Joyce DiMascio

July 23, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Meet the woman driving the five-year sustainability plan at MCEC

The massive interruption to business caused by the pandemic begs the question – is sustainability still a priority?

Some companies have taken the lockdown as an opportunity to review their practices and accelerate implementation.

For some organisations, like the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), it is core to their DNA and the pandemic has not dulled its commitment. Quite the opposite. Read more


Opinion

It's an exciting role - and kudos to MCEC for being the first Australian convention centre to have a role dedicated to sustainability.


Graeme Kemlo

July 23, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

What pandemic? Lancemore buys another boutique business

The Lancemore Group has quietly added another property to its growing family of boutique hotels and regional conference facilities.

In February they acquired Cleveland Winery, an historic property featuring an 1880s homestead, 50-room hotel and conference and events facilities close to their original Lancemore Hill conference centre.Lancemore Group was established in 1986 by management consultant Peter Clark who was disappointed with available meeting facilities for his clients so gathered some friends and built the first dedicated conference centre in regional Australia. Read more


Opinion

Potentially a great development for business events in regional Victoria.


Bronwen Largier

July 23, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Eastern states’ lockdowns felt in the west as Perth Event Show cancelled

Organisers of the show, CMS Events, have pulled the pin on the event, citing lockdowns, momentum shifts and sentiment in Western Australia that events are still not top of the priority list.

The show’s director, Richard Campbell, says while the cancellation was reluctant, it was also the best decision in the circumstances. Read more


Opinion

We're sorry it's coming to this. Again.


Bronwen Largier

July 22, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Our strongest advocacy moment has just dropped into our lap

In what seemed like more or less a foregone conclusion last night, coordinated celebrations took off in Brisbane as the city was announced as the host of the 2032 Olympic Games, by a vote of 72 to five.

There was footage of the Queensland Premier and entourage celebrating in Tokyo and of Prime Minister Scott Morrison pumping his fists in his office in Canberra.

If ever there was an advocacy opportunity for the events industry, this is it. Read more


Opinion

Let's use this moment to our full advantage. For the sake of the Olympics in 4,019 days and all those who could become our industry.


Bronwen Largier

July 22, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Destination spotlight: A tropical Australian wonderland

While the Cairns and Port Dougas' blissful tropical climate and natural assets – the region is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and home to the Daintree Rainforest, both World Heritage-listed – give the destination an incredible starting advantage, recent and current development of Cairns, particularly from a business events perspective, is elevating it to new heights for conferences and incentives. Read more


Opinion

Cairns has really come a long way and its evolution isn't stopping.


Bronwen Largier

July 22, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Like Australia, the situation in Singapore is deteriorating

Singapore capitalised more on its potential to host international business events while case numbers were low, at one stage opening up the city-state to international business events of up to 750 delegates.

However, like Australia, Singapore is now struggling with yet another wave of COVID-19 infections which has suddenly resurged, even after the country spent weeks in a form of lockdown-lite in May and June, due to multiple outbreaks. Read more


Opinion

In the space of a fortnight, the situation in Singapore has escalated to be worst than in Sydney, which has around 400,000 fewer people than the SEA city-state, although their vaccination rate is considerably higher.


Joyce DiMascio

July 22, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Western Australia extends its Events Here Now fund by six months

Business Events Perth has announced the extension of its Events Here Now fund which encourages and supports intrastate businesses events.

The fund provides up to $15 a delegate to a maximum of $10,000 and can be put towards business event costs such as catering, audio visual equipment, venue hire and other approved costs. Read more


Opinion

A smart move, considering how things are going along Australia's east coast.


Bronwen Largier

July 21, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Face-to-face events now impossible in three Australian capital cities

Victoria’s lockdown has been extended by a further week while South Australia and parts of the NSW Central West have also entered a seven-day lockdown after more cases in both those areas were linked to the Greater Sydney outbreak.

Victoria continues to record double digit case numbers as it works to control its outbreaks – a further 22 cases were reported this morning, bringing the total number of cases related to current outbreaks to 106. Read more


Opinion

Get tested, get vaccinated and stay put and we'll get out of this.