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November 18, 2020
In this issue
Government’s $50 million Business Events Grant Program commences
Ribbon cut to Crowne Plaza Adelaide
Korea - a unique and unforgettable MICE destination
SA re-introduces restrictions on gatherings
Singapore – Hong Kong ‘Air Travel Bubble’ – good restart, but what’s next?
EEAA’s unsung hero and young achiever finalists announced


Government’s $50 million Business Events Grant Program commences
 
The government’s $50 million Business Events Program, which was announced by the prime minister, deputy prime minister and portfolio ministers in September 2020, has officially begun. The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has welcomed the commencement of phase one, which has seen Austrade open an EOI process to business event owners to establish a Schedule of Approved Business Events.
 
BECA is urging business event owners across the country to submit EOIs by November 30, 2020, to ensure their events can be considered for the schedule when phase two of the grants program opens in mid-December.
 
Continue reading here. 
Ribbon cut to Crowne Plaza Adelaide
 
This Monday Crowne Plaza Adelaide officially opened its doors, marking the brand’s return to the South Australian capital. The hotel was opened by minister for finance, trade, tourism and investment Simon Birmingham, and the ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by the minister for trade, investment and health industries Stephen Patterson and lord mayor of the Adelaide City Council Sandy Verschoor.
 
Commenting on the opening, minister Birmingham said: ““To those who have long dreamt and worked hard to deliver on this site, we extend an enormous thank you for the risks that you have taken, for the commitment that you have made to Adelaide, South Australia and to Australia by seeing the potential in an investment like this.”
 
The 329-room Crowne Plaza Adelaide is housed in the city’s tallest building at 138 metres, and boasts a rooftop infinity pool, two food and beverage venues, high-speed Wi-Fi and 450 sqm of flexible event space.
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Korea - a unique and unforgettable MICE destination
 
South Korea has the world’s best ICT environment and is one of the top two choices for international conferences for member countries of the Union of International Associations. Not surprising, as it is presently the world’s safest, most efficient and innovative place for business.
 
Many elements combine to make Korea a premier destination for MICE, including its creativity; unique venues; blend of the traditional and modern; and diverse natural environment.
 
Discover more about its many possibilities here. 
SA re-introduces restrictions on gatherings
 
Following the detection of a new COVID-19 cluster in the state, the South Australian government has re-introduced a number of restrictions on gatherings.
 
These include private gatherings at licensed venues being capped at 50 with a limit of one person per four sqm; hospitality being capped at 100 per venue with one person per four sqm; and gatherings at private residences being capped at 10 people.
 
All activities and events with an approved COVID Management Plan scheduled for the next two weeks have been cancelled.
 
At time of writing, there are 34 active COVID-19 cases in South Australia, including 18 recorded in the past 24 hours.
Singapore – Hong Kong ‘Air Travel Bubble’ – good restart, but what’s next?
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
 
Air Travel Bubble (ATB) flights between Singapore and Hong Kong begin on November 22, with just one flight a day into each city, capped at 200 travellers per flight. From December 7, this will increase to two flights daily to each city with a quota of 200 travellers per flight.
 
Travellers will be subject to COVID-19 tests but there is no quarantine or stay-home notice, nor restrictions on purpose of travel. A controlled itinerary or sponsorship isn’t required either. While a good re-start, what are the implications and expectations?
 
The respective tourism boards give their views here. 
EEAA’s unsung hero and young achiever finalists announced
 
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced the finalists for its Unsung Hero and Richard Geddes Young Achievers awards. The winners of both categories will be announced at the EEAA 2020 Awards for Excellence, which will be broadcast from the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney on December 8, 2020.
 
The six finalists in the Unsung Hero Award category are: Jenna Cali, operations manager – Informa Australia; Kym De Britt, chief executive officer – Australian Dental Industry Association; Helen Mantellato, business development manager: International and Exhibition – ICC Sydney; Libbie Ray and Justin Prisuda, directors - Connected Event Group; and Nicole Walker, chief executive officer – Arinex.
 
The finalists for the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award are: Sian Caton, marketing assistant – Diversified Communications Australia; Alysia McAuliffe, marketing executive – Reed Exhibitions Australia; Amy Saleh, program and speaker care manager – Hannover Fairs; and Jack Weatherby-Fell, senior event manager – ICC Sydney.
Entries will be judged by a panel of independent industry experts from across Australia, including John Trevillian AM.
 
 
 
 
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