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September 21, 2020
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The events industry is being confronted like never before
More international participation expected at franchising show
First live famil in months hits the Hunter
NZ travel bubble could be six months away
 
 
The events industry is being confronted like never before
 
By Anne Jamieson, CEO, Saxton Speakers Bureau
 
Businesses across the industry have had their cash flow and revenue streams eroded – from ticket sales and venue hire to memberships, sponsorship and government support. As we all pivot to a new, virtual world, the expectation is that costs should be lower, which further drives down revenues.
 
LinkedIn is full of free events and offerings. So many that I often find myself overwhelmed with my pointer finger exhausted from hitting delete.
Everything about our remarkable, diverse, a little chaotic (okay, a lot) and up until now highly profitable industry, employing 10s of thousands, is in a state of disarray.
Our sector will continue to be decimated without a health-led response that seeks to address these issues. Many more businesses will collapse until this occurs.
 
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More international participation expected at franchising show
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
 
Forced to go online, Franchising & Licensing Asia (FLAsia) 2020 from November 18 to 20 still expects strong international participation as it is not bound by physical distance or onerous health safety measures. In 2019, besides ASEAN countries, others among the top 10 international visitor markets were Australia, China, Taiwan and the U.S.
 
Presenting top franchises, licences and brands from around the world, organiser Sphere Exhibits is also assembling virtual exhibits featuring new and innovative business concepts. Among the product categories are F&B, beauty and wellness, health and fitness and printing/printer consumables. Admission is free.
 
Exhibitors can upload literature for visitors to download. Queries will be answered through live text and video chats. A complimentary webinar will address intellectual property and legal aspects of franchising, and also feature exhibitors’ success stories.
First live famil in months hits the Hunter
 
By Brad Foster
 
Tourism Portfolio hosted a group of senior PCOs to the Hunter Valley in early September to showcase the newest offsite venues in the company’s portfolio.
 
As far as micenet knows, this was the first old-fashioned educational that had participants exploring the destination in person.
 
Tourism Porfolio MD, Donna Kessler, said with borders currently closed “there is no better time to explore NSW. The Hunter Valley’s close proximity to Sydney is an ideal destination for events and Ben Ean and Peterson House have great spaces for offsite events, meetings and team-building activities. It was a good chance to showcase them and a great chance to sample some of the famous Hunter wines.”
 
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NZ travel bubble could be six months away
 
Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran has told the Sydney Morning Herald that a Trans-Tasman bubble is unlikely to eventuate until March 2021 at the earliest.
 
“I certainly do not believe we will see anything across the Tasman this calendar year. It’s hard to believe it would be before March next year and could well be longer,” he said.
 
“Elimination [of COVID-19], which is a worthy thing to go after, is probably not sustainable based on what we’re now learning, which is the vaccine is not going to be 100 per cent effective, not everybody is going to take it, and it’s going to take years to get distributed.”
 
Mr Foran’s comments follow New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s statement this August that Australia would need to mark at least 28 days of no community transmission of COVID-19 before the bubble would be a possibility.
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