Australasia

Social distancing technology trial first for Canberra

The National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC) has claimed an Australian meetings industry first, by hosting an in-person social distancing technology trial using a smart e-badge developed by the team at Harry The Hirer. The smart e-badge consists of a small disc attached to an event lanyard and alerts users through discrete vibration when social distancing is less than 1.5m. It then resets once d...

CINZ and TNZ renew partnership with MoU

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) have recently renewed their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), confirming cooperative activity. By signing the MOU, the organisations confirmed their “longstanding commitment to promote business events to New Zealand”. TNZ’s global manager for business events, Lisa Gardiner says a key f...

Australia braces after first of many quarters of expected poor export tourism figures

As parts of Melbourne are again put into lockdown due to a flare up of coronavirus cases, the latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) results, published 8 July by the Australian Tourism Export Council, look set to be the first of a long series of grim quarterly readings and reveal the desperate prospects of Australia’s export tourism industry. “The March quarter IVS show the last gasps of ...

Brisbane CEC set to welcome back events in August 2020

Queensland Treasurer, the Hon. Cameron Dick, has announced the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) can reopen in August 2020, following the approval by Queensland Health of its Site Specific Covid Safe Plan. Dick called the reopening of the BCEC a ‘significant milestone’ for Queensland. He said: “As we unite and recover from the pandemic, it’s cause for celebra...

CINZ and PCMA sign strategic alliance agreement

National CVB, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) have announced a strategic agreement designed to support and professionally develop the business events community. Karen Bolinger, PCMA managing director for APAC, said: “Through our new alliance we recognise the unique qualities and services each of us offer to our respective ...

AIME 2021 moves forward to March Down Under

With continuing uncertainty around international travel due to Covid-19, organisers of the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), have bought a little extra time for their annual show and moved the 2021 edition forward a month into March (15-17). The event will still take place at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre and will incorporate a virtual format. The AIME team is promi...

ICC Sydney launches hybrid event solution

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), Australia, has announced the launch of a new hybrid on-site and virtual event solution. The new solution will allow clients to host more than 300 people at the venue in accordance with social distancing measures, while also live streaming to an unlimited number of remote attendees. Following the Covid-19 outbreak, ICC Sydney developed a virtual ...

Te Pae Christchurch hires Australia-based BDM

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre in New Zealand has announced the appointment of Heidi Heming (pictured) as business development manager. Heming will be based in Sydney, Australia, but will be working closely with Te Pae Christchurch’s locally-based business development team. Heming has worked within the business event industry in both Australia and New Zealand, most recently with Conventions...

New dates announced for MEETINGS 2021 in Christchurch

The countdown for MEETINGS 2021 in Ōtautahi Christchurch has begun with the announcement of new dates for the New Zealand business events exhibition run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ). The 2020 MEETINGS show, due to take place in Auckland in April, was postponed due to coronavirus.  MEETINGS 2021 will be held 30 June-1 July 2021, at Te Pae Christchurch, the city’s new world-class...

Short term Covid-19 pain generates long term gain for associations

Association expert, Belinda Moore, has released a comprehensive report, 26 June, on the current and future impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the association sector which shows that the disease may not have been all bad for many associations. Research into 426 associations found the initial impact of the crisis to be negative with an intensive amount of innovation required to adapt to the new operat...

Australia to give business a boost with business events recovery programme

Applications for a new domestic partnership programme to support Australia’s industry-led business events marketing and distribution projects will open 1 July. Launched as part of Business Events Australia’s coronavirus recovery strategy, the programme will see Tourism Australia’s specialist business events unit work closely with industry on activity which encourages business events to take place ...

Meet three Australian women leading the way in health, science and technology

From fighting COVID-19 to developing social robots, these three Australian women are leading in their sectors and all have strong connections to the meetings industry:   Hailing from Melbourne, Professor Sharon Lewin AO is the inaugural Director of the Doherty Institute, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Professor Lewin has become a regular ...