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September 30, 2020
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Peta Moore underwrites virtual conference and exhibition
PCOA announces keynote speaker for annual conference
New virtual and hybrid events studio opens in Sydney
Sands Resorts Macao rides through rough times
Hong Kong’s major subsidy scheme for business events
Peta Moore underwrites virtual conference and exhibition
By Brad Foster
Nectar Creative Communications director Peta Moore is adapting to this new world we find ourselves in, underwriting the Virtual Cleantech Conference & Exhibition which will run over three half days in November.
The event is an extension of the Cleantech Conversations webinar series, and will be delivered by the Australian-based virtual event platform OnAIR, developed by EventsAIR in the weeks after the seriousness of COVID-19 was realised.
Ms Moore said the event focuses on low emission technology – a strong focus of the Australian government, particularly as it is designed to aid the COVID-19 recovery.
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PCOA announces keynote speaker for annual conference
New Zealand’s premier mental-skills and performance coach, Gilbert Enoka, has been announced keynote speaker for the Professional Conference Organisers Association’s (PCOA) 2020 conference, which will take place both online and at satellite locations across Australia and New Zealand this December.
Gilbert’s topic – ‘Getting the team back together’ – will provide attendees with an insight into what mental skills will be required in the business events industry moving forward. Specifically, Gilbert will unpack the tools needed to re-build a team into a stronger and more agile group.
Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) is sponsoring Gilbert’s presentation. Lisa Gardiner, Tourism New Zealand global manager business events, commented: “We see this as a great opportunity to provide inspiration to some of the major players in our industry, coaching them towards new ways of thinking and a winning future.”
To find out more about PCOA20, click here. 
New virtual and hybrid events studio opens in Sydney
Last week virtual and hybrid events specialists, AV24/7, opened a new studio in Sydney. Located in Chippendale, the studio has been opened to accommodate the growing demand for virtual events.
General manager of AV24/7 Libbie Ray said the opening of the new premises will assist the company with serving corporate, government and association clients who are switching to virtual and hybrid events.
This month alone, AV24/7 is running 30 events with a solid pipeline of bookings for October. Since March 2020, it has delivered more than 150 virtual events.
Sands Resorts Macao rides through rough times
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
Macau has been effective in controlling the COVID-19 virus, and as it stays ahead of the situation and business gradually returns, major players such as Sands Resorts Macao are confident it will be a destination of choice.
Providing a healthy, safe environment will be the most important and lasting change for future events, said Kris Kaminsky, Senior Vice President of Resort Operations, Sands China Ltd. He shared his thoughts on emerging business event trends and how the integrated resorts are preparing for the future.
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Hong Kong’s major subsidy scheme for business events
The Hong Kong SAR government has announced that a subsidy scheme for the convention and exhibition industry will be launched on October 3, 2020.
The HK$1020 million Convention and Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme offers to cover 100 per cent of venue rental costs for organisers of exhibitions and international conventions held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and AsiaWorld-Expo. Originally slated for a July 2020 launch, the subsidy was delayed following the third wave of the pandemic in the city, which caused the postponement of events that were scheduled to take place from mid-July to September.
The HKCEC has welcomed the announcement, with managing director Monica Lee-Müller commenting: “The government’s launch of the Subsidy Scheme in early October will help ease financial burdens on the local convention and exhibition industry and help it attract domestic and overseas exhibitors, buyers and conference delegates to Hong Kong, strengthening the city’s competitiveness as the region’s leading convention and exhibition hub.”
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