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April 9, 2021
In this issue
BECA escalates insurance discussions with Canberra
MCB launches domestic subvention fund
Australia passes one million dose milestone but delay to full vaccine coverage in Australia likely on the cards
PCMA's virtual Global Meetings Industry Day event debates vaccine passports
Tourism Australia kicks off $3 million campaign ahead of start to New Zealand travel bubble
Business events on the agenda at the Victorian Tourism Industry Conference
Your weekly grin and tonic


BECA escalates insurance discussions with Canberra
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
The pandemic recovery phase of the events industry must be supported by appropriate insurance coverage.
 
That’s the strong message that is being taken to Government by the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA).
 
BECA Chair, Dr Vanessa Findlay, confirmed that discussions have been held in recent days with Austrade, Treasury and the office of the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Dan Tehan, in a bid to secure more focussed assistance for the business events industry.
 
Findlay told micenet that insurance has been on the agenda since last May and that it is now a key focus of current discussions about support for the recovery phase of the industry.
 
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MCB launches domestic subvention fund
 
Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has launched a domestic business events subvention fund, offering up to $25,000 per event to bring more business events to Melbourne.
 
MCB CEO Julia Swanson said, “We are thrilled to announce this new funding initiative to support the Victorian business events sector to regain momentum and provide a much needed helping hand to business event organisers in hosting their events in our city.
 
“Our aim is to not only boost demand across the sector, fill our hotels and venues and support our local supply chain, but to provide planners and key decision makers the confidence to plan and book their event in Melbourne.”
 
Eligible events will include conferences, exhibitions or tradeshows, workshops and seminars, as well as corporate meetings and incentive events with a business event program. Funding offered will take into account the event’s length and the number of in-person interstate attendees.
Australia passes one million dose milestone but delay to full vaccine coverage in Australia likely on the cards
 
Australia was on track to pass a major milestone in the country's vaccine rollout yesterday - administering our one millionth dose - but last night's announcement of a shift away from the locally-made AstraZeneca vaccine for those under 50 looks likely to delay the timeline to full vaccination in Australia.
 
Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not say how the change to Australia's vaccine policy would impact the timeline of the vaccine program, which is already behind, due largely to supply issues, saying the implications of the latest move still need to be assessed.
 
Forty million vaccine doses are required to fully vaccinate Australia's adult population. The previous target was to have every Australian who wished to be vaccinated receive at least their first dose by the end of October.
 
micenet is investigating the possible impact of last night's announcement on the events industry. Stay tuned.
PCMA's virtual Global Meetings Industry Day event debates vaccine passports
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)’s Global Meetings Industry Day Debate for the APAC and EMEA regions posed a pressing pandemic-era question for the business events industry: is a vaccine passport a solution?
 
The virtual event’s three panelists, Lyn-Lewis Smith, CEO of BESydney, Sanjay Seth, Managing Director Asia Pacific of BCD Meetings & Events, and Ben Hainsworth, Managing Director of EASL – The Home of Hepatology had a range of answers to this question.
 
It was “Yes”, “Hell Yes” and “No” from Lewis-Smith, Seth and Hainsworth respectively.
 
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Tourism Australia kicks off $3 million campaign ahead of start to New Zealand travel bubble
 
With a reciprocal travel bubble with New Zealand coming into effect in just over a week on April 18, Tourism Australia has launched its first international marketing campaign in over a year, to tempt Kiwis back across the Tasman for a holiday.
 
Tourism Australia Managing Director Phillipa Harrison said she hoped New Zealanders would make the most of the two-way travel bubble and enjoy being the first international travellers back in Australia.
 
“As one of our closest neighbours and largest inbound markets, we have long held strong tourism ties with New Zealand, so we are really excited to be exclusively welcoming our friends from across the Tasman back to Australia,” she said.
 
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Business events on the agenda at the Victorian Tourism Industry Conference
 
The Victorian Tourism Industry Conference will devote a chunk of a day – including several plenaries and a number of breakout sessions – to the business and major events sector.
 
The sessions will hear from key Victorian events figures, businesses and events, including CEO of Melbourne Convention Bureau, Julia Swanson, Chief Executive of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Peter King, National Sales Manager of Harry the hirer subsidiary Smart Badge, Brad Johnson, and Tennis Australia CEO, Craig Tiley.
 
The conference will take place at MCEC on 21-22 April as a fully face-to-face event, presented by Visit Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC).
Your weekly grin and tonic
 
This week’s quirky collection is inspired by the fact that the aim of Darren Isenberg’s Grin & Tonic reels has always been to find humour in expected and unexpected places and to bundle that humour into easy-to-consume packages to share with the wider world.
 
Darren believes that this desire to spread humour is shared by those who take a pen, texta or spray can and manipulate the wording on a sign in a way intended to make those who see it smile.
 
So, whilst he doesn’t condone graffiti, he CAN appreciate the bits that bring more smiles to the world than frowns.
 
Enjoy this week’s reel
 
 
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