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April 29, 2021
 
 
MCEC Executive Team to reshuffle after COO Leighton Wood announces retirement
 
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) Chief Operating Officer Leighton Wood will retire from the role in July after 10 years with the convention centre.
 
MCEC’s Chief Executive Peter King praised Wood’s successes while in the role.
 
“Under Leighton’s leadership, MCEC has achieved record revenue and customer satisfaction results, he is a leader that puts his people first and has great respect within our business and the broader events industry,” King said.
 
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Vivid Sydney launches installation to mark 100-day countdown to winter festival
 
By Bronwen Largier
 
There are now 99 days until Vivid Sydney kicks off in the Harbour city – now targeting more of a domestic audience – and the festival celebrated its 100-day countdown yesterday with a pre-emptive light installation of a clock marking the days to go, designed by Vivid Light Curator Lucy Keeler.
 
The festival of light, music and ideas also has a new director, with Gill Minervini stepping up. Minervini’s extensive credits in the major events sector include being co-curator of live sites for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and director of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and, more recently, Newtown Festival.
 
“Vivid Sydney is a bright star on Sydney’s events calendar supporting the entire ecosystem of the state’s visitor economy during winter, from our artistic industries to entertainment and hospitality venues, accommodation provides and retailers,” said NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres at the countdown launch.
 
And Minervini hinted at what's in store for visitors to the festival.
 
"For the first time ever, the waters of Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour will come alive as a floating Light Walk incorporating a large-scale artwork called Ephemeral from Sydney-based design studio Atelier Sisu."
Event here this year: Central Coast NSW
 
About an hour’s drive north of Sydney, the beauty of the Central Coast begins to wrap itself around you. Beaches unfurling for miles, inland landscapes offering vineyards and valleys and a deliciously slower pace of life, to go along with mouth-watering wining and dining.
 
From events on the pool deck of a beachside resort to up-close encounters with native animals and learning to grade pearls at the only pearl farm in NSW, there’s plenty of big experiences perfect for small groups.
 
Be inspired to take your next event to the Central Coast by micenet’s Bev Malzard as she rounds up the best business events offerings in the region.
 
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“We’ve just got to hold our nerve”: EEAA Sydney networking event has solid turnout
 
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia networking event at The Star in Sydney yesterday afternoon had a good turnout from across the exhibition space and other parts of the events sector.
 
EEAA President and Managing Director of Informa Australia Spiro Anemogiannis urged comradery amongst industry players at the event.
 
“I know it’s been difficult for everyone – small and large – some more than others, but I think we’ve got to look forward, we’ve got to stick together, and we’ve got to help each other out,’ he said.
 
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A crystal ball on global business events recovery
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
The Executive Director of the Joint Meetings Industry Council, Rod Cameron has issued a major commentary on the state of the global meetings industry, saying the transition to recovery around the world will be extended.
 
In a new paper, Looking Forward: A Practical Perspective on Recovery, published this week, Cameron says the “new normal” has produced a range of educated guesses for managing the transition to recovery. However, those strategies will vary greatly from region to region based on the impacts and even industry sectors.
 
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