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.


Geoff Donaghy

October 21, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Opinion: The role of ICC Sydney and business events in a post-pandemic world

Emerging from the Delta lockdown in Sydney, ICC Sydney’s team is ready to recommence in-person events in line with the NSW Government’s Roadmap to Reopening key milestones and health regulations. With the most challenging days of the pandemic seemingly behind us, the future is once again looking bright as we take a cautious, yet decidedly optimistic view on our recovery. Read more


Opinion

A good insight from the head of one of Australia's largest business events venues.


Joyce DiMascio

October 20, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

From pyrotechnician to president: This is Nicole Walker

The ambitious and highly focussed Chief Executive of Arinex is banking on an exciting future with the company, that in its various incarnations is just two years off celebrating its 50th anniversary. Read more


Opinion

Stay tuned for part two of this story tomorrow.


Bronwen Largier

October 20, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Queensland Government looking to inject $80 million into tourism industry with intrastate travel incentives

With Queensland’s border remaining shut to half of Australia’s population for at least another month or so, Queenslanders are being encouraged to book a “Great Queensland Getaway” to support the state’s tourism industry in the interim. Read more


Opinion

There's a very short timeframe to take up these incentives - the state government is clearly trying to put some urgency into things at the moment.