Australasia

New health and wellbeing advisor appointed at Melbourne CEC

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has appointed a health and wellbeing advisor. Tina Blythman (pictured) will take on the role with a brief to achieve the highest standards and performance in employee mental health and wellbeing by providing a healthy and safe working environment throughout the Centre. Blythman will lead large-scale and targeted health and wellbeing projects and su...

Brisbane CEC in business with 22,000 visitors in first two weeks of February as live events roll out

As one of the first Australian convention centres to reopen in 2020 following the Covid-19 lockdown, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is reporting a strong comeback and hosting an increasing numbers of events into 2021. The Centre finished the 2020 year having welcomed 60,000 guests attending 165 events following its re-opening in August. Since the beginning of February 2021, the...

WA businesses urged to apply for federal funding to support local business events

The opening of applications for the Australian federal government’s AUD$50m Business Events Grants Programme has prompted the Western Australian business events leaders to encourage organisers and planners to apply for support. Twenty Western Australian business events have made it onto the approved schedule of business events, which are eligible for the programme that is offering between AUD$10,0...

Australia’s tourism industry ‘at risk’ without JobKeeper replacement

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has said that the country’s tourism industry is “at risk” without a replacement for the JobKeeper scheme. The JobKeeper scheme is currently providing funds to businesses the government deems to be “significantly affected” by Covid-19. It was recently extended to 28 March 2021, but no plans to extend it beyond that have been announced. ATEC Managing Dire...

Destination South Australia making it happen

The Destination South Australia live event, 12-13 February was Australia’s first 2021 face-to-face business exchange event and made a successful start in reconnecting meetings industry planners and suppliers, as well as locking in some valuable future business. Much-needed business was transacted again at an event that was, just as importantly, an exercise in reassurance and confidence for those k...

Australia’s Crown Resorts CEO resigns in wake of money laundering inquiry

The chief executive of Australian casino group Crown Resorts, Ken Barton, has resigned in the wake of damning findings from the New South Wales (NSW) gambling regulator’s probe into money laundering at its Melbourne and Perth casinos. Barton’s departure follows that of several other company directors. The company, for which conferencing has been a major part of its integrated resort strategy...

NZ national conference industry association appoints two new board members

New Zealand’s national conference industry association, Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), has appointed two new board members: David Perks from WellingtonNZ, and independent board director, David Downs. BEIA board chair, Tony Gardner says both will add new skillsets, wide experience, and influence to help BEIA respond to the most pressing issues facing the business events industry. David P...

Australia’s peak industry body welcomes roll out of A$50m Business Events Grants Programme

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), 11 February, welcomed the new minister for trade, tourism and investment Dan Tehan’s confirmation of the Government’s commitment to the event industry and, in particular, the rolling out of its Business Events Grants Programme. “We encourage all business events businesses, whether owners, delegates or exhibitors to engage with the programme to...

First events lined up for 2023 opening of major new NZ venue

The first events have been lined up for Wellington’s Takina exhibition and conference centre, which is on track to open in mid-2023. One of the first events confirmed for Takina is Festival for the Future – a multi-day conference with more than 1200 delegates. Work started on the venue in 2019. It will have 10,000sqm of conference space for up to 1600 people, a 2500 sqm exhibition floor, two large...

Destination South Australia 2021 opens in Adelaide, heralding return of one-on-one live networking

With Adelaide Australia’s only state capital with an end-to-end Covid Safe health and safety plan for visitors, the city became the first city in the country to host a 2021 face-to-face national business planning exchange event when Destination SA opened 10-13 February. The event is the Adelaide Convention Bureau’s (ACB) annual national showcase and the bureau tells CMW that this year, in particul...

Melbourne Convention Bureau expands its digital presence in China

The Melbourne Convention Bureau is expanding its digital presence in China, launching a new Chinese-language website and Chinese social media accounts. MCB is now featured on WeChat and YouKu, two popular Chinese social media apps. China is the top visitor market for MICE groups to Victoria. Over the five years pre-Covid, MCB welcomed 23,000 delegates from Chinese MICE groups to Melbourne, injecti...

BECA calls for an end to uncertainty around state borders

The Australian business events industry continues to face severe limitations and restrictions, with uncertainty over internal state borders compromising the pathway to recovery, according to the latest statement from the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA). The state premiers are yet to agree a common management policy relating to free movement within Australia. BECA points out the industr...