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March 10, 2021
In this issue
Frydenberg says post-JobKeeper tourism package is ‘days away’
Discover your event support in Melbourne
Simon Westaway warns of imminent business closures
Gold Coast looking forward to meeting again soon
It’s time to BE immersed in Cairns and Great Barrier Reef
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre launches online events studio


Frydenberg says post-JobKeeper tourism package is ‘days away’
 
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has confirmed that a targeted support package will be announced this week to assist tourism operators once the JobKeeper scheme ends on March 28, 2021.
 
Talking to reporters in Cairns on Monday, Mr Frydenberg said the government had been working on a package for ‘some time’ and would announce the final details ‘in a matter of days’.
 
In a LinkedIn post, executive chairman at Australian Chamber - Tourism John Hart said that Mr Frydenberg indicated that the support package will be announced tomorrow.
 
Speaking about his meeting with the treasurer, which took place yesterday in Brisbane, Mr Hart said: "Unfortunately [there was] no announcement of the support package for tourism - he [Frydenberg] did say that it would be Thursday. Holding out for the lifeline tourism needs to survive."
 
Athough Mr Frydenberg has confirmed that more support is on the way, he said the federal government was unable to save every business affected by international border closures and had already committed $251 billion in economic stimulus.
 
“We can never make businesses whole. We have to be realistic about that,” he said.
 
“What we’ve sought to do is give businesses every opportunity to get to the other side [of the crisis], and of course to keep their staff employed.”
 
No mention has yet been made of a targeted support package for the events sector once the JobKeeper scheme ends this month.
Discover your event support in Melbourne
 
Deciding where to hold your next business event? Make it Melbourne, the city where innovation meets creativity, delivering a multitude of ever-changing and exclusive experiences to accommodate every group.
 
Not sure where to start? Reach out to the team at Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), who provide a free one-stop-service to creating memorable events in Melbourne.
 
Partnering with 200+ suppliers, MCB connects you to leading venue, accommodation, catering and entertainment options to best meet your event brief and budget.
 
Start planning your event and discover MCB’s free event support. 
Simon Westaway warns of imminent business closures
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
Simon Westaway, executive director of the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC), is positive about the vaccine roll-out in Australia but strident that businesses will collapse if the federal government does not continue support in the short-term.
 
He said: “There aren’t a lot of markets if borders are restricted.”
 
Today he warned of mass redundancies across the visitor economy if the government does not provide support to replace the JobKeeper program which is about to end.
 
It’s sounding like Victoria is the canary in the coalmine as we inch closer to the wind-up of JobKeeper. But every state is facing its moment of truth, especially city destinations, hotels, suppliers, venues and attractions.
 
Continue reading here. 
Gold Coast looking forward to meeting again soon
 
Destination Gold Coast Business Events has launched part three of its ‘Let’s Meet Again Soon’ video series highlighting the power of human connection and how much we value meeting in-person.
 
The video highlights some of the things conference planners and delegates have missed the most, and what they are looking forward to when they return to the Gold Coast for their next business event.
 
Watch the video 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. 
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre launches online events studio
 
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) has launched Harbour Studio, a facility designed for virtual events.
 
The studio features six by three metre LED wall panels, cameras, AV equipment and a broadband connection, which allows organisers to create online event experiences for participants from around the world. Live broadcasts, webinars and product launches can all be accommodated at Harbour Studio.
 
Harbour Studio is located inside Port Café in the HKCEC. It features an open side which faces Victoria Harbour, providing events with a combination of LED visuals and a natural backdrop. The close proximity to F&B facilities also makes it an ideal venue for hybrid events, with food and drinks easily available for guests.
 
 
 
 
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