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April 7, 2021
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Quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel to begin in under a fortnight
Sydney Royal Easter Show opens with NSW Health consent for 60,000 a day
Call for Government to provide insurance for the events industry
New Marriott property in Brisbane uses rebrand as opportunity to give


Quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel to begin in under a fortnight
 
By Bronwen Largier
 
A reciprocal travel bubble allowing quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand will kick off in under a fortnight at 11.59pm on Sunday April 19.
 
Confirming the timeframe and arrangements for the bubble on Tuesday afternoon, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it “an important step forward” in the country’s pandemic response and recovery.
 
“[It]…represents an arrangement I do not believe we have seen in any other part of the world – that is, safely opening up international travel to another country while continuing to pursue a strategy of elimination and a commitment to keeping the virus out.”
 
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Sydney Royal Easter Show opens with NSW Health consent for 60,000 a day
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
While in the north of NSW, the significant repercussions of the public health order imposed on Byron Bay Bluesfest rippled through the local community, down south at Sydney Olympic Park it was a totally different picture. It was one of excitement and relief at being able to welcome back the crowds under blue skies and with CovidSafe plans.
 
Running for 12 days, organisers are expecting crowds of up to 60,000 people to walk through the turnstiles each day for the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
 
CEO Brock Gilmore said “we have gone out of our way not to rip the core out of the show”.
 
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Call for Government to provide insurance for the events industry
 
In the wake of Byron Bay Bluesfest’s cancellation, the Save Victorian Events collective is calling for the Government to provide insurance to the events industry to cover event cancellations due to COVID.
 
The Victorian events advocacy group assert that it is not possible to get event cancellation insurance for COVID-19 risks, a claim which is backed up by multinational insurance brokers Marsh, who write on their website that “after the World Health Organisation officially announced COVID-19 as a pandemic, most new ECI [Event Cancellation Insurance] policies in Australia will exclude COVID-19 related coverage”.
 
Save Victorian Events have cited several examples of where “Governments have traditionally stepped in to fill gaps left by the insurance market”, including underwriting insurance risks related to terrorism after 9/11 and more recently backing the film industry through COVID-19 cancellation insurance.
 
The collective is urging people to email the Treasurer, and state and federal Ministers and MPs to ask them to act via this link.
New Marriott property in Brisbane uses rebrand as opportunity to give
 
And now for a bit of a feel-good news story to balance out the doom and gloom of late.
 
Courtyard by Marriott Brisbane Southbank has donated 400 pillows and 200 blankets to the St Vincent DePaul Society as part of their rebrand before opening in March within the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio.
 
General Manager for Courtyard by Marriott Brisbane South Bank Mark Snell said, “The hotel team wanted to ensure that the linens were able to be reused and supplied to people in need. We were able to pack the linens into a truck and deliver directly to the Brisbane Diocesan Central Council, St Vincent De Paul for sorting and distribution.”
 
The pillows and blankets have been put up for sale in the Society’s charity shops and given to the homeless and those in need.
 
The new Marriott property has 134 rooms and three event spaces with capacity for up to 70 people in a single space.
 
 
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