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October 12, 2020
In this issue
Closing speaker announced for PCOA20
Speakers and program announced for first PCMA Convening Asia Pacific event
New Capella Bangkok welcomes business events
The Sunshine Coast’s giant message to Qantas
Our first in-person famil this year
Collaboration key in this 'new normal'
Closing speaker announced for PCOA20
Typically the closing speaker slot at an event is reserved for someone inspirational and galvanising, and this year’s Professional Conference Organiser Association’s (PCOA) annual conference, which will take place online and at satellite locations across Australia and New Zealand this December, will be no exception.
PCOA20 will be closed by futurist Steve Sammartino, who will dig deep and unravel some thoughts and ideas intended to help the business events sector find its place in the future. In a presentation titled ‘The New World of Event Management’, Steve will cover disruption and the impact of Covid-19 on PCOs and their supply chains.
Steve is Australia’s leading futurist who has created technology world firsts and written three books on the digital revolution.
For more information on the PCOA20 Hybrid Conference & Virtual Exhibition, click here. 
Speakers and program announced for first PCMA Convening Asia Pacific event
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) will host renowned speakers from Google, George P. Johnson, Jack Morton and more at its inaugural Convening Asia Pacific: The Global Recovery Forum event, which will be delivered in a hybrid format on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
The program, which will be a mix of panels, seminars and workshops, will feature experienced event professionals including:
• Nicki Kenyon, board member, Australian Grand Prix Corporation, ex Facebook, Visa, Visit Victoria and experienced marketing and growth strategist (pictured)
• Rebecca Hallett, APAC head of events & experiences, Google
• Anna Patterson, Vice President and managing director, George P. Johnson Experience Marketing, Singapore
• Jack Delosa, founder, chairman and executive director, The Entourage
• Lucille Marie Essey, SVP, executive creative director & show director, Greater China, Jack Morton Worldwide
• Lisa Ronson, CMO, Coles Group, ex Tourism Australia
• James Bennett, director of creative technologies APAC, Project Worldwide Hong Kong
Continue reading here. 
New Capella Bangkok welcomes business events
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
Capella Bangkok, the chain’s first property in Thailand, has opened this month and is ready to host business events – although currently limited to local bookings only. With just 101 rooms and suites, including seven villas, the hotel has four F&B outlets and the latest facilities for meetings and events.
Function rooms enjoy natural daylight and views of the Chao Phraya River. In normal times, the ballroom seats 728 people theatre style or 440 in banquet set-up. Four ‘atelier’ rooms vary in capacity from 12 people in boardroom seating up to 110 theatre style. A courtyard cocktail party sees 200 guests, or 130 seated for a meal and stage show.
“We are very excited to welcome the world to Capella Bangkok and Charoenkrung, an enchanting riverside enclave from a bygone era,” said General Manager John Blanco.
The Sunshine Coast’s giant message to Qantas
Forget showy wedding proposals. The Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC) team has come up with something even better. On Saturday, the team sent a very clear message to passengers aboard the inaugural seven-hour Qantas flight around Australia. The tourism body wrote a message in the sand using two-metre-tall letters, inviting the travellers on the sold-out Great Southern Land scenic flight to start planning their next visit to the Sunshine Coast.
As the B787 Dreamliner over-passed Coolum Beach at 3000 feet, passengers had a bird’s eye view of the message – VISIT US FOR REAL – written on the sand with vinyl letters normally used for sign writing in the sky.
The beach activation comes as VSC plans to unveil a new campaign underpinned by the Sunshine Coast’s real experiences, real people and real nature.
Our first in-person famil this year
Today our digital editor is packing a bag. A real-life one, with socks and evening-wear and toiletries – to attend the Southern Highlands Conference Organisers Famil, which kicks off tomorrow.
If you can’t already tell, she’s very excited to be attending her first in-person famil this year, and to discover the event capabilities of a region so close to home. There will be no jet lag and no airport confusion, but no doubt plenty of great food, wine, colourful tulips and luxurious accommodation options. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for live updates, and stay tuned for a full write-up next week.
Collaboration key in this 'new normal'
The article we shared last Friday by event wiz Stu Katzen has garnered a very positive response across our social media channels. As such, we figured it was worth sharing it again in case you missed it.
In the piece, Stu argues that the industry needs to let go of its fear, mistrust and ruthlessness and actually collaborate with competitors in order to move forward.
Have a read of it here. 
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