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February 10, 2021
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High hopes for new Gift Fair Sydney dates
New ideas start here – Japan
“JobKeeper must stay” - Labor’s plea to save tourism and events
Hong Kong hosts major dental expo
The Conference room snags global accolade


High hopes for new Gift Fair Sydney dates
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
Good contingency planning put Reed Exhibitions Australia in a strong position when it made the call to shift Reed Gift Fair Sydney from its traditional February dates to April.
 
Reed Exhibitions Australia managing director Brian Thomas told micenet that 75 per cent of retailers surveyed late last year supported a shift to April if the show could not run as usual in February.
 
“While an April event may not suit all of our wholesalers and retailers as it may sit just outside their buying cycle, we understand that for many in our community it will provide an all-important platform to meet and do business,” he said.
 
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New ideas start here – Japan
 
For group incentive programs that remain far from the ordinary, now is the time to begin plans to explore Japan - a country of contrasts, full of ancient wisdom and tradition, yet at the forefront of innovation and technology.
 
International visitors can feel reassured that their wellbeing has been considered from every angle, once again through the innovative spirit of Japanese hospitality.
 
The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is running virtual seminars with key partners on March 10 and March 16, 2021, to help you discover the latest ideas for your incentive rewards programs.
 
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“JobKeeper must stay” - Labor’s plea to save tourism and events
 
Leader of the opposition Anthony Albanese and member for Maribyrnong, Victoria, Bill Shorten have both called for an extension to the JobKeeper scheme beyond March 2021 in order to save the tourism and events industries.
 
Speaking at a press conference on Monday in Cairns, Mr Albanese said that Labor is on the side of the tourism industry, and called on the federal government to take the same stance.
 
“The cost of re-establishing a business, re-establishing that relationship is far higher in the long term than it is of keeping this assistance going, keeping workers connected to their employer,” he said.
 
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Hong Kong hosts major dental expo
 
Between January 22 and 24, 2021, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) hosted the Hong Kong International Dental Expo and Symposium (HKIDEAS). Average daily attendance for the event was 3000, and it was the first trade exhibition to be hosted in Hong Kong since the fourth wave of Covid-19 hit the city in November 2020.
 
HKIDEAS is an annual recurrent event at the HKCEC and the August 2020 version was postponed due to the pandemic.
 
Ms Monica Lee-Müller, managing director of HKCEC (Management) Limited (HML) was pleased with the result, saying she is confident with the long-term positive growth of the industry.
 
“The well-attended exhibition is a great kick-start of 2021,” she said.
 
“It clearly demonstrated strong demand for physical events and assured us that physical events cannot and will never be replaced. We are committed to work closely with organisers to implement stringent preventive and social distancing measures to enable events to be held safely. We will also continue our investment in facility renovation and the construction of 5G network. We are fully geared up to welcome events and visitors back to the HKCEC once they are ready.”
The Conference room snags global accolade
 
Event agency The Conference Room was last week awarded the highest global accolade in the incentive travel industry, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Crystal Award 2020 for Excellence in Incentive Travel, Europe.
 
The SITE Crystal Awards recognise creative, unique, and memorable incentive programs that motivate and drive business results and improve the bottom line.
 
Commenting on the win, The Conference Room director Colette Baini said: “It is an honour to be recognised for excellence in managing incentives, but our greatest joy remains in delivering memorable immersive experiences and return on investment to our customers and their guests.
 
“A big thank you goes out to our wonderful customers for their faith and trust in our team, our suppliers who help us to create the magic, and our brilliant team of event designers and operators for working tirelessly in trying and uncertain times.”
 
 
 
 
 
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