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February 16, 2021
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Business Events Industry lobbied Canberra for 12 months
Australia receives first batch of Covid vaccine
New ideas start here – Japan
Auckland in lockdown; BEIA reacts
Annabel Sullivan appointed executive officer of Cultural Attractions

Business Events Industry lobbied Canberra for 12 months
By Graeme Kemlo
The business events industry has been putting its case for support to the federal government since March 2020, says chair of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), Dr Vanessa Findlay.
Asked whether we would see a return to business events in Australia in 2021, she said: “Yes, I think so.”
One of the reasons for her optimism is that Australia is well positioned with its vaccine program.
Recovery was always regarded as having a two-phased approach.
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Australia receives first batch of Covid vaccine
Yesterday the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine was delivered to Australia.
The cargo was transported from Brussels to Sydney by Singapore Airlines, with the airline monitoring the vaccines to ensure there were no disruptions to cold chain requirements. Yesterday saw 142,000 doses delivered to Australia.
People will begin receiving the vaccine from Monday, February 22, with 50,000 going to states and territories to vaccinate frontline quarantine and health workers, and 30,000 going to aged care and disability care residents and workers.
Health minister Greg Hunt said the government expected 60,000 doses would be given out by the end of the month.
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 16, to help you discover the latest ideas for your incentive rewards programs.
Discover more here. 
Auckland in lockdown; BEIA reacts
Three new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Auckland, sending the city into a three-day lockdown. The lockdown commenced at 11:59pm on Sunday, and means the city will go to alert level three restrictions, with the rest of New Zealand at alert level two.
Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has released a statement following the announcement, saying that the team is “available to you during this time, whether it’s to discuss the current situation or talk about the business events industry in general.”
BEIA clarified that alert level three restrictions (Auckland) mean that all public venues are closed; virtual conferences and business events can operate on digital platforms; and social gatherings such as weddings, funerals and tangihanga can have up to 10 people.
Level two restrictions (the rest of New Zealand) allow for events with a maximum of 100 people per room with one metre physical distancing between guests; and require a QR code to be displayed or records to be maintained to enable contact tracing. BEIA suggested that organisers of large events link multiple rooms or venues through a virtual meeting.
Annabel Sullivan appointed executive officer of Cultural Attractions
Social media expert and micenet contributor Annabel Sullivan has been appointed executive officer of Cultural Attractions of Australia, a repository of Australia’s cultural offerings.
Annabel brings to the role 30 years’ sales, marketing and senior management experience within the tourism and business events industries.
She begun her career with Tourism and Events Queensland and has since worked across numerous companies including Qantas Australian Resorts and Brisbane Marketing Convention Bureau.
Commenting on her appointment, Annabel said: “I'd like to thank everyone who has been in touch with wishes of congratulations. I'm in week two and I already love it.”
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