Graeme Kemlo

August 3, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Peter Jones: Cancellations, fingers crossed, it’s a roller coaster in events

Event specialist Peter Jones AM lost three big jobs last week – the AFL Grand Final Parade which he’s done for 23 years and two special Australian Olympic dinners in Melbourne and Sydney.

He describes it as “[It’s] all a bit of a roller coaster… we’re alright down here at the moment but that doesn’t mean it will be OK at four o’clock this afternoon”. Read more


Opinion

Vaccination is becoming the most urgent solution for our industry.


Bronwen Largier

August 3, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Melbourne locks in 5,000 pax international psychology conference for 2028

The six-day International Congress of Psychology will be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in 2028, with an anticipated attendance of 5,000 delegates contributing an estimated $39.2 million to Victoria's economy.

By the time the conference is hosted in Melbourne in seven years’ time, it will have been four decades since the congress was last hosted in Australasia. The 2028 congress will be only the second time the region has hosted the event in 132 years. Read more


Opinion

A bright spot ahead for Melbourne's events industry.


Bronwen Largier

August 3, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

It’s internal promotion season, apparently

After we ran the news of Marriott International and IHG’s flurry of internal promotions yesterday, we’ve had even more appointment news – half internal – reach us for today.

Crystalbrook Collection has made recent GM appointments for three of its seven hotels, while ICC Sydney has promoted from within. Read more


Opinion

Congratulations to all these new appointments - exciting times ahead for you.


Bronwen Largier

August 3, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Sydney lockdown pushes outback festival debut into 2022

Sydney’s lockdown has caused the inaugural Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash to be postponed for the second time in a month, with the event now to be held in 2022.

The outback music festival was originally scheduled to be held August 19-21 this year, before being rescheduled to September after the Sydney lockdown settled in for the long haul. Organisers have now made the call to move the festival to April 21-23 next year. Read more


Opinion

Another casualty of the pandemic and the Sydney lockdown.


Bronwen Largier

August 2, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Marriott and IHG make big internal appointments

Marriott International has promoted four key talent into General Manager roles across Australia while IHG Hotels and Resorts has created a new Managing Director role for Australasia and the Pacific.

Three of the four at Marriott have spent more than a decade with the brand, with two clocking more than 20 years. Read more


Opinion

Congratulations to all the new appointments. Great leadership is especially needed at times like this.


Bronwen Largier

August 2, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Lockdown of South East Queensland extended with 31 cases linked to outbreak

Brisbane and 10 other LGAs have been locked down until 4pm Sunday August 8 after a hotel quarantine leak brought about seven locally acquired cases of COVID-19 between Thursday, when the first case, a Brisbane school student, tested positive, and Saturday. There are now 31 cases associated with the outbreak, including 13 announced this morning.

The extension of the lockdown has also caused the cancellation of Ekka, the Royal Queensland Show, which was set to kick off on Saturday. Read more


Opinion

Two major agriculture shows down in two weeks. What's next? Vivid Sydney?


Joyce DiMascio

August 2, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

MEA calls on industry to continue to “lead by example”

Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) has called on the events industry to do all it can to help the industry get back on its feet by getting behind the lockdowns and by continuing to show compliance leadership.

The association’s new CEO, Peter McDonald, said he was aware of the difficulties the lockdowns caused for the events industry and the wider community, but it was important that everyone helped tackle the spread of COVID by adhering to the restrictions. Read more


Opinion

Yes, some apparent attitudes towards both the lockdown restrictions and the risk of getting and spreading COVID in Sydney - as evidence by a lack of compliance - are, quite frankly, shocking.


Bronwen Largier

August 2, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Certainty and uncertainty as some vaccine thresholds announced for Australia’s plan to live with COVID-19

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the first two vaccination targets to move to phases two and three of the nation’s plan to live with COVID on Friday, with at least 70 percent of the eligible population needing to be vaccinated before we move out of the current phase, in which two Australian capital cities are currently locked down to combat the highly infectious Delta strain of COVID-19. Read more


Opinion

There is no certainty during a pandemic, it seems.