Bronwen Largier

September 20, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Victoria’s opening up roadmap announced

Victoria’s roadmap to emerge from lockdown was announced by the state’s Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday and it simultaneously offers more and fewer freedoms to the community and a more restrictive environment for events than the plan unveiled by New South Wales a couple of weeks ago. Read more


Opinion

Time will tell who gets it right - Victoria's more cautious reopening or NSW's greater freedoms for the vaccinated.


Bronwen Largier

September 20, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Departures and appointments: Caleb Bush leaving GPJ ANZ, two Gold Coast hotel appointments

Managing Director of George P Johnson for Australia and New Zealand Caleb Bush is departing the local arm of the international experience agency, having been appointed as Executive Vice President for GPJ in Europe. Read more


Opinion

Congratulations to all on their appointments, although the loss of Bush for Australia is somewhat bittersweet.


Bronwen Largier

September 20, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Malaysia’s venues advocating for business events to restart sooner

The venues division of the Business Events Council Malaysia is advocating for business events to be able to operate sooner in the country’s recovery plan.

Currently, business events are slated to restart in Phase 4 of the plan – six venues have sent a letter to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) to allow purpose-built business events facilities to operate during Phase 2. Read more


Opinion

Once again, business events are relegated to opening late in the recovery timeline.


Joyce DiMascio

September 20, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Friend of business events now heading up Business Sydney

There’s been a change at the helm of Business Sydney, with Paul Nicolaou appointed as its new Executive Director from last week.

Nicolaou has been a big supporter of the business events sector advocating on its behalf through his most recent roles as the Director of the Business Leaders’ Council and Director of Membership and Events at national peak body, the Australian Chamber. Read more


Opinion

This is an important and advantageous development from a business events perspective.


Graeme Kemlo

September 17, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Small freedoms for Melbourne as vaccine target reached

Despite recording 514 new cases yesterday, its largest daily increase since August 2020 – and another 510 today – Victoria will gain some promised freedoms as the state hits its 70 per cent first-dose vaccination target. Read more


Opinion

We're looking forward to Melbourne's reopening plan being announced on Sunday.


Joyce DiMascio

September 17, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

The talented Scott Crebbin clocks up another Olympic Games

On Thursday, it was 21 years since Australia hosted the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Back then Scott Crebbin was working at the Main Press Centre with a whole bunch of media relations staff supporting the needs of the world media. 

Those Games put Sydney on the world stage and established our credentials as a nation capable of successfully organising major global events. It was this experience that set Crebbin up for a career working at major events all around the world. Read more


Opinion

Some interesting reflections on here on why Australians are always in demand for major international events.


Bronwen Largier

September 17, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Vaccine passports, mask wearing might be back if things get bad in England

This week, the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced the plan for getting England through the approaching winter in terms of managing COVID-19.

Last autumn and winter, the country underwent several lockdowns and saw deaths of over 1,000 per day for most of January. Read more


Opinion

What happens in the UK this winter could contain some important lessons for Australia next year.


Bronwen Largier

September 16, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

BESydney has most successful month since pandemic began

In August, the strategic event bidding organisation for Australia’s largest city had its most successful month since the start of the pandemic, with BESydney securing seven meetings.

The bid wins – six international and one national, across the business, environment, science, technology and health sectors – will deliver 5,000 delegates and an estimated $14 million in direct expenditure to Sydney’s economy by 2024. Read more


Opinion

Excellent to see BESydney building opportunities for local industry, especially during this incredibly challenging time for event suppliers, planners and operators.