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July 7, 2020
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New date for AIME 2021
CINZ and PCMA sign strategic alliance agreement
Victoria-NSW border closes
Powerhouse Museum saved by NSW government
Our industry friends in isolation: Darren Isenberg
 
 
New date for AIME 2021
 
As mentioned in our EDM yesterday, next year’s Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) will now take place between March 15 and 17 in Melbourne. In a first for the event, the 2021 will be hybrid, with exhibitors, hosted buyers and visitors being given the option of attending in-person or virtually via an online portal.
 
On the updates to next year’s event, CEO of Talk2 Media & Events Matt Pearce said: “We understand that we all have a role to play in driving business events to help rebuild global economies and the new hybrid AIME is being designed to quickly help kickstart our industry in 2021.
 
“By moving the show to March, we are giving the industry some extra time to adjust to post-COVID conditions as well as providing them with a road to new business opportunity.”
 
Further improvements are also in the works across the show, including an updated meeting matching process, which will adopt a more enhanced filtered approach designed to deliver better meeting outcomes for exhibitors and buyers, virtual networking opportunities and new activations on the show floor.
CINZ and PCMA sign strategic alliance agreement
 
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) have announced a strategic agreement to work together to support and professionally develop the business events community.
 
Karen Bolinger, PCMA managing director for APAC, said that this partnership is a great opportunity to support post-pandemic business events industry recovery and to build both organisations through collaboration and cross promotion.
 
“Through our new alliance we recognise the unique qualities and services each of us offer to our respective membership bases, and how a collaborative approach can support not only each other but the business events community,” she said.
 
CINZ chief executive, Lisa Hopkins, said the agreement with PCMA signals major benefits for CINZ members and the wider industry.
 
“CINZ members will now have access to PCMA’s exceptional education content, including the highly sought after Digital Events Specialist (DES) certificate program, and COVID recovery resources to foster their development,” she said.
Victoria-NSW border closes
 
From tonight, Victoria will close its border with NSW following a surge in its Covid-19 cases. Yesterday there were 127 more cases confirmed, and Premier Daniel Andrews said that the state’s 21st death from the virus occurred on Sunday night.
 
Mr Andrews said the decision to shut the border was made after a phone hook-up with Prime Minster Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday morning.
 
“That closure will be enforced on the NSW side, so as not to be a drain on resources that are very much focused on fighting the virus right now across our state,” he said.
 
Premier Berejiklian said that now that NSW has taken this decision there is “really no excuse” for any other state to have border closures with NSW.
Powerhouse Museum saved by NSW government
 
The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo will no longer close but operate across two sites, including one in Western Sydney.
 
The Ultimo site was due to close its doors in July 2021, with the government planning to sell it for as much as $195 million. But the decision was reversed after the government received pressure to re-think its decision after it came to light that the Ultimo collection could be dispersed across the state.
 
The second Powerhouse site is scheduled to open in late 2024 on the banks of the Parramatta River.
 
A definite win for Sydney venues!
Our industry friends in isolation: Darren Isenberg
 
Remember when we said that our industry friends in isolation series was done and dusted? Well, we lied. We’ve got one more for you from our friend, the emcee and quotivational video creator Darren Isenberg.
 
If you’re a regular watcher of his quotivational videos, you’ll enjoy this humorous insight into what he got up to in isolation, and what he’s (hopefully) done since restrictions have eased.
 
Have a read through it here.  P.S., Darren, we hope you’ve since given your mum that hug.
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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