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December 3, 2020
In this issue
Business events back in NSW, industry celebrates
Book an event with The Westin Brisbane and reap the rewards
Port Douglas to host Living Coral Biobank
Soar into summer at 55 George Rooftop
Crystalbrook is recruiting for a bunch of roles
ATC leads the field for the 2020 NSW Restaurant and Catering Awards of Excellence
Young gun


Business events back in NSW, industry celebrates
 
From December 7, 2020, corporate events in New South Wales (NSW) will be able to take place with no capacity limit, provided there is two sqm per person, premier Gladys Berejiklian announced yesterday.
 
Previously, the maximum number of people who could attend a corporate indoor event could not exceed 300 people, or one person per four square metres.
 
BESydney has welcomed the announcement, with CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith commenting: “This is a fantastic outcome for business events in NSW and is what the whole industry has been working so hard towards. This change is a major milestone in building business confidence to commit to restarting business events again.”
 
Continue reading here. 
Book an event with The Westin Brisbane and reap the rewards
 
With a focus on health and wellbeing, The Westin Brisbane offers a holistic approach to meetings and events with versatile spaces that create thoughtful and meaningful experiences to thrive and engage.
 
Book an eligible meeting or event between now and December 31, 2020, for meetings held by December 31, 2021, to receive the Triple Treats Offer and choose three out of five rewards for your next conference or event.
 
Continue reading here. 
Port Douglas to host Living Coral Biobank
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
A unique meeting and events space for 400 is planned for Port Douglas as part of a Living Coral Biobank project, which is now underway in Tropical North Queensland.
 
Stage one of the three-stage project to provide an insurance policy for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Australia’s greatest natural tourism attraction, completes this month when 200 living corals will have been collected – that’s half of the GBR's species and a quarter of the world’s species.
 
They will form a Living Coral Biobank and over the following two stages a conservation “museum” will be built in Port Douglas with a 400-person private function space overlooking the live growing corals from around the world. At night, the corals emit a rainbow of fluorescent light.
 
The team behind the project is Great Barrier Reef Legacy. Managing director Dr Dean Miller said the northern GBR was at risk from climate change events - coral bleaching and cyclones - so the $70 million tourism project would “preserve and maintain the living biodiversity of corals and their symbiotic partners.”
Soar into summer at 55 George Rooftop
 
Summertime events call for stunning summertime spaces! Soar into summer perched eight storeys above The Rocks on a hidden rooftop overlooking the sparkling Sydney Harbour.
 
Book your event before March 31, 2021, and enjoy your choice of ONE of the following sizzling summer incentives:
 
• Premium beverage package upgrade
• Five per cent off the total cost of the event
• $350 Westfield Gift Voucher
 
Terms and Conditions apply. Minimum spend $6000. Valid for new bookings only. Must be booked directly through 55 George. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. One incentive per booking. Event must be booked between November 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, for events held before June 30, 2021.
 
To find out more, contact their event specialists at Functions_RydgesSydneyHarbour@evt.com.
Crystalbrook is recruiting for a bunch of roles
 
Fancy a sea change? Crystalbrook Collection is now recruiting leadership roles for its first Newcastle hotel, Kingsley, which is slated to open in Q2 2021. Kingsley will be the city’s first five-star hotel, and boast 130 guest rooms, a rooftop bar and restaurant and two private meeting venues.
 
The roles up for grabs include engineering manager, director of sales, people and culture business partner, executive chef, marketing and communications manager, assistant restaurant manager, IT manager, front office manager and executive housekeeper.
 
To find out more or apply for one of the roles, click here. 
ATC leads the field for the 2020 NSW Restaurant and Catering Awards of Excellence
 
The Australian Turf Club (ATC) has been leading the field in 2020, a year that has been particularly difficult on the events and hospitality industries due to COVID-19. The ATC was able to successfully operate during COVID-19 restrictions and hosted guests for hospitality and events throughout the Everest Carnival/Spring Racing period at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens.
 
The club is thrilled to be nominated for several of the 2020 NSW Restaurant and Catering Awards of Excellence:
 
Events Caterer: Australian Turf Club Royal Randwick Racecourse, Randwick
Function/Convention Centre Caterer: Australian Turf Club – Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Rosehill
Chef of the Year: Gerry Maher, Australian Turf Club
 
Winners will be announced on Monday, December 7.
 
To get in touch with the ATC for your own event, email meetingsandevents@australianturfclub.com.au, or find out more here. 
Young gun
 
In light of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) announcing the finalists for its Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award, we’ve decided to re-introduce our Young Gun segment to showcase the inspirational work of industry members under 30.
 
For our inaugural digital Young Gun article, we spoke with program and speaker care manager for Hannover Fairs Amy Saleh about her events journey so far.
 
Click here to read.
 
 
 
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