Everything you need to know in events this week


New event restrictions, convention centres reopening and what our industry leaders are doing to restart events.

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing daily, we’re rounding up the latest updates and information relevant to events professionals.

Here are the biggest stories you need to know for the week ahead:

Event industry leaders push for border reopening

Reopening Australia’s state and territory borders is the “single most critical restriction” that needs to be dealt with in order to rebuild the business events industry, according to Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) chair Vanessa Findlay.

Findlay, along with Andrew Hiebl, CEO of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, appeared before the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 on 20 August.

BECA called on the government for more clarity around the reopening of state and territory borders to allow business events to resume.

“It’s our absolute priority at the moment,” she said.

“Others come quickly after that but, until border restrictions are lifted, there isn’t a lot that we can do to rebuild our industry.”

Vanessa Findlay and Andrew Hiebl appear in front of the Senate Select Committee

Queensland introduces more restrictions

Queensland has introduced new restrictions across several local government areas, including Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Gatherings in private homes and public spaces are now restricted to a maximum of 10 people, however this does not apply to businesses operating under a COVID Safe plan.

Therefore, business events can still go ahead in venues that are operating under a COVID Safe Industry Plan, a COVID Safe checklist, COVID Safe Site Specific Plan or COVID Safe Event Plan.

The latest updates are available here.

Convention centres begin to reopen

Major convention and exhibition centres across Australia are preparing to reopen, following months of forced closure due to COVID-19.

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) officially reopened last week with a strict COVID-safe plan in place.

Western Australia currently has no limit on business events, however a ‘one person per two square metre’ rule applies.

“We have over 16,000 square metres of event floor space and 20 dedicated meeting rooms and will be taking every precaution required by state health authorities to maintain the safety and wellbeing of our patrons,” said PCEC general manager Nigel Keen.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has also reopened, hosting its first major event since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has been busy planning for its reopening. The venue has launched a comprehensive VenueSafe Plan, ensuring it is ready when it is safe to reopen.

“We’ve been working hard to ensure we have the right health measures in place to give our customers, visitors and people the confidence they need when our doors reopen,” said MCEC chief executive Peter King.

It’s time to lock in EOY events

Despite ongoing uncertainty around COVID, the Christmas period is getting closer and closer, which means it’s time to start thinking about your EOY corporate events.

Yes, celebrations might look a little different this year, but there are still lots of creatives ways to say thanks to your corporate team!

Why not host an intimate dinner in a penthouse suite at the newly refurbished Fraser Suites Sydney or organise a private event at a COVID-safe venue such as Customs House Brisbane.

For groups who are unable to meet face-to-face, why not try a virtual team building event with Be Challenged or hire a trusted AV and technology supplier to bring a virtual EOY event to life.

Fraser Suites Sydney
Fraser Suites Sydney Penthouse

For more EOY event and Christmas party ideas, browse hundreds of trusted event venues and suppliers here.

Featured image: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

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