Australasia

Pandemic pushes back Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre opening plans

Due to the latest Covid-19 disruption, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is now aiming to hold its first events in the lead up to Christmas. The new building was on track to hold its first events in October but will now be delayed as many of the specialists necessary to complete the facility are unable to travel down from the North Island. John Bridgman, chief executive of Ōtākaro Limited, sai...

Mack doubles up to lead on Business Events, as Australia puts emphasis on domestic programmes

The new head of Business Events Australia (BEA), Robin Mack (pictured), has said the focus is on newer domestic programmes due to the pandemic. Mack has been in the role for less than two months, taking over from previous head, Penny Lion, following the company’s recent pandemic-related reorganisation. This new role combines his past responsibilities as Tourism Australia’s executive general manage...

Research from Tourism Australia suggests optimism over industry’s future

Tourism Australia has released the Business Events Consumer Demand Project (CDP), 19 August, which indicates that despite the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, association and incentive decision makers are optimistic about the industry’s future. The CDP research surveyed 163 decision makers from the association sector and 354 from the incentive sector in 11 of Australia’s key markets aimed to better...

ICC Sydney says G’day to new director of HR

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has announced, 17 August, the promotion of Luke Fleming to the role of director of human resources. Previously in the role of senior manager of Human Resources Shared Services, Fleming has stepped up to steer the Human Resources department, which is responsible for the permanent and casual workforce at ICC Sydney. Fleming is also a diversity and ...

BECA requests targeted support for Australian events industry

Representatives of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) met, 16 August, online with the Hon Dan Tehan MP, minister for trade, tourism and investment to request targeted support for businesses reliant upon income from business events. Geoff Donaghy (pictured), BECA deputy chair and CEO of ICC Sydney, stated: “Survival of the complete visitor and events supply chain is our number one prio...

Melbourne CEC launches new digital events platform

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has announced, 17 August, the launch of a digital events platform intended to allow customers to deliver connected virtual and hybrid events live, online and on demand. The new platform is focused on encouraging collaboration, no matter where attendees are in the world. This includes multi-speaker presentations, keynotes, workshops, virtual breakou...

MEA announces deferral of Evolve to 2022

Industry association Meetings and Events Australia (MEA), announced, 16 August, it would be deferring its annual Evolve conference to 2022. MEA claims the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic necessitated decisive leadership and action on its part and said the primary factor in the decision had been the uncertainty around border restrictions across the country and the limitations that pos...

New Business Events Guide a capital idea for Wellington

New Zealand may have sealed itself off for the rest of the year for inbound travellers but its CVB, Business Events Wellington is looking to the future to help those still planning a conference or event in the capital city. It has published a news Business Events Guide with updated information about Wellington’s array of venues, event services and accommodation options, as well attractions and inc...

Illuminate 2021 aims to light the way for Australian travel industry

Illuminate 2021, an Australian travel industry’s corporate travel management event, is set to return in October 2021. Based on a ‘Time to Fly’ theme, the event will be hosted by the Australian corporate arm of Flight Centre Travel Group and aims to capture the importance of doing business in a post-pandemic world. James Kavanagh, Flight Centre Travel Group managing director for Australia, said: “A...

ATEC aims to make Australian tourism industry Restart Ready

Following its ‘Road to Recovery’ tutorial webinar programme, ATEC, Australia’s Tourism Export Council, is gearing up to launch a new series ‘Restart Ready’, commencing with a focus on the wellbeing of tourism business owners across the country. The Restart Ready programme will introduce tourism businesses to a recently launched programme, NewAccess for Small Business Owners, a free and confidentia...

ICC Sydney hosts 156 virtual and hybrid events over past year

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) successfully delivered a further three virtual events in the first week of August, bringing the total number of in-house virtual or hybrid events to 156 over the past year. Connect Media’s Healthcare Leaders Forum, Landcare Australia’s National Landcare Conference and The Law Society of New South Wales’ Specialist Accreditation Conference all uti...

New leading appointments at FCM

Global business travel management company, FCM Meetings & Events, part of the corporate travel brand FCM Travel, has welcomed industry expert Andrew Yell in the role of Group Travel Business leader in Australia. Yell brings decades of experience in the hospitality and tourism sectors both in Australia and overseas and says it is a “great time to rebuild and reenergise the industry” as business...