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September 28, 2020
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NSW government permits 300-pax corporate events
Deep cuts for business travel continue
Hong Kong attractions, venues reopen
Christchurch hosts famil for Aussie event planners
 
 
NSW government permits 300-pax corporate events
 
The New South Wales government is allowing corporate events with up to 300 guests to take place from this week. The Premier’s Major Events Taskforce outlines that provided venues have COVID-safe plans and adhere to the four sqm per person rule, events of this size can go ahead.
 
Entertainment facilities including theatres, cinemas and concert halls will also be able to host seated events at 50 per cent of capacity, to a maximum of 1000 people.
 
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Deep cuts for business travel continue
 
By Brad Foster
 
A recent survey by Flight Centre of more than 1600 business travel managers predicts sluggish activity over the next 12 months and beyond.
 
Green shoots, however, are that 49 per cent of respondents said they had already started to travel or felt they would again within the next three months. But only half believed their business travel volumes will reach pre-coronavirus levels in the near term.
 
Respondents said the easing of border restrictions was the primary trigger for resuming business travel, with 70 per cent saying easing would have a “significant impact” on activity, closely followed by organisational endorsement that it was safe to travel.
 
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Hong Kong attractions, venues reopen
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan

Things are looking up for Hong Kong as the government slowly relaxes social distancing measures and provides a venue rental subsidy to organisers.
 
Places of public entertainment, including theme parks and exhibition venues, party rooms, clubs and nightclubs may reopen, subject to meeting relevant requirements and restrictions. As such, Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park Hong Kong, which are popular venues, have just resumed business.
 
A 100 per cent venue rental subsidy will be provided for organisers of exhibitions and international conventions held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and AsiaWorld-Expo until October 2021. The Convention & Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme will also subsidise exhibitors of exhibitions organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and participants of its major conventions.
Christchurch hosts famil for Aussie event planners
 
This month 10 Australian conference organisers and association executives were virtually whisked to Christchurch for an immersive experience.
 
With on-location famils off the table for the moment, the experience was broadcast live from the cooking school at Riverside Kitchen. It involved a look at some of the city’s notable venues, such as Christchurch Town Hall, restored Victorian-era venue The Tannery and the soon-to-open Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.
 
The day before the famil, each participant was delivered an experience box featuring items designed to provide a taste of Christchurch, including wine from Greystone Winery.
 
Commenting on the famil, David Dymmott from CC Conferences and Corporate Events said: “It was great to have an in depth look at both the region and the venues and hotels. Particularly interesting to see the walk-through of Te Pae and I was grateful for the map and surrounds to get my 'bearings'. The famil certainly helped with my future planning of events for the region.”
 
We can’t wait to get back over to New Zealand, but in the meantime, keep the virtual events coming.
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