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February 15, 2021
In this issue
The great debate: Virtual networking sessions do not work
Adelaide’s best meetings and events venue named
Another success at Sydney Showground with Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo
Geelong launches business events campaign
Brisbane does NOT boast Australia’s largest ballroom
In case you missed it. . . 

The great debate: Virtual networking sessions do not work
Along with everything else, the move to virtual and hybrid events has seen networking sessions translated to an online setting.
This change has beggared the question… are they as effective as in-person ones?
In micenet’s inaugural great debate, Simon Baggs from Lateral Event Management and Thomas Gray from EventsAir make arguments for and against the assertion that “virtual networking sessions do not work.”
Read the debate here. 
Adelaide’s best meetings and events venue named
The National Wine Centre of Australia, which is based in Adelaide, was named ‘Best Meetings and Events Venue – Specialist and Accommodation’ at the Australian Hotel Association of SA Awards last week.
The accolade comes off the back of the venue being awarded the Innovation and Pivot Award at the South Australian Restaurant and Catering Association’s 2020 Awards Ceremony and being named the Best Venue (capacity under 500) at the Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) National Awards in 2020.
Commenting on the win, general manager for the National Wine Centre of Australia Jason Bird said: “I’m so proud of the exceptional team we have at the National Wine Centre. They’ve worked so hard to adapt and re-adapt many times in line with current restrictions and whilst it’s been challenging internally, they never let their customer focus wane.
“Whilst complacency is our enemy, to see how the team and our clients have come through the worst of times to where we sit right now is exceptional and we’re feeling positive about the future.”
Another success at Sydney Showground with Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo
By Joyce DiMascio
More than 11,000 guests attended the Sydney Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo (PBCE) in December 2020, one of the largest events to take place at the precinct since March of the same year.
The event attracted 70 exhibitors representing 200 brands.
A new case study released by Sydney Showground says the event was a welcome return to a “normal” world, albeit operated under the NSW government’s guidelines for running Covid-Safe events.
Continue reading here. 
Geelong launches business events campaign
Business Events Geelong has launched a new campaign – You Belong in Geelong – to let the industry know that it is back open for events and incentives.
The campaign involves a $30,000 funding program that will support events of up to 50-pax by providing a financial subsidy to the value of $50 per delegate.
Event managers, PCOs, EAs and PAs must request funds to cover actual event costs, including but not limited to accommodation, venue hire, transport and other event costs.
Continue reading here. 
Brisbane does NOT boast Australia’s largest ballroom
Last week we ran a story saying that Brisbane is now home to Australia’s largest ballroom. According to Fortitude Music Hall’s own website, the ballroom’s standing capacity of 3000 and sitting capacity of 1100 makes it the biggest space of its kind in the country.
Well, the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney has said “not so fast”. The team got in touch with us shortly after we ran the story to say its Grand Ballroom is bigger, with a banquet capacity of 2000, which changes to 1440 with the two sqm per person rule.
Who needs State of Origin when we’ve got a battle like this on our hands?
In case you missed it...
Last week's most clicked story was the exciting news that Tourism Australia has launched a campaign to boost business events across Australia.
Building on the Event Here This Year campaign, which was first launched in the wake of the 2019/20 summer bushfires, the campaign aims to provide support to Australia’s multi-billion-dollar business events industry by encouraging planners to host events domestically in 2021.
You can read the full article here. 
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