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May 26, 2021
 
 
Jane Ford: Numbers are going through the roof but shows still not profitable
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
Australia’s doyen of “home shows” and health and wellbeing consumer festivals is feeling more confident and slowly getting her business back on its feet.
 
An estimated 30,000 plus visitors passed through the doors in recent days when two of Jane Ford’s most important events, the Sydney Mind Body Spirit Festival and the Sydney Home Show, were held at ICC Sydney.
 
Ford is the owner of independent organiser, Exhibitions & Events Australia and New Zealand. She says that despite the outstanding attendance at the recent shows, her company is not returning a profit.
 
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On the move: W Sydney’s new GM and Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific appoints Director of Sales and Marketing
 
By Bronwen Largier
 
Marriott International has announced the appointment of award-winning hotelier Craig Seaward as General Manager of the largest W Hotel in the world, set to open in Sydney next year.
 
W Sydney will open within landmark building The Ribbon in Darling Harbour in the back half of 2022. The hotel will have 586 rooms and over 1,100 square metres of event space.
 
Seaward has 25 years of experience in premium hotels and has spent the last 11 years as General Manager of W Bali-Seminyak.
 
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Boost supports the development of Ballina Shire Council’s new assets
 
As part of Tourism Australia's Business Events Boost Program, Ballina Shire Council has developed a "one-stop-shop" business events webpage, featuring new video and image assets as well as a range of virtual site visit videos.
 
Alicia Wallace, Team Leader of Visitor Services at Ballina Shire Council, said, “Through participating in the Boost Program Ballina has been able to develop a suite of professional communications to reach new business events clients.
 
“The funding has meant that our venues and associated operators have been busy at a time when we may have otherwise had to shut up shop.”
 
Applications are now open for the Business Events Boost Program 2021/22.
 
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Ungerboeck and EventBooking seal merger
 
By Bronwen Largier
 
All-round event software giant Ungerboeck is merging with venue management software company EventBooking.
 
“Together, we unify our efforts to provide easy-to-learn and powerful products to drive the industry forward, all while we marry the aspects that clients love about each,” said President of EventBooking Steve Mackenzie in the joint announcement.
 
“And, of course, the biggest focus will always be on service and ensuring we continue to set the standard in this area.”
 
“This is the best way to come out of the pandemic as the industry expects technology-driven efficiencies and new attendee experiences,” said President and CEO of Ungerboeck, Manish Chandak.
 
“Adding EventBooking to this group is the perfect trifecta to accelerate us into the future as the world’s event software.”
 
Chandak will remain in charge of the joint venture while Mackenzie will become its Executive Vice President.
Five things to remember as we move from online to face-to-face events
 
By Warwick Merry
 
Now that we are starting to reintroduce ourselves to face-to-face meetings, there are certain things we need to remember to do or do better than we have in the past. Here are five of the most pertinent reminders as we get used to doing things in person again.
 
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