Australia

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...

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...

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...

BECA backs calls for mass vaccination as pathway to Australia’s events recovery

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has announced it is supporting the call for the industry and broader community to get vaccinated as quickly as they are able, to support the first stage of the Government’s four-step national plan. Australia’s National Cabinet agreed in principle, 30 July, to transition Australia’s National Covid-19 Response, providing a pathway forward for the count...