Olivia Powell

How to host a virtual creative brainstorm

By Lara Burnes, general manager of Premier Events & Experiences at Melbourne & Olympic Parks As many across the events industry begin to find a rhythm of working from home, there are tasks and processes that have had to adapt significantly in order to be done well. Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Skype and Zoom have become ‘the new office’ for many – helping us stay connected, share info...

Virtual events for the events industry: 22-30 April

Following the previous list of virtual events and webinars, Mash Media highlights some new events to look out for over the coming weeks. A listing is not an endorsement, and Mash Media accepts no responsibility for the content or any changes. Send your virtual event or webinar listing to Martin Fullard, editor, Conference News, on mfullard@mashmedia.net 1-30 April: NSC The National Sales Conferenc...

CTICC to help ease hunger in Cape Town

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has announced that is has partnered with Ladles of Love, a non-profit organisation which aims to help those who do not have access to food during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ladles of Love is a soup kitchen and a feeding scheme that helps vulnerable people within Cape Town, especially during the pandemic. In under a month, the organisation has incre...

Calls for Recovery Framework as Covid-19 threatens $35.7bn hit on Australia’s business events sector

New figures from the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) show that the Australian economy is set to lose AU$35.7bn (US$22.6bn) in direct expenditure over the next 12 months. These figures are due to of 96% of business events scheduled for 2020 being cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The data was derived from a study of businesses across the business events industry. The ...

Pennsylvania CC reports recycling over 840 tons of waste in 2019

The Pennsylvania Convention Centre, marking Earth Day (22 April) released its annual Sustainability Report, which revealed the facility had recycled 840 tons of waste throughout 2019. The report summarises the Centre’s efforts to reduce its impact on the environment and will be used as a benchmark for ongoing sustainability efforts. Gregory J. Fox, Esq., Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania C...

MEA launches Accredited Event Professional programme

National industry association Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has launched its new accreditation programme designed to recognise events industry practitioners who have reached the highest levels of professionalism in event management. The new accreditation aims to set a new benchmark for individual recognition. The standard for becoming an MEA Accredited Event Professional will be based on b...

EventFlash 20/04/20: Furlough Scheme Opens

The UK government has opened applications for its furlough scheme, with all businesses eligible. We want to hear about your experience. Elsewhere, suppliers continue to meet with resistance from banks with regards to CBILS, and Facebook has said it will not run any live events for more than 50 people before June 2021. Have your say on the Mash Community at www.community.mash.net

Mash Sessions: Event Catering: Trends and Charity

Conference News editor, Martin Fullard, talks to Jens Nisson, executive chef director at UK-based Bubble Food. From 15 April 2020, Bubble Food has been working on an initiative to support the fridge and Food Bank at St George the Martyr Church on Borough High Street, London. The facility operates as a distribution centre for people with Food Bank vouchers from the Waterloo Food Bank, serving vulne...

New tool allows tourists to visit the Faroe Islands virtually

The Faroe Islands are allowing people from all over the world to visit – from the comfort of their own homes. The islands, which are situated between Iceland and Norway, are using a new tourism tool to allow people to explore the landscape. The tool allows people to visit the Faroe Islands via mobile phones, tablets or PCs by interacting live with a local Faroese people, who act was their eyes, ea...

ATEC tutors its members on road to recovery as it ‘Builds Back Better’

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) have created an online tutorial series entitled ‘Road to Recovery’. As of 20 April, 1,200 people had registered to take part in the free weekly tutorials. The tutorials are part of ATEC’s ‘Build Back Better’ strategy, which offers a 12-week programme of learning opportunities designed to give individuals and businesses tools to strengthen themselves, fo...

Melbourne & Olympic Parks reveal preview of newest venue

Melbourne & Olympic Parks has today released a video preview of its newest venue, CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park. The preview takes the viewer on a virtual fly-through tour of the venue, which is scheduled to open in 2021. The video can be viewed here.