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September 14, 2020
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NZ events industry gets $50 million boost
BESydney launches online series
Sarawak to be regional host of ICCA Congress 2020
Andrew Hiebl’s beard update
 
 
NZ events industry gets $50 million boost
 
The New Zealand government has introduced a $50 million fund to support domestic tourism through events. The $50 million is being distributed to nine major regional groups across the country via the Regional Events Fund.
 
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Lisa Hopkins said the industry is pleased to see more support going into the events sector.
 
“It is good to see the sector has been recognised as an important driver of the domestic visitor industry, and business events have been acknowledged as a high-value contributor to regional visitation,” she said.
 
Continue reading here. 
BESydney launches online series
 
By Brad Foster
 
With no end in sight of when live events may return, BESydney last week released its first online initiative entitled Anticipating Tomorrow: Global Insights Series which appears to be designed to keep the Sydney brand active here and around the world.
 
If the first one was anything to go by its aim is to highlight Sydney’s smarts in specific sectors, with the first focusing on activity in the highly lucrative space industry.
 
Continue reading here. 
Sarawak to be regional host of ICCA Congress 2020
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
 
Kuching, state capital of Sarawak, will be Asia Pacific regional hub for the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress 2020, one of seven hubs running simultaneously with the main ICCA Congress in Kaohsiung, Taiwan from November 1 to 3. Kuching hosted the global congress in 2016.
 
The Sarawak sub-theme is 'ICCA Tribe Legacy' and will focus on the broader value of conventions. With Malaysia’s international borders mostly closed, attendees will comprise association executives, local and national industry professionals and ICCA members. Business Events Sarawak is the local host and organiser.
 
To be held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching from October 31 to November 5, the educational, networking and business program will feature the latest developments and innovations in the world’s business and travel sector affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andrew Hiebl’s beard update
 
This year’s RUOK Day last Thursday marked six months since National Cabinet shut down the business events industry due to COVID-19. It also marked six months since CEO of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) decided to grow a beard as a daily reminder of the mental health impacts that the pandemic is placing on the people in the tourism and events industries.
 
Andrew’s beard has seen him raise more than $4000 over the last three months for mental health via Beyond Blue, but he’s still got a little way to go before his goal is reached.
 
To read more about Andrew’s pledge or to make a donation, click here. 
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