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Venue closures extended in Melbourne and Brisbane, while QODE goes virtual

Management of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), which closed to the public last month in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, has taken the decision to extend the closure until the end of June. MCEC said it took the decision “to provide our customers and employees with clearer timelines so we can all plan accordingly. As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and ...

MEA supports Re-Imagine Events hack-a-thon

Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) will be teaming up with its international partner the Sustainable Event Alliance (SEA) to promote the Re-Imagine Events hack-a-thon on 15 April. The SEA is inviting people within the event industry to unite for “supportive and therapeutic sessions” to discuss and imagine what the future for events could be. During the free, two-hour hack-a-thon, host...

Australia’s tourism industry associations united in new demands for support measures

A powerful alliance of Australian peak associations active in the tourism industry has welcomed the federal government’s announcement of a fortnightly wage subsidy of A$1,500 per person, saying it would help to save the jobs of the thousands of Australians employed in tourism. The industry represented by the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF), the Accommodation Association (AA), Cruise Lines Intern...

Tech conference QODE partners with YouTube to go virtual

QODE, a tech conference based in Brisbane, has partnered with YouTube to stream the conference live, free of charge.

ATEC says Australian tourism businesses are “dying”

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has published an open letter to the Australian government, asking for immediate financial assistance.

AIME hosts new association roundtable

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) recently concluded in Melbourne, with a new Associations Round Table.

Australia’s MEA sheds staff to keep operating

National industry association Meetings & Events Australia’s CEO Robyn Johnson and the MEA Board have announced two senior staff positions are to be “discontinued” due to the impact on the events industry of Covid-19.

Cisco comes back Live with digital event in June

Following the cancellation of Cisco Live Melbourne, 3-6 March, Cisco has relaunched the event as a complimentary, full-scale digital event.

Australian government announces $17.5bn stimulus package

The Australian federal government has announced a $17.5bn stimulus package to help support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

CINZ postpones MEETINGS 2020

Following the announcement of the cancellation of IMEX Frankfurt last week, another international MICE industry show, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), has announced it will not take place as planned. Organisers said they would now put their efforts into advocating for the power of business events to aid the economic recovery when it comes.

Australia to cancel gatherings of over 500 and non-essential overseas flights

Australia’s federal and state governments have agreed to cancel non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people across the country and non-essential travel overseas.

The Business of Events to reschedule in Sydney

Australia’s The Business of Events will not take place as originally scheduled, on 19 March at Luna Park, Sydney.