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September 10, 2020
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The end of the mega-incentive?
Gold Coast support for business events
Canberra rolls out contact tracing and social distancing technology
150 impacted by Pacific World exit
Worth the wait: Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour opens next month!
Speaker trends during COVID
Come back story: InterContinental Hayman Island Resort
 
 
The end of the mega-incentive?
 
Tensions have been brewing between Beijing and Canberra this year due to criticism over China’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. A string of incidents have resulted, including Beijing launching an investigation into subsidies in Australia’s wine export industry, and Huawei pulling its sponsorship for NRL team the Canberra Raiders.
 
As we know, incentive groups from China are one of the significant drivers of Australia’s economy, so will these tensions spill over into the world of business events?
 
Continue reading here. 
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. 
Canberra rolls out contact tracing and social distancing technology
 
ACT chief minister Andrew Barr confirmed this week support for the delivery of new contact tracing and social distancing technology, Smart Badge, to help Canberra attract new business events to the region in the current environment. The funding is part of ACT government’s new Tourism and Hospitality Package, aimed at further assisting members of the Territory tourism and hospitality workforce.
 
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said: “Trialling this technology will help position Canberra as a safe destination to stage a meeting or conference. It is an important step in identifying new ways of operating, to support the business events sector and all the businesses that benefit from delegate spend in our city.”
 
Continue reading here. 
150 impacted by Pacific World exit
 
By Brad Foster
 
About 150 employees directly involved in Pacific World will be impacted by Pacific World’s decision to stop its operations in meetings and events globally from November 2020.
 
TUI Destination Experiences, the parent division of Pacific World, is moving to a digitalisation strategy.
 
Head of corporate communications at TUI Destination Experiences, Martin Riecken, told micenet the company will be supporting people “for the next chapter in life”.
 
“The overall division is going through changes and we have interest in keeping as many people as possible. However, most colleagues will be leaving the organisation,” he said.
 
Pacific World has delivered more than 40,000 exceptional event experiences in the past 10 years in over 100 destinations around the world.
Worth the wait: Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour opens next month!
 
The excitement is ramping up as Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour puts the finishing touches on its guest rooms and public spaces ahead of its highly anticipated opening on October 1, 2020.
 
Showcasing the very best in contemporary design and glamorous art deco accents, this 152-room new build hotel sparkles in its prime location on Sussex and Bathurst Streets – close to Sydney’s International Convention Centre and moments from Town Hall, Queen Victoria Building and Darling Quarter.
 
With four conference rooms offering over 3230 sq ft of space, a rooftop infinity pool for intimate events, a new range of flexible meeting facilities (including The Studio – a collaborative space which is bookable by the hour) and three dining destinations for pre- and post-meeting catch ups, this hotel is a new hotspot for meetings and events in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.
 
Find out more here. 
Speaker trends during COVID
 
Have you watched Episode Five of The Event Sessions yet? If not, rest assured, you can do so right now.
 
In it, CEO of Saxton Speakers Bureau Anne Jamieson talks the future of the events and tourism industries; the topics and styles of speakers that will be in demand going forward; and whether virtual, hybrid or in-person events are the way to go. She also discusses ways to deal with loneliness during lockdown, an emotion one would inevitably experience as the CEO of a powerhouse like Saxton.
 
Watch the episode here. 
Come back story: InterContinental Hayman Island Resort
 
We’ve made it to the end of another week. Well, as far as our come back plans are concerned.
 
Today’s comes from events manager for InterContinental Hayman Island Resort Stacey Byford, who shared her personal take on the future of events and what the venue has been up to in recent times.
 
Read her responses 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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