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March 29, 2021
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Interview: As events restart it's time to consider risks other than a COVID-19 outbreak
Sydney joins global hybrid event collaboration
Larger events to go ahead in Singapore with strict testing regime
AACB staff scholarship winners to investigate the impacts of the pandemic on business events


Interview: As events restart it's time to consider risks other than a COVID-19 outbreak
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
Australia’s National Security Advisory System says Australia’s general terrorism threat level remains at PROBABLE. The Australian Government’s National Security website says “credible intelligence, assessed by our security agencies, indicates that individuals or groups have the intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia. While COVID-19 has caused social and economic challenges around the world and in Australia, it has not greatly changed the threat from terrorism.”
 
With this in mind, Joyce DiMascio interviews Australian security expert, Eddie Idik, Director of Vital Protection and the NSW Chapter Chairperson of ASIS International, the world’s largest association of security professionals.
 
He has issued a salient reminder to the events industry that it must continue to be vigilant about mitigating threats including terrorism and lone wolf attackers.
 
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Sydney joins global hybrid event collaboration
 
Sydney has become the first Australian city to join the Hybrid Cities Alliance founded in December 2020 by The Hague, Ottawa, Prague and Geneva.
 
According the convention bureau website of co-founding city The Hague, the Alliance is “a way to collectively and individually raise the profile of hybrid options for clients and for our cities”.
 
BESydney’s Executive General Manager of Bidding Kristian Nicholls says his organisation’s strategic and client-centric approach made the Alliance “a good fit” for BESydney.
 
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Larger events to go ahead in Singapore with strict testing regime
 
Singapore will permit business events of 750 attendees from April 24 2021, up from the current allowance of 250 people. Event zone limits will also increase from 20 to 50 delegates.
 
The move comes with a caveat of a strict pre-event testing regime for events over 250 delegates. International attendees and local attendees who have not been fully vaccinated will be required to test negative to COVID-19 in the 24 hours prior to their final attendance at an event. For multi-day events this means undertaking multiple tests.
 
The Singapore Government is recommending the use of an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) which returns a result in around half an hour, rather than a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, which is considered more accurate but takes up to 48 hours to provide results.
 
Those wishing to hold events of over 50 people must submit an application to the Singapore Tourism Board for approval by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
AACB staff scholarship winners to investigate the impacts of the pandemic on business events
 
The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) will fund two projects investigating the short and long term impacts of the pandemic on Australia’s busines evens industry.
 
The funding comes in the form of the 2021 AACB Staff Scholarships which were won by Mia Oesterberg, Project and Events Executive at Northern Territory Business Events, and Taryn Reid, Business Development Manager at Business Events Tasmania.
 
Oesterberg’s project ‘Understanding how inconsistent communication around domestic border closures have impacted the rebound and recovery of the business events industry’, will seek to demonstrate how discrepancies in language used by each State and Territory adversely impacts decision makers within the business events industry.
 
Reid’s proposal will look to increase understanding of the requirements and buyer behaviours of professional conference organisers operating in a post-COVID market and the factors influencing decision makers to aid the recovery of Australia’s business events industry.
 
 
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