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March 8, 2021
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IWD: Celebrating the role of women in navigating the challenges of 2020
450 gather at ICC Sydney for Destination Australia
Bundanoon highland gathering cancelled
Thousands flock to SCG for new-look Mardi Gras parade
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IWD: Celebrating the role of women in navigating the challenges of 2020
 
The co-owner and founder of the event company that will facilitate the broadcast of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) International Women’s Day (IWD) event today has applauded the role of women in events, tech and medicine in facilitating connection and fighting the pandemic over the last year.
 
EEAA board member and founder of Connected Event Group Libbie Ray says technology democratises opportunity.
 
“We have seen first-hand the role that women have played in the events industry over the past 12 months creating the opportunities for people to come together,” Ms Ray said.
 
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450 gather at ICC Sydney for Destination Australia
 
Last Thursday 450 people gathered at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) for Tourism Australia’s annual Destination Australia conference.
 
The event focussed on Australian tourism in a post-Covid world, and featured a number of speakers including the minister for trade, tourism and investment, Dan Tehan.
 
In her opening address at the conference, Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison said the 2021 event had a record number of attendees.
 
“It shows how important it is for this relationships-based industry to connect," Ms Harrison said.
 
"“It has never been more important for us to work together and collaborate so that we make it through the next year – and so that we are ready to welcome back international visitors back for both business events and leisure when they return."
 
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Bundanoon highland gathering cancelled
 
Brigadoon – Bundanoon’s annual Scottish Highland’s charity event which attracts up to 15,000 visitors each year – has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19 restrictions.
 
The event has been running since 1978, and includes Scottish-themed musical performances, games and stalls. To date, it has disbursed $1.5 million back into the local community.
 
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Thousands flock to SCG for new-look Mardi Gras parade
 
On Saturday night around 36,000 spectators and 5000 participants took to the Sydney Cricket Ground for the annual Mardi Gras parade. This was the first time the event had taken place outside Oxford Street in Sydney since its 1978 inception.
 
The socially-distanced and ticketed event was modified to align with Covid-19 restrictions, with the venue operating at a capacity limit of 75 per cent.
 
All attendees had their temperatures checked before entering the stadium and were urged to remain in their seats.
 
W Hotels was the major hotel partner of this year's parade, and operated a Witty and Whippy float showcasing a twist on Australia's iconic Mr Whippy ice cream van.
In case you missed it
 
Last week's most clicked story was Joyce DiMascio's interview with Business Events Australia's Kelly Maynard.
 
Over the past year Kelly has been at the forefront of building partnerships to promote Australia as a BE destination and has been keeping Australia on the radar of international buyers so that we can welcome back meetings and incentives visitors when borders re-open.
 
Kelly is one of the most well-regarded women in the industry, and, since its International Women's Day, this story comes at the perfect time.
 
Have a read of it here. 
 
 
 
 
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