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October 21, 2020
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Adelaide – unlocked and bouncing back Part 2
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre adopts flexible event format
NSW further eases restrictions on gatherings
Australian Event Awards announces Lifetime Achievement Award recipient


Adelaide – unlocked and bouncing back Part 2
 
In the second instalment of her series, Sue Hill talks about the accommodation updates in Adelaide.
 
By Sue Hill, Foster Hill PR on behalf of Clockwise Consulting
 
Accommodation hotels in Adelaide city and surrounds have of course been the most affected during COVID-19. However, regional hotels were flocked to as soon as lockdown restrictions were eased, and out-of-state travel was still not an option.
 
It’s not just existing business bouncing back in South Australia. A number of new hotels will open in Q4 of 2020 in Adelaide including the Adelaide Oval Hotel (which opened in September), EOS at Skycity which will open its doors soon, Crowne Plaza, and, in 2021, Sofitel and Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets.
 
Continue reading here. 
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre adopts flexible event format
 
Virtual, physical and hybrid business events to suit different needs
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
 
The prolonged pandemic has disrupted business events and left many convention and exhibition centres (CECs) empty. Now that economic activity is resuming, how are CECs picking up the slack?
 
Venues have to deliver virtual and hybrid meeting solutions and define new business models to sustain themselves, said Alan Pryor, general manager, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). “Flexibility, agility and adaptability have become the most crucial traits for survival and continued market presence. Up-skilling and re-skilling within the industry supply chain has been accelerated, and innovative cost-containment measures applied,” he said.
 
Find out here how KLCC has retained events amid the gloom.
NSW further eases restrictions on gatherings
 
The New South Wales (NSW) state government is easing more coronavirus restrictions applicable to business events and hospitality from Friday, October 23.
 
From this date, 30 people are now allowed to gather outside in public spaces. For hospitality venues, up to 30 customers will be allowed per booking, with 30 customers per table – an increase from 10 people.
 
The announcement comes after a maximum of 300 people were allowed to attend corporate functions from Friday, October 16.
 
In a statement, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “These changes will provide a big boost to our hospitality venues.
 
“As we ease restrictions and find new ways to get businesses moving it is vital that customers and venues continue to be COVID-Safe.”
Australian Event Awards announces Lifetime Achievement Award recipient
 
Mr Harvey Lister, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of ASM Global APAC has been announced as the latest recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Event Awards 2020.
 
The Lifetime Achievement Award aims to recognise great Australian industry figures that have made significant contributions to events in the country.
 
Over the past 45 years, Mr Lister and his business partners have been involved in the presentation and management of events spanning all forms of sport, the arts, conventions and exhibitions, concerts and general entertainment. He has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in the design and operation of major public assembly facilities, the events they host, and of the tourism and leisure industries generally.
 
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