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July 29, 2020
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CINZ calls for further government assistance
‘Soft opening’ for business events in Singapore
Byron at Byron’s multi-million-dollar refresh nears completion
Come back plan: Elite Event Technology
 
 
CINZ calls for further government assistance
 
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has joined other key associations in the country to call on the government to extend assistance to the business events industry through a targeted support package.
 
The key associations include Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), Tourism Export Council (TECNZ), Hospitality New Zealand, Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand (EVANZ) and Entertainment Technology New Zealand (ETNZ).
 
In a statement, CINZ chief executive Lisa Hopkins said: “Our sectors are all suffering under border restrictions and now, with ambiguity around Trans-Tasman travel in the near future, we have asked the government to be a supportive partner as we navigate through this constantly changing time.
 
“CINZ strongly supports the opportunity to unite our voice with others within our broader industry, for the betterment of our members and our sector.”
 
Yesterday, chief executive of TIA Chris Roberts presented a co-signed request to the prime minister and minister for tourism on behalf of the industry bodies. While the letter acknowledged the work the government has done to protect the country during the crisis, which has resulted in accolades from the World Health Organisation (WHO), it also drew attention to the support the Australian Government is providing, through the extension of the JobKeeper subsidy.
‘Soft opening’ for business events in Singapore
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
 
After five months of drought, physical business events will gradually resume in Singapore – but each limited to a maximum of 50 participants. Two pilot events in August and September will test the safe business event risk management framework designed by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in consultation with the industry.
 
Event organisers must achieve five key outcomes in the framework in order to stage MICE events.
 
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Byron at Byron’s multi-million-dollar refresh nears completion
 
Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, will be re-opening its doors on September 1, 2020. The resort is in the final stages of completing a $6 million refresh, with phase one involving a new restaurant offering with 80 per cent of ingredients sourced within a three hour drive of Byron Bay.
 
Phase two will be unveiled in November, and include updated guest suites and a new Eléme Day Spa.
 
On the impending opening, general manager of Byron at Byron Julian Moore said: We are pleased to be returning with a more sustainable offering that supports the local community and shines a light on one the country's most beautiful areas.”
Come back plan: Elite Event Technology
 
And now for something completely different. Today’s come back plan subject is not a venue but an audio visual company, which has of course felt the effects of the global pandemic.
 
We spoke with owner and managing director of Elite Event Technology Darren Russell about what his team has been working on, lessons they have learnt during lockdown and how he believes events will change in the future.
 
You can read his responses here. 
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