Joyce DiMascio

June 15, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

New Festival of Boating replaces Sydney International Boat Show in 2021

The return of the Sydney International Boat Show has been delayed until 2022 with a smaller Sydney Festival of Boating to take place in 2021 instead.

The festival is being presented by the Boating Industry Association (BIA) in place of the traditional mega event, which has not run since 2019.

The event will be held at ICC Sydney between July 29 and August 1 2021 across the upper-level exhibition halls and with undercover exhibitor displays on the rooftop Event Deck. Read more


Opinion

It's pretty hard to have an international boat show when the international borders are shut.


Joyce DiMascio

June 11, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

ATE’s transformation sees major innovations and commitment to sustainability

Much has changed at Tourism Australia’s biggest tourism trade showcase, the Australian Tourism Exchange 2021.

After being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the format for the show’s 41st edition was totally redesigned for a pandemic-era return.

For the first time, ATE is being delivered as a hybrid event and stretched across two weeks, with ATE Live running between June 6 and 9 this week at ICC Sydney and ATE Online kicking off yesterday and running to June 17. Read more


Opinion

Great to see that despite no international attendees in person and Melbourne delegates being unable to attend the live event, up to 1,000 people still made it to the Welcome Event.


Bronwen Largier

June 11, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Australia’s strict COVID-19 measures pay dividends for global reputation in latest Liveability Index

Australia’s pandemic measures have boosted our global reputation according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest Global Liveability Index.

For the first time in some years, there are four Australian cities in the top 10 – Adelaide at number three, Perth ranked sixth, Melbourne in eighth spot and Brisbane rounding out the top 10. Sydney is ranked 11th. Read more


Opinion

I'd be curious to see the data that places Sydney outside the top ten, especially in the current circumstances.


Graeme Kemlo

June 11, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Icy blasts, blackouts, some freedom…but no long weekend joy

For another seven days Melburnians cannot venture more than 25km from home, an edict that effectively shuts down the traditional Queen’s Birthday long weekend winter break for Victorians and for the struggling hospitality and tourism industries.

Last week the Victorian Tourism Industry Council, a peak body for the state’s tourism and events industries, surveyed members who reported that the majority expected to lose thousands of dollars in cancelled bookings over the long weekend. Read more


Opinion

A pertinent reminder of how much the whole of Victoria is impacted by Melbourne's ongoing restrictions.


Bronwen Largier

June 10, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

MEA postpones national conference

With continuing uncertainty in Melbourne – despite its hard lockdown set to lift tonight at midnight – Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has postponed its national conference, Evolve, from July 1, 2021 until September 8.

The flagship live event hub for Evolve 2021 is Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, supported by satellite hubs in Sydney at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and in Brisbane at Sofitel Brisbane Central, alongside a virtual option for those who can’t join in person. Read more


Opinion

Not an altogether surprising move given the conference was scheduled to take place in three weeks time and a path to restarting events after the lockdown has not yet been established. And who knows if state borders will be open to Victoria?


Joyce DiMascio

June 10, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Masterclass encourages associations to use disruption to “reimagine their events”

The questions from participants representing national associations kept coming and coming in the inaugural Masterclass about navigating the new event organising landscape for members of the Associations Forum.

The body, which represents around 600 associations, joined forces with Connected Event Group for the virtual program that unpacked the latest lessons for operating in the virtual, hybrid and live event landscape this week. Read more


Opinion

If ever there was a time for associations to rethink how they do events, it's now.


Bronwen Largier

June 10, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Melbourne’s lockdown set to lift but clarity lacking around settings for events

Melbourne’s lockdown conditions will ease significantly at midnight tonight, although many restrictions will remain in place for at least the next week. Whether events can be held also remains unclear.

From midnight, Melbournians will be permitted to leave home for any reason, food and drink venues will be allowed to host up to 50 customers indoors, shops will reopen and outdoor seated entertainment for up to 100 people can take place. Read more


Opinion

Although this state government has made some encouraging steps recently in recognising the challenges faced by the events industry during the pandemic, it's frustrating to see no clear guidance given to the industry about what is permitted as restrictions ease.


Bronwen Largier

June 10, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Business Events Tasmania champions Launceston as a conference city

The state’s convention bureau has released a video highlighting the potential for the city in Tasmania’s north to host business events of up to 500 attendees.

“When talking to our market, we hear that people know about Tasmania’s capital city Hobart but outside of that, their knowledge of our beautiful Tasmanian cities is relatively low,” says Business Events Tasmania CEO Marnie Craig. Read more


Opinion

While our international borders are closed, there's no better time to explore lesser known Australian conference destinations.