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December 15, 2020
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NZ travel bubble to commence in March, PM confirms
Victorian travel voucher hiccups
Book an event with The Westin Brisbane and reap the rewards
Get Local launches exhibitor prospectus
Regional Victoria Virtual Showcase a positive sign of things to come
Lizard Island back open for MICE business


NZ travel bubble to commence in March, PM confirms
 
It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for. Yesterday, after her final cabinet meeting for the year, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that a two-way bubble will be established between Australia and New Zealand by the end of March 2021.
 
As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, Ms Ardern said the opening of the bubble would be contingent on Australia’s cabinet signing off on it, and there being no further Covid-19 outbreaks.
 
"It is our intention to name a date ... in the new year once remaining details are locked down,” she said.
 
Australian health minister Greg Hunt said Australia would "absolutely" open the travel bubble as soon as possible.
 
"We've already committed to the principle of a two-way bubble, we've established it as a one-way bubble… now this gives the chance for New Zealanders or Australians to visit New Zealand - whether it's for friends, family, weddings, funerals, births, holidays, business - without having to quarantine,” he said.
 
The opening up of the travel bubble will complete the other side of a one-way travel bubble which was agreed to by both countries in October this year.
Victorian travel voucher hiccups
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
It was applauded by the tourism industry when Victoria announced in November that $200 Travel vouchers would be available to an applicant household from December 11, 2020.
 
However, the voucher claim website crashed last Friday. And on Monday at noon when the website was reinstated all 70,000 vouchers, which were available on a first-come-first-served basis, were gone in about 30 minutes.
 
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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.
 
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Get Local launches exhibitor prospectus
 
Get Local – the face-to-face event for the business events sector launched by the organisers of Get Global – has released its exhibitor prospectus ahead of the July 29-30, 2021 Sydney event.
 
Founders Donna Kessler and Gary Bender said after a tumultuous 2020, the time was right to launch an Australasian business events exhibition designed to kick-start the industry, with pricing in line with the challenging year.
 
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Regional Victoria Virtual Showcase a positive sign of things to come
 
Taking place on December 3, 2020, was Business Events Victoria’s (BEV) Regional Victoria Virtual Showcase, an online event that saw 200 event planners conduct 178 one-on-one meetings with regional Victorian venues.
 
BEV executive officer Chris Porter said there is a lot of optimism in the air following the further easing of Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions.
 
“The virtual showcase was perfectly timed, with the most recent announcements around the return to workplaces and increases for indoor and outdoor gatherings in Victoria made just days later,” he said.
 
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Lizard Island back open for MICE business
 
As of yesterday, Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef is open for MICE events, following a nine-month hiatus due to border closures.
 
The island has a number of offerings for high-end incentives and executive retreats, including 40 beach-house style suites with indoor and outdoor lounging areas, an open-air restaurant and bar and space for private structured meetings. Of course, most groups that travel to Lizard Island opt instead for meetings outside the four walls of a room, making use of its ample natural spaces.
 
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