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Melbourne update, Events Uncovered exhibitors announced, why Noosa is a dream event destination + more.

In this week’s news wrap-up, we’re covering everything you need to know about the latest Melbourne event guidelines, important news from BECA, plus a healthy dose of event inspiration from our RACV Resorts.

Need more inspiration? Discover the leading venues and suppliers on the A LIST Guide.

Events return to MCEC at ‘very limiting restrictions’

On Thursday 17 June, the Victorian Government eased COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne further, however business events are still heavily restricted.

In response to the easing of restrictions, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has confirmed it is now able to operate business events, albeit under “very limiting restrictions”.

Current restrictions only permit a maximum of 75 people per indoor venue with a density limit of one person per four square metres for both seated and non-seated events.

“We have been advised by the Victorian Government that there are no events taking place in Victoria unless they can adhere to these current restrictions,” MCEC said in a statement.

Further easing of restrictions is expected this Thursday 24 June.

Why Noosa is a dream event destination

Home to uncrowded beaches, picturesque hinterland communities, and national parks filled with scenic waterfalls and rainforest walking tracks, the Noosa region is an evergreen destination loved by visitors from near and far.

Ticking off all the things Queensland is best known for – weather, beaches, local food – Noosa is one of those timeless places that never goes out of style. And just like its location, the RACV Noosa Resort hits all the right notes when it comes to hosting events. Find out why here.

RACV Noosa Resort – Conference and event catering

BECA chair Vanessa Findlay steps down

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) ​has announced Vanessa Findlay will step down from her role as independent chair of the peak industry body.

BECA outgoing chair Vanessa Findlay

Findlay commenced the role in March 2020 to lead the business events industry’s advocacy and federal government lobbying efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

On completing her tenure, Findlay said it has been a “challenging and very rewarding period to work with an industry of such importance”.

“The business events industry makes an incredibly valuable contribution to the Australian economy,” she said.

Moving forward, BECA’s immediate priorities are providing input into the Reimagining the Visitor Economy 2030 strategy which was recently discussed at the Business Events Industry Roundtable delivered by Tourism Australia and BECA.

The council will also start preparing election policy advocacy and strategies on behalf of the business events industry in the lead up to Australia’s federal election.

Why RACV Royal Pines is a Gold Coast gem

Selecting the right venue can be a real headache for conference organisers. When choosing the venue for a conference or corporate event, organisers know that having ample accommodation and versatile meeting and event spaces is just one part of the equation.

If you’re after a premium conference venue that delivers world-class service and facilities, RACV Royal Pines Resort is the ideal location. Beyond the five-star suites and variety of indoor and outdoor event and meeting spaces, the resort offers a world of opportunity for delegates to experience.
Read more here.

RACV Royal Pines Resort outdoor event space

Who’s exhibiting at Events Uncovered 2021?

Events Uncovered will return to Sydney next month, with a full day of in-person discovery, knowledge exchange and connection on Thursday 15 July 2021.

Events professionals are invited to attend the free expo, where a hand-picked selection of expert suppliers and venues will be showcasing their latest event offerings in a fun, engaging environment at SMC Conference & Function Centre.

Among the already confirmed exhibitors are:

  • Australian Turf Club
  • Entegy
  • Honeycomb Agency
  • Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB)
  • Merlin Entertainments
  • Musicland
  • Sprintr by AV1
  • Sydney Masonic Centre
  • Sydney Olympic Park Authority
  • The BlackTies Magicians
  • The Grace
  • Village Roadshow Theme Parks

Register your FREE attendance to the expo here.


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