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November 20, 2020
In this issue
NYE fireworks a fizzer in Melbourne
Sydney secures major heritage event
Adventure, accessibility and awe-inspiring nature: NSW’s North Coast
Plenty of updates out of Uluru
Hong Kong kicks off in-person trade shows, breaks records
Your weekly grin and tonic


NYE fireworks a fizzer in Melbourne
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
Melbourne has poured cold water on this year’s New Year’s fireworks celebration, instead opting for a COVID-safe 48-hour celebration of its food and wine culture.
 
While some might suggest the nanny state has gone too far having locked residents down for four months – then pulled the pyrotechnics that usually draw 400,000 visitors up and down the Yarra bank – City Hall’s spin suggests it will feel like a European piazza.
 
Okay, so we understand Melbourne likes to portray itself as Australia’s most European city with Victorian architecture, wide streets, leafy parks and hook turns. But the NYE big bang is surely a Melbourne tradition, like pies and footy. And hotels, especially those on the riverfront, sell out NYE rooms with a view well in advance, so will there be disappointed guests wanting refunds?
 
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Sydney secures major heritage event
 
This week the federal and New South Wales state government announced that Sydney will play host to the 2023 General Assembly of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
 
ICOMOS has more than 10,000 members globally, including architects, historians, planners and archaeologists, and NSW heritage minister Don Harwin said that their gathering in Sydney will help to highlight the state’s achievements in cultural heritage management.
 
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Adventure, accessibility and awe-inspiring nature: NSW’s North Coast
 
By Laura Bradley
 
It’s high time we swapped the Zoom software for a real zoom to the North Coast of New South Wales. In recent months, the region has been readying to welcome back business events of all sizes, and there has never been a better time for your delegates to discover the hidden gems in their own backyard.
 
In light of its adventurous possibilities, accessibility and awe-inspiring nature, we decided to round up the best group activities on offer in the North Coast’s key destinations.
 
Read all about them here. 
 
Image courtesy of Destination NSW.
Plenty of updates out of Uluru
 
By Laura Bradley
 
On Tuesday night fellow members of the media and I gathered at the South Eveleigh Rooftop Garden for Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia’s latest event – Dinner with Matthew Cameron-Smith.
 
While sipping on Green Ant Gin and Tonics amid native botanicals, guests heard from Voyages’ CEO Mr Cameron-Smith about the current and future state of travel in the region, and what he achieved during his first 100 days in the role.
 
Continue reading here. 
Hong Kong kicks off in-person trade shows, breaks records
 
Physical exhibitions resumed in Hong Kong last month with the hosting of the Lohas Expo 2020 and Vegetarian Food Asia 2020 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Together, the events attracted record-breaking physical attendance, with more than 32,000 people visiting over three days – up eight per cent year-on-year.
 
Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) general manager MICE & Cruise Mr Kenneth Wong said: “We are truly grateful business events have resumed with a strong momentum and set a powerful case study for industry partners and organisers to collaborate when applying stringent best health practices.
 
“Following the recent launch of the Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble, we are confident and very much look forward to the gradual resumption of business events of all sizes in the near future.”
 
The Hong Kong SAR Government has recently rolled out anti-epidemic convention and exhibition subsidies, waiving 100 per cent of venue rental costs to support the gradual resumption of events. Baobab Tree Event was one of the first events to enjoy the free venue rental subsidy, which allowed organisers to have greater flexibility in resources allocation.
Your weekly grin and tonic
 
Phew! That was a long newsletter, but the good news is that we are now at the fun bit: Darren Isenberg’s weekly grin and tonic reel.
 
The theme of this week’s video is ‘That’s not right.’ It has been inspired by numerous things… but mostly the year 2020. It has been a year, but it hasn’t been quite right. There is a very clear reason why 2020 has turned out wonky, but in each of these photos, the weird errors are befuddlingly inexplicable.
 
If you’re predictably confused by this (aren’t we always) then watch Darren’s video now to clear it up. You can do so here. 
 
 
 
 
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