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Victorian artists are set to take centre stage for close to 4,000 gig-goers as the joy of live music returns to …

October 22, 2021

Food, tourism, hospitality and events industries have a reason to celebrate with specialist training provider William Angliss Institute named the Large …

October 21, 2021

Yesterday’s announcement by the NSW government promising to “turbocharge the recovery of tourism and events” has been generally welcomed by the …

October 21, 2021

This joint statement by theatres in Sydney acknowledges the significant and specific impacts that COVID-19 pandemic has had on the performing arts industry …

October 20, 2021

Today’s launch of the ‘COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan’ by the NSW Government will play a significant role in rebuilding business confidence …

October 20, 2021

Starting tonight, and continuing until 31 October, short video broadcasts, announcing the Finalists and National Winner of each category, will be …

October 20, 2021

More than $530 million will be invested in reviving events across the state and getting tourism back on track as part …

October 20, 2021

Loud, joyous wedding bells tolling throughout NSW is the sound that echoed from NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s announcement that weddings no …

October 18, 2021

Artists, musicians, theatres, venues, festivals and cultural organisations in NSW will be supported with $86 million in funding from the NSW …

October 18, 2021

It seems we can’t take a trick, over the weekend it has been announced live performance theatre shows, music and arts …

October 18, 2021

A late wrap this week – I went out for lunch today for an actual face to face business meeting. The …

October 15, 2021

Federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud was in Brisbane on Tuesday to announce a second round of funding to support agricultural shows …

October 15, 2021

There has been a lot of chatter about bars and restaurants reopening in Sydney this week, but how are things looking …

October 15, 2021

Regional Arts NSW is thrilled with the recent announcement of $3.4 million in funding from the NSW Government for the Regional …

October 15, 2021

There has been quite a bit of talk about a shortage of casual workers in hospitality (in particular, along with cleaners …

October 13, 2021

The resilience of exhibitions and events cannot be under estimated. It wasn’t so long ago the sector’s long term existence was …

October 11, 2021

I don’t want to flood your inbox. Sometimes I post a number of stories in a day but I don’t send …

October 8, 2021

The Hospitality Industry as a whole had to do a double take on NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s recent roadmap to freedom …

October 8, 2021

The announcements by the new NSW Premier should put a skip in every event company step whether a venue, organiser or …

October 8, 2021

Since Dominic Perrottet took over as premier there have been a few minor tweaks to the NSW restrictions roadmap. All roadmap …

October 8, 2021

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is collaborating with Meetings & Events Australia (MEA), Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia …

October 8, 2021

After extensive consultation with the Industry, and in the face of ongoing travel restrictions and uncertainty, the Event Awards decided to …

October 5, 2021

Peter Jones looks at the associations issue. Before I start, I will declare my interests. I am a member of MEA, …

October 5, 2021

The Covid pandemic has had a profound impact on everyone in Victoria over the last 18 months.  It has taken a …

October 4, 2021

Over the past four months I’ve been critical of Gladys’ handling of the latest COVID outbreak in Sydney, which has since …

October 1, 2021

The hardest bit first. Who are we? We all do things that inform, provoke, and make people feel. We help to …

October 1, 2021

On the 28th I posted an article around Making every day count. In it I raised awards, not surprisingly I had …

October 1, 2021

At the beginning of this year I took ASE in a new direction – no more press releases from companies that …

October 1, 2021

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) is deeply concerned and disappointed with the Federal Treasurer’s announcement yesterday to withdraw COVID-19 …

September 30, 2021

As New South Wales heads towards a 70 per cent vaccination rate by October 11, Sydney Showground is preparing to resume …

September 30, 2021

The NSW Government has announced that venues can reopen on Monday 11th October at one person per 4 sqm and that …

September 30, 2021

The NSW hospitality industry is preparing to surge back to some sort of normality following the tight lockdown restrictions this year, …

September 30, 2021

Once again the federal government has delivered a smackdown to workers in the events sector. Over the last three months many …

September 29, 2021

Gary Fitz-Roy on staffing, associations and the future. We all know that planning and preparation are the cornerstones to effective performance, …

September 28, 2021

Talking to venue managers about the reopening in Sydney and a big concern is how to manage unvaccinated people wanting to …

September 28, 2021

Providing the public health risk of Covid-19 remains relatively stable over the next two weeks, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said …

