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March 24, 2021
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Organisers “over the moon” as events gain pace in Perth and Brisbane
Business events confidence wobbles but remains reasonable steady according to latest Tourism Australia research
It’s time to BE Immersed in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
Destination NSW partners with Get Local Expo
New Hilton property opens in Melbourne
Crystalbrook gets (even more) serious about sustainability


Organisers “over the moon” as events gain pace in Perth and Brisbane
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre General Manager, Nigel Keen said the centre is on track to host over 80 events and close to 50,000 visitors this month.
 
Among them is AOG Energy. For Diversified Communications Australia, AOG Energy's organiser, the show was the last one it ran in 2020 and the first one it delivered in 2021.
 
Meanwhile in Brisbane, the National 4x4 Outdoors Show opened last week.
 
Show organiser, ETF Managing Director Kieron Haycock said it had been 18 months since their last event and he was “absolutely over the moon” to be back running live events.
 
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Business events confidence wobbles but remains reasonable steady according to latest Tourism Australia research
 
Business Events Australia’s latest wave of research revealed a slight dip in confidence amongst corporate event decision makers but remained remarkably steadily, given the border closures and citywide lockdowns which have taken place since the latest round of research was completed in early December.
 
The research, completed in late February and early March and released yesterday, is part of a series of surveys charting the evolving attitudes of domestic decision makers towards the restart of business events across Australia as pandemic restrictions ease. Over 450 people took part.
 
The results showed an eight percent jump in the number of decision makers who have held events in the last six months (43 percent) but a one per cent drop in those planning to hold events in the next three months (25 percent) and a four percent drop in both those planning to deliver events within the next six months and seven to 11 months (35 percent and 51 percent respectively).
 
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It’s time to BE Immersed in Cairns & 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
Destination NSW partners with Get Local Expo
 
Get Local Expo – the pandemic-prompted domestic spin-off from the organisers of the award-winning Get Global exhibition – has announced a major partnership with Destination NSW for the July event.
 
The partnership will see 20 NSW destinations including Hunter Valley, the Central Coast and Orange join the show.
 
Co-founder of the show, Gary Bender was unequivocal about certainty around the event.
 
“The local domestic industry needs this event and it will go ahead. Get Local is a business events expo and a place to reconnect and do business which we need more than ever in 2021,” Mr Bender said.
 
“2020 was the year of hibernation, 2021 is the year of collaboration and Get Local is the vehicle to make that happen.”
New Hilton property opens in Melbourne
 
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street has opened in the heritage Equity Chambers Building in the city centre.
 
The 244-room hotel has seven event spaces, including an open-air balcony on the fifth level. The largest space is 143 square metres.
 
The food and beverage offering at the hotel includes contemporary Australian offering Luci and a two-room lounge bar, The Douglas Club.
Crystalbrook gets (even more) serious about sustainability
 
Independent luxury hotel group Crystalbrook Collection has gone zero-waste in the bathroom amenities department, in what they believe is an Australian first.
 
All their bathroom products are now either recyclable or biodegradable, including a toothbrush and comb made from sugarcane and corn starch.
 
Interestingly, the final step in going waste-free was the inclusion of an organic lining into their packaging, which activates an enzyme that in turn helps with the biodegrading process.
 
Crystalbrook Collection properties include the three newest 5-star properies in Cairns, Riley, Flynn and Bailey, as well as Byron at Byron and, also in NSW, Newcastle’s first 5-star hotel, Kingsley, which will open later this year.
 
 
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