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October 6, 2020
In this issue
Accor reacts to Qld border re-opening
Robyn Johnson departs MEA
Twelve months in the life of an event manager
KL Convention Centre pulls in local events
A beachside escape for work or play
Once there was Southbank… now meet Northbank’s hotels and event spaces
The hotly-anticipated follow-up to our BreakOut series
 
 
Accor reacts to Qld border re-opening
 
Accor has released a statement following Queensland’s decision to re-open its borders to New South Wales on November 1, 2020, saying that it is “delighted with the news.”
 
Chief executive officer for Accor Pacific, Simon McGrath AM, commented: “The decision to safely reopen the Queensland borders is a welcome one and we thank the state government for making this decision.
 
“It will bring hope for the many thousands of Queenslanders employed in the tourism industry, it is good for local businesses, the economy and jobs.
 
“As a leader in domestic tourism, it is now possible for Queensland to begin the road to recovery, and we are predicting a significant summer increase in bookings as visitors now have the certainty they need to plan a holiday to Queensland for the summer.”
 
According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, the border restrictions are currently costing Queensland around $17 million a day. So, micenet welcomes this news, too!
Robyn Johnson departs MEA
 
In case you missed our news on Friday, Chief executive officer (CEO) of Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Robyn Johnson has resigned from her role, effective November 12, 2020. Robyn will be relocating to the NSW South Coast, in what she describes as a long planned ‘escape to the country.’
 
Commenting on her departure, Robyn said: “I’m not disappearing, just relocating – and I intend to continue working in the events industry. However, I’ll be taking a short break to settle into a new home and a new community.
 
“I am extremely proud of all that’s been achieved on behalf of the industry during my time at the helm – including rebranding our flagship annual conference as Evolve and positioning it as a key event on the industry’s calendar, the launch of a scholarship program to educate NSW regional students, regrowth in MEA’s national awards program, and the launch of our Celebration of Excellence publication.”
 
Continue reading here. 
Twelve months in the life of an event manager
 
By Simon Baggs, Lateral Event Management
 
A year ago, I was in the little village of Hannington, the spiritual home of the Baggs family, an hour west of London. I’d had organised a family reunion for about 70 of us, at which we wandered around the thatched cottages that had been the homes of our forebears and discussed our family history, which has been traced back to a Will Baggs in 1422. That the first record of a Baggs was in court, being had up for being drunk and disorderly, explains a lot.
 
Then off to Oxford and Manchester, theatre shows with Bill Bryson before heading back to Australia for the fourth edition of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France and dozens of pre-Christmas corporate events.
 
What blissful lives we lived before the pandemic. How important it is to recall how life was before the pandemic, how life will be again, at some time in the future.
 
Continue reading here. 
KL Convention Centre pulls in local events
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
 
With international arrivals still largely disallowed, Malaysia’s domestic events market is holding up well. The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has safely and successfully hosted 84 consumer and business events from July to September. They included two conferences, two entertainment events and 80 meetings and events. Meeting attendance ranged between 10 and 500 people.
 
There are 10 physical trade and consumer exhibitions booked for the rest of the year. “We have been working tirelessly to restore consumer confidence in events and are starting to see signs of recovery,” said Alan Pryor, General Manager, KLCC.
 
KLCC provided the IT & AV infrastructure for the National Tax Conference and World Tunnel Congress, both postponed earlier due to the pandemic. For the former, speakers were livestreamed from the Centre, while the latter had 1,000 virtual attendees, including international delegates.
A beachside escape for work or play
 
Located in the seaside paradise of Mollymook, Bannisters Hotels are the perfect base for exploring the south coast. Choose either panoramic ocean views at Bannisters by the Sea or contemporary style at Bannisters Pavilion, both only steps away from sandy shores.
 
Enjoy unforgettable dining experiences with three venues on offer. Dine on fresh seafood at Rick Stein restaurant, sip cocktails in the treetops at The Rooftop Bar & Grill or soak up coastal vistas at the Pool Bar.
 
Only a short two-and-a-half-hour drive from Canberra and three hours from Sydney.
 
Drive yourself here. . . 
Once there was Southbank… now meet Northbank’s hotels and event spaces
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
Northbank, across the Yarra footbridge from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is finally getting a long overdue revamp with a billion dollar redevelopment of hotels, apartments, offices, meeting and event spaces, plus a 3500 sqm public park.
 
To the west of this stretch of river is Seafarers’ $500 million development, which includes Australia’s first sustainable luxury 1 Hotel, due to open by 2023 with 280 rooms and a 1000-seat ground floor function and event space. At the east end, near Spencer Street, is another new hotel brand for Melbourne, the luxury St Regis, which is due to open with 168 rooms in 2022. Both hotels are designed by Melbourne’s Fender Katsalidis Architects.
 
Continue reading here. 
The hotly-anticipated follow-up to our BreakOut series
 
We know how much all of you enjoyed our satirical BreakOut series last year. Well, we’re back with a follow up which centres on working with the media. In the four-part series, editor and journalist Brad Foster and marketing communications professional Felicity Zadro discuss all things media and PR.
 
The series kicks off tomorrow with Episode 1, which focuses on what a story is and what the media wants.
 
Stay tuned.
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