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March 17, 2021
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Air travel in the USA hits highest level since March 2020
Gold Coast looking forward to meeting again soon
All praise to the unsung heroes of events
Bucking the Zoom fatigue trend?
Make it Melbourne
Iconic Sydney event making a comeback


Air travel in the USA hits highest level since March 2020
 
Despite recording over 450,000 new cases in the last week and nearly 8,500 deaths, air travel in the USA is soaring.
 
According to an official spokesperson from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Government body responsible for airport security screenings across the USA, last Friday 1,357,111 people passed through airport security checkpoints – a level not seen since 15 March 2020, just days after the pandemic was declared by the World Health Organisation.
 
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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.
 
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All praise to the unsung heroes of events
 
By Warwick Merry
 
As an event host I always make sure to introduce myself to the AV crew. If I can, I try and get them some snacks too. Because this is the crew that makes everything look good.
 
Even more so for virtual and hybrid events. So, let me say that AV crews, we love you. You make our events shine.
 
But there’s no room for complacency.
 
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Bucking the Zoom fatigue trend?
 
Despite research, sentiment and actual live events pointing to a strong desire to get back to face-to-face engagement at events, it seems that connecting digitally is still proving valuable.
 
The Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) APAC Managing Director Karen Bolinger says feedback sought from PCMA community was that business events professionals want more chances to network digitally and learn from others during this period of transformation.
 
PCMA’s APAC chapter has launched its March to May event calendar and all events are fully virtual.
Make it Melbourne
 
Deciding where to hold your next business event? Make it Melbourne, the city where innovation and creativity meet, 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 how MCB can help bring your next business event to life
Iconic Sydney event making a comeback
 
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is set to make a return to its overwater stage in just 10 days’ time, Opera Australia confirmed this week. Last year’s season of the same opera – La Traviata – was shut down two weeks out from its opening night due to the pandemic.
 
“It was entirely surreal – seeing months and months of hard work literally being torn down without a note being sung,” Opera Australia's Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said of last year’s cancellation.
 
“So we really will be coming full circle when we hit the stage in mid-March for rehearsal, I suspect it will be an emotional time for all the cast and crew.”
 
Under current NSW COVID-19 restrictions, seated, ticketed and fenced outdoor events of up to 5,000 can go ahead providing they allow an average of 2sqm per attendee.
 
 
 
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