be worth watching online – The Event Sessions
 
micenet is supporting a new online series launching next week because it’s different and relevant to our sector.
 
‘The Event Sessions’ is being described as a mini-series that offers the chance to engage in more than a soundbite, podcast or zoom call.
 
Instead, the 10-minute episodes provide a refreshing lens into varying concepts with deeper, more meaningful conversations on how to arm our industry with inspiration and direction during turbulent times.
 
Continue reading here. 
ICC Sydney launches hybrid event solutions
 
Last week the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney launched a new hybrid on-site and virtual event solution. The dual-product will allow clients to host more than 300 people at the venue in accordance with strict social distancing measures, whilst also live streaming to an unlimited number of remote attendees.
 
To deliver the model, the venue has applied cutting-edge technology into its new hybrid spaces, including projection screens, entertainment lighting and PA systems. This set up will allow both attendees in the rooms and guests located remotely to have the same event experience.
 
To find out more about ICC Sydney’s new Hybrid Virtual Event Space, click here. 
Another one for the sweet tooths
 
Did you have a go at last week’s recipe – Tom Rutherford’s Tarte Tatin? Was it a roaring success? A win with your friends and family? Or not your cup of tea? Perhaps you might prefer trying out this week’s recipe, the Raspberry Tart (or, if you tried out last week’s, you can add it to your tart baking repertoire).
 
Access the recipe 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 with anything you want to share or say.
 
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