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EEAA urges event industry to take initiative on safety procedures in push for government aid

2284580.pngThe Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is suggesting the MICE industry should create safety procedures for post-COVID events—then put them to the government.

EEAA President, Spiro Anemogiannis proposed that—instead of waiting for guidelines on public gatherings—the meetings profession can “solve this problem for government and health agencies rather than be told how we should operate.”


Sofitel Sydney Wentworth puts on a show for quarantined guests

2284580.pngSofitel Sydney Wentworth “struck a chord” with its guests on 22 April, putting on a live show in its outdoor garden terrace for the 400 in-house quarantine guests staying at the hotel.

The quarantined guests looked over the garden from balconies and sung along to classic hits performed by Sydney RNB band, Soul Nights, singer-songwriter Johnny Diesel and DJ Troy T.


US Hotels build cashflow with ‘buy now, stay later’ bonds

2284580.pngSome US hotels have found a creative way to boost their cashflow by turning to their customers for finance instead of the banks.

The hotels are selling ‘bonds’ for future purchases and offering ‘buy now, stay later’ credits to boost cashflow during lockdown.

Unlike purchasing a future room stay for a set rate, the bonds are like cash. If the price of the hotel room drops, your bond is still worth $150—which makes it an attractive investment.


Sydney Olympic Park take guests on 360-degree virtual guided tours


Sydney Olympic Park have spent the last few weeks taking their ‘Virtual VIPs’ on web tours of their park, and have now opened the experience up to Event Organisers.

You can book into the 360-degree online venue tour, where the Sydney & Olympic Park team will take you on a personal guided tour through our event spaces, venue by venue, answer any questions, make recommendations and discuss ideas around your future events.

Auckland Convention Bureau releases video to welcome BE Connected guests in December

2284580.pngAuckland Convention Bureau—which would have currently been hosting the now-postponed CINZ MEETINGS—has released a video welcoming future visitors for the CINZ BE Connected event in December.

“We are excited to support CINZ in hosting BE Reconnected in early December and hope you will join us then. In the meantime, we would like to share a stunning video that captures the beauty and stillness of our region. A region that will be waiting with open arms to welcome you and envelop you in our manaakitanga (warm hospitality).”



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