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March 19, 2021
In this issue
Inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific cancelled for the second time
In the week that would have been AIME, Matt Pearce reflects on decision to cancel
We have lift-off with the first show back at ICC Sydney
Bad weather forces last-minute cancellation of major cycling event
Fair game or foul: when online ads deceive
Your weekly grin and tonic


Inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific cancelled for the second time
 
Reed Exhibitions have announced the show will now premiere 5-6 April 2022 in Singapore.
 
According to a statement from Reed on Thursday evening, “the decision was taken following the latest government advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), and as a result of in-depth discussions with customers and hosted buyers from the region and globally”.
 
Event Manager for IBTM Asia Pacific Michael Jones said although they were seeing positivity for a gradual resumption of face-to-face events, circumstances were still “fragile”.
 
“Although Singapore is considered a safe destination, IBTM Asia Pacific is a global event which attracts an international audience, and therefore we have a desire and a responsibility to give our attendees the safest and best possible in-person experience at a time when hopefully travel restrictions will have been lifted,” said Mr Jones.
In the week that would have been AIME, Matt Pearce reflects on decision to cancel
 
By Bronwen Largier
 
With this week marking where AIME should have been in our 2021 calendars, micenet caught up with Matt Pearce, Director of the event’s organiser, Talk2 Media and Events, for insight into what led to the decision to cancel the event less than two months out, challenges for delivering events in 2021 and what’s ahead for Australia’s flagship – and hopefully international – MICE trade event in 2022.
 
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We have lift-off with Australian Healthcare Week Expo the first show back at ICC Sydney
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
This week the Australian Healthcare Week Expo was the first major business event to be held at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) since the pandemic began, marking a major milestone for the reopening of the sector.
 
Organised by IQPC, the event attracted good crowds both at the expo and in the packed-out education forums. The ICC Sydney carpark was full by 10.30 on the show’s opening morning, a positive indicator that participants were keen to be back face-to-face with colleagues.
 
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Bad weather forces last-minute cancellation of major cycling event
 
L’Etape Australia, a Tour de France event for cycling enthusiasts, scheduled to take place today and tomorrow has been cancelled due to poor weather.
 
The event, which had 3,660 cyclists registered, was due to be held in Kiama NSW, which is forecast to receive between 90 and 200mm of rain on Saturday when riders would have been out on the road.
 
Simon Baggs, CEO of Lateral Events, L’Etape Australia’s organiser, had this to say about the cancellation on Thursday evening:
 
“Cancelling L’Etape today is the 100th cancellation or postponement we’ve had to make in the last 12 months, 99 due to Covid, and L’Etape due to 200mm of rain. It’s horrific, but it’s the right thing to do. Safety is everything,” said Mr Baggs.
 
“Last week we delivered our first three events of the year, and the euphoria those events generated for us reminded us why we love live events."
Fair game or foul: when online ads deceive
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
You need a getaway so you book a few days away in Victoria’s high country with autumn colours ablaze. Doing the right thing by your State to help boost the local economy. Also wary of being caught in another fast COVID lockdown you’re staying close enough to drive home if necessary.
 
So all’s well until your short break in Harrietville is confirmed by email. It looks different because over the top of your confirmation is a document in the same font and style that confirms your stay at a different property in Bright, about 20 km away. Same dates, same two bedroom, two bathroom request. It even includes the phone number and address.
 
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Your weekly grin and tonic
 
This week our resident grin and tonic compiler Darren Isenberg thought that, while people in the industry are looking for signs that will give them confidence they will be able to get through the next few months, he would look for the signs so ridiculous that all you can do is laugh.
 
It turns out there are plenty out there. Whether it is a deliberate attempt at humour or an accidentally amusing notice, the signs in this collection do make the world a better place to be.
 
See the latest Grin and Tonic reel here
 
 
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