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December 10, 2020
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Make Great Ocean Road greater
Get ready for three Monaco Grand Prix in 2021!
NT showcases cuisine at two food festivals
Buffets here to stay – heavyweights weigh in on future of event food
Young Gun - Jack Weatherby-Fell


Make Great Ocean Road greater
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
While Victoria’s best known international attraction, the Great Ocean Road (GOR), is still looking to interstate visitors, as micenet reported last month (you can read about it here), major new infrastructure projects should secure its longer-term future.
 
The GOR region has seen an increase in interstate and Victorian visitors with the recent lifting of COVID restrictions, but it is still well below its annual eight million visitors, missing 800,000 international day trippers, and it needs to convert its day visitors into overnight guests.
 
Continue reading here. 
Get ready for three Monaco Grand Prix in 2021!
 
Racing fans will be in luck next year as Monaco will exceptionally hold three Grand Prix in 2021, inviting you to celebrate the past, the present and the future of motorsports.
 
Whilst the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix (May 20-23, 2021) doesn’t need an introduction, the lesser-known Historic Grand Prix (April 23-25, 2021) will bring nothing but the most impressive historical cars to the mythical track of Monaco, delivering an exceptional racing experience of the past.
 
The equally exciting Monaco ePrix (May 8, 2021) will showcase electrical vehicle innovations that promote sustainability and look toward the future of racing.
 
Whether you visit Monaco during racing season or beyond, you’ll find a destination in which luxury goes hand-in-hand with sustainability - from green transport and food, sustainable stays at Monaco’s luxury hotels and the eco-friendly Grimaldi Forum Monaco congress centre, that just obtained its 5th Green Globe certification.
 
For official Grand Prix information, click here.  To read about the Monaco Convention Bureau, click here. 
NT showcases cuisine at two food festivals
 
The Northern Territory (NT) is renowned for its landscapes and wilderness, but it is also undoubtedly a foodie destination – mostly due to its availability of fresh produce.
 
Two festivals staged in the NT recently showcased the importance of its food and the unique cuisine options for event planners: the Darwin Laksa Festival and the Mango Madness Festival.
 
Continue reading here. 
Buffets here to stay – heavyweights weigh in on future of event food
 
By Laura Bradley
 
Some of the most pressing questions the business events industry has posed since the onset of Covid-19 surround the future of food and beverage at events.
 
Will the humble buffet be a thing of the past? Are individually packaged meals in conflict with the sustainability push? Are event planners opting for individually packaged food anyway? Is there a way to order coffee via Zoom? (Oh, wait, the last one was just me).
 
On Tuesday, in front of the in-person audience for the Professional Conference Organiser Association’s (PCOA) inaugural hybrid conference at Hyatt Regency Sydney, a panel of event food specialists answered each of these questions and more.
 
Continue reading here. 
Young Gun - Jack Weatherby-Fell
 
It’s time to feature our second digital young gun for 2020: senior event manager for the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, Jack Weatherby-Fell.
 
Jack could have been the next Jamie Oliver, but fortunately for us he took a different path and is now one of Sydney’s best regarded events professionals.
 
You can read his story here. 
 
 
 
 
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