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July 28, 2020
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Three event wins for Melbourne
cievents wins two awards
New sales director for SKYE Suites
Come back plan: GCCEC
Three event wins for Melbourne
Melbourne has been chosen as the hot city for three high-profile business events: The International Trade Union Congress 2022; The International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health 2022; and The International Geographical Congress 2028.
Combined, these events will deliver a $24.8 million economic contribution to the state, almost 15,000 room nights, and see 3750 delegates pass through the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) doors.
Commenting on the wins, Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) CEO Julia Swanson said: “News of these timely wins will provide a boost in the sector, instil ongoing confidence in attracting international business events to Victoria, and acknowledge their positive impact on the visitor economy, including boosting hotel occupancy, visitation to attractions and restaurants and dispersal across regional Victoria.”
cievents wins two awards
By Brad Foster
We don’t usually promote things run by competitors but living in such strange times we thought in this instance why not? cievents informs us that they have been named Best Large Agency of the Year and took out the Team-Building Activity of the Year in the 2020 C&IT APAC Awards.
We can’t say who C&IT Asia Pacific is but we know cievents and who doesn’t need a win or two right now.
We also hear that cievents received a highly commended in the Best Incentive of the Year category for Flight Centre Travel Group’s 2019 Global Gathering in Las Vegas.
Cievents global general manager Natalie Simmons acknowledges while the past 12 months has definitely presented challenges for the agency and its clients, it’s also delivered incredible achievements in what is a watershed moment for the meetings and events sector.
“As we move into the second half of FY20, I’m confident our vision for the company and the decisions made to ensure ongoing success will deliver more experiences that create memories,” she said.
New sales director for SKYE Suites
Ari Foo has been appointed sales director for SKYE Suites’ portfolio of luxury hotels, which includes SKYE Suites Sydney, SKYE Suites Parramatta and SKYE Suites Green Square.
Mr Foo boasts a 25-year career within the property and hotel sector, having previously worked as the director of global sales at Hyatt Sales Force and before that for 10 years at Grand Hyatt Melbourne.
On his appointment, Mr Foo said he was “thrilled” to take on the role at a time when the hotel sector is going through one of its most difficult times in history.
“I believe we have a strong product that holds an enormous amount of appeal to a variety of market segments and is currently bucking the trend in the current landscape with strong occupancy across all three hotels,” he said.
Come back plan: GCCEC
We’re back with this week’s first instalment in our venue come back plan series.
Today’s subject is the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC), which has re-opened under a Covid safe plan and has started hosting events again.
Find out what the team learnt during the lockdown period, what they value now more than pre-COVID-19 and how they think events will change in the future 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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