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November 4, 2020
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Destination North Coast Business Events launches virtual conference
Creative tech jazzes up APACMed hybrid forum
More than half a million event jobs at risk in UK, research finds
MCEC pairs with Guide Dogs Victoria to help those with low vision


Destination North Coast Business Events launches virtual conference
 
Event planners are invited to attend Reboot Roadshow, an initiative of Destination North Coast Business Events which will take place on December 1, 2020. The ‘must attend’ virtual conference will showcase the best of what is on offer across the North Coast of New South Wales (NSW), with one-on-one meetings matching client requirements with regional stakeholders.
 
Reboot Roadshow will feature highly regarded keynote speaker, futurist and tech innovator Stu Atkins, who has worked for some of the country’s largest media organisations and engaged with more than 75,000 business professionals across the world, and wellness thought leader and CEO of Green7X Tim Jack Adams, who will facilitate team-building and wellness exercises.
 
Those who register before November 13, 2020, will go in the draw to win one of five accommodation packages worth over $500 each.
 
Find out more here
Creative tech jazzes up APACMed hybrid forum
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
 
The Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed) annual forum in April was almost postponed to 2021 as COVID-19 spread worldwide. But the association and PCO Chab Events saw the opportunity to transform the hitherto physical gathering in Singapore into an exciting virtual event.
 
Planning started in June for the new September 24 date. Then in July, the Singapore government said small B2B events of up to 50 participants could resume from August under strict safe management measures (SMMs). APACMed’s Forum became one of two “test” events.
 
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More than half a million event jobs at risk in UK, research finds
 
As England readies to re-enter national lockdown, new research presented to the UK parliament has revealed the current state of the business events industry. The UK’s £84bn events and experiences sector is operating under tighter restrictions than any other developed nation, with more than 525,000 jobs currently at risk.
 
Other findings from the research included that 77 per cent of events and exhibition businesses have paused trading completely at some point since lockdown; In August, businesses experienced an average 89.5 per cent year-on-year fall in revenue; four out of ten firms have between 75-100 per cent of staff on furlough, with the end of the scheme likely to result in 170,000 immediate job losses; and 44 per cent of event and exhibition companies do not believe they have the financial resilience to survive until the end of November.
 
By comparison, the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) reported in July that around 96 per cent of Australia’s business events industry was being supported by the JobKeeper scheme, totaling around 110,000 people. JobKeeper has been extended until March 2021.
MCEC pairs with Guide Dogs Victoria to help those with low vision
 
Paws what you’re currently doing and read this heart-warming story. Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV) and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) have entered a partnership to ensure Victorians with low vision or blindness can continue to receive essential services during COVID-19 lockdowns.
 
With the MCEC currently closed to the public, the venue is being used as a space for the training of Guide Dogs Victoria clients and guide dogs in training. As well as being free, the environment is safe, contained and accessible for GDV’s clients.
 
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