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Western Australia gets multi-million-dollar boost for event industry

The government of Western Australia has handed down its 2022-23 State Budget, announcing an increase of A$31 million (US$21.8 million) in funding for tourism events. This includes A$20 million for a new Major Events Fund,...

Geelong’s new venue to be managed by MCEC operator

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust will operate the future Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCEC), set to open in 2026. GCEC will be developed on the Geelong Waterfront precinct as part of the Geelong...

IMEX returns to human connections in Frankfurt next month

The global business events community will gather in Frankfurt next month for IMEX 2022, with strong interest radiating from both suppliers and buyers. An international range of suppliers – destinations, venues, technology providers, incentive companies...

Accor sharpens hybrid meetings solution across the Pacific

Accor has launched ALL CONNECT, a hybrid meetings concept supported by a range of technology partners including Microsoft Teams, Events Air, Encore and AV Dynamics, at several properties across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. ALL...

Hong Kong eases barriers to non-residents

Foreigners who are non-residents of Hong Kong will finally be allowed to enter the special administrative region of China from next month. They will be subject to the same arrival procedure as residents, which calls...

Singapore drops pre-departure tests for fully-vaccinated entrants

Travellers fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will no longer need to take any Covid-19 tests to enter Singapore from April 26, as the country lowers her Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) alert levels. This decision...

Thailand scraps on-arrival PCR tests, lowers Covid insurance coverage

Thailand is further lowering entry barriers for international travellers, with on-arrival PCR tests being scrapped and minimum Covid insurance coverage being cut from US$20,000 to US$10,000. The latest round of changes will come into effect...

Emirates ramps up global operations

In a bid to rebuild its global network to meet growing travel demand, Emirates will restart operations to Bali, London Stansted, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires progressively from May 1, as well as...