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July 23, 2020
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More support needed – BECA reacts to JobKeeper extension
New PCMA report predicts Q3 2021 recovery
EEAA’s new program for young event profs
Dreamworld parent company charged over ride accident
Come back plan: Voyages Ayers Rock Resort
 
 
More support needed – BECA reacts to JobKeeper extension
 
The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has welcomed the government’s extension of the JobKeeper payment as a critical lifeline for the industry, but warns that more support is needed to save the industry and the thousands of jobs that hang in the balance.
 
Yesterday, BECA released the results of an industry-wide survey that showed that JobKeeper was helping up to 96 per cent of industry businesses retain employees. According to BECA, the survey indicates that around 11,000 employees across the industry were being supported by JobKeeper.
 
Continue reading here. 
New PCMA report predicts Q3 2021 recovery
 
By Brad Foster
 
A global ‘insights report’ on the business event sector – with a focus on gauging attendee, corporate and association event planner sentiments – is predicting a recovery in the third quarter of 2021.
 
The “Busines Events Compass” was funded by PCMA Foundation and launched earlier this month. This report will be a bi-monthly subscription service updated regularly to help businesses navigate the next period of COVID-19 disruption.
 
Newly-appointed PCMA APAC managing director, Karen Bolinger, told micenet the “Business Events Compass” is an in-depth examination of economies and industries on a country by country basis, with thousands of PCMA members, DMO Leaders, business event participants, brands and industry stakeholders all contributing to the research.
 
Continue reading here. 
EEAA’s new program for young event profs
 
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is hosting a virtual meeting on July 29, specifically targeting the key concerns affecting young talent in the business events industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The Young Stars virtual meetup will feature a panel of industry experts who will each present on topics addressing social and emotional wellbeing as well as opportunities around upskilling and cross-skilling.
 
The panel includes workplace engagement manager at Beyond Blue Linda Sheahan (pictured); human resources director at the International Convention Centre Natalie Britt; Vice President and general manager, APAC, of Aventri, Alan Ivory; and business development manager of TAFE NSW Paula Meyer.
 
To find out more or register, click here. 
Dreamworld parent company charged over ride accident
 
Ardent Leisure – Dreamworld’s parent company – has been charged over the 2016 theme park tragedy that killed four people when the Thunder River Rapids ride malfunctioned.
 
Three charges have been filed against the company, each of which relate to an alleged failure to comply with a health and safety duty that exposes an individual to a risk of death or serious injury.
 
The maximum penalty for each breach is $1.5 million, or $4.5 million in total.
 
The 2016 tragedy occurred when a raft on the Thunder River Rapids Ride collided with an empty raft and flipped.
Come back plan: Voyages Ayers Rock Resort
 
It’s a hat trick! Our third come back plan for the week comes from Voyages Ayres Rock Resort, a venue that has undergone a huge amount of rejuvenation during the COVID-19 hibernation.
 
In addition to the hotel’s physical updates, the team now has a renewed sense of purpose, which they summed up through this very moving quote: “Adversity unites us all and reminds us to focus on the important things.”
 
We couldn’t agree more. Read their answers to our come back questions here. 
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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