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December 2, 2020
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Organisers gear up for domestic market in 2021 – Part 1
NZ’s first in-person industry event this year a success
MEA awards program to go ahead, despite industry’s tough year
Business Events Perth welcomes re-opening of state border
Qantas to outsource 2000 ground-handling jobs
Singapore’s new tourism platform


Organisers gear up for domestic market in 2021 – Part 1
 
2020 has been a tumultuous year for the business events industry. Nine months after its shutdown, there are signs of recovery largely due to the easing of travel and mass gathering restrictions by governments around the country.
 
In this two-part story, Joyce DiMascio speaks to key industry players about the year ahead and what we’ve learnt from the pandemic that brought our industry to its knees.
 
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NZ’s first in-person industry event this year a success
 
Yesterday more than 420 of New Zealand’s event organisers gathered in Auckland for Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (BEIA) BE Reconnected showcase. The event, which was the first and only showcase for the business events industry this year, demonstrated the strong appetite for in-person events, as well as their vital role in New Zealand’s economic recovery.
 
BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins said the attendance at BE Reconnected highlighted the pent-up demand to gather in person with colleagues at meetings and incentives — and she remains optimistic about the future of business events.
 
Continue reading here. 
MEA awards program to go ahead, despite industry’s tough year
 
Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) has announced that its awards program will go ahead despite the tough year presented by the global pandemic. The awards portal is currently open for submissions, with a total of 40 awards up for grabs across six categories.
 
Some of the key changes to this year’s MEA National Awards Program 2020 include: categories such as events of the year, event management, venues and products and services now including virtual and hybrid events in the eligibility; the word count being reduced by around 40 per cent in each category; new awards for ‘Event Freelancer of the Year’ and ‘Excellence in the Industry’; bundled pricing allowing members to save 10 per cent for entering into two or more categories; an additional month for applications, with the portal closing on March 1, 2021; and more.
 
Continue reading here. 
Business Events Perth welcomes re-opening of state border
 
Yesterday premier of Western Australia (WA) Mark McGowan announced that the state will re-open its border to visitors from Victoria (Vic) and New South Wales (NSW) from December 8, 2020.
 
The announcement comes as WA’s chief health officer classified the spread of the virus from the two states as ‘very low risk’. Visitors will be required to undergo a health screening and temperature check on arrival in Western Australia.
 
Chief executive officer of Business Events Perth Gareth Martin welcomed the update, saying: “This is fantastic news for Western Australia’s business events industry and gives confidence to conference organisers planning an event on the west coast. We can’t wait to see our interstate friends back in Western Australia again soon."
 
Continue reading here. 
Qantas to outsource 2000 ground-handling jobs
 
Qantas has made the decision to outsource 2000 ground-handling jobs to several companies, including international operators Menzies and Swissport. The decision is permanent, with Qantas’ domestic and international boss Andrew David saying the axing was due to the stress of the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
“In normal times we wouldn’t consider making decisions like this,” he said.
 
"We're now carrying $1.5 billion of debt more than we were pre-COVID; we have to pay that debt off. Our competitors both domestically and internationally are taking costs out of their business."
 
The job cuts, which Qantas says will save it $103 million annually on ground-handling operations, will affect workers across 10 airports and take the number of job losses at the airline since the start of the pandemic to 8500.
Singapore’s new tourism platform
 
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has launched SingapoReimagine, a platform aimed at reimagining travel for Singapore and sparking conversations to shape the future of the sector. The platform will kick off with “Reimagine Travel - Global Conversations”, a series of forums around the world to catalyse discussions on how to reshape global travel. For a start, STB will share learnings on how the public and private sectors have come together to create new possibilities for visitors.
 
The launch of the platform follows a study conducted by STB’s appointed market research company Ipsos in August 2020 which revealed that leisure and MICE travellers maintain a strong perception of Singapore as a safe destination. According to the study, confidence in travelling overseas for leisure and business has been steadily increasing, with 76 per cent of leisure travellers and 90 per cent of MICE travellers indicating they are likely, if possible, to travel in the next 12 months.
 
 
 
 
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