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January 21, 2021
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DivCom among Austrade’s 140 approved business events
The Langham Melbourne’s unmissable event deal
Victoria “six months behind”
Hotel Indigo Sydney Centre planned for 2025
Young Gun - Alysia McAuliffe

DivCom among Austrade’s 140 approved business events
By Joyce DiMascio

The federal government’s $50 million Covid support package for business events is being rolled out with the progressive announcement, beginning this week, of “approved events”.
Seven events organised by Diversified Communication (DivCom) are among around 140 listed on the Federal Government Schedule of Approved Events. It includes a wide range of event types and industry sectors which will run from January through to November 2021.
Continue reading here. 
The Langham Melbourne’s unmissable event deal
Make your Melbourne event comeback at The Langham Melbourne and score a host of enticing benefits.
Planners who make a booking at the hotel before March 31, 2021, for events held between January 1, 2021 and December 30, 2021, with a minimum spend of $6000, can select three benefits from a list of eight.
Discover the benefits on offer here. 
Victoria “six months behind”
By Graeme Kemlo
Victoria’s mid-2020 COVID spike and subsequent lockdown has put it six months behind other states in rebuilding its business events market says Business Events Victoria (BEV) chairman, Mark Day.
“There’s definitely an appetite from planners to hold business events face-to-face, but we’re receiving inquiries on a smaller scale,” said Mark, who is also convention bureau manager for Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula.
Victoria’s second city specialises in association meetings, but postponing these larger events last year may mean missing out on such events which rotate around a different state each year.
“Talking to interstate bureaux they are already hosting these larger meetings, which for many associations are their annual fundraiser, but the lockdown has left Victoria about six months behind. However, we’re confident that we are well positioned to come back quickly,” he said, noting that BEV and Geelong would be busy selling regional Victoria at the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME).
Hotel Indigo Sydney Centre planned for 2025
InterContinental Hotels Group has announced that Hotel Indigo Sydney Centre will open in 2025. The 110-room hotel will sit atop the City Tattersalls Club’s premises in a newly-renovated, 49-storey mixed-use tower. The tower includes new restaurants, an event space, wellbeing facilities and more.
Hotel Indigo is famed for its neighbourhood story concept, and the new hotel will embrace its origin tale as a space created by 25 bookmakers which has over time become one of the most respected community clubs in Sydney.
There are currently 126 Hotel Indigo properties open worldwide, with another 99 in the pipeline. Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets will open in March this year, with more to come in destinations including Melbourne and Auckland.
Young Gun - Alysia McAuliffe
Our first young gun for 2021 is a bona fide superstar – marketing executive for Reed Exhibitions and recipient of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award Alysia McAuliffe.
Alysia broke into the industry after attending an exhibition with her previous company where she was captivated by the chaos and thrill of pre-show organisation. Since then, she has gone from strength to strength, cementing herself as a respected event professional before the age of 30.
Click here to read her story – which includes how she thinks the industry could improve, tips for event beginners and her most embarrassing career moment to date (even the best of us experience them!)
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