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February 18, 2021
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NSW minister hopes to restore confidence in business events with regional funding
Sydney secures computer graphics conference
Melbourne’s moveable feast
Save NSW Events wants your survey answers
Marriott announces passing of CEO Arne Sorenson
Young gun flashback: Aiden Hippensteel


NSW minister hopes to restore confidence in business events with regional funding
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
A $500,000 funding package designed to boost confidence in the return of business events to regional NSW has been launched by the NSW government.
 
The aim is to “turbocharge” local economies and boost jobs around the state by supporting in-person as well as hybrid events.
 
Minister for jobs, investment, tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the $500,000 NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund could not have come at a better time, as the return of more face-to-face events ramps up following the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
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Image courtesy of Destination NSW.
Sydney secures computer graphics conference
 
SIGGRAPH Asia has announced Sydney as host of its 2023 conference and exhibition, bringing together 2500 of the world’s most respected technical and creative minds.
 
Widely recognised as the premier platform for the advancement of graphics, animation, art, and technology, the 2023/16th edition of SIGGRAPH Asia will take place between December 12 and 15, 2023, when delegates will share knowledge on research, science, art, animation and more.
 
According to BESydney, NSW is home to 40 per cent of Australia’s creative businesses, almost half of the creative workforce, and generates up to 70 per cent of the country’s total creative exports.
 
BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said the organisation had secured 20 new meetings for Sydney in the last 12 months across technology, health, science and infrastructure which are expected to bring in almost 13,820 delegates staying 58,490 delegate days and generating an estimated $51 million for the local economy.
Melbourne’s moveable feast
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
News that the City of Melbourne will spend $2.2 million to extend its outdoor dining for another six months will be welcomed by the restaurateurs of this renowned culinary city. But what has happened to the moveable feast in this city, if we can borrow from Hemingway’s observations about Paris in the 1920s?
 
True many foodies had to enjoy pre-ordered takeaway from their favourite chefs during previous and recent lockdowns, but what about the meals on wheels, on water, on wings and more that used to define Melbourne’s iconic offerings to groups from interstate and especially international visitors?
 
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Save NSW Events wants your survey answers
 
Save NSW Events, a collaboration formed to support the events industry through the Covid-19 crisis, has launched a survey to show government the level of financial impact the pandemic has had on the sector.
 
The survey is for people and businesses in the NSW events industry, and is aimed at showing the need for JobKeeper and other forms of financial support for the industry into the future.
 
All responses are confidential and do not include any identifying information.
 
To find out more or complete the survey, click here. 
Marriott announces passing of CEO Arne Sorenson
 
Yesterday Marriott International announced that its CEO Arne Sorenson had passed away at the age of 62 from pancreatic cancer.
 
Sorenson became the third CEO in Marriott’s history in 2012, and the first without the Marriott surname.
 
In a statement, Marriott described Sorenson as a “visionary leader” who “put the company on a strong growth trajectory”, which included the US$13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
 
“During his tenure as CEO, Mr Sorenson was tireless in driving the company’s progress, creating opportunities for associates, growth for owners and franchisees and results for the company’s shareholders,” the statement read.
 
“Known for his leadership on difficult national and global issues, Mr Sorenson steered Marriott to make significant progress on diversity, equity and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and human trafficking awareness.”
 
The micenet team sends its condolences to Mr Sorenson’s friends and family.
Young gun flashback: Aiden Hippensteel
 
This week we’re flashing back to one of our favourite young guns from the past… event operations floor manager at International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney Aiden Hippensteel.
 
When we profiled Aiden in April 2020, he was hot off the heels of winning the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award. He told us all about his events journey, from working in hotel hospitality to hosting major events at one of Australia’s biggest venues.
 
Have a walk down memory lane by reading Aiden’s story here. 
 
 
 
 
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