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Australia losing $2.5bn a month to COVID-19, says BECA

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) says Australia is losing AUD$2.5bn per month in cancelled business events.

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.

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.

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.

ATEC welcomes Australian government support package for supply chain

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has welcomed the federal government’s stimulus funding package designed to address the impacts of the coronavirus on the Australian economy.

Innovation in Adelaide

South Australia’s capital, Adelaide, is evolving fast as a medical conference capital. A new Innovation Corridor stretching through the heart of the CBD has attracted the attention of associations and conference organisers.

International campaign to put Australia back on the travel list

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has welcomed Tourism Australia’s new pitch to win back international visitors as welcome step in helping to drive new visitation following the setbacks experienced by tourism businesses across the nation as a result of December and January’s bushfires.

Perth wins bid for agri-tech conference

Business Events Perth has secured a bid to bring Asia Pacific’s largest agri-tech event, evokeAG, to the city in 2021.

AIMEing high in Melbourne

The 2020 edition of Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), which runs until 19 February at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, has so far offered numerous opportunities for networking, as this selection of photos, taken at the Media Launch, Knowledge Exchange, Networking Lunch and Welcome Event, illustrate.

HotelPlanner acquires EventConnect.com

US-based group hotel bookings platform HotelPlanner has acquired Australia-based online venue marketplace EventConnect.com.

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