Bronwen Largier

January 25, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

BECA says 2030 visitor economy strategy must go further than spend and jobs

With the draft visitor economy strategy – Thrive 2030 – released by the Federal Tourism Minister Dan Tehan for comment in late 2021, the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has called for the strategy to expand its ambition beyond visitor spend and visitor economy jobs. Read more


Opinion

Despite adopting the new terminology of the "visitor economy" the new strategy continues to focus primarily on leisure tourism.


Bronwen Largier

January 25, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

NSW Government extends density limits and other restrictions through the remainder of summer

With singing and dancing now banned through the rest of the peak festival season, major music events have effectively been sacrificed for a return to school and to resume elective surgery in New South Wales. Read more


Opinion

The trouble for business events, of course, is that there are no formal restrictions preventing them from going ahead, rather corporate and attendee sentiment along with the risk of mass gatherings at the peak of a pandemic wave.


Joyce DiMascio

January 25, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

NSW Australia Day Council says Australia Day business event could not be delivered in different format

The prestigious Australia Day business lunch held annually at ICC Sydney has been cancelled for a second year with organisers saying it could not fulfil the event objective had it proceeded. Read more


Opinion

It is a shame this event couldn't find a way to go ahead in some form or another.


Graeme Kemlo

January 25, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Adelaide’s nervous but positive on outlook for events

As experts debate whether Adelaide has turned the corner this week in its COVID infection rate, the festival city is pushing ahead with major events, some adjusted for COVID safety. Read more


Opinion

Sometimes it feels like the events industry seems to be surviving on positivity alone.


Bronwen Largier

January 24, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Get Local buys up thousands of rapid COVID tests as it confirms the event will go ahead in February

Organisers of what will be the first large-scale event for the business events industry in Australia this year have ordered over 2,000 rapid antigen tests as it prepares to test all exhibitors and attendees at the event on February 15 and 16 at ICC Sydney. Read more


Opinion

Great to see an industry event leading on rapid testing protocols.


Bronwen Largier

January 24, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

New Zealand reduces event sizes to 100 as it prepares for Omicron to take hold

All parts of New Zealand moved up to red in the country’s traffic light COVID restrictions framework at midnight last night, following a number of Omicron cases that were not linked to the nation’s managed quarantine system for international arrivals. Read more


Opinion

Sorry to see another country contemplating the start of their Omicron wave.


Joyce DiMascio

January 24, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

MCI’s Nick Millis: Business events are the backbone of corporate Australia

For an industry that has struggled for decades to articulate its value and ROI, the pandemic has provided a real opportunity for the business events industry to redefine itself.

That’s the view of Nick Millis, home-grown talent and Managing Director – Corporate at MCI Australia.

He says business events have become the backbone of corporate Australia. Read more


Opinion

Good advice here from a leader of the Australian industry.


By Rebecca McCaig, Director of NT Business Events

January 24, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

The view from the Northern Territory: Strategies for COVID times

The Director of NT Business Events talks about how a number of business events staged in the Northern Territory in 2021 set record attendances, despite the challenging times, thanks in part to strategies put in place by the business events team. Read more


Opinion

A nice insight into creating successful events in the Northern Territory.