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February 9, 2021
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Income slashed and JobKeeper needed - survey confirms impact of Covid-19 on Vic’s event industry
Pent up demand for Adelaide events – Damien Kitto
Event app now offers live language translation
A first look into Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley’s multi-million-dollar refurbishment
Hyatt Regency opens in Brisbane


Income slashed and JobKeeper needed - survey confirms impact of Covid-19 on Vic’s event industry
 
The results of a survey exploring the impact of Covid-19 on Victoria’s +$10 billion event industry have been released, revealing the devastating loss of income for events businesses and the overwhelming reliance on the government’s JobKeeper scheme.
 
The survey, which involved more than 360 businesses and more than 200 individuals from Victoria’s events industry, was organised by Save Victorian Events – the campaign launched by director of Event Pty Ltd Simon Thewlis to encourage Victorians to email Victoria’s minister for major events and minister for creative industries to ask for more support.
 
Read the survey results here. 
Pent up demand for Adelaide events – Damien Kitto
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
As CEO of Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB), Damien Kitto this week hosts his largest attendance ever at Destination SA (DSA) where buyers meet sellers in a business exchange that usually generates millions of dollars of events business for the state.
 
But this year is different since it will be the first such business exchange in Australia and a bit of a litmus test for the sector, which has been significantly impacted by COVID. And with the cancellation of the industry’s annual AIME expo in Melbourne next month, Damien is excited to get first bite of the cherry.
 
“Clearly there is pent up demand to meet in Adelaide, especially as it is one of Australia’s safest cities,” he said.
 
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Event app now offers live language translation
 
Last year Silent Seminars – one of the United Kingdom’s (UK) leading suppliers of wireless headset technology for events – launched a mobile audio app allowing delegates to access content from an event floor using their own headsets. The company has now expanded upon this Covid-safe initiative, offering a live language translation and interpretation function for use across virtual and hybrid events.
 
The feature is available on the mobile app, as well as via a desktop platform which can be integrated with any virtual event platform.
 
Director at Silent Seminars Duncan Strain commented: “It is surprising and exciting to see the new ways the app can be used that we hadn’t anticipated. The translation facility in the app will allow event organisers to open up their events to wider audiences around the world and offer delegates a better experience, able to access all the content in which ever language they prefer.”
 
Find out more about Silent Seminars here. 
A first look into Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley’s multi-million-dollar refurbishment
 
Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley recently revealed its all-new accommodation offering as part of the hotel and resort’s stunning transformation. Unveiled in January 2021, the multi-million-dollar transformation shows the first of the resort and spa’s 75 guestrooms, now re-imagined with light-filled and modern interiors.
 
Known for its iconic river, colonial heritage and picturesque countryside, the Hawkesbury has become one of Sydney’s most idyllic destinations for regional businesses events. Coined as the Hawkesbury’s ‘Crown Jewel’, Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley now welcomes guests into an all new, premium accommodation experience to enjoy the best of the Hawkesbury in style.
 
Find out more here. 
Hyatt Regency opens in Brisbane
 
Last week Hyatt returned to Queensland with the opening of the 292-room Hyatt Regency Brisbane.
 
The hotel is located at the Next Hotel site, and is set to undergo a refurbishment of its guest rooms, public areas, event spaces and dining venues within the coming months.
 
Hyatt Regency Sydney boasts a 20-metre infinity edge pool and bar on the fourth floor, an all-day restaurant and more than 100 sqm of flexible function space. It is located within Queen Street Mall, and is just a 15-minute walk from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC).
 
 
 
 
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