Australasia

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...

Registration opens for the ‘Brave, Bold and Ready’ for New Zealand’s BEIA Conference 2021

Registration is now open for the Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) Conference 2021, an event for the association of New Zealand’s events sector. It will be held at the Napier War Memorial Centre in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, 11-13 October. With the theme ‘BEing BRAVE, BOLD and READY’, the conference programme will look to the future of business events. Speakers will include New Zealand’s min...

Australian hotel occupancy rates see rapid decline

After being one of the highest-performing countries during the early portion of 2021, Australia’s hotel occupancy has been on a rapid decline amid the latest Covid-19 lockdowns across the country, according to data from STR through 1 August. Matthew Burke, STR’s regional manager for the Pacific region, said: “New and extended restrictions amid the latest outbreaks have undoubtedly affected perform...