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April 8, 2021
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“I have learnt a billion tricks” says MC Andrew Klein
A little of Alice Springs Aboriginal light festival to journey across Australia's Red Centre
Record size pandemic-era events for regional conference centre
Who is moving where: New industry appointments


“I have learnt a billion tricks” says MC Andrew Klein
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
For those in the industry who produce events like conferences and gala dinners, we know that one of the critical “on-stage” roles is that of MC. The anchor for the show. Without a good MC to thread the event together, your event can fall apart.
 
In 2020, the skill set of MCs had to change dramatically. Working in a hybrid and virtual world was very different to the delight of working a live audience.
 
Among Australia’s most prolific and sought-after MCs, speakers and trainers is Andrew Klein, ex-lawyer and trained in theatre arts and performance studies. You get the picture – he’s good on his feet; a quick thinker.
 
But for Klein, his workplace has changed substantially during the pandemic.
 
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A little of Alice Springs Aboriginal light festival to journey across Australia's Red Centre
 
By Bronwen Largier
 
Australia’s most iconic train journey will take Parrtjima – A Festival of Light right through Australia’s Red Centre, with three carriages of The Ghan wrapped in an artwork by Aboriginal artist Chantelle Mulladad called Crossroads.
 
Inside the train, one of the carriages will host an immersive installation of a light show from the 2019 Parrtjima festival. ‘The Language of Country - Angkentye Apmere-kenhe’ celebrates the beauty, uniqueness and survival of the ancient landscape.
 
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Record size pandemic-era events for regional conference centre
 
Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre has recently hosted two record breaking events for Queensland’s Resource Industry Network (RIN), including the largest event at the venue since the beginning of the pandemic.
 
RIN, which represents companies engaged or aligned to the resources sector across Queensland, held an International Women’s Day lunch for 530 attendees from throughout the Mackay region, setting the bar for the largest event since March 2020. The organisation also delivered its annual Safety Conference at the venue at the end of March, which, due to a COVID-enforced hibernation in 2020, drew a strong attendance of around 300 delegates.
 
RIN’s Events and Projects Manager Sonia Andersen said the record numbers demonstrated how much the events were valued by the industry community.
 
“The strong attendances speak volumes about how the METS [Mining Equipment, Technology and Services] and Resources sector participants are keen to return to face-to-face contact with their industry colleagues,” she said.
 
“It also sends an impressive message about how a regional venue like the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre has been able to successfully provide a CovidSafe environment for such large group gatherings.”
Who is moving where: New industry appointments
 
Tourism New Zealand has announced René de Monchy (left) as the new Chief Executive of the nation's tourism marketing agency. De Monchy has held two previous roles at Tourism New Zealand, most recently as its Commercial Director.
 
“René has been an instrumental member of the Tourism New Zealand Executive Team for over five years and has done a fantastic job as interim CE over the past few months during a uniquely challenging time for the sector and the organisation,” said Tourism New Zealand Board Chair, Jamie Tuuta.
 
Event technology company Delegate Connect has brought two new faces onboard recently: Bernadette Panton, formerly AIME’s Hosted Buyer Manager, who will lead industry engagement in APAC while supporting the company’s intended expansion into the UK, Europe and North America; and James Morrit who will lead business development for the company in the UK and Europe. Morritt has previous experience in the event management software space.
 
Delegate Connect appears to have grown from technical production company Iconic Live, which acquired both an event management company and a digital platform in 2019 before launching the Delegate Conenct platform less than a month into the pandemic.
 
Meanwhile the new Ovolo South Yarra has named Amy Moylan as General Manager, bringing her across from the same role at sister property Ovolo Laneways. The hotel has also appointed Jacqueline Rosenstengel as Director of Food & Beverage. She was most recently in a similar role at The Olsen, part of the Art Series Group. The hotel is taking bookings for stays from today.
 
 
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