Twice a week, this Briefing will be updating you with the latest news coming out of the event industry—find out about the new initiatives, products, refurbs and openings in the MICE market. Plus, we will provide the latest information on government relief and support for the industry.
A lot has happened since last week’s Briefing. In the past five days, the Federal Government increased social distancing measures to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, with indoor gatherings of under 100 requiring four square metres of space per person, and pubs, cinemas, clubs and entertainment venues forced to close.
As the PM puts it, the government is ‘building a bridge’ to the other side of this crisis by boosting their support for businesses doing it tough, which we’ll run you through below.
Also, Alison Jack from Admire Events has put together an insightful article that every event manager having to postpone or cancel their event should read.
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Do you employ staff? You are eligible for govt relief
If you are a business with less than $50m turnover that employs staff, you are eligible for the Federal Government’s Boosting Cash Flow for Employers—which the government increased on Sunday.
This means the government is prepared to pay back all of your PAYG withholding (salary and wage tax payments) from January 2020, up to $100,000. Check with your bookkeeper or accountant to confirm when these payments will be made, and how much you’re eligible for.
The Government has said this won’t be the last boost offered to employers.
Read: Make your event message a pivot not a cancellation
As events are being put on hold or cancelled, Alison Jack, Director of Admire Events, says organisers’ messages need to be less ‘doom & gloom’ and should pivot their messages to a more positive direction.
We would never miss an opportunity to encourage people to attend and engage with us. It’s like we are all ‘deer in the headlights’. So this is what we are going to do: We are going to snap out it.
Be Challenged offers free remote team building
The team at Be Challenged is bringing teams closer together (not physically), with their remote team building offering.
Be Challenged has tailored digital program solutions and a Go Remote App. They are also offering free services:
“We also understand that cash flow is tight, so we are offering a range of FREE remote team building programs, tools and resources as well as a FREE coaching session for businesses who need help or advice. Contact us to learn more.”
Saxton Speakers Bureau outlines their ‘path forward’
Saxton Speakers Bureau has sent out a notice with some immediate solutions for event planners that have been forced to cancel or postpone.
Their notice detailed how their speakers are well-versed in virtual conferencing and webinars, “and can create a dynamic and inspiring experience online.”
Plus, the bureau is also offering virtual strategy sessions with key thinkers and updating their podcast ‘Let’s Talk.’
Amora Riverwalk Hotel Melbourne unveils ground floor transformation
The ground floor of the Amora Riverwalk Hotel in Richmond has had a $5m ‘glamorous makeover’ with a new reception, lobby, hotel bar, courtyard/courtyard bar, as well as exterior canopies, signage and lighting on Bridge Road.
The refurbishment also included the complete retransformation of the former marquee area into an Events Pavilion featuring a ‘green roof’, with a capacity for up to 350 people.
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