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November 25, 2020
In this issue
Qld opens border to NSW, tourism industry gets to work
Global leaders are optimistic about the future
Business Events Victoria launches virtual showcase
New Mövenpick hotel for Hobart
An update on Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre’s opening
MEETINGS 2021 to be held in Auckland
Construction to begin on Sydney’s biggest purpose-built convention centre since ICC


Qld opens border to NSW, tourism industry gets to work
 
Yesterday morning Queensland (Qld) premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that the state’s border will open to all of New South Wales (NSW) from December 1, 2020. The premier will make a further announcement today about opening the border to Victoria, subject to no new cases of community transmission in the state. South Australia will be reviewed at the end of the month and announcements will be made accordingly.
 
Tourism & Events Queensland (TEQ) has said it will extend its ‘Good to Go’ campaign, which showcases the state’s tourism offerings, into Sydney, with Victorian advertising to follow as soon as an announcement is made.
 
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Global leaders are optimistic about the future
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
The two most senior exhibition and event industry global leaders, newly elected President of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI), Anbu Varathan and CEO, Kai Hattendorf speak to Joyce DiMascio after the historic 87th Global Congress.
 
Both are optimistic about the future despite the huge challenges the industry continues to face with Covid travel restrictions around the world and no vaccine.
 
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Business Events Victoria launches virtual showcase
 
Taking place on December 3, 2020, is the Regional Victoria Virtual Showcase, an online event aimed at putting the destination back on the map with business events planners. Run by Business Events Victoria (BEV), the event will showcase the region’s offerings that were developed and innovated during the Covid-19 lockdown.
 
More than 170 prospective meeting planners will meet with local suppliers to source inspiration for their 2021 conferences, motivational programs, training workshops and executive sessions.
 
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New Mövenpick hotel for Hobart
 
In January 2021, Accor will open Mövenpick Hotel Hobart, a 221-room property operating under its Swiss hospitality brand. Located on Elizabeth Street, the hotel will offer views of the city, an onsite restaurant and meeting facilities. The function space will be able to cater for up to 100 people, with the ability to be divided into two smaller rooms. A pre-event area and a full bar will also make up its event offerings.
 
Commenting on the announcement, chief executive officer for Accor Pacific Simon McGrath AM said: “We are delighted to be working with Global Premium Hotels to bring our first Mövenpick hotel to Australia. Located in the heart of the city and close to the harbour.
 
“Mövenpick Hotel Hobart is well positioned to appeal to business and leisure travellers visiting the vibrant capital city of Hobart. We are planning more locations for this premium brand across the Pacific and believe Mövenpick will quickly gain recognition for its culinary and service excellence in the Australian hotel market.”
An update on Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre’s opening
 
Ōtākaro Limited, the company responsible for the design and construction of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, has said that the venue is expected to be completed by the middle of next year, with the first events likely to be held in the second half of 2021.
 
Ōtākaro Limited chief executive, John Bridgman, says an exact opening date and first event will be confirmed closer to the time.
 
“COVID-19 has had a major impact on our construction projects, we have a tight construction market and there is some uncertainty going forward, but we are acutely aware business events take time to plan and we want to provide our clients with as much clarity as we can as the end of year draws near,” he said.
 
“The venue operator, ASM Global, continues to work with the organisers of proposed 2021 events to try to tailor events to their needs, where appropriate, to achieve economic benefits for the city.
 
“Unsurprisingly, any further COVID-19-related disruptions may change this timeline, but I am optimistic that by this time next year we’ll see Te Pae Christchurch delegates wandering along the Promenade to one of the city’s great restaurants.”
MEETINGS 2021 to be held in Auckland
 
Following the uncertainty around the opening date of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has made the decision to hold MEETINGS 2021 in Auckland.
 
BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins said the decision was made to give members and customers certainty and to ensure confidence in the flagship business events exhibition.
“MEETINGS 2021 will now take place at ASB Showgrounds, Auckland in early June. Confirmed show dates and further information will be released as soon as possible,” she said.
 
“We appreciate the support from Auckland Convention Bureau and ASB Showgrounds to make this happen.”
 
MEETINGS 2022 will take place in Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.
Construction to begin on Sydney’s biggest purpose-built convention centre since ICC
 
Crown Group will start construction early next year on Infinity Convention Centre, a venue that will be able to cater for 425 guests once it opens its doors in Green Square.
 
The venue will be the first purpose-built convention centre to open in Sydney since the ICC Sydney opened its doors in Darling Harbour in December 2016. It will have the ability to cater for intimate or large-scale functions, with event space configurations including classroom-style for up to 65 people, conference for up to 315, sit-down dinners or weddings for 385 people, auditorium-style for 425 people and cocktail events for 450 people.
 
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