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March 18, 2021
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Pandemics, quarantine and vaccines…Did we forget about the physical security threats?
Crowne Plaza launches live streaming solution
It’s time to BE Immersed in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
MCEC turns 25: "MCEC introduced me to people who drive the events that make our city an innovative place"
How to bring international art installations to Australia during a pandemic
The impact of the pandemic on a different kind of business events economy


Pandemics, quarantine and vaccines…Did we forget about the physical security threats?
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
An Australian security expert has issued a warning that the events industry cannot afford to stop thinking about the “Lone Wolf Attacker” which is still a “probable” threat in Australia.
 
Director of Vital Protection and NSW Chapter Chairperson of ASIS International, the world’s largest association of security professionals, Eddie Idik says that with the focus on addressing COVID-19 health risks, the events industry may have become complacent about other major risks.
 
“As our venues start to build confidence and the business event industry begins to schedule events, all stakeholders need to understand that there is now a need not only to implement biosecurity measures with temperature checks, social distancing and correct hygiene, but to validate your physical security systems, processes and procedures to ensure they are relevant to your venue or event,” Mr Idik says.
 
Stay tuned for Joyce DiMascio’s full interview with Mr Idik.
Crowne Plaza launches live streaming solution
 
IHG has officially launched a new hybrid meetings solution across 12 Crowne Plaza properties in Australia, allowing meeting planners to connect delegates across the country via live streaming.
 
The new offering sees planners dealing with one point of contact for bookings across multiple venues and delivers a live stream on multiple technology platforms, including Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
 
“We’ve spent a lot of time listening to our customers and looking for new solutions to help them meet and travel safely," said Dean Jones, IHG's Head of Commercial for Australasia & Japan. "One of the key things we keep hearing is customers have the desire to meet face to face, yet challenges such as ongoing border uncertainty continue to impact confidence levels.”
 
“We rolled out the new Crowne Plaza Connections as a soft launch earlier in the month to gauge customer feedback, and it’s already being met with open arms."
It’s time to BE Immersed in Cairns & the 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 & Great Barrier Reef’, a unique opportunity for professional conference and incentive organisers from Australia to step into the shoes of their delegates and experience why Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is the perfect destination for your next business event.
 
Held in Cairns and Port Douglas from 6-9 May 2021, this all-inclusive, luxury program showcases the very best of business events products that the region has to offer.
 
Registrations to attend this educational program are now open.
 
Find out more here
MCEC turns 25: "MCEC introduced me to people who drive the events that make our city an innovative place"
 
To mark its 25th anniversary, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is getting nostalgic with some of its Club Melbourne ambassadors, as they reflect on their roles as meeting champions for the city.
 
Up this week is Professor Helen O’Connell AO, Director of Surgery at Epworth Freemasons and Meeting Chair for the Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society set to be held in Melbourne this October.
 
“MCEC has introduced me to wonderful people who drive the events that make our city a thriving, innovative, green focused place,” says Professor O’Connell. “It gives me growing insight into the links between conferences, tourism, and music, sport and other big cultural events.”
 
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How to bring international art installations to Australia during a pandemic
 
While the pandemic has caused a veritable vacuum of work for so many in the events industry, it yielded a relished challenge for Novatech, who were tasked with delivering an international installation at Adelaide Fringe when its Swiss creators were unable to travel to Australia for the festival.
 
Here’s the story of a remote international collaboration to put the art piece together using everything from aerial maps, Zoom and 4G dongles to haze machines and floating pontoons.
 
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The impact of the pandemic on a different kind of business events economy
 
One year on from the official onset of the pandemic, ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy has reflected on the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s knowledge economy – including the financial returns it can drive for research – which thrives in no small part due to in-person business events.
 
“Business events deliver much more than travel and hospitality spend,” writes Mr Donaghy.
 
“They are where the brightest minds come together to solve the world’s problems – from health and medical breakthroughs, technology and ethics, engineering and development, to environmental sustainability and more.
 
“Meeting in person allows for networking opportunities, business exchanges, recruitment efforts and introductions. Some of the greatest business ideas, scientific developments and technical innovations have been sparked during an event workshop or in the corridors outside of formal sessions.”
 
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