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November 9, 2020
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Opening today: Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank
SIEW 2020 passes stress test
Exclusive: PCOA20 organisers share more about the conference
Nine tips for hosting virtual meetings
Our (sort of) trip to Korea

Opening today: Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank
Australia’s first high-rise hotel to be ‘built out of the sky’, Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne South Bank, opens its doors today. The hotel offers 220 guest rooms and three meeting rooms that can cater for events with between 80-220 pax theatre-style.
It is believed to be the world’s tallest engineered timber extension, built on top of an existing office building. The 5300 tonnes of green cross-laminated timber used to build the hotel act as a carbon sink, offsetting 4200 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Other hotel features include 24-hour reception, a 20m indoor lap pool and gym and a fresh food and beverage hub in the lobby, which is currently having the finishing touches put on it.
SIEW 2020 passes stress test
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
The 13th Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW 2020) scored a few unusual firsts. Proceeding under slightly relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, it was the first MICE event in Singapore’s ‘new normal’ allowing up to 250 participants on site. It also piloted pre-event coronavirus testing for all attendees.
Held at Sands Expo and Convention Centre from October 26 to 30, SIEW 2020 was organised by the Energy Market Authority. It attracted more than 30 government ministers and 300 speakers globally, and up to 250 participants on site. Some 20,000 people from more than 80 countries viewed it online.
Highlights included the first Singapore-IEA Global Ministerial Conference on System Integration of Renewables in Asia and inaugural S&P Global Platts LNG & Hydrogen Gas Markets Asia Conference. On social media, the #SIEW2020 hashtag trended number one on Twitter Singapore on the opening day, October 26.
Exclusive: PCOA20 organisers share more about the conference
As the Professional Conference Organiser Association’s (PCOA) annual conference draws nearer, we decided to ask its organisers a bit more about the event.
The conference will take place over December 7-8, 2020, and follow a hybrid format for the first time, with the in-person component taking place at Hyatt Regency Sydney as well as a number of satellite locations across Australia and New Zealand.
The program has been released and the speakers confirmed, each of which will bring to life the theme – ‘Anything is Possible.’
Have a read through the responses to our questions here. 
Nine tips for hosting virtual meetings
Another article about how to successfully pull together a virtual event can’t hurt, right? As our experience with online meetings grows, so too does our ability to better identify the do’s and don’ts
Today’s article comes from Marriott International, who this week launched its Virtual Meetings by Marriott Bonvoy™ Events packages.
To read Marriott’s tips for successful virtual events, click here. 
Our (sort of) trip to Korea
What’s this? A real life event?! Last Thursday we were lucky enough to attend the Korean Afternoon Soirée, which took place at the Korean Cultural Centre in Sydney. Around 45 members of the media and representatives from the host venue, Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Asiana Airlines and Korea Air gathered for an afternoon of Korean cuisine, updates and videos.
The food and beverage included kimchi, fried chicken, Korean beer and sushi, and a panel of experts comprising Asian Pop Presener Andy Trieu and leading Korean food expert Heather Jeong painted a vivid picture of the country, which meshes a traditional culture with the new and neon. Of particular interest were the rise of the eclectic music genre K-pop and the knowledge that Korea is a popular surfing destination, with the colourful buildings of the coastal city Busan reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast.
Guests were also treated to a visual display of the centre’s latest exhibit, Light Shadow: Koo Bohnchang.
Before Covid, three flights departed from Australia (Sydney and Brisbane) to Seoul, with the direct trip taking 10 hours. Talks are currently underway regarding the re-opening of Korea's border to Australians… and we can hardly wait!
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