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August 11, 2020
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ICMSA launches internship program
Gold Coast support for business events
Old school offices a thing of the past?
Come back plan: National Museum of Australia
ICMSA launches internship program
By Brad Foster
ICMS Australasia last week launched an internship program designed to give someone a jumpstart in the events industry.
ICMS Australasia executive director, Suellen Holland, said the internship was a great opportunity for a young person to acquire on-the-job training and the necessary skills for a career in event management.
“During their time with us they will learn about in-person, virtual and hybrid events! What an exciting time to be in this ever-evolving industry,” she said.
Click here to access the online application portal.
Gold Coast support for business events
Australia’s favourite host city will be high on delegates’ wish lists with the Gold Coast’s iconic beaches, sunny outdoor lifestyle and revitalising delegate experiences the perfect destination to recover and re-set.
The Gold Coast is looking forward to the return of business events as restrictions ease, and for a limited time, Destination Gold Coast Business Events is offering added destination and financial support for business events. Conferences booked in the campaign period at a Gold Coast meeting venue, to be held in the next two years, will be eligible to apply.
See details of this exclusive support offer here. 
Old school offices a thing of the past?
Water cooler conversations could soon be a bygone ritual. US business analytics firm CB Insights (CBI) has revealed its prediction that the coronavirus will see a massive overhaul of offices, with the traditional set-up becoming a thing of the past.
CBI predicts that as soon as workers step through their office doors, they will be greeted by receptionists with contact-less thermometers, and hands-free kiosks will be scattered through the lobbies to monitor employees’ health. Other changes could include the instalment of desk sensors to ensure social distancing; the elimination of communal cutlery for disposable alternatives; a switch to voice-activated appliances; and round-the-clock cleaning by robots.
…Or, we could all keep working from home. That sounds more cost-effective, right?
Come back plan: National Museum of Australia
We’re coming out of the blocks this week with National Museum of Australia, a venue that has been undergoing extensive changes during the COVID lockdown period. This includes the development of a multi-use function space which immerses guests in the ‘Life in Australia’ galleries.
To find out what else the venue has been up to during recent times, click here. 
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