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December 1, 2020
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Long-term support and funding boost needed
Auckland secures conference for female engineers and scientists
Corporate surf team-building 75 kilometres inland
China leads the way with MICE recovery
Sunshine Coast showcases incentive possibilities in new magazine


Long-term support and funding boost needed
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
The Australian Association of Convention Bureaux (AACB) says Australia’s success at managing Covid-19 may make restarting international events more difficult without a vaccine.
 
The closure of Australia’s international borders and the mandatory two-week quarantine period have been important contributors to getting the pandemic under control in Australia.
 
However, unless those travelling for a business event are given early access to vaccines, the international business events market may take even longer to restart.
The AACB’s latest Forward Calendar shows the event pipeline has been artificially inflated by events displaced by the pandemic. It proposes that 35 per cent of 373 international events in the pipeline have been rescheduled from 2020 to 2021.
 
AACB CEO Andrew Hiebl says ongoing long-term government investment and support are essential and has called for a permanent extension and boost of the Business Event Bid Fund and more funding for Tourism Australia.
Auckland secures conference for female engineers and scientists
 
Auckland appears to be the top choice for conferences centered on powerful women. Late last month it secured the 2023 International Association of Women in Police (IAWP) Annual Conference, and now it has been chosen to host the International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES) in 2023.
 
More than 450 delegates from across the world are expected to attend the five-day conference to discuss the importance of diversity and growth of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
 
The conference will deliver a $881,000 economic contribution to Auckland and almost 2600 visitor nights to support the city’s accommodation sector.
 
On the win, head of the Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) Anna Hayward said: “This is a great result for our New Zealand science and engineering community and will only further enhance our reputation as a destination of choice for STEM conferences.
 
“Auckland has an incredible pedigree when it comes to science and engineering and by hosting business events like these in our region it provides valuable opportunities for job creation, talent attraction and investment."
Corporate surf team-building 75 kilometres inland
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
Team-building could take on a decidedly different look in the next two years with the development of a surf lodge with a corporate meeting and event space one hour (75 km) north of the city at Wiseman’s Ferry.
 
Following planning approval by the Hills Shire, the 18-hectare Wisemans Surf Lodge, a $875 million resort development beside the Hawkesbury River is expected to commence building in Q3 2021 and open in 2022.
 
Ultimately it will comprise a wave pool providing a range of up to two-and-a-half-metre high consistent waves that surfers say are almost impossible to find along Sydney’s beaches. But the resort will equally cater for non-surfers with more than 50 accommodation rooms and conferencing space for up to 100.
 
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China leads the way with MICE recovery
 
By Laura Bradley
 
A global industry leader has claimed that China is ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to MICE recovery. Addressing the more than 200 virtual participants of the Society of Incentives and Travel Executives' (SITE) latest Motivate Series webinar, The Future of Air and Accommodation last Tuesday, Senior Vice President, sales and hotel marketing for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Ben Trodd said that the country is recovering with “such great pace.”
 
“Once you take out the element of international travel, [China’s] domestic market is appearing to operate in a relatively normal way,” he said.
 
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Sunshine Coast showcases incentive possibilities in new magazine
 
The Queensland border re-opened to visitors from New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (Vic) today, so there’s never been a better time to check out the Sunshine Coast’s new e-magazine for incentive travel and event professionals: The Shortlist.
 
Released last month, the quarterly e-magazine aims to keep the domestic and international industry up-to-date with what is happening in the region, from new bars and restaurants to event trends, and locally-made gift ideas to insider tips from the region’s events industry.
 
Alongside The Shortlist, the Sunshine Coast has released a new website, ‘Sunshine Coast Incentive Travel’, which was funded by Tourism Australia’s Advance Australia program. The website hosts an interactive component that allows the planner to ‘design their own itinerary’ and connects local operators with planners.
 
To check out the website and read the e-magazine, click here. 
 
 
 
 
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