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July 16, 2020
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Accor chief calls for JobKeeper extension
Sydney Olympic Park venue update
A futurist's take on the future of events
CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park unveils design inspiration
Accor chief calls for JobKeeper extension
By Brad Foster

Accor Pacific COO Simon McGrath is calling on the Federal Government to extend the JobKeeper payments to keep the majority of his 21,000 staff active and financially supported.
Mr McGrath is also looking forward to the day when business travel and conferences resume but of course can’t predict when that will be.
With 13 hotels under his control in Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia and Fiji, Accor is one of the Asia Pacific’s largest employers and he believes the government recognises that and also understands the importance of the tourism sector.
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Sydney Olympic Park venue update
Sydney Olympic Park has adapted to the new normal, with Covid-safe measures in place and a complimentary venue finding service to help you plan your next event.
Planners can choose between 12 venues which include five onsite hotels, pubs, restaurants, cafes and gyms. Plenty of wide, open spaces are available, as well as team-building opportunities.
The Sydney Olympic Park team told micenet they are incredibly proud of recently achieving a ‘global leader’ status in sustainability after being awarded a 6 Star Green Star Community rating.
You can take a tour of the venue here and contact the team at either businessevents@sydneyolympicpark.com.au or +61 (2) 9714 7133.
A futurist's take on the future of events
With a cloud of uncertainty surrounding the future of events, what better time than now to hear from a futurist? In the inaugural episode of The Event Sessions, founder of Alive Events Agency Ant Hampel and author and change agent Jen Trethewey chat with futurist and keynote speaker Steve Sammartino about technology, the future of the workplace and the need for human interaction.
In the episode, Steve answers whether digital, in-person or hybrid events are the way forward; which technology will stick around post-pandemic (and what will fall by the wayside); and what the new creative Melbourne will look like. He also reveals something that businesses should stop putting off and start doing, now more than ever.
Watch Episode One here. 
CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park unveils design inspiration
The hotly-anticipated CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park has unveiled its design inspiration ahead of its opening in 2021.
The venue has been designed by Melbourne-based architects NH Architecture, who also worked on the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) expansion project. For CENTREPIECE, the team has aimed to capture ‘Melbourness’, with physical and emotive links woven through each room.
The building’s expansive windows and outdoor terraces bring the outside in – creating a seamless pairing between its civic design and Australia’s native landscape. Other features include skylights in the pre-function area and direct access to the terrace from the function room, so that guests can enjoy views of Melbourne’s city skyline.
This news has pumped us up for when events return to Melbourne.
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.
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