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March 25, 2021
In this issue
EEAA invites industry to hear from NSW Tourism Minister and discuss the industry’s future skills needs
Gathering restrictions to be eased further in NSW and SA
Meet The Winx Stand
Counterfeit vaccination passports and certificates will undermine the reopening of travel and events sectors unless addressed quickly
Major beer festival boosts hotel occupancy in Canberra


EEAA invites industry to hear from NSW Tourism Minister and discuss the industry’s future skills needs
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced the Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP, NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney will join its members at a special event to address skills-related and operational issues affecting the business events industry.
 
The Association’s Skills and Operational Rebuilding Strategies Exchange will be held on March 29 at ICC Sydney. It is free to attend.
 
EEAA Chief Executive Claudia Sagripanti said it was important to share with the Minister the issues facing the industry and in particular, how these affect the ability to hold events in New South Wales.
 
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Gathering restrictions to be eased further in NSW and SA
 
Both states will allow 100 percent capacity at entertainment venues – in New South Wales from Monday and from Wednesday in South Australia.
 
However, masks will be introduced at these venues in South Australia as capacities increase.
 
In South Australia, as well as increasing capacity at theatres, live performance venues and cinemas, density limits will change to three people per four square metres.
 
In NSW, as stadiums and theatres go back to full capacity, density limits will also be eased for all venues to one person per two square metres.
 
NSW Premier Gladys Berejilkian also announced yesterday that every quarantine worker in the state had received at least one shot of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
Meet The Winx Stand
 
Introducing The Winx Stand, Sydney’s newest major large-scale function centre.
 
It will boast a multitude of flexible light-filled spaces that offer seamless indoor and outdoor flow, ideal for conferences, galas and parties.
 
The open-air rooftop space will offer breathtaking views towards the Eastern beaches ideal for conference breakouts or a pre-dinner cocktail party.
 
It opens at Royal Randwick in early 2022 and is perfect for your next event.
 
Contact the Australian Turf Club team to enquire about our impressive new space.
Counterfeit vaccination passports and certificates will undermine the reopening of travel and events sectors unless addressed quickly
 
Vaccination passport security is the major new issue facing the travel industry, says Adam Schrader, Director of Operations at Denmark-based travel risk intelligence company Riskline.
 
Throughout the travel, meetings and events industry worldwide, vaccinations passports and certificates are widely viewed by governments and airlines, as well as travel, meetings and leisure associations as the catalyst to restart their industries and kickstart economies. The implementation has started; Singapore Airlines is now testing the IATA Travel Pass on its Singapore – London route.
 
An immediate consequence of this development will be a major new issue which will seriously undermine their role unless it is addressed – counterfeiting.
 
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Major beer festival boosts hotel occupancy in Canberra
 
After being cancelled due to the pandemic last year, the Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival returned to the nation’s capital in a COVIDSafe format last weekend.
 
“This year’s event had support from the ACT Government because it was important to show that Canberra was ideally placed to re-start major festivals,” said Festival Director, Jenny Farrell.
 
“It did mean adjustments: we had to adapt to Covid-safe restrictions, and split the event into two distinct sessions, each ticketed, so that we could ensure that numbers were regulated."
 
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