September 27, 2021

55% of respondents to the NZ Event Associations latest survey stated that the recent COVID-19 response has had a considerable financial …

September 27, 2021

The NSW Premier today announced the three stage roadmap to lifting restrictions. However, once again, the announcement was short on detail. …

September 27, 2021

Spare a thought for Melbourne’s best known event producer and AFL tragic. In the podcast I did with Peter Jones he …

September 24, 2021

While city events get the most notice, regional events are often ignored. However events are for more important to the regional …

September 24, 2021

Brett Bower has been involved in the event industry for a long time – both on the production side and performing …

September 24, 2021

Meetings & Events Australia is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 MEA State & Territory and National Awards at …

September 23, 2021

Isn’t it funny how we come to miss something only after we no longer have it?  I raise the point because …

September 22, 2021

Ruth is an organiser.  She became one of Australia’s first In-house PCOs through her work as a Practice Manager for a …

September 21, 2021

I grew up in a country town of around 8,000 people; there was a small airport near the town. In 2001 …

September 21, 2021

Here is a summary of the Victorian Roadmap as it affects events and entertainment Hospitality Phase A: Hospitality businesses can offer …

September 20, 2021

A story of the pandemic roadmaps – with apologies to Charles Dickens Chapter I – The Period It was the best …

September 20, 2021

Peter Jones assesses the Victorian Roadmap Hope for the best but expect the worst. The proverb kind of sums up the …

September 20, 2021

 Regional areas across the country are at risk of not only huge economic losses, but Australian Regional Tourism warns recovery for …

September 20, 2021

Today marks 12 weeks that Sydney has been in lockdown – 3 bloody months – now we know how Victorians feel. …

September 17, 2021

The Australian Festival Industry Conference (AFIC) has postponed its 2021 conference to Tuesday 30 August – Thursday 1 September 2022, due …

September 16, 2021

Experiential agency George P. Johnson Australia & New Zealand (GPJ A/NZ) announces the upcoming departure of Managing Director Caleb Bush as …

September 16, 2021

Arinex’ Digital Conference Organising (DCO) team is celebrating a busy first year in operation, marked by a spate of virtual events …

September 16, 2021

International Convention Centre Sydney has welcomed the industry’s inclusion in the New South Wales government’s roadmap to reopen and is preparing …

September 15, 2021

Now you might remember that the federal treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, said it would be up to businesses to decide if they let unvaccinated …

September 15, 2021

After extensive consultation with the Industry, the Event Awards 2021 Ceremony will join the long list of 2021 events to move …

September 15, 2021

By Nicole Walker, CEO Arinex As we look for ways to rebuild our industry while Australians line up to get vaccinated, …

September 14, 2021

Andrew Walsh is a storyteller who has produced some of the biggest events in Australia and the world.  In this wide …

September 14, 2021

The NSW Roadmap to Freedom for the fully vaccinated has a serious discrepancy regarding weddings and funerals To quote relevant sections …

September 13, 2021

So, NSW has a plan as to how events will look once we get to the magical vaccination rates. Lots of …

September 13, 2021

The NSW Roadmap to Freedom was finally released this week and when you come down to it, despite the cries of …

September 10, 2021

There has been a lot of reaction to the release of the NSW “Roadmap to Freedom” so here are some links …

September 10, 2021

With the anticipation of the NSW road map announcement the events industry was waiting in the hope we may be able …

September 10, 2021

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is delivering an important program of events for Q4, as part of its …

September 9, 2021

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has released a recovery roadmap that they want the Victorian Government to adopt. The framework calls …

September 9, 2021

I’m sure that most people involved in events in Sydney watched the premier’s presser this morning. Here is the gist of …

September 9, 2021

Over the last week Info Salons have advised clients they are closing their Australian operation. Info Salons was founded by Jo-Anne …

September 8, 2021

Dr Jerry Schwartz, owner of one of Australia’s most popular family resorts, Paradise Resort Gold Coast, will make vaccinations mandatory for …

September 7, 2021

A move to a more restricted Level 2 for regions outside of Auckland will make additional support crucial for the business …

September 7, 2021

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® has  announced that CES® 2022, the world’s most influential technology event, will require in-person attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  CES 2022 will take place in …

September 7, 2021

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body and advocacy group representing the UK events sector, has today published …

September 7, 2021

It’s time for a reset. The one thing we have learnt with covid over the last 18 months is how quickly …

