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March 26, 2021
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$5. 5 million support package announced for business events in NSW
UFI CEO says more events resuming around the globe with Asia leading restart
Everyone wants to get local
Victoria’s High Country going “gangbusters” despite possible Google AI glitch
Your weekly grin and tonic


$5.5 million support package announced for business events in NSW
 
The NSW state government has pledged $5.5 million to support business events as part of a larger $51.5 million Tourism Support Package.
 
“This funding will provide a vital kickstart for our industry. The need and appetite for companies to reconnect and get back to business is clear. The funding program will provide the confidence for businesses to now confirm their in-person meetings,” said BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith.
 
The Tourism Support Package also includes $20 million in Sydney CBD accommodation vouchers and $24 million to support the return of live music.
 
More details of the funding program for business events, which will be administered by Destination NSW in partnership with BESydney, will be released on April 6.
UFI CEO says more events resuming around the globe with Asia leading restart
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
There’s more positive news from around the globe about events resuming in updates coming from the CEO of the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry (UFI), Kai Hattendorf.
 
Mr Hattendorf says Asia is leading the way, with progress in the Middle East and the Americas.
 
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Everyone wants to get local
 
Hot on the heels of the announcement of a partnership between Destination NSW and Get Local Expo earlier this week, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has also jumped on the Get Local bandwagon.
 
According to a statement from the association, AACB’s convention bureaux members will come together to exhibit at Get Local, representing some 1,800 business events businesses across the supply chain.
 
“The success of Get Local is in everyone’s interest as a key platform to restart the business events industry,” said AACB CEO Andrew Hiebl.
 
Get Local Expo will take place at ICC Sydney on July 29-30 2021.
Victoria’s High Country going “gangbusters” despite possible Google AI glitch
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
Following up our story last week on the rental property services company that has problems with apparently intercepted emails sent to their clients who use Gmail: this is no conspiracy, just most likely artificial intelligence acting really dumb.
 
Emma Hinchliffe director of Alpine Valley Getaways (AVG), who represents about 90 properties for rent in the Bright-Harrietville area in Victoria’s high country, said the issue has been going on for six months.  Despite attempts to contact Google, there appeared to be no helpline and even the IT group who provide her booking platform have not been able to resolve the issue with Google.
 
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Your weekly grin and tonic
 
This week Darren Isenberg has noticed an interesting phenomenon: Whilst the number of enquiries has begun to slowly pick up – which is a positive sign – clients are making more and more spelling mistakes in their correspondence.
 
For example, he sent two proposals out this week and, when he followed up with an email asking whether they were interested in booking with him, they’d spelled the word “YES” incorrectly. They’d written it “N-O”.
 
So, for this week’s Grin and Tonic compilation, he’s turned a negative into a positive and collected the funniest spelling errors he could find.
 
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