Bronwen Largier

March 19, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Fair game or foul: when online ads deceive

You book a few days away in Victoria’s high country. Doing the right thing by your State to boost the local economy. Wary of being caught in another fast COVID lockdown, you’re staying close enough to drive home. All’s well until your break in Harrietville is confirmed by email. It looks different because over the top of your confirmation is a document in the same font and style that confirms your stay at a different property in Bright, about 20 km away. Read more


Opinion

This feels like only the start of the story...


Bronwen Largier

March 19, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

We have lift-off with the first show back at ICC Sydney

This week the Australian Healthcare Week Expo was the first major business event to be held at ICC Sydney since the pandemic began, marking a major milestone for the reopening of the sector. Organised by IQPC, the event attracted good crowds both at the expo and in the packed-out education forums. Read more


Opinion

It's good to be back!


Bronwen Largier

March 19, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Bad weather forces last-minute cancellation of major cycling event

L’Etape Australia, an official Tour de France event had 3,660 cyclists registered and was due to be held in Kiama NSW, which is forecast to receive 90-200mm of rain on Saturday when riders would have been out on the road. “Cancelling L’Etape today is the 100th cancellation or postponement we’ve had to make in the last 12 months, 99 due to Covid, and L’Etape due to 200mm of rain. It’s horrific, but it’s the right thing to do,” said Simon Baggs, CEO of Lateral Events, […]

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Opinion

Sorry to see this award-winning event not going ahead, but at least we're getting back to standard event problems. Remember those?


Bronwen Largier

March 19, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

In the week that would have been AIME, Matt Pearce reflects on decision to cancel

With this week marking where AIME should have been in our 2021 calendars, micenet caught up with Matt Pearce, Director of the event’s organiser, Talk2 Media and Events, for insight into what led to the decision to cancel the event less than two months out, challenges for delivering events in 2021 and what’s ahead for Australia’s flagship – and hopefully international – MICE trade event in 2022. Read more


Opinion

A great insight into the challenges of delivering exhibitions during the pandemic.


Bronwen Largier

March 18, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Crowne Plaza launches live streaming solution

IHG has launched a hybrid meetings solution across 12 Australian Crowne Plaza properties to connect delegates across the country via live streaming. “We’ve spent a lot of time listening to our customers and looking for new solutions to help them meet and travel safely,” said Dean Jones, IHG’s Head of Commercial for Australasia & Japan. “One of the key things we keep hearing is customers have the desire to meet face to face, yet challenges such as ongoing border uncertainty continue to impact confidence levels.”


Opinion

Nice solution combining the best of face to face and virtual while we wait for border certainty.


Bronwen Largier

March 18, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Amid a pandemic, did we forget about physical security threats?

An Australian security expert has issued a warning that the events industry cannot afford to be complacent about major physical security risks. “As the business event industry begins to schedule events, all stakeholders need to understand that there is now a need not only to implement biosecurity measures with temperature checks, social distancing and hygiene, but to validate your physical security systems, processes and procedures to ensure they are relevant to your venue or event,” Director of Vital Protection Eddie Idik says.


Opinion

Because we haven't already got enough to worry about...


Bronwen Largier

March 17, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Bucking the Zoom fatigue trend?

Despite research, sentiment and actual live events pointing to a desire to get back to face-to-face engagement at events, it seems that connecting digitally is still proving valuable. The Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) APAC Managing Director Karen Bolinger says feedback sought from PCMA community was that business events professionals want more chances to network digitally and learn from others during this period of transformation. PCMA’s APAC chapter has launched its March to May event calendar and all events are fully virtual.


Opinion

It seems the pandemic may change the way we communicate in the long term.


Bronwen Largier

March 17, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Iconic Sydney event making a comeback

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour will return to its overwater stage in 10 days. Last year’s season of the same opera – La Traviata – was shut down two weeks out from opening night due to the pandemic. “It was entirely surreal – seeing months and months of hard work literally being torn down without a note being sung,” Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said of last year’s cancellation.  “So we really will be coming full circle when we hit the stage in mid-March […]

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Opinion

An encouraging sign to see this event returning.