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February 19, 2021
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Vic establishes parliamentary inquiry into support for events
John Hart wants Canberra to sign-off tourism restart timetable and support package
BEIA appoints two board members
81% of inbound tour operators will close without JobKeeper
Your weekly grin and tonic


Vic establishes parliamentary inquiry into support for events
 
This week Victoria’s Legislative Council voted to establish a parliamentary inquiry into support for Victoria’s tourism and event sectors.
 
The announcement followed the lobbying efforts of Save Victorian Events, an initiative which brought together nearly 2000 people and businesses from the industry to write to their MPs and highlight the plight of the sector.
 
Commenting on the announcement, Simon Thewlis, founder of Save Victorian Events, said: “The inquiry can finally shine a light on the truly appalling way Victoria's iconic event industry has been treated throughout this pandemic.
 
“And, we hope, will cause the Victorian Government to finally act, and act quickly, to put in place the urgently needed support so that we do not lose an entire generation of people and businesses from our event industry at the end of March.”
 
A survey conducted by Save Victorian Events last week found that if JobKeeper is not extended beyond March 2021, 83 per cent of industry businesses will need to let staff go (43 per cent) or potentially close their business (40 per cent).
John Hart wants Canberra to sign-off tourism restart timetable and support package
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
Chair of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Tourism arm is urging the government to finalise its support package for industries hit hardest by Covid-19 restrictions and announce the tourism restart timetable as soon as possible.
 
micenet spoke with John Hart on an important day – the day when the first consignment of vaccines arrived in the country. A significant milestone and the start of the next phase of the Covid-19 war.
 
A multitude of organisations have worked hard for agreement on what’s needed to get the tourism, business events and hospitality sectors back on their feet. This was discussed with treasury officials last week in another round of meetings in Canberra.
 
Continue reading here. 
BEIA appoints two board members
 
Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has appointed two new board members — David Perks from WellingtonNZ, and independent board director, David Downs.
 
BEIA board chair, Tony Gardner, said both will add valuable new skillsets, wide experience, and influence to help BEIA respond to the most pressing issues facing the business events industry.
 
David Perks is general manager, regional development, Destination and Attraction at WellingtonNZ, the capital's economic development agency. He is also the chair of Regional Tourism NZ, is a board member of Tourism Industry Aotearoa.
 
David Downs is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors. Among his many roles, he leads the NZ Government’s Agritech taskforce. Previously he was a general manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) in the technology sector, and for 13 years he was regional director for Microsoft in South East Asia.
81% of inbound tour operators will close without JobKeeper
 
The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has claimed that 81 per cent of inbound tour operators (ITO) in Australia will close if the government’s JobKeeper scheme is not extended beyond March 2021.
 
Managing director of the ATEC Peter Shelley said that ITOs provide the conduit for millions of visitors coming to Australia each year, and that the end of JobKeeper will destroy Australia’s ability to get back in the game once borders re-open.
 
“Thousands of Australian businesses rely on the economic activity delivered by international visitors and around half of those visitors have been delivered though international retail travel agents serviced by Australian based ITOs – we simply can’t afford to lose their expertise, connections and experience,” he said.
 
Continue reading here. 
Your weekly grin and tonic
 
We have a feeling this week’s grin and tonic will be a fan favourite. Darren Isenberg has dedicated it to a wide variety of photos of Bernie Sanders in his now famous mittens and grumpy expression. As Darren said, the incredible variety of ideas used in the following photos proves two things:
 
1) There are some crazily creative people on this planet, and
2) Lots of people really have too much spare time on their hands!
 
Enjoy the latest reel here. 
 
 
 
 
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