All the event news you need to read for the week ahead


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A new event space inside a football store, the trans-Tasman travel bubble opens in a week and states offer funding for events.

At A LIST Guide, we’re not only a one-stop shop for sourcing the best venues and suppliers for events, we’re also dedicated to keeping event professionals up to date on the latest industry news.

To kick off the working week, here are the latest industry headlines you need to know:

PCOA sees strong demand for in-person events

Feedback from the announcement of Tasmania as the venue for the PCO Association’s 2021 conference has shown there is a strong desire for people to meet in person, says association president Barry Neame.

“That desire is not surprising, as many of us are working alone at home, with all our news updates being fed to us through conventional screens on TVs, laptops, and phones,” he said.

“Our PCOA community is telling us there are times that it can be really exhausting to sit there and watch the screen for hours on end.

“People are looking for that human connection and the atmosphere that comes with having a group of people in a room.”

Neame said PCOA 2021 will “go beyond the buzzwords” and offer an education program filled with practical learnings and solutions.

“Our members will hear from the best national and international industry thought-leaders as they share knowledge, new ideas and expertise that they can implement in their work, business and career,” he said.

“Members can expect networking opportunities that will create space for authenticity, participation and new connections.”

Expressions of interest are open online.

Trans-Tasman bubble kicks off in one week

In one week from today, travellers in Australia and New Zealand will be able to cross the ditch freely, as the trans-Tasman travel bubble commences.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed quarantine-free travel will begin on Monday 19 April.

The news was welcomed by business events leaders in New Zealand, who said Australia is one of their most significant markets.

“Australian clients are telling us they want to meet and do business person-to-person in New Zealand, and we can’t wait to welcome them back,” said Business Events Industry Aotearoa chief executive Lisa Hopkins.

“This is a much-deserved relief for our business events industry members who have really battled for the last year.”

New Zealand ready to welcome Aussies again. (Unsplash: Tobias Keller)

An event space for football fans

A LIST Guide is excited to welcome a newcomer to our collection of event venues: CURVA Cucina & Bar.

This Sydney event space is truly one-of-a-kind, located inside the world’s biggest football store, Ultra Football.

Situated in Alexandria, CURVA Cucina & Bar is ready to host groups of up to 50 people, especially those who live and breathe the world game.

However, it isn’t all about the round ball. The venue offers a contemporary Italian menu and centres around a stunning woodfired oven, pumping out pizzas and a range of meat and vegetable dishes touched by the open flames.

Find out more here.

Events Uncovered is back

It’s time to reconnect and be re-inspired by the world of events!

Events Uncovered is back in 2021 to do just that: bring the industry together in person for a day of discovery, networking and knowledge exchange.

Taking place on 15 July at SMC Conference & Function Centre in Sydney, event planners are invited to attend the free expo, and secure tickets to the knowledge sessions and networking events.

Register your interest at eventsuncovered.com.au to be among the first to secure tickets.

Events Uncovered 2020
Events Uncovered 2020. (Oneill Photographics)

Funding for NSW and Victoria business events

A range of new funding packages have been announced for business events across Australia’s states and territories.

Among the latest to become available are support packages in New South Wales and Victoria.

In late March, the New South Wales Government committed $5.5 million to support the state’s business events industry.

The Business Events Industry Support package will be made available in the coming weeks, to help restart business events, conferences and conventions across Greater Sydney and NSW.

Just last week, the Victorian Government also acknowledged the value of business events, with a new funding package to attract more events to Melbourne.

The program will offer funding of up to $25,000 for eligible events including conferences, exhibitions, workshops and seminars.

The grants can be used to fund venue hire, accommodation, transport and other event costs, with 50 per cent payable before the event commences to minimise any financial risk.


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