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March 30, 2021
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Brisbane in second three-day lockdown after COVID cluster grows
Sunshine Coast beckons for leisure and business events
It’s time to BE Immersed in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
How to have more engagement at your next hybrid event without more risk
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre hosts first exhibition of 2021


Brisbane in second three-day lockdown after COVID cluster grows
 
Brisbane has gone into a three-day lockdown as of 5pm Queensland time yesterday, following four additional COVID-19 cases emerging in the community.
 
The outbreak originally began when a doctor who was seeing COVID-positive patients from Queensland's hotel quarantine system was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 12.
 
A landscape gardener tested positive to the more infectuous UK strain last Thursday and was linked to the doctor. Since then a further five locally acquired infections have been identified.
 
Those living in the council areas of Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Moreton and Brisbane will only be able to leave their house to shop for essential items, for exercise, work or medical care. Restrictions are set to be reviewed on Wednesday evening.
Sunshine Coast beckons for leisure and business events
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
It has been a less than sunny summer in Melbourne but last week the rain held off long enough to welcome the Sunshine Coast crew to one of the city’s best eateries. They came to remind us that “winter is traditionally your time on the Sunshine Coast”.
 
Not many COVID-locked Melburnians would disagree, and they did get the attention of most of city’s top travel writers – 23 of them to be precise. That, and the offer of good food and wine, the chance to mingle again and perhaps a couple of tickets and an accommodation prize draw also helped. To be transparent – your correspondent did not win but the hospitality and the company of fellow scribes was like a tonic to the writer less-travelled.
 
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It’s time to BE Immersed in Cairns and the 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
How to have more engagement at your next hybrid event without more risk
 
With hybrid and online events, there is a constant balance. How do we get a bit more edge and a bit more engagement without adding more risk? The significant increase in AV requirements means a significant increase in the chances that something could go wrong.
 
So how can you have more engagement and less risk?
 
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Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre hosts first exhibition of 2021
 
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has hosted its first major consumer exhibition for 2021, just over five weeks since Malaysia emerged from a month-long lockdown to combat surging coronavirus cases.
 
The Malaysia International Home Renovation + Interior Design (REX Expo) took place from March 19 to 21, 2021, after restrictions were lifted from the full event industry supply chain on March 5.
 
The Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, said they were “delighted” to hold their first show of the year.
 
“We would like to thank our long-time client and all the exhibitors and visitors for placing their trust and confidence in us as well as for complying with our stringent new norm event standard operating procedures.”
 
In the last seven days, Malaysia has reported almost 9,000 new cases to the World Health Organisation, amongst its roughly 32 million population. This is well down from the peak of 29,000 weekly cases at the end of January.
 
 
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