September 7, 2021

This week we revisit the interview with Johnny Allen We start with Johnny’s career running music venues in Sydney and the …

September 7, 2021

It has been another hell of a week with COVID cases spiralling in NSW and Victoria and a big push from …

September 3, 2021

Visions in Style owner, Michael Cartwright has developed a rapid antigen testing system for events and business. Covid-19 has absolutely devastated …

September 3, 2021

Sydney’s business events industry is calling for a NSW Government plan to safely restart its operations for fully vaccinated people and …

September 3, 2021

The PM and Premiers are promising things will be very different when we reach 70% and 80% fully vaccinated. But how …

September 3, 2021

We can all remember waiting for each of the COVID restrictions to end and then we knew it was a four …

September 2, 2021

This week Save Victorian Events released the top line results from our second detailed survey of the Event Industry.  We had …

September 2, 2021

New Zealand’s Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) Conference 2021 will be going ahead, three weeks later than planned, in Hawke’s Bay …

September 2, 2021

Following the Victorian Premier’s presser yesterday the Victorian Chamber Chief Executive, Paul Guerra wrote to his members. Some of his comments …

September 2, 2021

This week started off with the promise that we would get a better idea of what will happen when NSW and …

September 1, 2021

The team at Sydney based Event Management Company, Lateral Events, have united  over a common cause – to get vaccinated and …

September 1, 2021

Di Henry’s first parade involved 1000 sheep and a bullock train trundling through the Sydney CBD to promote the Royal Easter …

August 31, 2021

The industry have been so focused on various aspects of recovery, namely insurance and a road map to re-open. However, it’s …

August 30, 2021

Event Producers and suppliers work across business events, public events, private events, festivals and entertainment. They can be broadly split into …

August 27, 2021

It is a very challenging time in Australia’s Event Industry with two states in extended lockdown, many border closures, and a …

August 27, 2021

Up until late June, there seemed to be a path back for the events industry, but now uncertainty prevails again despite …

August 26, 2021

For those of us living in NSW or Victoria some light relief was certainly needed and last night we could sit …

August 25, 2021

I’ve been following Ian Whitworth’s blog “Motivation for Sceptics” since he started it as “Kill all MBAs”, but long before that …

August 24, 2021

To coincide with this week’s Tokyo Paralympics here is the second half of the interview with Sandy Hollway where he reflects …

August 24, 2021

So we can put our own situation into perspective here is a quick roundup of COVID news around the world thanks …

August 23, 2021

MORE than 80 per cent of people support both domestic and international vaccine passports to open a return more rapidly to …

August 23, 2021

What a week – COVID is now rampant throughout NSW, ACT and Victoria and we are still getting mixed messages from …

August 20, 2021

As founder of the National Events Alliance, Gary Fitz-Roy welcomes the recent meeting of BECA with Minister Tehan. Their language is …

August 20, 2021

John O’Brien has a go at dissecting the Victorian Inquiry John has professional experience within many areas of AV (control, lighting, …

August 18, 2021

Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) today announced the difficult decision has been made to defer its annual conference ‘Evolve’ to 2022. …

August 17, 2021

Yesterday, representatives of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) met online with the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and …

August 17, 2021

Libbie Ray left school at 15 to become an apprentice chef in her father’s restaurant. Today she is co-owner of AV24/7 …

August 17, 2021

Over the past few days I’ve been talking to a number of people in the industry about their planning for the …

August 16, 2021

Last year the Australian Government put out a 3 STEP FRAMEWORK FOR A COVIDSAFE AUSTRALIA. This framework spelt out how each …

August 13, 2021

Sydney Showground has announced Darryl Jeffrey as its newly appointed General Manager following the retirement of Peter Thorpe in early July. …

August 12, 2021

University of Melbourne epidemiologist Antony Blakely has told the state parliament inquiry into the NSW government’s response to the pandemic that …

August 10, 2021

There is a lot being written and reported about the vaccine rollout and how that will get us out of the …

August 10, 2021

With the conclusion of the 2020ne Tokyo Olympics it seems like a good time to revisit the interview I did with …

August 10, 2021

The Tokyo Olympics showed large sporting events could safely be held in a pandemic and challenged policy makers to show why …

August 9, 2021

The Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony was even more downbeat then the opening.  Which was disappointing because they actually had plenty to …

August 9, 2021

This week’s slew of information regarding lockdowns, vaccinations and much more took a bit of deciphering – so here is a …

