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March 23, 2021
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Adelaide’s billion-dollar boulevard is no dream
Start date for New Zealand travel bubble to be revealed on April 6
GM appointed for The Langham Gold Coast
MCEC turns 25: “Each of the events that I have run at the MCEC evokes wonderful memories. 


Adelaide’s billion-dollar boulevard is no dream
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
The naysayers could never have imagined the city of churches would rise to challenge the east coast with a massive multi-billion-dollar investment along its northern flank, but Adelaide is not done yet, with the South Australian Premier promising a $700 million city arena.
 
While some are quick to point out that this is an election promise by Liberal Premier Steven Marshall, those in the business events sector will be rubbing their hands with glee.
 
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Start date for New Zealand travel bubble to be revealed on April 6
 
Aside from floods in New South Wales shutting down Newcastle Airport, likely until the middle of this week, there's been a bit of good news on the aviation front recently.
 
The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern flagged on Monday that a start date for a reciprocal trans-Tasmin bubble will be announced on 6 April. She said opening up the border between the two countries was a priority but that quarantine free travel “was highly complex” - in the current circumstances being implied.
 
Flight Centre has also recently reported some positive statistics, with a media statement from the company last week marking one year since the pandemic closed Australia’s international border also acknowledging a “strong upwards trend for interstate domestic travel". According to their numbers, domestic air ecommerce customer numbers moved from 53% of prior year bookings in January to 86% in March.
GM appointed for The Langham Gold Coast
 
John O'Shea has been appointed general manager of The Langham Gold Coast, due to open in 2022 in the three-tower $1 billion Jewel development on the beach front. He will also manage The Jewel Residences, comprising 170 serviced apartments.
 
Born in Brisbane, O’Shea has been with Langham Hospitality Group since 2012 and has overseen six hotel openings in his more than 40-year career.
 
The opening of the 169-room luxury hotel in the tallest of the three towers has been delayed, reportedly due to further renovations to the Langham’s space within the new towers, according to mainstream media reports.
MCEC turns 25: “Each of the events that I have run at the MCEC evokes wonderful memories.”
 
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 Philip Batterham, from the University of Melbourne, who has been a Club Melbourne Ambassador since the foundation of the program in 2005. Recognised for his excellence in genetics research, he has been involved in several bid wins for Melbourne, including, most recently, the International Congress of Genetics, scheduled for delivery in July 2023.
 
“Each of the events that I have run at the MCEC evokes wonderful memories,” says Professor Batterham.
 
“My first international meeting, the International Congress of Genetics in 2003, was particularly special because this conference marked the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA and it was the year when the sequencing of the human genome was completed.”
 
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