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February 22, 2021
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Canberra can now host 10,000-pax events
Tourism Australia launches WeChat program for Chinese event planners
Accor to debut Mondrian brand in Singapore
Construction begins on Peppers Melbourne Richmond
In case you missed it. . . 

Canberra can now host 10,000-pax events
From Saturday, February 20, 2021, Restrictions on social gatherings have been relaxed in Canberra as the ACT government makes its Check In CBR app compulsory for residents.
Events and gatherings can now host up to 10,000 people in accordance with the COVID Safe Event Protocol, which is up from 8000 people. The National Convention Centre’s indoor and outdoor spaces can be 75 per cent full provided they have a COVID Safety Plan endorsed by ACT Health. Multi-day events are permitted.
Outdoor gatherings with up to 1000 people (or one person per two sqm) can take place without an exemption, up from 500 people. Events of between 501 and 1000 people still need to notify ACT Health of the event and submit a COVID Safety Plan for review.
All restricted businesses, venues and facilities – including cafés, restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues – must register to use the Check In CBR app by Saturday, March 6. Already, 335,000 people have downloaded the app.
Tourism Australia launches WeChat program for Chinese event planners
Tourism Australia has launched its first WeChat Mini Program, designed to raise awareness of Australia as a business events destination for event planners in Greater China.
The program, led by Business Events Australia (BEA), builds on the organisation’s existing digital presence in China including its WeChat channel and dedicated Chinese website.
WeChat Mini Programs are ‘sub applications’ within the popular social media channel which provide additional opportunities to maintain audience engagement with daily ‘push’ messaging, account subscriptions and two-way communication functionality.
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Accor to debut Mondrian brand in Singapore
Come 2023 the first Mondrian hotel will open in Singapore. The 300 room and suite hotel will be located in the Duxton Hill neighbourhood, and boast an onsite restaurant, longue and a rooftop bar which combines historic architecture with modern influences.
Mondrian Singapore is one of the new Mondrian properties that Accor plans to open globally and will be one of the first to open in early 2023 in its next phase of expansion following Accor’s acquisition of sbe’s hotel brands. It follows the company’s recent announcement of Mondrian Gold Coast opening in 2023, the upcoming opening of Mondrian Shoreditch London in Q2 2021 and Mondrian Bordeaux and Mondrian Cannes in France in 2022.
Construction begins on Peppers Melbourne Richmond
On track to open in mid-2022, construction begun last week on the 80-room Peppers Melbourne Richmond.
Located on historic Bridge Road, the hotel will boast a state-of-the-art gym, onsite restaurant and a rooftop bar overlooking the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Botanical Gardens. It will be located three tram stops from the MCG.
Peppers Melbourne Richmond will be the third Peppers hotel to open in the Victorian capital, joining Peppers Docklands and Shadow Play by Peppers. During the construction phase, the build will create 350 jobs and, once open, will employ more than 40 team members.
In case you missed it...
The inaugural great debate was easily our most popular story last week. In it, Simon Baggs from Lateral Event Management and Thomas Gray from EventsAIR debated the topic ‘virtual networking sessions do not work’.
People were commenting their thoughts on our social media pages, and Warwick Merry even referenced the debate in his piece last week.
Have a read of the debate on everyone’s lips here. 
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