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July 31, 2020
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BE–READY, say Malaysian industry associations
Accor debuts in Rockhampton
Duuunnnnnnnn dun dun dun….  Sharks circling MCEC’s unconventional ideas
Your weekly quotivation
 
 
BE–READY, say Malaysian industry associations
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
 
The Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) and Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM) have teamed up to ‘BE-READY’ for the resumption of domestic business events. Business Events (BE) Guidelines were developed in line with the approved Malaysian National Security Council standard operating procedures.
 
“These guidelines must be practised, providing assurance and gaining public confidence that business events like exhibitions and conferences are safe,” said MACEOS Dato' Vincent Lim.
 
BECM Chairman Alan Pryor said strict adherence to stringent health and hygiene measures will “provide a safe, controlled and regulated operating environment for clients, stakeholders and event attendees”.
 
The size of event space and venue’s capability to ensure safe implementation of the SOPs will determine the number of attendees allowed.
Accor debuts in Rockhampton
 
Yesterday Accor announced that Travelodge Hotel Rockhampton has been rebranded to Mercure Rockhampton. The eight-storey, 74-room resort is located in the heart of the city, and features six conference spaces, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre.
 
Accor chief operating officer Pacific, Simon McGrath, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mercure Rockhampton to the Accor family. By joining Accor, Mercure Rockhampton now has access to the most talented team and sources available. There is no doubt the decade ahead will be one of the most competitive and challenging eras in the history of the Australian hotel industry. However, the uncertainty of recent times unequivocally highlights the benefits of our scale, as well as the market strength of our brands.”
Duuunnnnnnnn dun dun dun…. Sharks circling MCEC’s unconventional ideas
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
At one stage destined to host a 600-bed COVID-19 Red Zone ICU facility for Melbourne – an idea cancelled on 24 hour’s notice - the sharks are about to circle the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) according to CEO Peter King.
 
But this is no JAWS moment, no blood in the water. Now completely closed down, MCEC staff and management have come up with a novel event.
 
“We’ve had about 50 ideas… completely new opportunities for our business, some of them really big blue sky ideas, some of them more traditional event ideas. But we’ve got a sort of Shark Tank process happening next week," he said.
 
"We’ve got 12 selected ideas and about 180 staff and about 50 external people (customers, suppliers, ambassadors and stakeholders)."
 
He said the virtual event would “explore and build” the 12 ideas next Monday and Tuesday, then on Wednesday the “Sharks” are brought in to judge – MCEC chair and former Victorian premier John Brumby, Melbourne lord mayor Sally Capp and former AFL star and local hotelier Luke Darcy.
 
“The 12 ideas will be pitched to judges - we’ll use all these ideas in the future - but the winners will go into a delivery phase and we’ll be using them straight away….it has given everybody energy and a sense of optimism," he said.
Your weekly quotivation
 
You may have noticed for the past few weeks that Darren Isenberg has focused his quotivational videos more on entertaining themes than educational ones.
 
Well, in this instalment, he’s combined the two. The theme is the art of the insult, AKA, how to be rude without appearing to be so.
 
We think that the Bunnings Karen could learn a thing or two from this video. Have a watch of it
here. 
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