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October 29, 2020
In this issue
AV24/7 expands during COVID-19
Q&A with Silke Calder, the new head of AIME
ITB Asia 2020 Virtual breaks participation record
New podcast launched for event sector
Tourism Fiji chief to helm Visit Sunshine Coast


AV24/7 expands during COVID-19
 
Events industry staging and AV specialists AV 24/7 has taken a leap into the future with the formation of a new group of companies to service the changing needs of the events industry.
 
Following the early impact of COVID-19, co-owners of AV 24/7, Libbie Ray and Juston Prisuda, pivoted to offer virtual event solutions.
 
Today, they have gone to the next level, creating four separate brands under the Connected Event Group and launched a new look, new websites, new services and moved into new premises in Chippendale in Sydney.
 
Continue reading here. 
Q&A with Silke Calder, the new head of AIME
 
Next year’s Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) will boast a number of changes. As well as following a hybrid format for the first time, a new event director has been appointed: Silke Calder.
 
In the lead up to the event, we chatted with Silke about what attendees can expect in 2021, the challenges of organising an event in the middle of a global pandemic and where she believes the events industry is headed.
 
Read her responses here. 
ITB Asia 2020 Virtual breaks participation record
 
Asia’s leading travel trade show ITB Asia took place between October 21-23, 2020, following a virtual format for the first time. More than 35,000 unique users from the travel industry participated in the event, a record number in its 13-year history.
 
The program’s virtual features included conference and networking sessions supported by world leaders and leading destinations; online business appointments; and virtual exhibition booths with major players from the hotel, tourism and travel sectors.
 
More than 160 speakers from major global brands addressed the virtual audience, with topics ranging from MICE and corporate travel to technology and hotel revenue.
 
Next year’s edition of ITB Asia will be a hybrid show with the in-person component taking place in Singapore between October 27-29, 2021. The exhibition space for this event is already more than 40 per cent booked.
New podcast launched for event sector
 
By Brad Foster
 
I can’t count the number of times since COVID-19 hit our sector in March 2020 I’ve had emails from people or heard about people doing podcasts or video interviews centred around the event sector.
 
Perhaps it’s a thing you do now rather than sitting in a room and writing a book, although I’m sure there are people during this period who are doing that too. But books take a long time. Like years, and podcasts can be put together in a matter of days.
 
So what’s your point, Brad? Well, I don’t have one, other than to inform our dear readers that long-time industry creative, Francesca Peskops, has just launched her podcast, Events Unpacked. And, from the sounds of it, it sounds, well… packed.
 
Continue reading here. 
Tourism Fiji chief to helm Visit Sunshine Coast
 
Current chief executive officer (CEO) of Tourism Fiji Matt Stoeckel will say Bula to the Sunshine Coast at the beginning of next year as he takes up his new role as CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC).
 
Mr Stoeckel has been in his current role since 2016, and prior to this spent two years with Destination NSW following roles with Swire Group and TRC Tourism.
 
Announcing Mr Stoeckel’s appointment, chair of Visit Sunshine Coast David Ryan said: “[Matt’s] experience in developing and refining brand identities for destinations will be critical for the Sunshine Coast as we launch and roll-out our new brand for the region over the next year.
 
“His success in creating a far deeper and more diverse reputation for Fiji’s tourism sector is very relevant to the Sunshine Coast, as we move into a new phase of tourism development on the coast.”
 
As a keen sailor, Mr Stoeckel said he was looking forward to moving to the Sunshine Coast with his wife and three young children and enjoying the renowned marine environment and climate.
 
 
 
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