Briefing: Read the latest news from the MICE industry

From the editor

Just a week out from Easter and we’re still receiving a steady stream of news & initiatives from the MICE industry adapting to circumstances.

Take a scroll to read up on the latest from the industry, plus take in a few words of productivity advice for those working from home.

Meme of the week

Do you have a ‘shutdown routine’ while working from home?

Productivity expert Steuart Snooks says you should.

2287773.pngIt’s important to be able to separate your work activities from your personal life, to disengage and re-energise. Our modern technology makes it difficult to ‘switch off’ when leaving the workplace and now it’s even harder if you’re working from home. That’s why it’s critical to have some sort of end of day shutdown routine or ritual and make the distinct mental shift from work to home, especially when the two are now in the same physical location. An important step is the powerful symbolic gesture of actually shutting down your computer. This helps you make the psychological switch from work mode to home life.

Read: CINZ announces new event in December

Conferences & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has launched a new event, BE Reconnected, to help ‘kick start’ business recovery.

BE Reconnected will take place at Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland on 1 December, replacing the 2020 MEETINGS exhibition.


AV1 launches studio spaces for virtual and online events

Audiovisual Production Company, AV1, has launched a number of studio spaces for webcasting, called ControlRooms.

The ControlRooms studios allow presenters to arrive safely to the venue, with minimal contact and cast live to a remote audience.

“With the current COVID-19 pandemic, this is an ideal solution for businesses that are looking to continue communicating with their teams, stakeholders and customers in a safe, controlled way.”

The ControlRooms can facilitate a range of remove events, from a full day of speakers to a virtual meeting or event.

Pay want you want: Zest brings their top-notch menu to your door

Zest, located at the Royal Motor Yacht Club in Sydney, is bringing their menu to you with a new delivery service called Zest HOME.

The initiative is designed to help support their workers who aren’t eligible for government support,  who will bring meals to your door fresh, chilled or frozen.

As an added incentive, Zest HOME allows you to pay what you want for your meal. You can pay cost price, or offer more if you’d like to help support their team.

The menu is available online here.

Read: Ruby Princess debacle sparks criminal investigation

NSW Police Commissioner, Mike Fuller, has started a criminal investigation to find out if biosecurity laws were broken following the now-infamous cruise ships’ docking in Sydney last month.

2,700 passengers freely disembarked the Ruby Princess cruise ship in Circular Quay on 19 March, while many were showing cold and flu-like symptoms.


Mantra on Salt Beach completes refurb

Mantra on Salt Beach, located 20 minutes South of the Gold Coast Airport, has recently completed a major refurbishment to its spacious conferencing and events spaces.

The main ballroom, which can cater for up to 300 guests, now features grand double-glazed frosted glass panel doors and fabric acoustic walls and benefits from new and improved technologies including fibre cabled internet, dimmable LED light and integrated data screens.

The hotel’s boardroom has also received a makeover.