Briefing: Read the latest news from the MICE industry

Ripples expected as PCMA appoints Karen Bolinger as APAC MD

US-based Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has put former Melbourne Convention Bureau and key Australian industry figure, Karen Bolinger at the helm of their Asia Pacific arm. 

This appointment will raise PCMA’s profile in Australia, which is bound to send ripples through an already crowded group of meetings industry bodies—at a time when COVID-19 has dried up revenue streams.

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BECA crunches the numbers for industry-specific support

The Business Events Council of Australia has released data highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on the industry, helping build the case for industry-specific support from government.
The data shows that $35.7 billion worth of direct expenditure will be lost over the next 12 months, with 96 percent of events in 2020 either postponed or cancelled.

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Keeping healthy, sane and entertained with Club Med

International resort operator, Club Med, has launched a virtual ‘hub’ of activities to inspire and engage everyone staying at home.

Each week, ‘Club Med at Home‘, features new content including destination workout videos, recipes of Club Med signature dishes and virtual tours.

“Being the experts in active wellbeing and entertainment, Club Med has thought of something for everyone, Share these activities with your co-workers to help everyone stay connected and feeling positive while working remotely.”

BEA opens partnerships to smaller projects bringing in overseas business the numbers for industry-specific support

Business Events Australia (BEA) has opened up its marketing partnerships program to smaller projects to help the industry recover post-COVID-19.

The ‘Advance Program’ provides financial assistance to Australian MICE marketing and distribution projects that bring international business events delegates down under.

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Mackay Convention Centre steps up to host council meeting

The Mackay Regional Council gathered and swore in new members at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre after social distancing measures prevented a meeting in the official Council Chambers.

“The MECC team was delighted to swing into action to set up the venue and deliver it to those viewing via the various channels,” Andrew Bobeldyk, Manager, MECC and Events said.

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