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March 2, 2021
In this issue
“This is not nearly enough” NZ industry calls for more support while Auckland re-enters lockdown
Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets officially opens
EEAA calls on industry to support Fitted for Work on IWD21
BCEC hosted 33 events in February
Mildura looks beyond three-way lockdown
A feel-good video for your Tuesday


“This is not nearly enough” NZ industry calls for more support while Auckland re-enters lockdown
 
Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), New Zealand’s business events industry body, has called on the nation’s government for more financial support as Auckland re-enters Alert Level 3 for seven days.
 
The lockdown was announced following a ‘mystery’ case of Covid which involved a man moving through the community who should have been isolating, and means that venues across the city are closed, social gatherings can have up to 10 people and business events can operate across digital platforms.
 
BEIA released a statement in the wake of the announcement, saying the government’s decision to provide support across all businesses is very much ‘employee-focused’ and does not reflect the impact expected to be felt by the business events industry.
 
Continue reading here. 
Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets officially opens
 
Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets, the brand’s first hotel in Australia, officially opened its doors yesterday. The 145-room property borrows design and culinary influences from the historic Adelaide Central Market, which is located right outside its doors.
 
These influences include brick archways in its public spaces, mimicking those in the market, and Market & Meander, a ground-floor, all-day dining venue that features local produce while honouring the district’s multicultural influences. Signature dishes include slow-cooked smoked brisket and free-range chicken prepared on an authentic South American-style parrilla grill.
 
For event planners, the hotel offers two boardroom-style meeting rooms, a mezzanine level and a rooftop bar called Merrymaker, which can sit 150 guests and offers views of the city and surrounding hills. Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets is located a five-minute tram ride from the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC).
EEAA calls on industry to support Fitted for Work on IWD21
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has maintained its commitment to leveraging International Women’s Day (IWD) to help two important causes.
 
Each year, the Association calls on the industry to support two charities, Fitted for Work and UN Women Australia. 
 
EEAA chief executive Claudia Sagripianti has invited the industry to make a contribution towards improving the lives of women in our community by supporting the association’s work and also joining its virtual event on March 4, 2021. Find out more about the event here. 
 
Continue reading here. 
BCEC hosted 33 events in February
 
The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has emerged from last year’s Covid-19 lockdown, hosting an impressive 33 events last month. These events included exhibitions, conferences, corporate luncheons and graduations, and more than 22,000 people walked through the venue’s doors in the first two weeks of the month alone.
 
This trend is set to continue into March, with five conferences, two exhibitions, sold out International Women’s Day (IWD) events and cocktail functions scheduled to take place.
 
BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe has welcomed the strong start to the year, commenting: “Based on current bookings and the success of our February events, we are cautiously optimistic that the industry is in the early stages of a post-Covid recovery.”
Mildura looks beyond three-way lockdown
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
If we thought we had it tough with our occasional border lockdowns, think about Mildura, which at one stage last year found itself locked out of New South Wales (NSW), South Australia (SA) and also unable to travel down to Melbourne.
 
But its geographic position near tri-state borders has also been an advantage in providing a convenient place for business events to be held “mid-way” between the rural city 640 km from Melbourne, 800 km from Canberra and 395 km from Adelaide.
 
Continue reading here. 
A feel-good video for your Tuesday
 
We’ve never said no to a bit of cheering up, and this heart-warming video has come at the perfect time. The video shows players from the Fijian rugby league team singing a hymn from their balconies at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth to thank the staff for their work during the team’s two-week quarantine.
 
What a refreshing change from the negativity we’re used to hearing… and a timely reminder that it is important to practice gratitude, even during trying times.
 
Have a watch of the video here. 
 
 
 
 
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