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November 12, 2020
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Want to know who secured event funding? Sorry, you can’t
Choose NZ’s capital for your Kiwi delegates
Event managers to push back the resumption of in-person events by six months, research finds
NSW govt backs two concerts for +12,000 fans
Two keynotes announced for IBTM World Virtual 2020


Want to know who secured event funding? Sorry, you can’t
 
By Brad Foster
 
As most would be aware by now, there were 86 organisations that secured funding in Tourism Australia’s Business Events Boost Program announced last week. What you don’t know, and what we can’t tell you, is who they were.
 
Already we’ve heard rumours. As we know, it’s a small industry and word gets around. But, because we’re professionals, we still can’t tell you just one winner.
 
Continue reading here. 
Choose NZ’s capital for your Kiwi delegates
 
If travel restrictions are causing headaches with your conference plans, think outside the box and consider Wellington as a hybrid hub for your Kiwi participants.
 
Wellington’s central location means it is less than a 90-minute flight from anywhere in New Zealand.
 
A mix of modern and historic buildings coupled with a variety of flexibly-sized meeting spaces make it the perfect place for delegates to mix and mingle.
 
It’s why Wellington has already secured several New Zealand “hubs” for Australian clients running their events in Australia over the coming months.
 
As one conference organiser says: “Right in the middle of the country, its accessibility is appealing. We’ve found its meeting facilities accommodate a range of meeting sizes and needs, even when social distancing is required.”
 
Discover more here. 
Event managers to push back the resumption of in-person events by six months, research finds
 
Marketing automation software company Swift Digital has released updated research into the Australian business events market, with a key finding being that event managers are pushing back the resumption of in-person events by a further six months.
 
The findings follow a survey Swift Digital conducted in mid-September to gauge how and when event organisers will be planning a return to normal.
 
The September report found that 27 per cent of respondents were planning in-person events for January to March, 2021. In the latest survey, this percentage lowered to five. In the September report, 10 per cent of respondents indicated that their in-person events were likely to resume in October 2021 or later, and in the latest survey this percentage had risen to 30.
 
Commenting on the new findings, CEO of Swift Digital Poochee Yuen said: “It’s clear that uncertainty has struck the Australian in-person event market hard in just the last six weeks – this is a rapid decrease in re-opening confidence.
 
“Most companies have gone from expecting to re-start in the first half of 2021 to expecting to re-start only in the second half of 2021.”
 
Survey respondents comprised Swift Digital’s clients, who are predominately organisations with more than 200 employees who run events with more than 100 attendees.
NSW govt backs two concerts for +12,000 fans
 
The New South Wales (NSW) government has upped its support for the return of live music, backing two major concerts at Qudos Bank Arena for more than 12,000 fans.
 
The new events – ‘Great Southern Nights’ – will take place on November 28 and December 5 and be headlines by Ocean Alley and Bernard Fanning respectively. Each concert will host more than 6000 people in a fully-seated, Covid-safe way.
 
Continue reading here. 
Two keynotes announced for IBTM World Virtual 2020
 
Cecilia MoSze Tham and Mike Wittenstein have been announced as the two latest keynote speakers for IBTM World Virtual, which will take place online between December 8 and 10, 2020.
 
Cecilia, who has been described as an ‘innovation activist’, is currently a technologist at Alpha Telefonica. Cecilia will present a session on the future of human connectivity called ‘When the future worlds meet: How technology will transform the way we gather in the next year and beyond’. This will be a deep dive into the ways that technology may change the ways we meet and interact in the future.
 
Mike is the founder and managing partner at Storyminers and a former e-visionary at IBM. He is an expert in customer experience and will present a talk to help leaders gain support for their boldest ideas and strategies. Over three decades, Mike has successfully advised leaders and their teams during times of immense change, with a client roster that includes AT&T, Adobe, Apple, Delta Airlines and Holiday Inn.
 
Both speakers will present their sessions on IBTM World Virtual’s new feature - IBTM TV.
 
 
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