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May 4, 2021
 
 
“There is absolute appetite”: Penny Lion on international interest, the Bid Fund and the Business Events Grants Program
 
By Bronwen Largier
 
In part two of an in-depth interview, the head of Business Events Australia discusses continuing international interest in Australia as an event destination, the success of the Business Events Bid Fund Program, the likely impact of the New Zealand travel bubble and sheds light on how the Business Events Grants Program is really tracking.
 
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Industry mourns Michelle Papas
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
The business events industry has lost one of its own with the news of the sudden death of industry stalwart Michelle Papas on the weekend.
 
Michelle passed away following an unexpected coronary episode.
 
Michelle’s (also known as Paps) career is steeped in the business events and destination marketing sectors representing products and experiences across Australia.
 
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Seven reasons to meet in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
 
A destination with access to multiple World Heritage-listed natural wonders, including the only living thing on Earth that’s so large it can be seen from space, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef delivers meetings and events to remember.
 
From unique off-site venues to one of the world’s most awarded convention centres and leaving lasting legacies, discover the top seven reasons for choosing Cairns for your next conference.
 
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Back-of-house shortages impacting the accommodation and business events industries
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
A little-known knock-on effect of COVID-19 is hampering the efforts of major city hotels to return to normal trading in 2021 with most being badly impacted by a lack of housekeeping staff.
 
Prior to COVID, many employed their own housekeeping staff, but as part of reducing direct costs as the pandemic hurt occupancy rates of both leisure and business hotels, there was a move to outsource most or all of these services to dedicated agencies.
 
And now Australia's international border closure means even the specialist hotel employment agencies are struggling to supply sufficient staff to major hotels.
 
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Get Local lands another industry partner
 
The local chapter of the global Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) is the latest organisation to partner with Get Local, the Australasian pivot from organisers of the award-winning Get Global.
 
SITE ANZ will present an education session on The Business Case for Incentive Programs, which will focus on why incentive travel works and the justification for incentive travel in terms of achieving business goals.
 
“Get Local is an essential event needed to help re-energise our industry,” said SITE ANZ President Colette Baini.
 
“Recognition for achievement and reaching business goals has never been more important than now and incentive travel can play a major part in that,” said Get Local co-founder Donna Kessler.
 
“Despite the closure of international borders, confidence in travel is returning and Australia offers some exceptional incentive product, with Get Local showcasing many of these.”
 
 
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