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December 4, 2020
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Major cuts at Reed Exhibitions
Kiwis value face-to-face meetings more than ever, study finds
Some updates out of Queenstown
TripAdvisor reveals Australian destinations recovering the fastest, and the slowest, from Covid
Your weekly grin and tonic


Major cuts at Reed Exhibitions
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
The growing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to unfold with the announcement this week that Reed Exhibitions, the second biggest expo company in the world, is to shed 500 staff.
 
The news was reported in UK’s Financial Times and also by Exhibition World.
 
In Australia, the impact is being felt with at least one senior executive announcing his departure due to redundancy after 17 years with the company. Others have also lost jobs but the company has not disclosed who and how many people in Sydney were affected by the cost cutting.
 
Continue reading here. 
Kiwis value face-to-face meetings more than ever, study finds
 
According to new research conducted for Tourism New Zealand, COVID-19 has increased the value New Zealanders place on face-to-face meetings. The survey of 125 New Zealand-based organisations found that 97 per cent are planning to hold a business event in 2021 – up from 94 per cent of respondents to a survey conducted in May 2020.
 
Tourism New Zealand global manager business events, Lisa Gardiner, commented: “We used to take meeting in person for granted and when we weren’t able to, we realised the value of face to face. This is reflected in the increasing number of people planning to hold an event in 2021.”
 
The appetite for meetings is coupled with an increasingly positive attitude towards business events. 92 per cent of respondents consider in-person conferences and offsite meetings important for their organisation, up from 79 per cent of respondents in the May 2020 survey, and more than half (56 per cent) said they appreciate the importance of face to face meetings more now than pre-Covid-19, up from 39 per cent in May.
Some updates out of Queenstown
 
A lot has been happening in the adrenaline capital of the Southern Hemisphere since events resumed in New Zealand. Experience provider The Helicopter Line has added two new products to its offering: ‘Our last flight of the day’, which is a heli ride through the Wakatipu region at dusk, and ‘The Grand Circle’ which is a scenic flight over the Wakatipu Basin.
 
In the food and beverage space, The Dishery restaurant has opened its doors within a new hub in Arrowtown called Dudley’s Cottage Precinct. The restaurant focuses on locally-sourced produce and offers a quaint garden setting adjacent to Arrow River Reserve.
 
On December 11, 2020, LQ Hotel by Ramada will open its doors in Remarkables Park. The hotel will offer 91 guest rooms with views of The Remarkables Mountain Range.
 
All of this and more can be accessed in the Queenstown Convention Bureau’s Business Event Planning Guide, which includes updated information on events in Queenstown, venues, services, accommodation and activities. You can download a copy of the guide here. 
TripAdvisor reveals Australian destinations recovering the fastest, and the slowest, from Covid
 
TripAdvisor has released its Summer Travel Index for 2020, revealing a number of findings including the Australian holiday destinations recovering from Covid-19 the fastest, and the ones recovering the slowest. Based on site data, the domestic destination recovering the fastest is Port Macquarie, followed by Newcastle, Airlie Beach, Pokolbin, Coffs Harbour, Caloundra, Nelson Bay, Hamilton Island, Port Douglas and Palm Cove.
 
The slowest recovering destinations list was topped by Coolangatta, followed by Adelaide, Main Beach, Brisbane, Canberra, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.
 
In encouraging news, the index revealed that 65 per cent of Australians are still thinking about travel and where they want to go next, and that 78 per cent of Australians feel at least moderately safe to travel this holiday season.
Your weekly grin and tonic
 
The first one went down so well… so this week’s grin and tonic video is a second collection of fantastic business names.
 
We all know that when starting a business you’re supposed to spend a lot of time and effort doing the research and making the business plan. But, as Darren Isenberg aptly pointed out, these business owners seemed to write down ‘make up a funny name’ as the first point in their plan… and left it at that.
 
Enjoy the video here. 
 
 
 
 
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