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October 13, 2020
In this issue
Vic regional events ‘go slow’ – AIME a chance for re-birth
AIME offers subsidised packages for exhibitors
New multi-million-dollar hotel for regional Vic
An update from our Melbourne friends
Come and watch Ciaran Gribbin in a LIVE gig
Come back plan: Crowne Plaza Hobart
Vic regional events ‘go slow’ – AIME a chance for re-birth
By Graeme Kemlo
Victoria’s regions would usually hold 200 business events a year, but this year they have held only three or four, and still being in lockdown means they have lost events now being held in other states.
That’s according to Chris Porter, executive officer of Business Events Victoria (BEV). He says the number of leisure visitors going to other Victorian regions has increased with COVID-19 restrictions eased for the regions.
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AIME offers subsidised packages for exhibitors
In order to align with the unchartered territory of these Covid-times, organisers of the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) are providing subsidised packages for all exhibitors attending next year’s hybrid event, which will take place next March.
In a statement, organisers said: “While we don't profess to have all the solutions as to how we can right the business events ship, we understand the deep responsibility that AIME has in reflecting the industry that it represents, and being the catalyst for bringing about change that will see our industry thrive once more.
“Government assistance has been seen on both sides of the Tasman and we knew we had to provide our own version of support to ensure you can attend AIME 2021 to generate some much-needed business.”
The subsidies extend across all hybrid packages. To find out more, click here. 
New multi-million-dollar hotel for regional Vic
Following the recent relaxation of restrictions for regional Victoria, the much-anticipated The Sebel Yarrawonga is set to open its doors and welcome guests from November 1, 2020. The multi-million-dollar development is located in the Murray River region adjacent to Silverwoods Golf and Lifestyle Resort, and offers 63 studio rooms and apartments, with 54 rooms expected in stage two of the development which will occur in either 2022 or 2023.
The Sebel Yarrawonga will also open two of its three food and beverage venues – Stock & Barrel bar and casual dining and Sunset Pool Bar – with Elizabeth’s fine dining restaurant and functions set to open in December.
Accor has also said that the development will bring a new level of prestige for meetings and events, with the ability to hold them alongside the Black Bull 18-hole championship golf course.
Rebecca Russell has been appointed general manager of The Sebel Yarrawonga, and boasts experience across the Accor network having managed hotels in North Queensland, Sydney, Alice Springs and regional NSW.
On the imminent opening, she commented: “We can’t wait to welcome our first customers and guests through to experience The Sebel Yarrawonga – it has been a challenging year but we are finally ready to see the hotel buzzing with locals and regional travellers and eventually, guests from Melbourne and interstate.”
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 this 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. 
Come and watch Ciaran Gribbin in a LIVE gig
Our industry’s favourite performer, Ciaran Gribbin from Rock and Roll Team Building, will be performing a live gig on Saturday, October 24 at The Vanguard in Newtown, and we’re all invited to catch up and enjoy the show.
General manager of Rock and Roll Team Building, Nicole White, said that Ciaran has taken the cobwebs out of his studio and is back to writing and recording magical music.
“We thought this would be a really great opportunity to get the industry together for a long overdue catch-up in a COVID safe environment,” she said.
“It’s also a great opportunity to support the live music industry in Sydney which, like the world of corporate events, has been massively hit by COVID.”
Two shows are being performed with the option of a dinner and ticket package. To find out more or purchase tickets, click here. 
Come back plan: Crowne Plaza Hobart
This come back plan is a bit different, in that Crowne Plaza Hobart opened its doors for the first time just a few short months ago. Yep, right in the middle of a global pandemic.
From all accounts, locals are loving the up-market accommodation option, and we can’t wait to venture down there to check it out soon.
Find out what the hotel has been up to in the events space here. 
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