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August 7, 2020
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'Ease Up' MICE deals in Thailand
Perth’s still in business
Don’t stand up if you’re wearing PJs
micenet, just doing their (small) bit
Your weekly quotivation
'Ease Up' MICE deals in Thailand
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
Convention centres have reopened in Thailand for local consumer and trade events. But international flights are still barred. A Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) survey reported international meetings and incentives being postponed to as late as end-2021 and 2022.
To bolster the MICE industry, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and TICA jointly launched ‘Ease Up’, a campaign for corporate meeting and incentive groups holding events before June 30, 2021. Criteria include a minimum of 40 delegates staying two nights in Thailand.
TCEB provides a financial subsidy for the meeting package or dining experience. Participating TICA DMC members offer complimentary airport transfer and sightseeing or team-building for up to 20 delegates. Hotels provide up to 20 complimentary guestrooms for an equal number of paid rooms per night.
Perth’s still in business
By Graeme Kemlo
Once described as the world’s most isolated capital city, Perth is now embracing the relative safety of 3400 km of social distancing from the east coast.
Perth’s Stage Four restrictions still allow small meetings and it is understood Business Events Perth is offering financial support to local business meetings, something not normally done.
The 2.4 million local residents are the target market for leisure and business and Destination Perth CEO, Tracey Cinavas-Prosser, said that “unlike our east coast colleagues, hoteliers here while feeling the pinch, benefit from local leisure guests, FIFO employees and ISO (those who want to self-isolate or returning residents forced into 14-day lockdowns).
"With winter in greater Perth many residents headed north.
“The Coral Coast and Ningaloo are smashing it, but come spring and summer it will be Perth’s time to shine,” she said.
Don’t stand up if you’re wearing PJs
By Brad Foster
A survey by online finance information platform Money.com.au has revealed almost one quarter of Australians participating in online video meetings have made or seen embarrassing or unprofessional behaviour.
But far from being a negative, more than half say the video meetings have helped them to get to know their colleagues better.
More than 1000 respondents were presented with 10 potentially embarrassing incidents, mishaps, or unprofessional behaviour that they may have encountered during remote video meetings, and were asked to select any which they experienced.
Continue reading here. 
micenet, just doing their (small) bit
It turns out that micenet is helping to stop the spread of Covid in a somewhat unexpected way. One of our readers has been busy sewing cotton face masks for her friends, and recycling our magazines to trace and cut the fabrics.
The reader said that our magazines have thicker covers than other magazines, meaning they’re easier to trace, and are less likely to be damaged, meaning they can be used over and over again.
We’re happy to help, and keep up the amazing work, reader. P.S., the kitten pattern is adorable.
Your weekly quotivation
This week’s quotivational reel was inspired by our own Helen Batt-Rawden, who asked Darren Isenberg – rather cheekily - how he was able to find the ridiculous quotes and images to fill out his videos.
His answer? Too much spare time on his hands! This week’s video is dedicated to other people who had too much time on their hands, from the man who covered himself in slices of bread and stood near a flock of sea gulls, to the duo who re-created the costumes and balloon-drawn house from ‘Up’ (pictured).
Most of us have had a bit of spare time this year, but that’s not a bad thing. It simply means more creativity is needed to fill in the gaps (hopefully, in your cases, creativity that has not involved becoming a human seagull magnet).
Enjoy the video 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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