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January 29, 2021
In this issue
BECA calls on government to better manage borders
+700 apply for government funding
Geelong’s Putting on the Ritz
New Tasty Trivia launched for corporate events and incentives
Sam Hartley appointed sales and marketing manager for Kakadu Tourism
Your weekly grin and tonic


BECA calls on government to better manage borders
 
The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) is calling on Australia’s state and federal leaders to commit to an evidence-based approach to managing internal borders, claiming that if the business events industry is limited to conducting state-based events, it will “not recover”.
 
In a statement, BECA said: “One month in to 2021 and the business events industry continues to face uncertainty, severe limitations and restrictions compromising its pathway to recovery and survival.
 
“Throughout 2020, the industry invested heavily in preparing its businesses to deliver COVID Safe events in terms of protocols, training and infrastructure and has demonstrated its ability to do so safely and effectively.
 
“However, the critical challenge now being faced by the business events industry is uncertainty in relation to border management, conflicting guidelines for event approvals across the states and the financial implication to businesses with the impending conclusion of JobKeeper.”
 
Continue reading here. 
+700 apply for government funding
 
More than 700 expressions of interest applications have been lodged for the Schedule of Approved Events under the federal government’s Business Events Grants Program. The program has allocated $50 million to support the industry, funding Australian businesses to participate as buyers or sellers at pre-approved business events from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021.
 
Funding applications cover half of eligible project expenditure, including the hire of exhibition space, delegate attendance, sponsorship (maximum $10,000), event and display set-up costs, catering, promotional material and domestic travel.
 
Expressions of interest for the official schedule are open until February 26, 2021. To view the initial Schedule of Approved Events, click here.  For more information about the Business Events Grants Program, click here. 
Geelong’s Putting on the Ritz
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
Victoria’s second city, Geelong, is set to open a new four-and-a-half star hotel next month that is set to boost its business events capability along the popular Eastern Beach precinct.
 
The 128 room Ritz Hotel Geelong offers 35 sqm rooms plus one-and-two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens in a nine floor property with ceilings and balconies overlooking city, park or ocean views.
 
The new-build Ritz has been retained and incorporated in the building, a classic 1854 gold rush era building, the Belle-Vue Hotel. In its day The Argus newspaper described it as ranking “second to no house in town”, praising its splendid view of the harbour shipping movements.
 
Mark Day of Business Events Geelong said the appeal of contemporary design of the hotel, its capacity and location would further boost the city’s ability to bid, particularly for larger association meetings. He gave the example of a large business event indoors at Geelong Football Club’s stadium, which, with the new Ritz and existing four-and-a-half-star properties in Geelong, will now accommodate more than 800 delegates.
New Tasty Trivia launched for corporate events and incentives
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
Now here’s a fun new experience for delegates. And it’s all about food.
 
What’s not to love about this new event experience launched by hospitality industry stalwart, Annie Fitzpatrick? Way back, Annie kicked off the Sydney Seafood School and more recently, Ozharvest’s Cooking for a Cause Program and has been working in food, wine and hospitality for more than 25 years.
 
She has now turned her attention to delivering food trivia events either virtually or face-to-face.
 
She says Tasty Trivia is a: “Deliciously, interactive food and wine quiz based around food and wine with questions crossing over into other subject areas – history, geography, science and pop culture.”
 
Continue reading here. 
Sam Hartley appointed sales and marketing manager for Kakadu Tourism
 
Samantha Hartley has been appointed sales and marketing manager for Kakadu Tourism, filling the role of Becca Mills who is taking the year off on maternity leave.
 
Kakadu Tourism is the largest hotel and tour operator in Kakadu National Park, operating Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel in Jabiru and Cooinda Lodge and Camping in Cooinda. Kakadu Tourism also operates Yellow Water Cruises, Yellow Water Fishing, Spirit of Kakadu Adventure Tours and Warradjan Cultural Centre.
 
Sam Hartley (nee Thompson) joins the group after working on the Gold Coast for more than a decade for leading hotels such as the Sofitel, Crowne Plaza and The Star Gold Coast. She has represented the IHG hotel group and Destination Gold Coast and has extensive experience in the corporate, conference and leisure travel sectors.
Your weekly grin and tonic
 
If you’re a fan of Alanis Morissette’s 1996 hit Ironic, then you’re bound to be a fan of Darren Isenberg’s latest grin and tonic video.
 
Mr Isenberg is a fan of irony because 1) it can be very funny 2) he likes listing things and 3) he doesn’t like completing lists.
 
Enjoy his compilation of the most ironic photos on the internet here. 
 
 
 
 
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