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February 23, 2021
In this issue
BECA calls for input to critical survey
Interactive virtual seminars in March – Japan
Geelong gets into Spirit of Tasmania
700 to take part in Singapore MICE virtual show
Appointments made for Adina’s newest Melbourne hotels

BECA calls for input to critical survey
By Joyce DiMascio
With the end of JobKeeper imminent, the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has dialled up its lobbying to another level and has called out to industry to urgently respond to its latest survey.
This survey aims to:
• Assess the current operating environment for business events businesses, including how staffing arrangements have been managed.
• Assess the impact of government support mechanisms and those that will best assist during 2021-22.
• Measure the level of business confidence and future business expectations.
Continue reading here. 
Interactive virtual seminars in March – 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.
The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is running interactive virtual seminars with key partners on March 10 and 16, 2021, to help you discover the latest ideas for your incentive rewards programs.
Ask all your questions in one-to-one live sessions, participate in an interactive Matcha tea ceremony and win fantastic prizes.
Find out more here. 
Geelong gets into Spirit of Tasmania
By Graeme Kemlo
Victoria’s second city, Geelong, 70 km south west of Melbourne is underway with works to its port infrastructure that will see the Spirit of Tasmania shift from Port Melbourne’s Station Pier.
Citing lower port charges, less traffic congestion and greater efficiency for passenger and freight loading, Tasmania was behind the move to secure its vital sea-road link, having accused the Port of Melbourne of ‘price gouging’.
Station Pier has a long link with the 20th century immigration wave that began post-war and saw two million mainly British and European migrants arrive by ship into Australia, many berthing at Melbourne’s Station Pier and its now demolished sister, Princes Pier.
Continue reading here. 
700 to take part in Singapore MICE virtual show
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced the launch of the SingapoReimagine MICE Virtual Show, an event which will take place between March 3 and 4, 2021 and aim to catalyse the recovery of Singapore’s MICE industry.
The show is expected to attract around 700 participants, who will experience live-streamed cultural and leisure tours, culinary masterclasses by celebrity chefs and a panel discussion with industry leaders on organsing events in Singapore.
The event will also feature one-on-one virtual meetings between participants and up to 40 leading suppliers including hotels, convention centres and tour operators.
To find out more about the show, click here. 
Appointments made for Adina’s newest Melbourne hotels
TFE Hotels has announced general manager appointments at two of its newest hotel addresses in Melbourne – the Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne South Bank and the Adina Apartment Hotel West Melbourne.
Lucy Ockleston will take the reins at Adina Apartment Hotel West Melbourne, a 99-room property located in the West End precinct. Ms Ockleston commenced with TFE in New Zealand in 2011 at the Travelodge Wellington where she progressed from a food and beverage role to assistant hotel manager.
Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank has appointed Nigel Maxey to the position of hotel general manager and Emma Jarrett to the supporting role of assistant hotel manager.
Mr Maxey has extensive experience in hospitality as both a hotel general manager and food and beverage specialist, including roles at Werribee Mansion and as general manager of The Jasper Melbourne. Emma Jarrett joined TFE Hotels in 2013 and has worked across multiple Melbourne properties, including the The Savoy on Little Collins.
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