Top event news you need to know this week


BECA calls for event support, Perth goes into lockdown, planning underway for Events Uncovered and more.

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:

BECA calls for border certainty and JobKeeper extension

The Business Events Council of Australia says the ‘haphazard and unnecessary shutdown of borders’ is severely impacting the confidence of organisers and participants to make commitments on 2021 events.

BECA chair Vanessa Findlay

BECA is calling on the state and federal governments to commit to an evidence-based, nationally consistent approach to managing internal borders, to allow national business events to resume.

“We are not in the position of recovery we envisaged for early 2021 and continue to face extraordinary challenges to ensure the survival of the business events sector,” says BECA chair Vanessa Findlay.

The JobKeeper subsidy, set to end in March, is also of major concern to the peak body, which says many event businesses are now looking at 12 to 18 months of little or no revenue.

“With the impending conclusion of the JobKeeper scheme, the industry is deeply concerned the conditions that led to JobKeeper have not improved for the business events industry,” says Findlay.

“We cannot see a path to recovery for the industry if it does not include some form of ongoing targeted government support.”

Read more here.

Perth goes into lockdown

As of 6pm yesterday, 31 January, the Perth, Peel and South West regions entered a temporary lockdown, after a COVID-19 case was identified in Western Australia.

A hotel quarantine security guard in Perth tested positive to the virus, ending the state’s 10-month streak of no COVID-19 cases.

People in lockdown are only permitted to leave the house for essential shopping, medical needs, exercise for one hour per day, and essential work.

Contact tracing is underway, with the lockdown expected to end at 6pm Friday, 5 February.

Stay up to date here.

AIME 2021 cancelled

ICYMI: AIME 2021 has been cancelled, due to COVID-19 and ongoing border uncertainty.

Organisers Talk2 Media & Events said they were committed to delivering a hybrid event in Melbourne from 15-17 March, however the “difficult decision has been made to cancel the event”.

“Like many other event organisers, we face the challenges brought about by international and domestic travel restrictions despite healthy interest for the event from exhibitors and buyers,” the team said in a statement.

“As the past year has shown, it’s difficult to predict if border closures will be required to slow the spread of future outbreaks.

“We wholeheartedly supported the move to a hybrid format to ensure AIME continued to offer international and local buyers access to the best exhibitors from around the globe. Yet we believe a fully virtual event would remove the live, in-person element – which is the essence of AIME.

“Along with our partners and suppliers, we have poured our hearts into this year’s event. But we are resilient, we are adaptable and we will bounce back with AIME2022 to be bigger and better.”

QLD reopens border to NSW

Queensland has reopened its border to all of New South Wales from 1am today, 1 February.

“It has been a really, really long haul and it has been tough on everybody, but I have always maintained I’ve got to keep Queenslanders safe,” said Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“Now that the chief health officer has recommended it’s safe for Greater Sydney residents to come to Queensland, the borders can come down.”

From today, border passes are no longer required for anyone travelling from NSW, unless they have been in a declared hotspot or overseas in the last 14 days.

Annastacia Palaszczuk speaking to media

Planning underway for Events Uncovered 2021

A LIST Guide and Spice Magazine‘s annual boutiqe expo Events Uncovered is back on again 2021, with planning well underway.

Taking place on 15 July 2021 at Sydney’s SMC Conference & Function Centre, the one-day, in-person event will comprise a boutique expo, a speaker program and networking event.

As always, the expo promises to be a creative, inspiring space – think interactive activations in place of pull-up banners.

Exhibition stands are now on sale, giving suppliers and venues the chance to meet face-to-face with meeting and event planners in a fun, engaging way.

Contact the team to request an exhibitor prospectus or register your interest to attend here.

(Check out the highlights from Events Uncovered 2020 here)

Events Uncovered 2020
Events Uncovered 2019. Image credit: Mr. W Photography

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