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July 20, 2020
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Courage Under Fire
MICE Industry Resilience Roadmap for Singapore
Thousands petition for JobKeeper extension
What attendees thought of MEA’s Evolve: Renovated conference
 
 
Courage Under Fire
 
Emma Bowyer and ICMSA: no-one gets left behind.
 
By Brad Foster
 
What does it take to be a leader? Not one in good times either. One in the worst. One where a sinkhole has opened up in the blink of an eye and swallowed your entire revenue stream for the foreseeable future.
 
One that has your 35 full-time staff wondering about their futures as well as the company’s and looking at you for answers. One that over the past 12 months has seen you grieving at the loss of not only your soulmate but your business partner who you could bounce ideas off at the end of a long day.
 
Continue reading here. 
MICE Industry Resilience Roadmap for Singapore
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
 
The Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS), Singapore Tourism Board and Enterprise Singapore are jointly working on an Industry Resilience Roadmap (IRR), with an “operational handbook” for MICE enterprises to develop their agility and build resilience post COVID-19.
 
The IRR has three strategic objectives: To establish a safe and sustainable operating environment, focussing on the customer journey; strengthen enterprise capabilities to innovate and upscale through digitalisation and risk mitigation; and build a strong and vibrant industry to drive future change, such as by developing new and certifiable capabilities.
 
Recognising that reopening of the economy will be very gradual, SACEOS has launched various support programmes during the crisis and engaged the public and private sectors in dialogue.
 
Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash.
Thousands petition for JobKeeper extension
 
The Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) has made a final call to arms for the federal government to maintain and extend JobKeeper beyond September – a request which has been augmented by 10,000 people signing a petition to guarantee the program’s future in sustaining tourism businesses.
 
On the request, ATIC executive director Simon Westaway said: “JobKeeper is doing the job intended for our heavily-hit tourism industry and all its associated businesses to retain their core workforce until visitor demand recovers.
 
“Retaining and extending JobKeeper is an absolute priority for tourism enterprises and tens of thousands of jobs within them and it has demonstrated community support backing this position.
 
“The collective economic impact of our international border closure and changeable state and territory border constraints has smashed Australian tourism. Our industry needs far greater time than JobKeeper’s September deadline to allow for a meaningful recovery.”
 
Mr Westaway also said that with the ongoing border situation, ATIC was calling for the federal government to establish a framework around how domestic border restrictions should apply to future COVID hotspots.
What attendees thought of MEA’s Evolve: Renovated conference
 
Last Thursday more than 550 event professionals from across Australia and New Zealand tuned in to Meetings and Events Australia’s (MEA) first full-day virtual conference: Evolve: Renovated.
 
Broadcast live from Deakin Edge at Fed Square in Melbourne, the conference was conducted on Event Air’s online platform OnAir, and featured more than 25 plenary and concurrent sessions, interspersed with health wellness exercises, networking opportunities and witty commentary from Australian comedian and event emcee Dave Thornton.
 
MEA chair Kate Smith was thrilled with how the event turned out, describing its presentations as ‘inspiring’ and ‘thought-provoking’ and a step towards shaping the industry’s recovery.
 
But what did the attendees think?
 
We asked around and found out what their favourite part of the conference was, their least favourite part, and – following their participation in Australia’s first full-day online conference - whether they believe virtual, in-person or hybrid events are the future.
 
Read their answers here. 
 
Image Courtesy: Fed Square
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