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September 16, 2020
In this issue
PCOA announces hybrid annual conference
Tracking the MICE sector’s return in a Covid-19 world – Part II
HKECIA seeks more clarity, government support
Macao’s new meeting deal
PCOA announces hybrid annual conference
The Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) has revealed details of this year’s conference, PCOA20, which will take place over December 7 and 8 and follow a hybrid format.
Under the theme ‘Flexibility is the Future – Live, Local and Connected’, guests will have the option of tuning in online or visiting the in-person event at Hyatt Regency Sydney or in various satellite locations across Australia and New Zealand.
PCOA President Barry Neame commented: “Regrettably, due to COVID-19, PCOA has had to rethink plans for the annual conference, which was to be held in beautiful Tasmania.
“However, given that travel and movement in general around the world is proving to be difficult, we have used this opportunity to be creative and find other ways to bring our community together, live, local and connected.”
For more information about the conference, click here. 
Tracking the MICE sector’s return in a Covid-19 world – Part II
In this second article, Gaining Edge’s Rod Kamleshwaran reports on which destinations are now open and how they are handling the return of the MICE sector. He writes that for now under 10 destinations with effective suppression of the virus are fully open for large-scale events with no capacity limits. Others, thankfully, aren’t far behind.
Click here to read his piece.
If you missed Rod's first article last week, you can catch up on it here. 
HKECIA seeks more clarity, government support
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) wants greater clarity from the government on travel restriction policies and financial assistance to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic, as earlier measures have proven insufficient.
In a survey conducted in late July, members said that concrete government policy and financial support are crucial to the industry’s revival. With Hong Kong suffering a setback due to the third wave of COVID-19, HKECIA Chairman Stuart Bailey summed up the situation and way forward.
Read more here. 
Macao’s new meeting deal
Sheraton Grand Macao and The St. Regis Macao are offering a meeting package to planners for events held before December 31, 2021. The ‘More Than Just Meetings’ package includes five per cent off the master bill; one complimentary room for every 25 rooms booked; up to 50 per cent off on selected in-house entertainment; up to 50 per cent off on the Eiffel Tower experience; and more.
Additional benefits for bookings contracted under the offer include 20 per cent off in-house audio visual equipment and a deluxe privileges booklet for all event attendees. Organisers can also enjoy the assurance of a range of sanitisation and physical distancing measures.
For more information on this deal, email sales.macao@sheraton.com.
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