Bronwen Largier

June 8, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Australian conservation travel alliance launching this week

Wildlife tour company Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours and not-for-profit koala conservation organisation Koala Clancy Foundation are joining forces to create immersive conservation opportunities for leisure, education, volunteer and corporate travel through a new brand, Conservation Travel Australia.

“Recent surveys are telling us that 70 percent of Australians are concerned about climate change and we’re hearing those same words from participants on our tours,” says co-director of Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours, Roger Smith. Read more


Opinion

Great to see these two organisations getting in ahead of the game and bringing others along with them. Responsible travel looks set to become the way we'll explore the world in the future.


Bronwen Largier

April 19, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Sydney Mardi Gras shows value of events for communities

Through corporate partnerships, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras gave out $248,000 in grants to LGBTQI+ community groups for this year’s festival season.

"It was important for us to work with our partners on supporting the community, in both the short and long term,” said Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger. 

Just one of its three grant programs, which distributed $100,000 in funding, resulted in over 200 artists, DJs and entertainers being engaged, 226 event staff employed and over $300,000 in revenue generated for venues.


Opinion

Another proof point showing how important events are to our way of life.


Bronwen Largier

April 16, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Long recovery predicted for business travel in latest Deloitte Access Economics study

The 2021 edition of the Deloitte Access Economics Tourism and Hotel Market Outlook has forecast that pent up demand from 2020 is expected to support the kick-start of holiday travel, but business travel is expected to have a longer recovery.

Deloitte Access Economics partner and Deloitte national tourism leader, Adele Labine-Romain says this will have critical implications for many corporate travel focused and convention-based hotels. Read more


Opinion

Strap in, we're in for a bit of a tough ride.


Laura Bradley

March 12, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Canberra readies to welcome 800 in-person attendees for Australian Cyber Conference

Australia’s capital city is gearing up for a return to large in-person events, with the 800-pax 2021 Australian Cyber Conference, organised by the Australian Information Security Association, set to take place at the National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC) between March 16 and 18, 2021. Delivered by Canberra-based Conference Logistics (Conlog), the hybrid conference is expected to attract an additional 400 virtual delegates.


Opinion

Interesting topic and great location for it.


Laura Bradley

March 8, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Thousands flock to SCG for new-look Mardi Gras parade

On Saturday night around 36,000 spectators and 5000 participants took to the Sydney Cricket Ground for the annual Mardi Gras parade. This was the first time the event had taken place outside Oxford Street in Sydney since its 1978 inception. The socially-distanced and ticketed event was modified to align with Covid-19 restrictions, with the venue operating at a capacity limit of 75 per cent. All attendees had their temperatures checked before entering the stadium and were urged to remain in their seats.


Opinion

A decent alternative but we'll all be keen to see it return to the streets next year.