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November 6, 2020
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Stupid announcements continue during COVID
BESydney reports retaining 70% of COVID-19 impacted meetings
Gold Coast ready to meet again
Major $83 million five-star resort for Coral Coast
EEAA reacts to NSW exhibition resumption
Your weekly grin and tonic


Stupid announcements continue during COVID
 
By Brad Foster
 
Is it just me or has a portion of the world gone mad? Here we are in the middle of a pandemic and the absolutely weird stuff I am receiving in my inbox continues to amaze – and disappoint – me. Marketing and PR people what are you thinking?
 
Okay, so here’s one: “Qatar Airways Partners with IATA and ClimateCare to Launch Voluntary Carbon Offset Programme for Passengers”
 
That’s a great initiative but hey, who’s flying right now? Good luck getting people on your planes let alone voluntary offsetting your flight.
 
Continue reading here. 
BESydney reports retaining 70% of COVID-19 impacted meetings
 
Business Events Sydney (BESydney) – the bidding organisation responsible for attracting events to Sydney – has released its Annual Financial Report, outlining that in the 2019-20 financial year the company secured 49 new global meetings worth an estimated $167 million in direct expenditure for New South Wales (NSW). The report also confirmed that BESydney retained and rescheduled 70 per cent of meetings impacted by COVID-19 into future years*.
 
Speaking at the company’s annual general meeting, BESydney board chair Bruce Baird AM reflected that an evolving and pragmatic approach had ensured that BESydney was well positioned for the future, providing continued support to the industry and maintaining an active focus on long-lead business as markets return.
 
Continue reading here. 
Gold Coast ready to meet again
 
Destination Gold Coast Business Events has launched part two of its ‘Let’s Meet Again Soon’ video series with a light-hearted acknowledgement of the challenges of adjusting to an online world, encouraging friends and colleagues to hang in there.
 
With easing restrictions and an industry sector now open for business, the Gold Coast is ready and waiting to welcome the return of business events.
 
Watch the video here. 
Major $83 million five-star resort for Coral Coast
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
The Coral Coast – many Australians don’t know that stretch of coastline that has the world’s longest fringing coral reef. No, it’s not Queensland. It starts two hours north of Perth and stretches 1100 km north to Ningaloo.
 
CEO of Australia’s Coral Coast, David O’Malley, believes the upgraded coast road, The Coral Coast Highway, which passes through a series of unique landscapes, will eventually rival Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.
 
Continue reading here. 
EEAA reacts to NSW exhibition resumption
 
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has welcomed this week’s clarification from the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Health that exhibitions are able to re-start immediately. The exhibitions can operate with no capacity limit but are subject to one person per four sqm and must enforce one-and-a-half-metre social distancing between participants.
 
EEAA chief executive Claudia Sagripanti said: “This is excellent news and a real boost in confidence for the exhibition and business events industries and the wide-range of businesses which make up the supply chain."
 
Continue reading here. 
Your weekly grin and tonic
 
Yep, believe it or not, it’s already Friday again, and therefore time for your weekly dose of humour and inspiration.
 
This week Darren Isenberg was inspired by the fact that when he meets people, he often finds it difficult to convince them that what he does is a real job. To them, an emcee is the drunk guy at their cousin’s wedding.
 
He has put together evidence that there are people who would have an even harder time convincing others that what they do is a legitimate job.
 
Enjoy the video here and happy weekend.
 
 
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