Joyce DiMascio

September 23, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

More recognition of events and active insurance talks underway says Thewlis

Save Victorian Events co-founder Simon Thewlis says the Victorian Government is actively consulting the industry on the insurance model for events cancelled due to COVID-19.

Thewlis said discussed were occurring with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, the super agency that includes the Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy (TEVE) branch, responsible for strengthening the profile of tourism and events across government and influencing reforms and economic outcomes for the sector. Read more


Opinion

Encouraging signs of progress out of Victoria.


Bronwen Largier

September 23, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Angela Uhlig: A view from London

Former head of the Cairns Convention Bureau Angela Uhlig gives us a view from London of what emerging into COVID-normal looks like. Read more


Opinion

An interesting read, especially the part about staff shortages when things do open up again.


Bronwen Largier

September 23, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

MEA National Award winners announced

With winners reflecting the nature and distribution of pandemic impacts across Australia, the biggest winners at Meetings and Events Australia’s virtual awards ceremony last night were Harry the hirer, which took home five awards, and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and La Trobe University, which nabbed three each. Read more


Opinion

Congratulations to all the winners in an immensely challenging year for events.


Bronwen Largier

September 23, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Marriott International aims to be carbon neutral by 2050

Global hotel brand Marriott International has announced its intention to have net zero carbon emissions across its network of around 7,800 properties in 138 countries by 2050. Read more


Opinion

Good to see one of the world's largest hotel chains making this commitment.


Bronwen Largier

September 22, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Sydney’s New Year’s Eve event scaled back

Despite considerable freedoms expected to be granted to vaccinated people by the year’s end – including, potentially, international travel – the City of Sydney has scrapped the 9pm fireworks for Sydney’s iconic New Year’s Eve celebrations due to pandemic concerns. Read more


Opinion

Just another example of how the uncertainty of the pandemic has a disproportionate impact on the events industry.


Joyce DiMascio

September 22, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Meet one of Perth’s best known business events figures who chose a career in business events over foreign affairs

You hear often that people don’t set out to have a career in business events – they fall into it.

That was the case for Tracy Baker, Director of Sales for the association and not-for-profit sectors at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Before kicking off her business events career in Perth, Baker worked at the Australian Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal as the Ambassador’s Assistant and Archivist. Read more


Opinion

There is definitely some cross over in skills between diplomacy and events.


Eventify

September 22, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Case study: Sydney Metro Crossover Cavern Dinners

Two completely different events on back-to-back nights, held 26m below ground in a venue definitely not made for events – an underground cavern that was a Sydney Metro worksite still being tunnelled.

And all of this in the middle of a global pandemic, not long after the Northern Beaches outbreak in Sydney.

It’s fair to say Eventify had a lot to contend with when it took on this particular project.

Here’s how they did it.


Opinion

A great look at a challenging event staged at a challenging time.


Bronwen Largier

September 22, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

IHG rolls out staff benefits program in the wake of staff shortages

IHG Hotels and Resorts is offering benefits like flexible working arrangements, paid parental and partner leave, birthday leave and sabbaticals as part of a new employee program in Australia, in a bid to attract new talent and retain its current workforce.

In addition to the new IHG myBenefits program, employees will also have access to IHG’s MyPerks program which offers discounts and cashback at more than 400 retailers and service providers. An online wellbeing hub is also part of the deal. Read more


Opinion

Great to see a program like this being implemented in the accommodation sector.