August 6, 2021

Peter Jones shares his reaction to the publication of the Victorian Events Industry Enquiry Peter Jones Well, we knew it was …

August 5, 2021

Venues NSW* is seeking government approval to require patrons to prove they have been vaccinated in order to attend events at …

August 4, 2021

Ever since the cancellation of Bluesfest in March the calls for COVID cancellation insurance for events has ramped up. The live …

August 4, 2021

OK I’m going to try to unpick the federal government’s National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response We keep hearing …

August 4, 2021

BECA supports Australia’s urgent COVID-19 vaccination rollout to #GiveBEaShot.BECA and its network of industry association members continue to advocate for business …

August 4, 2021

Today saw the final report of the Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on Victoria’s tourism and events sectors …

August 3, 2021

In a move that has left many in the event industry questioning a double standard, Gary Fitz-Roy asks why the Federal …

August 3, 2021

Born in the north of England Karen came to Australia as a ten pound Pom. Karen Bollinger takes to the stage …

August 2, 2021

Dull and boring are a couple of descriptors I’ve heard, however I want to go a little deeper. If I had …

July 30, 2021

I’ve previously blogged about events in Sydney not recommencing until after Christmas. Unfortunately today’s developments reinforce that view. First, yesterday’s statement …

July 29, 2021

Until lockdowns “become a thing of the past” the event industry cannot plan ahead without the government providing cancellation insurance. PM …

July 28, 2021

As expected the lockdown in Sydney is to be extended for another four weeks. I figured that now is a good …

July 28, 2021

Arinex Incentives and Corporate Events Senior Account Manager Leonie Ferris-Tonge shares why you should consider a travel reward program to motivate …

July 27, 2021

As we are back into lockdown I’ve taken the opportunity to get some more interviews completed. The new interviews will be …

July 27, 2021

I’ve listened to and read a lot of commentary and concerns from within the event industry over the past year or …

July 26, 2021

The experiments are both on humans. Experiment #1 commenced on Monday – Boris Johnson’s so called Freedom Day. ASE checked what …

July 22, 2021

Entertainer James Bustar has compiled a heart rending video in which members of the arts community tell of the devastation of the pandemic on …

July 21, 2021

The construction industry is up in arms because they have finally been shut down. Welcome to lockdown boys and be thankful …

July 20, 2021

Part two of the interview with Roslyn Mcleod looks a the Olympics and the 21st century Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…

July 20, 2021

Over the past few weeks I’ve been observing the tradies working on building sites as I go for my morning walk. …

July 19, 2021

Hi Melbourne – we really didn’t want to stuff it up for you again, and we feel for you. And just …

July 16, 2021

On ABC RN this morning medical epidemiologist Mike Toole was talking about the modelling done by the Burnett Institute on the …

July 14, 2021

Currently our political leaders are all telling us that they are “listening to the medical advice” before making decisions on lockdowns.  …

July 13, 2021

Roslyn Mcleod OAM started her first business providing tour guides for the 1971 Rotary International Convention in Sydney.  That business developed …

July 12, 2021

Gary FitzRoy has had plenty to say about the situation we find ourselves in as an industry. He went on to …

July 8, 2021

You were right Trevor; July 2021 does still look a lot like March 2020 and that’s still having an impact on …

July 7, 2021

Once again this morning has seen wall to wall media conferences by state premiers and the federal treasurer. The big news …

July 7, 2021

Business events might account for 79% of Victoria’s event industry in economic terms, but frustratingly today they again didn’t get a …

July 7, 2021

National Event Alliance (NEA) are delighted to announce the appointment of Doug MacColl as the interim CEO following overwhelming positive feedback …

July 7, 2021

We are saddened by the loss of every event – whether it is a conference for a not-for-profit group, a product …

July 6, 2021

Philip Carr was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. In this interview Philip talks about growing up in apartheid South Africa, how …

July 6, 2021

How nice that Our Beloved Leader has released a National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response. Which looks like this …

July 5, 2021

Doug MacColl discovers that 100,000 people have lost their jobs in the events sector A Nine Newspapers investigation into inbound arrivals …

July 2, 2021

Currently over half of Australia’s population is under lockdown restrictions of some sort. It appears that the only safe place to …

June 30, 2021

In the second half of the Peter Jones interview we discuss some of the great events he has delivered – and …

June 29, 2021

First held in 1823, the Sydney Royal Easter Show (SRES) is Australia’s largest annual ticketed event, attracting over 828,000 attendees on …

