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February 12, 2021
In this issue
Clarity sought from Minister Dan Tehan over support for business events
Love them or loathe them, virtual and hybrid business events are now standard fare
“Never been a better time” event company launches during Covid
Adelaide Convention Centre – “operating close to normal”
US Senate has budget amendment for events sector
Your weekly grin and tonic


Clarity sought from Minister Dan Tehan over support for business events
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
micenet is increasingly concerned about the state of the business events sector as more readers advise us of their concerns about the allocation of the $50 million Business Events Fund and their future when the JobKeeper program ends.
 
While the federal government’s announcement in December of a $50 million funding package for business events has been welcomed by industry and widely reported in micenet, it appears that no funds have actually reached the industry.
 
With so many businesses on the brink of collapse due to the stop/start recovery, we have also sought clarification on when the federal government will announce if and how it will provide ongoing assistance when JobKeeper ends next month.
 
We recognise the valuable efforts of the industry Associations and we urge you to continue to support them so they CAN get fit-for-purpose support and policies.
 
We hope to bring you more information in the coming days.
Love them or loathe them, virtual and hybrid business events are now standard fare
 
By Gerardine Donough-Tan
 
While optimists yearn for the return of physical conferences and exhibitions, pragmatists laud the global reach of online events.

 
“There’s nothing like meeting face-to-face” is a common refrain, but virtual – or the compromise, hybrid business events – are becoming almost ubiquitous. On the upside are convenience and scalability. The downside is mainly cost, and technical constraints like poor internet connection and sound quality. Million-dollar budgets have also shrunk drastically.
 
Although initial expenses for well-produced online events are high, regular users can benefit from economies of scale, volume discounts and preferred-partner agreements. But it’s not so easy for companies or associations who hold occasional events.
 
Continue reading here. 
“Never been a better time” event company launches during Covid
 
By Laura Bradley
 
Over the past few months, Australia’s business events industry has been holding its breath.
 
With no extension planned for the government’s JobKeeper scheme beyond March 2021, and the absence of a national strategy for state borders to instil confidence for organisers and delegates, a lot of us have been sitting tight and waiting for an answer.
 
Well, not Emma Gibson.
 
This event professional has been busy launching a new conference and venue sourcing company for the Australian and international markets.
 
Continue reading here. 
Adelaide Convention Centre – “operating close to normal”
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
Fresh off last weekend’s public event for 7000 guests mingling among 128 exhibitors around six metre-wide aisles, Simon Burgess, general manager of Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) is very bullish about the future. Later this week ACC has a breakfast for 1000, then an expo for 3000.
 
Currently hosting Destination South Australia (DSA), he says anyone walking around would see it as a normal event, no masks, no QR codes, but plenty of sanitiser stations, and food served to you unlike the old buffet.
 
“We’re operating close to normal (one per two sqm) and masks appear only when we get close to 75 per cent capacity,” he said.
 
Continue reading here. 
US Senate has budget amendment for events sector
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
Governments around the world are slowing focussing on funding support for the business events industry. Among the latest is the US.
 
Conference and Meeting World has reported that the US Senate has passed a budget amendment which prioritises aid for the events, entertainment, tourism and travel industries.
 
The amendment will see the creation of a new reserve fund to support these industries.
 
Details are yet to be released for the amendment introduced to the Senate by senator for Nevada Catherine Cortez Masto, who said: “The coronavirus pandemic has devastated economies and industries in every single state across the country. In Nevada, our hospitality, travel and tourism sectors have been especially hard hit.
 
“These businesses are economic engines for our communities, employing hundreds of thousands of workers and pumping billions of dollars into our economy each year, but they’re facing incredible challenges right now due to Covid-19.”
Your weekly grin and tonic
 
It’s a special Valentine’s Day edition of Grin & Tonic this week!
 
Darren Isenberg has put together this collection of photos which put the “antics” into “romantics” and the “hug” into “hugely enjoyable video clip”.
 
This reel is proof that there are many, truly different ways to express love.
 
Have a watch of it here. 
 
 
 
 
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