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Technology

Event tech company fires employee after footage of alleged racist comments surfaces

Footage posted to Twitter appears to show the now ex-employee taunting a best-selling author after allegedly asking him to leave a dog park and go back to his “hood”.

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Venues

MCEC unveils reopening roadmap, as Victoria reveals details of ‘Vaccinated Economy’ trials

The state’s events industry is ramping up to reopen with roadmaps and roll-outs galore!

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Conferences

Business Events Industry Aotearoa postpones 45th Annual Conference

The conference, which was to be held in Hawke’s Bay in early November, has been moved to next year due to…well, you know why.

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The Big Cheese

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Lizard Island’s Winston Fong

Lizard Island’s executive chef says the pandemic has taught him that he can be extremely flexible…in a resilient type of way, that is. Not the gymnastics kind.

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Destinations

Tourism WA appoints new managing director

Tourism WA’s named its new boss who, you could argue, has a tough task ahead given the state’s strict border ways.

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Business

MICE industry bodies partner up with Beyond Blue to promote mental health recources

The AACB, MEA, EEAA and BB have joined forces to promote ASBFEO’s new NASBO program. Find out what this confusing jumble of acronyms means here.

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Road & Rail

Accor forms new partnership to invent self-driving ‘mobility platform’ for urban spaces

The French hospitality giant has a bold vision of how we’ll all be getting around in the future. This is what it looks like.

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Events

Flight Centre unveils A-list speaker line-up for Illuminate 2021

FCTG is wheeling out a number of A-listers for its corporate travel event but, sadly, there’s no mention of a Hemsworth making an appearance.

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Events

Wacky outback events struggle to survive as insurers slap them with “high-risk” premiums

A Queensland tourism body is calling on the government to help save Australia’s iconically weird outback events, such as Winton’s dunny derby.

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Hotels

IHG’s Holiday Inn brand readies to call West Perth home

We have no idea if election day is coming up for West Perth Council, but this move by IHG won’t do the mayor’s chances any harm.

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Destinations

Victoria’s National Business Events Program is back, bigger and better than ever

Lieutenant Dan Andrews has reopened the Victorian government’s coffers in an attempt to revive business events across the state.

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Meetings

Colombo to host 2022 Asian Development Bank annual meeting

Sri Lanka’s beautiful capital has been given another chance to host the ADB’s annual meeting after COVID-19 forced it online in 2020.

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