Laura Bradley

April 1, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

IBTM Events launches online knowledge platform

As part of a plan to keep exhibitors, hosted buyers and the wider industry connected, IBTM Events has unveiled IBTM Connect, a resource hub for business events professionals to access and share knowledge. IBTM Connect will host regularly updated content, including insightful webinars and videos from industry professionals. Some examples include a webinar on how to cope during times of crisis delivered by Gary Bradt, and a session on mental health and wellbeing delivered by Helen Moon.


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To access IBTM Connect, visit: https://www.ibtmevents.com/IBTM-Connect/


Laura Bradley

April 1, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

ATIC welcomes $130 billion JobKeeper package

The Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) has strongly backed the Morrison government’s $130 billion JopKeeper package that was announced on Monday night. Executive director of ATIC Simon Westaway said that once passed by Federal Parliament, the package will represent an offer of hope to Australian tourism enterprises. “For our industry to again prosper to its once lofty heights we need to get on top of COVID-19. But we also need a tourism industry still with oxygen in its veins.”


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I think most people are strongly backing this...


Laura Bradley

March 31, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Travel agencies resume Shanghai group tours

Is this a vote of confidence for the industry? The Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism reported yesterday local travel agencies have resumed group tours of the city. Tour agents are running a limited number of buses, departures and passenger numbers, and all vehicles are thoroughly disinfected and cleaned. All staff must take their temperature and wear a mask before going to work, and all drivers must wear a mask in the vehicle.


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The light at the end of the tunnel is brightening.


Laura Bradley

March 31, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Tourism and hospo workers to light up Las Vegas Boulevard

Hundreds of workers from Las Vegas’ hospitality and tourism sectors will unite this Wednesday with a car parade along the Las Vegas Boulevard, sending a message to the world that the industry will recover. The procession of 300 cars will shine their headlights and blare ‘Viva Las Vegas’ while travelling from Town Square to Fremont Street.


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I think it's fine since they'll be in their cars, but what do you guys think? They should just stay home?


Laura Bradley

March 31, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Preparing for conferences post COVID-19

The Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) is hosting a webinar focusing on conference organisation post COVID-19 on Thursday, April 23. Hosted by co-founder of Carillon Conference Management Pty Limited Ashley Gordon, the webinar will explore survival strategies, make suggestions for guiding clients through the maze of options and delve into getting ready for the ‘other side’.


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To find out more, visit: https://login.redbackconferencing.com.au/landers/page/264694


Laura Bradley

March 30, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

MCEC could become intensive care hospital

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre could become a makeshift intensive care hospital under a plan being considered by the Victorian state government. Preparations are also underway to use part of the venue as a temporary morgue to store bodies of victims of the pandemic. The conversion of the centre would follow the lead of other cities which have re-purposed similar structures. The ExCel centre in London is expected to be ready to take the first of up to 500 patients within days.


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Every business has to switch gears during this period.


Laura Bradley

March 30, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

New initiative to support NZ’s tourism workforce

Go with Tourism has launched a free service to support New Zealand’s tourism workers and businesses through redeployment, guidance, advice, and educational pathways. The platform will offer personalised support via phone or video call, and opportunities for upskilling through a selection of free courses. Go With Tourism is an initiative that was launched in April 2019 by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) to build New Zealand’s tourism workforce.


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To find out more about the service, visit: https://www.gowithtourism.co.nz/


Laura Bradley

March 27, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Taronga Zoo closed for the first time since 1917

There’s probably no better example than how crazy things are when you learn that the current closure of Taronga Zoo hasn’t happened since 1917. micenet was this week chatting to the Taronga CEO, Cam Kerr, who told us this fact along with some details about their brand new 62-room Wildlife Retreat which, like almost every other venue in the country, is sitting idle right now. Learn more in our April edition.


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Wonder if all the animals are roaming free.