Covid

Australian borders open but visitor bottlenecks remain

Australia’s international borders are open, but the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has conducted a survey that revealed 54% of export tourism businesses are experiencing visa delays which are still impacting bookings. These processing bottlenecks are raising concerns that international visitors will start to choose competing destinations for their international events. The issue of Austr...

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...

Delivering events overseas in 2022: key considerations

By Elaine Byrne, project director at international event agency Sledge:   With borders reopening and restrictions easing around the world, there’s no denying that not only are in-person events on the return, but experiences for global audiences are on the rise. While this is a positive and exciting prospect, we need to change up some of the ways we plan and deliver in-person events, especiall...

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...

Australia’s Get Local to lead the way back for business events with Covid resilient trade show

The meeting and events exhibition focused exclusively on Australia’s MICE market, Get Local, has ordered over 2,000 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to be used for all exhibitors, visitors and staff on arrival. The event, that has sold out with more than 150 exhibitors confirmed, is set to take place at the ICC Sydney, 15-16 February. Donna Kessler, co-founder of Get Local, said: “For the stabilit...

MyCEB pleads with the Malaysian government to reopen the business events industry

The Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), as the lead agency for the business events industry, has pleaded to the Malaysian Government to reopen the fully vaccinated business events industry as soon as possible. Since the pandemic, Malaysia has recorded 57 postponements and 66 cancellations of significant international events. With the increase in immunisation over the last few months...