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October 9, 2020
In this issue
BECA study reveals industry confidence levels for 2021
Kangaroo Island on the map and on the mend
Ribbon cut to Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour
Singapore releases world’s first roadmap for MICE and events industry
Collaboration key in this 'new normal'
An update from our Melbourne friends
MEA scholarship recipients announced
Your weekly grin and tonic
 
 
BECA study reveals industry confidence levels for 2021
 
In light of the $50 million commitment to the business events industry by the federal government, the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) conducted a survey of Australian business event owners, hosts and organisers in order to determine their confidence across 2021.
 
Attracting 149 responses, the survey found that the number one barrier being faced by both owners and organisers of business events in 2021 is uncertainty regarding future outbreaks and corresponding tightening of travel and gathering restrictions. This was closely followed by financial risk which is translating into boards being hesitant to commit to holding a business event.
 
Continue reading here. 
Kangaroo Island on the map and on the mend
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
Rising Phoenix-like from the ashes that destroyed one third of the island last summer, Kangaroo Island’s koalas are recovered. Green shoots are sprouting and visitor numbers are up 55 per cent on this time last year.
 
Kangaroo Island Tourism’s Mary-Lou Corcoran is general manager of the Aurora Ozone hotel and sees hope amidst the despair after “KI” gained national and international fame when devastating images flashed around the world.
 
While COVID delayed rebuilding efforts for tourism infrastructure, 90 homes and farms razed plus skills lost when island staff left for employment back on the mainland, they are now getting ready to host Variety Club’s Bush Bash with 350 participants in November.
 
Working with Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB), the island has also pivoted from an almost total leisure focus to also include business events, shared by local operators, including a hotel (77 rooms, 140-pax) with team-building and new opportunities in the corporate sector.
Ribbon cut to Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour
 
InterContinental Hotels Group’s Crowne Plaza brand has this week broken its 10-year hiatus in Sydney’s CBD with the opening of Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour. The ribbon to the 13-storey, 152-room hotel was cut by New South Wales (NSW) Premier Gladys Berejiklian, with many other big names from the industry attending the ceremony, including CEO of Tourism Australia Phillipa Harrison and general manager of Destination NSW (DNSW) Stephen Mahoney.
 
Commenting on the opening, managing director of IHG Australasia and Japan Leanne Harwood said: “This is a tremendously exciting time for the industry, as well as for IHG and Crowne Plaza. Globally we are completely transforming the brand as we build hotels of the future with flexible design and innovation that modern travellers crave. And, here in Australia, 2020 really is the year of Crowne Plaza, with the refurbishment of our existing estate, and the opening of new hotels in Hobart, Adelaide, and Sydney Darling Harbour. From its sustainability initiatives to new technology in the rooms and restaurants, Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour is a wonderful addition to the brand’s growth in Australasia.”
 
In addition to its guest rooms, Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour offers a rooftop heated infinity pool, a 24-hour fitness centre and three food and beverage venues. It is also situated only a three minute walk from the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney.
Singapore releases world’s first roadmap for MICE and events industry
 
The positive news for meetings and events keeps coming out of Singapore. Not only is the city allowing people from Australia and New Zealand to visit from this week, and permitting 250-pax events to take place, but it has now launched the world’s first roadmap for the MICE and events industry.
 
The Events Industry Resilience Roadmap (IRR) has been launched by the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) together with Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG).
 
Continue reading here. 
Collaboration key in this 'new normal'
 
By Stu Katzen
 
2020 has been an unparalleled year for the world, let alone the Australian MICE industry.
 
As a global community, we have watched our lives, the way we do business, travel and our social existence change in the space of weeks. Never before in our lifetimes has this happened with such speed, ferocity, or with such magnitude.
 
Social distancing, self-isolation, travel bans and quarantine, have become the new reality and the MICE industry has faltered like never before.
 
We have watched as our flourishing industry has literally been stopped in its tracks.
 
Continue reading here. 
An update from our Melbourne friends
 
As Melbourne prepares to re-open for business events, the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) is launching an educational webinar series for event planners, the first of which will occur next Thursday, October 15.
 
The webinar series is aimed at keeping planners up to date on venue-safe protocols, business event venues and experiences available in Melbourne including hybrid event solutions.
 
Content will cover hero venues, venues with a difference, venues to suit all meeting sizes, team-building ideas, how to experience the best of Melbourne and Victoria, new venues, accommodation and experiences, hybrid event solutions and MCB support services.
 
Presenters for the first session include director corporate meetings and incentives (CMI) at MCB Joanna Garrie and business development specialists at MCB Jade Carter and Krystle Mutton.
 
To find out more or register, click here. 
MEA scholarship recipients announced
 
Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced twelve recipients of the 2020 MEA Diploma of Event Management Scholarship program designed to upskill and create more job opportunities for people living in regional communities across New South Wales (NSW).
 
The new students, who are from the six Destination Networks in NSW, will undertake the Diploma via an online portal and have access to face-to-face workshops every 10 weeks, ‘boot camps’ and webinars to support them during their study.
 
Continue reading here. 
Your weekly grin and tonic
 
It’s time for everyone’s favourite end-of-week, quirky photo compilation courtesy of Darren Isenberg.
 
For this week’s Grin and Tonic video, Darren was inspired by the many officials looking for signs that the number of coronavirus cases and hotspots are easing.
 
The signs that Darren looked for involved coronavirus too, but let’s just say they were a little more on the silly side. Enjoy his collation of humorous photos here. 
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