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July 9, 2020
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Research shows clear sign of delegates preferring virtual
New GM for The Events Centre, Caloundra
Get excited – The Event Sessions almost here
Adding fuel to our holiday excitement
Safe and creative event inspo
 
 
Research shows clear sign of delegates preferring virtual
 
By Brad Foster
 
A survey of potential delegates for an October conference by Bombora Publishing on whether they would prefer to attend a live event or a virtual one has seen overwhelming support for one online.
 
Long-time industry practitioner, Ruth Appleby, said she was surprised “and disappointed” at her client’s survey results which showed 76 per cent were “more likely” to attend a virtual event than if it was held live in October, with just 32 per cent indicating they were more likely to attend a physical event.
 
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New GM for The Events Centre, Caloundra
 
Former chief operating officer of Byron Bay’s Bluesfest, Steve Romer, has been appointed general manager of The Events Centre (TEC) Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.
 
Prior to Bluesfest, Romer was chief executive of the Venue Management Association Asia Pacific (VMA), the peak industry association representing performing arts centres, convention centres, entertainment arenas and sports stadiums.
 
TEC chairman, Tim Dwyer, welcomed Romer’s appointment and said: “On behalf of the Board we are thrilled to have Steve as our new general manager and look forward to his leadership, skills and experience in shaping the future of the TEC.”
 
Dwyer also gave a heartfelt thanks to retiring TEC general ganager Gary Mears, who provided: “Outstanding leadership and many significant contributions over the past seven years.”
Get excited – The Event Sessions almost here
 
micenet is supporting a new online series launching on Monday which is being touted as a mini-series that offers the chance to engage in more than a soundbite, podcast or zoom call.
 
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.
 
Presented by Ant Hampel, founder of Alive Events Agency and Jen Trethewey, author and change agent, the topics are relevant, the questions are unique, and the answers are tangible.
 
Monday’s first episode will feature futurist and keynote speaker Steve Sammartino.
 
Learn more by visiting w w w. theeventsessions. com. au and stay tuned for Monday’s launch.
Adding fuel to our holiday excitement
 
It’s looking like international travel will be off the cards for a while, so it’s time to start planning your next tropical escape in Queensland. Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas has done its bit to fuel our excitement this week, announcing plans to unveil a refurbished poolside and swim up bar, the Lagoon House.
 
Scheduled to open this month, the $1 million development features light, earthy tones, and the bar fits seamlessly with its surroundings. The chef-designed menu features local seafood and modern Australian cuisine, which can be accompanied by a range of local and international beers, as well as poolside cocktails.
 
We can’t wait!
Safe and creative event inspo
 
What a great idea this is. Hundreds of socially-distanced hearts have started to appear in Bristol in the UK, so that the city can re-open in a safe manner.
 
The initiative was suggested by local businesses, and more hearts are planned to appear in other parks across the area soon.
 
Would you consider something like this for your future outdoor events? We can’t wait to see the other ways our industry combines safety with creativity when things start up again.
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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