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Slow & steady: European social distancing measures show signs of lifting

2284580.pngThere are signs that social distancing measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are beginning to relax, as the infection rate starts to be contained internationally.

Some nations—particularly in Europe—are cautiously starting to repeal their social distancing measures, entering a ‘second-phase’ of lockdown.


Gov spends $165m to operate domestic flights as Virgin Australia goes into voluntary administration

2284580.pngThe Australian Federal Government is spending $165 million to keep domestic flights running during the lockdown.

“We know that a strong domestic aviation network is critical to Australia’s success,” Deputy PM McCormack said.

This story comes as Virgin Australia has announced entry into voluntary administration after talks with the government for specific funding failed.


PCOA hosts webinar series

2284580.pngProfessional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) has launched an online webinar for Event Organisers to prepare for post-COVID-19.

At 1:30pm (AEST) on 23 April, the half-hour webinar will discuss rebound lessons learnt from previous crises, like the GFC and the pilot’s strike.

“Effectively the thrust of this webinar will be do whatever you need to do to survive now so that you are in a good position to benefit from a surge in demand later.”

“Trans-Tasman bubble”: travel between NZ and Australia considered

2284580.pngLow and reducing rates of COVID-19 cases in Australia and New Zealand have prompted suggestions that travel between the two nations may resume sooner rather than later.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has suggested that if both countries continue to be successful in slowing the spread, their borders may reopen before the rest of the world.


ICMI launches Breakfast Bites featuring their top talent

2284580.pngEvery Wednesday morning, ICMI Speakers & Entertainers will be running five-minute videos and a live Q&A session with their talent.

This week features CEO of toilet paper company Who Gives a Crap, Simon Griffiths and Founder and President of the Auburn Giants Australian Football Club, Amna Karra-Hassan.

“The Breakfast Bites are jam-packed with generous helpings of knowledge and morsels of motivation that will kickstart your day the right way.”

The sessions run each Wednesday, from 9am AEST.

TCEB steps up to support Thai MICE industry

2284580.pngThe Thailand Convention Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) have announced two projects focusing on digital-based MICE services and health & safety standards.

The digital-based service will provide MICE businesses and entrepreneurs to run virtual events and upskill their employees on digital platforms.

The second service will assist and incentivise operators in the industry to upgrade their health & safety standards, to help reduce further spread of the virus at live events.

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