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January 19, 2021
In this issue
IMEX Frankfurt cancelled
Melbourne – what’s in, what’s out and what’s still unknown
Iconic Sydney building to become Accor hotel
Promoting speaker gender balance
NZ secures coral reefs event


IMEX Frankfurt cancelled
 
For the second year in a row, IMEX Frankfurt has been cancelled. The annual MICE tradeshow, which was slated to take place at Messe Frankfurt between May 25 and 27, 2021, has been shelved due to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the travel and meetings industries.
 
In a statement, chair of the IMEX Group Ray Bloom and CEO Carina Bauer said: “We know the timing of our announcement comes as a blow so early in 2021.
 
“When we were compelled to cancel IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America last year we hoped 2021 would see the early recovery of the industry and the IMEX shows. We still believe wholeheartedly that a resurgence will come, but sadly we do not believe it will happen in time for us to deliver a strong and successful event in May.”
 
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Melbourne – what’s in, what’s out and what’s still unknown
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
Melbourne has relaxed its grip on the workplace and this week CBD offices are back, staff caps are in, hot desks are out, masks are down and the business events sector is still waiting to assess the full extent of the COVID damage.
 
Clearly the industry is largely dependent on businesses who now feel the need to eyeball their staff – to train or retrain, motivate their success, gather for professional development or reward achievement. And whatever the new normal is, we’re unlikely to know until federal stimuli like JobKeeper dries up at the end of March. Anecdotally, more than 30 per cent of employees in the hospitality and tourism sector are receiving JobKeeper.
 
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Iconic Sydney building to become Accor hotel
 
Accor has announced that Sydney’s first 25hours Hotel will open at the end of 2022. The 105-room property will be housed in the heritage building of 1-11 Oxford Street Paddington, which first opened in 1911 as the West’s Olympia Theatre.
 
In addition to the guest rooms, the hotel will offer a rooftop bar overlooking Oxford Street, Sydney’s eastern suburbs and the harbour; a courtyard for live events; an on-site restaurant and café; and extensive conference facilities.
Promoting speaker gender balance
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
Event organisers and conference producers can get more gender balance in 2021 speaker line-ups at conferences and events with the launch of the Women in Tourism Speaker Directory.
 
There’s no excuse for men-only on stage and this handy resource can help conference program planners get in touch with interesting, fresh new talent.
 
Developed by the Women in Tourism network, the directory includes a wide-range of experts who can run workshops, emcee and facilitate, deliver keynotes or participate in panel discussions. They are from every state and territory in Australia.
 
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NZ secures coral reefs event
 
The International Coral Reef Society’s 2025 Symposium will take place in Auckland, following a successful bid led by Tourism New Zealand and the Auckland Convention Bureau.
 
The event will see 2500 scientists, environmental managers and conservationists head to the New Zealand International Convention Centre to discuss the plight of coral reefs, which are being destroyed by global warming, ocean acidification, agricultural run-off and poor fishing practices.
 
The symposium is expected to bring $6 million into the local economy. Tourism New Zealand global manager business events Lisa Gardiner commented: “We are proud to be working in partnership with the Pacific, an area that due to its remoteness is often forgotten, despite the fact that its reefs are under considerable threat.”
 
 
 
 
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