June 28, 2021

In March 2020 the events industry was the first to be shut down when the 500 pax limit was put on …

June 25, 2021

The business events industry’s leadership convened at ICC Sydney earlier this month to prepare for the future of business events in …

June 23, 2021

Peter Jones is Melbourne born and bred; a dedicated Melbourne Football Club fan, despite the team having a miserable track record …

June 22, 2021

At the recent National Events Alliance Meetup at Sydney Showground Gayle Dickerson shared insights into how business sees events coming back. …

June 21, 2021

The latest Victorian outbreak has started to have real bite and again the exhibition and event industry is left in disarray, …

June 17, 2021

This week the Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula, announced new grants for event organisers saying,  “Event organisers have …

June 17, 2021

Media release from Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula   Event organisers, hosts, suppliers, producers and cinema businesses will …

June 15, 2021

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA)​ has announced that Independent Chair of the peak industry body, Dr Vanessa Findlay, has stepped down from the role after leading the business events industry’s advocacy and federal government lobbying efforts throughout the turbulent period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 15, 2021

During the 2020 lockdown I started a podcast – in 2021 we are revisiting those chats. Lena Malouf grew up in …

June 15, 2021

While training at the William Angliss Institute Anne failed egg boiling but managed to run a catering business on the side. …

June 8, 2021

Event organisers are a responsive, take-it-in-your-stride type. Throughout the last 14 months we have found ways to continue meeting despite uncertainty …

June 7, 2021

You don’t expect page 7 of the Sunday Herald Sun ($) and the back page of the Sunday Age to be …

June 7, 2021

As Victorians enter week two of lockdown 4.0 I became aware of massive failure and a missed opportunity. The failure We …

June 4, 2021

The organisers of the Australian Event Awards are providing an opportunity for a State, Territory, venue, government bodies or partnerships thereof …

June 3, 2021

Trina Butler is Senior Director, Global Accounts at HelmsBriscoe Trina works with clients in Legal, Medical, Corporate, High Tech, Government and …

June 2, 2021

IN 2020 there were no evens to cover so I took the opportunity to have a chat with industry colleagues. In …

June 1, 2021

The Victorian government’s announcement of $20m in Event Assistance is a modest, but long needed, step in the right direction.   …

May 31, 2021

We all have memoires of the childhood story of the Little Engine That Could who pushed to get over the mountain …

May 28, 2021

The Acting Premier of Victoria James Merlino has just announced a seven day ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown of Victoria. The lockdown covers “Hotels, …

May 27, 2021

How exhibitions drive economic recovery by enabling growth and recovery is the key theme for this year’s Global Exhibitions Day 2 …

May 25, 2021

In 2020 I did a series of interviews for a podcast series. The idea was to get to know the back …

May 24, 2021

Someone has to come out and say this so it might as well be me. Time to say enough of the …

May 24, 2021

The latest budget papers show that over the next year the Victorian government will give $10.2 million to Melbourne Convention Bureau …

May 21, 2021

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) welcomes the Victorian Government’s commitment to long-term investment in Victoria’s Business Events Program through the announcement of …

May 21, 2021

At Wednesday’s hearing of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Support for the Tourism and Events Sectors, we heard Norwest CEO Matt …

May 21, 2021

Yet again the exhibition and event industry has been left wondering what they have to do to get recognition and any …

May 18, 2021

To celebrate 20 years of publication in 2020 I set out to interview 20 interesting people in our industry and this …

May 17, 2021

Exactly one year ago today, we were advised that Australia had moved up to 12th place in the world for hosting …

May 13, 2021

In March and April 2021, the Australian Event Awards Team reached out to the industry across the country for input about …

May 11, 2021

Originally from Perth, David moved to Sydney with dreams of being a successful rock musician. When that didn’t eventuate he became …

May 10, 2021

This week I’m back to reviewing the COVID situation – How it affects us personally and how it is affecting events. …

May 7, 2021

Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) CEO, Andrew Hiebl, expressed the key role that the health sector will play in the …

May 7, 2021

The tragic preventable death of 44 Israeli citizens during their religious celebrations is just another link in the long ugly chain …

May 7, 2021

The exhibition industry has been one of, if not the worst affected industries as a result of Covid. Unable to operate …

May 5, 2021

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA), calls for the Commonwealth Government to extend the money available under the Business …