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March 5, 2021
In this issue
We’ve never been more united as a BE industry says BEA’s Kelly Maynard
AuSAE announces local association influencers for 2020
Registrations open for MEETINGS 2021
It’s time to BE immersed in Cairns and Great Barrier Reef
Qantas re-introduces mystery flights for first time since 90s
“We’re hiring!” Event businesses seek talent despite looming end of JobKeeper
Your weekly grin and tonic

We’ve never been more united as a BE industry says BEA’s Kelly Maynard
By Joyce DiMascio
On the eve of International Women’s Day we shine the light on Kelly Maynard who has been at the forefront of building partnerships to promote Australia as a BE destination.
Ms Maynard has a fabulous and tough job. She knows the business events sector inside out.
And over the past 12 months, that knowledge has been focussed on keeping Australia on the radar of international buyers so that when Australia’s borders reopen, we can welcome back lucrative international meetings and incentive visitors.
Like everyone else, Ms Maynard and her colleagues at Business Events Australia (BEA), the specialist unit within Tourism Australia (TA), have had to refocus and adapt their programs.
Continue reading here. 
AuSAE announces local association influencers for 2020
The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) this week announced its Association Influencers of 2020, a program highlighting the contributions of individuals in the association community across Australia and New Zealand.
An independent judging panel of association leaders selected 13 Association Influencers for 2020 from a group of 44 peer nominated professionals. The recipients were selected based on how they demonstrated influence, leadership and guidance over the last year.
Continue reading here
Registrations open for MEETINGS 2021
Registrations are now open for MEETINGS 2021, Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (BEIA) annual business events trade show, which will take place between June 2-3, 2021, at ASB Showgrounds in Auckland.
Australian event planners can register as fully hosted buyers, which includes flights, accommodation, meals and transfers. New Zealand event planners have the option of attending the show for one day, which includes air travel and accommodation.
BEIA is developing an Australian Hosted Buyer program to allow event planners to be a part of the MEETINGS 2021 community regardless of the border situation between Australia and New Zealand. Further details about the program will be shared upon receipt of buyer applications.
To find out more about or register for MEETINGS 2021, click here. 
It’s time to BE immersed in Cairns and Great Barrier Reef
After 20 successful years, the much-loved Sell TNQ event has been relaunched, refreshed and renamed! We introduce you to… ‘BE Immersed: Cairns and Great Barrier Reef’.
This is a unique opportunity for professional conference and incentive organisers from Australia and New Zealand to step into the shoes of their delegates and experience why Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is the perfect destination for your next business event.
Held in Cairns and Port Douglas between May 6 and 9, 2021, this all-inclusive, luxury program showcases the very best of the business events products the region has to offer.
Registrations to attend this educational program are now open. Find out more here. 
Qantas re-introduces mystery flights for first time since 90s
In an effort to combat international border closures, Qantas has re-introduced ‘mystery flights’, an initiative which sees passengers book a flight without knowing the destination until their plane takes off.
The airline last operated mystery flights in the 1990s, when travellers would turn up at the airport and be allocated seats on a scheduled flight to any of the airline’s destinations, where they spent a day at their leisure before flying home.
The new concept will offer three dedicated Boeing 737 mystery flight experiences that will include the flight and an entire day of activities in a mystery destination. All passengers need to do is book and turn up at the airport. The flights will depart from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to a destination within approximately two hours. All of the destinations are located outside capital cities.
“We’re hiring!” Event businesses seek talent despite looming end of JobKeeper
By Laura Bradley
With the end of the government’s JobKeeper scheme imminent and no national strategy in place for state border closures, the future of business events in Australia remains uncertain. But you wouldn’t think it if you hopped on LinkedIn this morning. A plethora of local business events companies are looking to fill positions, and not just those in the AV or tech sectors.
The International Convention Centre Sydney is looking for a digital marketing executive to lead its digital advertising and social media, while Sydney-based event management company Funktionality is looking to add an event coordinator and stylist to its team.
Southport Sharks on the Gold Coast is hiring a conference and events manager, ExpoNet is looking for a bunch of casual staff and contractors with exhibition experience, Milestone Creative is looking for a digital campaign manager, the Sydney Masonic Centre wants a director of sales and events, and Lateral Event Management has posted an ad looking for an event specialist.
…And these are just the jobs we’ve seen advertised this morning! With so many places seeking talent, there must be something going right in the industry. Perhaps it’s a sign to not hang up your event boots just yet.
Your weekly grin and tonic
Welcome to the 34th grin and tonic video. This week, Darren Isenberg had an event client forget to tell him that the gig he was preparing for had been cancelled. Next, the NBN decided to switch to part-time operating mode, which meant that he became Amish every few minutes.
Both of these setbacks gave him a genuine reason to be grumpy and in need of a smile. Luckily for us, it resulted in Darren creating this compilation of grin-inducing pictures.
Have a watch of the video here and happy weekend.
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