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August 14, 2020
In this issue
Tasmania’s good news virus story
Byron at Byron’s five new appointments
UFI Global Congress 2020 goes ‘glocal’
Your weekly quotivation
Tasmania’s good news virus story
By Graeme Kemlo
Initially devastated in early 2020 by the instant COVID-19 shutdown, Business Events Tasmania CEO Marnie Craig has positive virus news – they have saved about $50 million worth of events that could have been cancelled and they are opening 800 new hotel rooms.
But even better she says: “Our office is overwhelmed with bidding requests for a lot of corporate and incentive business looking to relocate.”
Tasmania is soon to open its borders to South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory.
Describing it as: “a brand new marketplace for us,” she believes Tassie has been tagged as a safe destination by event planners both here and abroad.
Traditionally it hosts association business but the new corporate and incentive inquiries would fill the rest of 2021, by which time Marnie said up to 800 new hotel rooms will be open, including Crowne Plaza, Vibe, Movenpick and Marriott in Hobart plus The Verge in Launceston.
Byron at Byron’s five new appointments
Ahead of its September 1 re-opening, Byron at Byron has announced five new appointments.
The appointments are Monique Rutene as resort operations manager; Sara Coughlan as director of sales; Pascale Rocher as marketing and communications manager; Karthick Jayavel as food and beverage manager; and Angela Harris as human resources manager.
Commenting on the recent additions to the resort’s leadership team, Julian Moore, general manager of Byron at Byron said he is: “Excited to welcome these passionate and talented professionals to Byron at Byron as it begins a new phase of the resort’s history with an enhanced focus on sustainability and responsible luxury.”
UFI Global Congress 2020 goes ‘glocal’
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry – is proceeding with its Global Congress 2020, original host destination Oman having been postponed to 2022. In embodying the “Resilience” theme, UFI said “it is our role and responsibility to provide a trusted platform to connect and bring together our industry.”
Instead of gathering in one place, the congress will be ‘glocalised’ to three cities on three continents as well as online. Dubai will play host on November 15-16 and Basle from November 18 to 20. However, dates for Hong Kong have yet to be finalised. Online attendance stretches from November 15 through 20.
UFI will announce the physical venues soon and is encouraging attendance as the congress is “the exhibition industry’s largest global meeting of the year.”
Your weekly quotivation
It’s time for Quotivational Reel number 20! Darren Isenberg isn’t sure whether to be proud of this milestone or worried by it… since it means we’ve been dealing with this COVID business for at least 20 weeks.
This video is dedicated to our Victorian colleagues, who have been toughing it out more than any of us. We hope this video makes them feel a bit better about their situation.
Enjoy the reel here. 
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