Australasia

Australian states reopen at different speeds, as Brisbane CEC celebrates 25th

As New Zealand leads the world out of lockdown and into reopening, most of neighbouring Australia’s states appear not so keen to open up their borders for travel before September. State leaders, including those of South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory and Tasmania, have said they would continue to lock down their borders in the short term, a decision which means that o...

Meetings Events Australia launches virtual EVOLVE: RENOVATED

Meetings Events Australia (MEA), which was forced to cancel its  national awards programme and its three-day May annual flagship event, Evolve 2020, due to coronavirus, is set to plug the knowledge gap with its first-ever virtual conference EVOLVE: RENOVATED. Having taken the decision to cancel back in March and make two staff redundant, MEA is now bringing back Evolve digitally on 16 July 2020 us...

Auckland blueprint for recovery, as NZ opens for business

The Destination AKL Recovery Plan to support the re-emergence of Auckland’s visitor economy was presented in New Zealand on 4 June. Developed by regional economic development agency ATEED (Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development), the Plan aims to support Auckland’s re-emergence as a more resilient and sustainable domestic and international destination. The overall intent is to provide le...

MCEC expansion gets five stars for sustainability

In the lead up to World Environment Day on 5 June, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) expansion, has received the Green Building Council of Australia’s Five Green Star rating for building design. Opened in July 2018, the expansion building design was a joint venture between architect firms NH Architecture and Woods Bagot, and increased MCEC’s venue capacity by an additional 20,000...

New Zealand to allow events of any size

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, has announced today that gatherings of any scale will be allowed to take place from next week, as the country has been successful in eliminating Covid-19. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand Chief Executive Lisa Hopkins said: “Getting to this level has taken less time than we originally envisaged back in March, and we are now the envy of the world. New...

New Zealand to allow multiple groups in conference venues

The New Zealand government has now moved to Alert Level 2 of its Covid-19 response, meaning that large events with separate groups of 100 people will now be allowed to go ahead. Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins, said: “These new guidelines give our industry much more confidence to plan forward, knowing we can deliver larger events. We can now go ahead a...

CINZ approved PCO Group appoints new Chair

The Conventions and Incentive’s New Zealand (CINZ) approved Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Group has appointed Arna Wahl Davies as its new Chair. Wahl Davies (pictured) beings over 20 years’ worth of experience in event management, being co-founder and director of Composition, a professional conference organising company which manages mid to large-size conferences throughout ...

Te Pae Christchurch committed to helping economic recovery

The $475m Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is continuing to secure new conferences, despite losing some events due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The 67 contracted or confirmed events represent a 30% increase to the number of bookings announced at the end of 2019, and are projected to bring over NZ$40m (US$24.9m) of economic benefit to the city. Te Pae Christchurch General Manager Ross Ste...

Australian tourism chiefs pin funding hopes on Jobkeeper programme to help stricken sector

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has welcomed suggestions the country’s tourism industry may benefit from unallocated funds from the Jobkeeper programme which would be redirected to the stricken industry. “Export tourism has been the hardest hit export industry this year. From the bushfires which saw our peak tourist season disappear, to the fact we will not see any international visit...

ICC Sydney to host Stand Tall 2020 livestream

Stand Tall, an Austalian youth mental health charity, has announced that its 2020 event will be live-streamed to thousands of high school students across Australia from the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). The event has been converted into a digital format so that it may still go ahead under Covid-19 restrictions. Stand Tall 2020 will bring together young musicians, athletes an...

Fiji keen to join Australia-NZ travel bubble

The Pacific Island of Fiji has said it is keen to join the proposed Australia-New Zealand Trans Tasman travel bubble, and sees it as a route to reopening its devastated tourism industry. Australian and New Zealand visitors account for about 75% of Fiji’s tourists and 100,000 people on the island have thought to have lost their jobs due to the impact of Covid-19. The Rosie Travel Group, opera...

BECA delivers CovidSafe guidelines to Australian government

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has delivered a set of safety and hygiene procedures to the Australian government. The document, ‘The CovidSafe Guidelines for Business Events’, demonstrates that business events are different to other ‘mass gatherings’ and should open as soon as possible. The Guidelines also outline how event organisers and the broader industry can keep their events...