Australia

FCM backs the removal of pre-departure testing in Australia

The global corporate travel management brand for the Flight Centre Travel Group, FCM has welcomed the Australian government’s announcement that pre-departure Covid-19 testing for international arrivals will be removed from 17 April 2022. Melissa Elf, general manager of FCM Australia, stated: “The removal of pre-departure tests for international arrivals is the last major step in Australia truly re...

Sky’s the limit

Martin Fullard looks at the Sydney Skyshow and asks those behind it what the B2B world of events can learn. Click here to read the feature in the CMW March/ April 2022 Magazine.  The way in which audiences engage has been under the spotlight more than ever over the last two years. Behaviours changed as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the globe and forced people into online events. But n...

Events industry set to bite back Down Under as Australian borders reopen

The city of Darwin has welcomed the first flight from London, UK to the Northern Territory since the start of the pandemic, as Australia reopens its international borders to visitors, 21 February. In the coming years the Northern Territory is set for a busy period of international business events, as confidence grows and a number of events have already been confirmed: International Foster Care Org...

Melbourne secures 40 business events worth AUD$150m

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), Australia, has announced it has secured 40 business events worth AUD$150m (US$109m). This adds to MCB’s pipeline of 118 business events between 2022-2028 that the Bureau says will attract 133,495 delegates, filling 387,372 hotel room nights and injecting $804m into Victoria’s visitor economy. Julia Swanson (pictured), chief executive of MCB, said: “Driving econom...

ATEC calls for clarity over the re-opening of international borders

Australia’s export tourism industry is awaiting the announcement of the exact date for the reopening of international borders. With the announcement that New South Wales (NSW) will no longer require quarantine for overseas arrivals from November, there are now calls from the tourism industry for a date to work towards. Peter Shelley (pictured), managing director of the Australia Tourism Export Cou...

Australia to ease border restrictions

Australia’s export tourism industry, 1 October, welcomed the announcement of the reopening of international borders beginning next month. The move is being seen as the first phase of the roadmap for reopening international borders for both outbound and inbound travel. The announcement confirmed restrictions will be lifted in November for fully vaccinated Australians on all inbound and outbound tra...

ICC Sydney launches webinar series for digital event organisers

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is launching a new conversational webinar programme, ‘Events in Focus’, showcasing insights into the planning and delivery processes of digital events. Brian Nash, ICC Sydney’s director of audio visual services, said: “We kick off the webinar series by introducing events delivered with a digital component. Through the webinar series, our team tal...

Cairns Convention Centre mass vaccination hub gets underway

The Cairns Convention Centre in Australia has become a mass vaccination hub, as the venue team does its bit to help the business events industry get back on its feet. Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) will be using the Centre as a Vaccination Hub for at least four weekends to boost the vaccination numbers in the region. As of 15 September, only 34% of Australia’s population...

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 ...

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...

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