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January 27, 2021
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“We’re collateral damage” says events industry veteran
Adelaide first city to bid on astronautical congress
Westaway’s unwavering advocacy calls for more support PART 2
“A shame but understandable” – industry reacts to AIME cancellation


“We’re collateral damage” says events industry veteran
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
Industry veteran, Peter Jones of Peter Jones Special Events (PJSE) says the events industry has been decimated by COVID-19 and despite proposals put to government for support: “…they say they can’t help, that’s just the way it is… we are regarded as collateral damage.”
 
He said the Victorian Government handed out more than $500 million in support packages, mostly to the leisure sector, “but we have been banging our head against a brick wall.”
 
“Reports that Melbourne is doing well - the B+Bs are booked out, restaurants are busy – is just false hope,” he said.
 
Continue reading here. 
Adelaide first city to bid on astronautical congress
 
The Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) has announced that a bid has been placed for the city to host the 2024 International Astronautical Congress (IAC). According to the ACB, Adelaide is the first city to bid on the event.
 
Speaking on the announcement, ACB chief executive Damien Kitto said: “We showed the world and some fierce competitors – including Washington, Bremen and Istanbul – just what an amazing destination Adelaide was when we hosted the highly successful 2017 Congress; now we intend to do so again – only better."
 
Continue reading here. 
Westaway’s unwavering advocacy calls for more support PART 2
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
Here is the second part of our interview in which executive director of the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) Simon Westaway comments on the four key lessons from 2020 and the road to recovery.
 
Simon is currently one of the leading industry voices campaigning for government support and a roadmap to recovery – including access to the vaccine and the extension of JobKeeper beyond March 2021.
 
Read part two of our interview with Simon here.  If you missed part one, you can access it here. 
“A shame but understandable” – industry reacts to AIME cancellation
 
This week organisers of the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) announced the cancellation of the 2021 event, citing concerns brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
Already the industry has taken to social media to commend the efforts of the organisers, express disappointment at the outcome and look ahead with optimism to 2022.
 
Read their comments here. 
 
 
 
 
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