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November 17, 2020
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Covid-safe events in the countryside
Victoria’s top tourism drawcard needs interstate visitors
Business Events Australia research reveals industry's 'cautious optimism'
All jurisdictions except for NSW close borders to SA
New way to throw a team-building activity… literally


Covid-safe events in the countryside
 
This October our digital editor Laura Bradley dusted off her suitcase and made the short journey south for the Southern Highlands Conference Organiser famil.
 
Between the canoe rides, tours through historically-rich venues, tulip spotting and magical outdoor dining experiences, she discovered a boutique event destination that offers everything planners could need – and it’s right on Sydney’s doorstep.
 
Read all about her experience here. 
Victoria’s top tourism drawcard needs interstate visitors
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
As thousands of Melburnians fled the city’s “ring of steel” at the weekend to finally visit friends and relatives in regional Victoria, the state’s best known international attraction, The Great Ocean Road, was hurting from a lack of interstate and international visitors plus the cancellation of some big events.
 
The 240 km roadway that twists and turns from clifftop to beachfront along the Southern Ocean had been the destination of choice for international visitors. Just over 100 kilometres from Melbourne, it is both a 100-year-old WWII memorial and a scenic drive between Torquay and Allansford.
 
Continue reading here. 
Business Events Australia research reveals industry's 'cautious optimism'
 
Tourism Australia’s specialist business events team has completed a second wave of research to gauge the attitudes of Australian corporate decision makers towards domestic business events. The Business Events Australia (BEA) findings show an uptick in confidence since the first wave of research was completed in August 2020, with businesses increasingly planning events despite restrictions on attendee numbers remaining a barrier.
 
The results of the October 2020 research, which involved an online survey of 459 corporate event decision makers in Australia, found the proportion of businesses currently planning events in Australia within the next six to 12 months has increased to 59 per cent (up from 48 per cent compared with August 2020). That number jumps to 73 per cent when decision makers consider events in the next 12 to 24 months (compared to 73 per cent in August 2020).
 
Continue reading here. 
All jurisdictions except for NSW close borders to SA
 
A cluster of 17 coronavirus cases in Adelaide has led Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory to introduce restrictions for South Australian travellers.
 
The Western Australian government said in a statement on Sunday that those arriving from South Australia at Perth Airport will now be tested for COVID-19 on arrival (or within 24 hours of arrival at another COVID clinic) and given a direction to self-quarantine for 14 days.
 
The Northern Territory’s chief health officer has declared all of South Australia as a COVID-19 hotspot, while Victoria has declared Adelaide a COVID-19 hotspot, and the Queensland government recognised Adelaide as a COVID-19 hotspot from last night.
 
New South Wales is the only jurisdiction allowing quarantine-free travel for South Australian visitors.
 
According to ABC News, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “Our health authorities are confident the South Australian government is on top of it. You can’t open and shut borders and change things overnight every time there’s an outbreak.”
New way to throw a team-building activity… literally
 
A brand-new venue is opening On December 4, 2020, in Alexandria, Sydney, called ‘Kiss my Axe’. In a first, the venture combines an axe-throwing experience with a fully-equipped corporate venue. Yep, axe-throwing. This daredevil activity involves teams throwing solid steel axes at wooden targets in a two-hour session, under the guidance of a dedicated coach.
 
Kiss My Axe’s founders Ian Williams and Jason Macdonald said they wanted to create a space to bring together people from all demographics for a good time, whether it be for a corporate team-building activity, hens night or singles event.
 
“With my hospitality experience, and Ian’s 20 years leading teams in the corporate world, it felt like the perfect combination and opportunity for the market,” Jason said.
 
The venue’s full-day ‘Don’t Get Axed’ schedule includes an axe-throwing team-building competition, interactive leadership workshop, ‘Free the Leader’ escape room activity and a choice of catering options.
 
Find out more about Kiss my Axe here. 
 
 
 
 
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