Bronwen Largier

January 21, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Western Australia to maintain its hard border indefinitely

In an extraordinary evening press conference yesterday, Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced an indefinite delay to the reopening of the state’s domestic border to the rest of the nation due to the emergence of the Omicron variant. Read more


Opinion

It's starting to feel like the Western Australian border is never going to open. Thinking of our business events and tourism operators over there.


Graeme Kemlo

January 21, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Regional Victoria visitation booms, but not for business events

Parts of regional Victoria are up 200 percent in tourism-related revenues, “but one good summer does not make a recovery” warns the executive officer of Business Events Victoria, Chris Porter. Read more


Opinion

Well at least operators are getting business through the door, even if it's not business events business.


Bronwen Largier

January 21, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Etihad launches sustainability program for corporate travel

Major international airline Etihad has launched a sustainability program aimed at corporate travel, which could help companies reduce the environmental impact of incentive travel. Read more


Opinion

With climate change becoming an increasingly urgent issue, this is something for incentive planners to take serious note of.


Joyce DiMascio

January 21, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

New CEO for Gaming Technologies Association

The association which runs the nation’s most important trade events for the gaming technology sector has a new CEO.

The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) has announced the appointment of Jinesh Patel, who took up the role on January 10, 2022. Read more


Opinion

This is an association who really knows how to pick leaders with strong advocacy credentials.


Joyce DiMascio

January 20, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Results of Victorian events industry snap survey confirms widespread cancellations

The data says it all. The impact of the latest wave of the pandemic is slamming the Victorian events industry again.

The Save Victorian Events coalition has released the results of its snap survey which shows that almost half of the events planned for January and February 2022 have been cancelled while another 28 percent have been postponed. A further 16 percent are at serious risk. Read more


Opinion

As usual what's being reflected across wider consumer patterns is amplified in the events sector.


Bronwen Largier

January 20, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Visa fee rebates for international students and backpackers arriving in Australia over the next eight to 12 weeks

In an effort to ease labour shortages caused, at least in part, by Australia’s long international border closure during the pandemic, the Federal Government has announced it will rebate visa fees for international students and working holiday-makers arriving in the immediate future. Read more


Opinion

Hopefully this should ease some of the pressure being felt in the hospitality and hotels sectors.


Bronwen Largier

January 20, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

A peek inside the Australian Open’s hygiene measures

With the pandemic rolling through a second Australian Open, the tournament renewed its hygiene partnership with Rentokil Initial for a second year, with the multinational company providing an Australian-first air purifying and filtration solution for the global sporting event. Read more


Opinion

Pretty impressive that this solutions has been hanging around since the SARS epidemic.


Bronwen Largier

January 20, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Queensland to allow quarantine-free international arrivals from Saturday

With a high and still-rising vaccination rate, from 1am AEST on January 22, Queensland will remove the requirement for fully vaccinated international travellers to undergo 14 days home quarantine upon arrival in the state. Read more


Opinion

Now we just need the Federal Government to open up Australia's International border a little more.