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August 4, 2020
In this issue
Work starts on Western Sydney’s first QT hotel
The shared risk landscape of the future
Qld’s first COVID-safe expo a success
Come back plan: QT Canberra & Rydges Canberra
Work starts on Western Sydney’s first QT hotel
Last Friday work officially commenced on a 55-storey tower in Parramatta – a building that will eventually house Western Sydney’s first QT Hotel.
The historic Parramatta riverside precinct will offer luxury residences alongside the hotel, which will boast 250 rooms over 18 storeys, and multiple meeting and event spaces including a grand ballroom.
The project broke ground after a lengthy development approval process which began in 2016.
The shared risk landscape of the future
If you’ve got a space in your calendar between 11 and 12 on Thursday, and you’re not webinar-ed out, you might want to give Meetings and Events Australia’s (MEA) latest online event a go. The webinar will look ahead to the new future, and how the landscape will change in terms of risk mitigation.
Some of the questions answered will be what level of risk exists, how it will be managed across the supply chain, how what we’ve learnt over the last six months will impact our shared clients and the supply chain of suppliers needed to bring events to life, and what aspects should be considered when contracting in the future to ensure we can operate in a fair and reasonable business environment.
The webinar will feature an expert panel led by Ian Stuart. To find out more or register, click here. 
Qld’s first COVID-safe expo a success
The Gold Coast Expo – the first consumer expo to take place under Covid safe regulations – took place last weekend at the Gold Coast Turf Club. According to the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA), the event was well-received and has restored a lot of faith and enthusiasm to the business events industry.
Australian Events was responsible for managing the expo, with managing director Bob Carroll saying that the team worked hard to develop new systems and processes to meet the Covid challenge. This included moving all ticket sales to a pre-sale, with no cash or credit card payments at the gate, and the employment of ‘Social Distancing Ambassadors’ to keep people moving and prevent queues.
Australian Events is organising another event in Toowoomba next weekend, and a further eight events before November.
Come back plan: QT Canberra & Rydges Canberra
We’re particularly excited about this week’s first instalment in our come back plan series. Why? Because it instantly delves into the perennially important topic of food.
Executive chef at QT Canberra and Rydges Canberra Josh Smith-Thirkell has been getting creative in the kitchen, whipping together some individual breakfast, lunch and dinner boxes that comply with the hotels’ Covid Safe catering concept.
To find out what else the hotel has been up to during lockdown, click 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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