Bronwen Largier

October 25, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Victoria tweaks and extends Victoria’s reopening roadmap

Once the 90 percent target is reached, all capacity restrictions will be lifted for both indoor and outdoor events, although events with large numbers of younger children may not be able to operate at full capacity. Full vaccination will continue to be a requirement to attend events for the foreseeable future. Read more


Opinion

Victoria now has a strong roadmap for the return of large events.


Bronwen Largier

October 25, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Auckland to come out of lockdown at 90 percent vaccination as New Zealand announces COVID-19 Protection Framework

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a 90 percent vaccination target to move the nation from its current four level alert system, which is based on lockdowns and progressively harsher restrictions, to a new traffic light system which grants more freedom to the fully vaccinated and to businesses which chose to be only welcome fully vaccinated patrons. Read more


Opinion

It's worryingly unclear when Auckland will be able to host business events larger than 100 people.


Joyce DiMascio

October 25, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Sofitel Adelaide to open on November 4

Adelaide is excited. And the business events industry should be excited too. It’s a big deal to open 24 floors of new hotel space. It’s a super big deal when it’s a premium five-star hotel and the first international big brand to open in the city in 30 years. Read more


Opinion

Great to see this property opening. We're excited too.


Bronwen Largier

October 22, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Melbourne comes out of lockdown

Hitting its 70 percent vaccination target on Wednesday, Melbourne came out of lockdown at midnight, ending more than two and a half months of stay-at-home orders for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

From today, up to 20 fully vaccinated people will be allowed indoors at hospitality venues and up to 50 people outdoors, with density limits of one per four square metres both inside and outside. Entertainment venues can have 50 patrons outdoors only. Read more


Opinion

Welcome back Melbourne!


Bronwen Largier

October 22, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Tourism Australia releases latest research into corporate sentiment for business events

Tourism Australia’s specialist business events unit, Business Events Australia, has released its latest wave of research tracking the evolution of corporate sentiment towards holding business events throughout the pandemic.

The latest research shows the impact of lockdowns over the last four to five months, with 77 percent of the 452 respondents saying they had cancelled or rescheduled at least one event since June. Read more


Opinion

Winter lockdowns certainly had a big impact on business over the last four months, but confidence has been surprisingly lightly impacted.


Joyce DiMascio

October 22, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Major lobby group launches call for a national conversation on Australia’s future

This week, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) released its major strategy paper at its annual Leaders’ Summit which was attended by Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers.

ACCI represents major Australia businesses as well as approximately 130 associations including business events, hotels and tourism peak bodies. Read more


Opinion

It's good to keep across what national business lobby groups are doing to see what we can leverage from a business events perspective.


Graeme Kemlo

October 22, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Yarra Valley’s back in business events

The Yarra Valley, just outside Melbourne, has flagged its readiness to stage business events again with a briefing in anticipation of the state’s first day of freedom for 77 days. A range of partners participated in a virtual presentation to showcase the region’s capability in staging large scale events, trade shows, mid-sized meetings or smaller corporate retreats just one hour from either the CBD or Tullamarine Airport. Read more


Opinion

Great to be seeing news about getting ready to restart business events.


Joyce DiMascio

October 21, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Part 2: This is Nicole Walker – Q and A

The pandemic has caused much disruption but one of the positives is that it has allowed a new generation of leaders to step up and take responsibility for the challenges ahead. Arinex CEO and newly elected President of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Nicole Walker is one of those.

Joyce DiMascio sat down with Walker to explore her philosophies, views on the industry and who inspires her. Read more


Opinion

Good to have another influential figure who is keen for a singular industry voice.