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July 7, 2020
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Will global manifesto for meetings actually work?
BCEC re-opening date announced
Test, trace, meet: Can technology hasten the return of international events?
Virgin resumes Sydney to Ballina flights
The Conference Company appoints BDM
Will global manifesto for meetings actually work?
By Brad Foster
It’s a scary word manifesto. It sounds serious. Like something a government or political party releases in wartime.
And, as far as the meetings industry is concerned, what we are going through now could be likened a little bit like being in a war. Borders closed. Curfews. Aircraft grounded. Unrest. Protests. You get the picture.
Led by the international Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), together with some of the largest exhibition organisers in the world – AIME, IBTM, IMEX and Meetings Africa -JMIC last week presented the JMIC Manifesto For Economic Recovery Using Business Events.
Continue reading here. 
BCEC re-opening date announced
Queensland treasurer, the Hon. Cameron Dick has formally announced that the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) will be reopening in August 2020 following the approval by Queensland Health of its Site Specific COVID Safe Plan.
The treasurer stated that the reopening of BCEC is a significant milestone for Queensland.
"As we unite and recover from the pandemic, it's cause for celebration that we can welcome staff and visitors back to this outstanding venue,” he said.
The centre is planning to host its first events from August, combining its plan with VenueShield: a new environmental hygiene protocol developed by its parent group, ASM Global. VenueShield provides the most advanced hygiene safeguards and exceeds current regulations.
Test, trace, meet: Can technology hasten the return of international events?
By Lauren Arena
The rise of the ‘low touch’ economy has been wearily cast as the enemy of live events. But is this fearmongering or fact? Just like video did not kill the star, the acceleration of virtual meetings under Covid is unlikely to spell the end of face-to-face events.
Technology may even expedite the return of international congresses and conventions, thanks to blockchain-powered health apps that are currently being trialled to allow travellers safe passage through international borders without the 14-day quarantine.
The technology is still in its infancy, but Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) CEO, Mario Hardy, says green shoots are emerging.
Read more here. 
Virgin resumes Sydney to Ballina flights
Have you been dreaming of a Byron getaway? Good news. Today marked the first Virgin Australia flight between Sydney and Ballina Byron Gateway Airport since airline services were scaled back due to Covid-19.
The service will now operate three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Flights to and from the region have been steadily growing, a development which the Ballina Shire Council and Ballina Byron Gateway Airport have welcomed.
The Conference Company appoints BDM
Another piece of good news amid the world’s current challenges: Bridgette Sinclair has been appointed business development manager for The Conference Company (TCC).
Bridgette joined TCC in 2018 in sponsorship and exhibition sales, and, prior to this, worked for the Recruiting, Staffing and Consulting Association (RSCA), which provided a good understanding of how associations work.
The Conference Company has been delivering conferences across Australia and New Zealand for more than 30 years, with offices in Sydney and Auckland.
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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