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December 14, 2020
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International business events operators call for JobKeeper extension as they face “perilous consequences”
Almost 8300 log in for inaugural IBTM World Virtual
Q&A with CEO of Talk2 Media & Events, Matt Pearce
MCEC contributes $740 million to Vic’s economy
New Crowne Plaza hotel for Burwood


International business events operators call for JobKeeper extension as they face “perilous consequences”
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
The major players in the international business events market want the federal government to extend the JobKeeper assistance program to the end of 2021, at the very least.
 
Chairman of ID Australia Bill Wright said that businesses focused on securing and delivering international business events should be given special consideration for an extension beyond March for Job Keeper or its equivalent. He said those working on international business events had been hardest hit by the international border closures.
 
Mr Wright told micenet that major international inbound tour operators and PCOs were unable to deliver events because of ongoing international travel restrictions. Despite this, he said that Australia still needed to work on securing long-lead time pieces of business.
 
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Almost 8300 log in for inaugural IBTM World Virtual
 
The first ever IBTM World Virtual has closed with nearly 13,000 business meetings having taken place and almost 8300 meetings and events professionals attending over three days.
 
Of the Hosted Buyers that attended, 30 per cent were new to the IBTM portfolio. More than 700 exhibitors attended from all over the globe, each carrying out an average of +19 meetings with hosted buyers over the course of the show.
 
The organisers reported an impressive 92 per cent attendance at pre-scheduled meetings, and an average meeting quality rating from both exhibitors and hosted buyers of 4.6 out of five.
 
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Q&A with CEO of Talk2 Media & Events, Matt Pearce
 
The next Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) is only three months away. Can you believe it? For a lot of us, this will be the first time we’ve reconnected with the industry since the last AIME, which took place in February this year.
 
Ahead of next year’s instalment, which will be delivered in a hybrid format for the first time, we spoke with event director Matt Pearce about what attendees can expect, how organisers are taking on the challenges of 2021 and some additions to the program aside from the virtual platform.
 
Read his responses here. 
MCEC contributes $740 million to Vic’s economy
 
Despite the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) contributed more than $740 million in economic impact to Victoria in the 2019/20 financial year.
 
Over the period, MCEC generated $79 million in operating revenue and held 800 events at the venue, with a total of 715,000 attendees. A further 251 events, scheduled to be held between February and June, were cancelled due to coronavirus (COVID-19) related restrictions.
 
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New Crowne Plaza hotel for Burwood
 
This month saw the opening of Crowne Plaza Sydney Burwood, a 90-room hotel located in the heart of the Western Sydney suburb. The hotel offers executive rooms complete with marble flooring, living space and modern bathrooms.
 
For the MICE market, Crowne Plaza Sydney Burwood boasts two 35 sqm meeting rooms, which can each cater for 10 delegates boardroom-style. The pillar-less spaces can also open into one room, with the ‘Ritz’ room featuring natural lighting. A Mediterranean-inspired rooftop with a plunge pool is also among the hotel’s offerings, offering uninterrupted views across the Sydney skyline.
 
 
 
 
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