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July 14, 2020
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Arinex keeping calm and carrying on
Holiday Inn Express debuts in NZ
Borneo convention centre maintains positive business outlook
MCEC extends closure date
Arinex keeping calm and carrying on
By Brad Foster
Despite seeing more than 50 events cancelled or postponed in 2020, PCO Arinex is remaining calm and continuing to do what it does best, explains CEO Nicole Walker.
On Friday, March 13, like so many in the industry, Arinex was instantly impacted by the Australian Government announcement to cancel events over 500 people.
With one of its first events of the year bumping in on Sunday, March 15, the team had to go into overdrive to cancel the event, working night and day over the weekend to liaise with industry partners to cancel the arrangements and negotiate fees to limit the financial impact to the Arinex client.
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Holiday Inn Express debuts in NZ
Last week InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) fastest growing hotel brand debuted in New Zealand with the launch of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown.
The hotel features 227 guest rooms and suites, as well as superior rooms that provide views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range.
For events, the hotel offers two flexible, naturally-lit meeting rooms that can cater for up to 40 people, as well as uncapped Wi-Fi and a free business centre.
Borneo convention centre maintains positive business outlook
By Lauren Arena
With events of up to 250 pax now permitted to take place in Malaysia, the Borneo Convention and Exhibition Centre Kuching (BCCK) in Sarawak insists that it is ready to embrace the challenge of holding events “safely and comfortably” in the new world order.
BCCK executive director Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot, believes face-to-face events will return — albeit smaller, with new hybrid formats, and additional health and safety measures. As well as social distancing and temperature checks, the centre currently mandates that all staff and visitors wear facemasks at all times.
Since the easing of Malaysia’s movement control order last month, BCCK has hosted two dialogue sessions with state and federal tourism ministries to address concerns for the tourism sector in a post-Covid world.
The centre is working closely with the Sarawak Convention Bureau and the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau to spearhead the development of new homegrown events focused on revitalising the industry on a state level.
MCEC extends closure date
As Melbourne enters stage three of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, its biggest events destination, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has extended its closure date to midnight on August 31, 2020.
In an Instagram post, the venue said that safety is its number one priority, and the decision has been made in line with the Victorian government’s recent announcement.
“We look forward to sharing our re-opening date with you soon,” the post continued.
“Stay safe Melbourne.”
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