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July 30, 2020
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Crown Towers Sydney GM positive of December soft opening
Accor brings support to 1300 people in the Pacific
The Event Sessions: Peter Jones AM talks creativity during Covid
Come back plan: TFE Hotels
Crown Towers Sydney GM positive of December soft opening
By Brad Foster
Newly appointed general manager of the Crown Towers Sydney, Chris Kemlo, isn’t sure what type of opening event will be at the property in December but is remaining positive that there will be something.
The long-time Crown Melbourne staffer relocated to Sydney with his young family recently and is now knee-deep in a recruitment drive for 1600 employees.
At a time when the hotel sector has been decimated this is wonderful news for those displaced by COVID-19.
‘We’ve put some advertisements out there for key roles and have had no shortage of applicants,” Mr Kemlo said.
Continue reading here. 
Accor brings support to 1300 people in the Pacific
Accor has provided vital aid to employees, partners and frontline workers through its ALL Heartist Fund.
By allocating more than AUD $114 million to the cause, Accor has assisted more than 140,000 people worldwide, including 1300 in the Pacific region. Those supported fall into one of three categories: eligible employees in financial distress due to COVID-19 and/or having medical expenses due to the pandemic and not benefiting from insurance or state cover; individual partners suffering personal financial hardship due to COVID-19 activity disruption; and frontline professionals and first responders in need of assistance.
Commenting on the initiative, COO of Accor Pacific Simon McGrath said: “Welcoming, protecting and taking care of others is at the heart of what Accor does best. We could not do this without the incredible people we have in our business. Once we recognised the devastating impacts of COVID-19, we mobilised quickly and have acted in a meaningful way to support our valued people and partners. The ALL Heartist Fund is a long-term project and will continue to support those in need into 2021.”
The Event Sessions: Peter Jones AM talks creativity during Covid
How can we keep creativity going when the future is uncertain and worries over staff, clients and cash flow persist? Ant Hampel and Jen Trethewey called in events royalty Peter Jones AM for episode two of The Event Sessions to discuss the change blossoming out of the doom and gloom, and the evolution of offerings on the other side of COVID.
In the episode, Peter delves into why he believes the industry will be better off for having gone through the pandemic; explains what events businesses will need to do to survive; and discusses the ways in which his business is adapting to the new normal.
Watch Episode Two here. 
Come back plan: TFE Hotels
This week’s second come back plan is from TFE Hotels, which is readying to launch nine brand new hotels across Australia and New Zealand by the end of the year.
Senior director of sales, Shahnaz Bakhshay, shared with us what her team has been up to in recent times, as well as the valuable lessons they have learnt about long term success and business events during Covid. She also made a prediction about the future of event food.
Read her answers here. 
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