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Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the completion of the refurbishment of Norwegian
Jewel as part of The Norwegian Edge® program, reaffirming the company’s commitment to
elevating the standard of excellence across the fleet. Following a two-week dry dock in
Singapore for the company’s most extensive enhancement project in 2018, Norwegian
Jewel debuted in Sydney on December 1, showcasing refreshed venues, updated spaces,
premiere entertainment and redesigned staterooms. Offering seven to 19-day itineraries to
some of the region’s most exotic destinations, she’ll spend her summer 2018 and autumn
2019 seasons cruising from Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore, before joining Norwegian
Bliss and Norwegian Joy in Alaska for the North-American summer. “Norwegian Jewel’s
complete renovation showcases our dedication to providing guests with quality experiences
across the fleet and around the world,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive
officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Not only are we revealing updated designs and
accommodations throughout the ship, but guests will also enjoy new venues and three
incredibly exciting shows, one of which premieres for the first time on Norwegian Jewel.”
BESydney and International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) brought the Asia-
Pacific’s global powerhouse to two of the world’s leading economies to discuss
leadership recently. The annual Sydney Speaker Series aims to highlight the true value
of global meetings as a catalyst for conversations and change for international
organisations. Hitting the road, Team Sydney, shared insight and intelligence on the
impact of these meetings to the future of business and society. In New York, Professor
David Sinclair AO, Geneticist and BESydney global ambassador, spoke to an exclusive
audience at the first-ever collaboration between BESydney and Advance (Australia’s
leading global network of Australians and alumni overseas), as part of their ‘Salon
Series’. In London, The Right Honourable Baroness Valarie Amos CH PC, the former
British High Commissioner to Australia and United Nations Under-Secretary-General for
Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator spoke to the importance of
servicing both ‘Local vs Global Societies’ m
The Singapore Tourism Board has published
Singapore’s Q2 2018 Tourism Sector
Performance Report, showcasing some
positive results from Australian travellers. In the
first half of 2018 (January to June), IVA grew by
7.7 per cent over the same period the previous
year to reach 9.2 million visitors. IVA from
Australia grew to 533,000, a two per cent
increase on the same period in 2017,
maintaining Australia’s position in Singapore’s
top five international visitor-generating markets
for 2018 to date, behind: China (1.7 million),
Indonesia (1.5 million), India (0.8 million) and
Malaysia (0.6 million). Together, these markets
accounted for 56 per cent of total IVA in
January to June 2018. As a whole, TR reached
S$13.4 billion, which was a flat performance
compared to the same period last year,
however TR from Australia increased eight
per cent over the same period in 2017, to
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts continues to
expand its footprint in Vietnam with the signing
of Ramada by Wyndham Halong Bay View, a
stylish new hotel overlooking one of the world’s
most iconic seascapes. Scheduled to open in
the first quarter of 2020, Ramada by Wyndham
Halong Bay View will be located in the heart of
Halong City’s main tourist area, overlooking the
breathtaking island scenery of Halong Bay - a
UNESCO World Heritage site. Developed by
Hong Quan Develop and Consultants JSC and
owning company Lac Hong Construction &
Investment JSC, this 200-room waterfront hotel
will provide the perfect base for the rising
number of guests visiting this alluring
destination. Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province,
where Halong Bay is located, welcomed 7.5
million visitors in the first half of 2018, including
2.5 million international travellers. This marked a
14 percent increase compared to the same
period last year.
Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) is
currently crafting its communications strategy
to effectively tell its story and clearly illustrate
the power of meetings on both an economic
and personal level. To achieve this, MMBC is
creating a video series that highlights three
different levels of stakeholders including
corporate CEOs, Canadians indirectly
benefiting from meetings, and meetings
industry leaders in Canada. The goal for phase
one is to have video conversations with three
individuals from each of the above categories.
These videos will be utilised at conferences, on
websites, and in social media campaigns to
educate government officials along with other
industries positively impacted by meetings.
Korea recently secured the 31st
World Congress on Ultrasound in
Obstetrics and Gynecology. The
event will take place in Seoul for
five days in late September to
early October of 2021, welcoming
approximately 2000 clinicians,
academics, and industry experts
from 75 countries. It is the first
time for Korea to host this
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EEAA NEWS | JOYCE DIMASCIO
he Exhibition and Event
Association of Australasia had
another rewarding year in which
we continued to work hard for our
members and the whole business events sector.
We’ve carried our message into all kinds of
forums to ensure the voice of our industry is
heard in both national and international
settings advocating for funding for the
Tourism Australia bid fund, skills and training,
infrastructure, macro policy, visa reform,
workplace diversity and equality,
accommodation and the share economy.
With so many changes of government
ministers and government agency contacts it
can be frustrating and slow – but despite this
we are achieving cut-through. Slowly.
Local councils and state governments in
particular see “events” as catalysts for
visitation and investment. Many are exploring
investing in more venues. This is positive as
without fit-for-purpose infrastructure –
whether venues, airports or transport – you
cannot host events.
There is growing appreciation of the
benefits of business events beyond tourism.
This is due to the relentless work of many
people across our sector who champion the
industry and deliver the proof.
2018 has been a successful year in
delivering on many of our other goals:
I’m proud of our work which puts the
spotlight on creating workplaces where
2018 was a strong year for the business events sector – great exhibitions,
best practice conferences, exhilarating incentives and very important
major events. All of these have helped drive the Australian economy.
women and men can thrive – this was our big message on International Women’s Day and
throughout the year in our mentoring work especially with emerging leaders.
A key new focus of our strategic plan is putting “sustainability” back in the spotlight to ensure
the industry operates with a commitment to reducing waste. Our Sustainability Working Group
and our Young Stars Forums have been exemplary showcases of the seriousness with which
this challenge is being tackled.
I commend those who are already taking big steps to reduce waste and energy consumption
and those companies that are also focussed on leaving a positive legacy in the community.
EEAA’s advocacy work has been strong. We have supported the joined-up efforts of the
Business Events Council of Australia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Skills
IQ and TAFE. When needed, we have also taken matters forward on our own specific issues for
Our Leadership Summit in June brought together the biggest number ever of political leaders
to EEAA events.
For a second year, we were awarded the Global Exhibitions Day award for industry impact by
the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry.
We launched our Careers for Life campaign targeting school leavers, career advisors and
parents – showing the extensive range of careers in our sector.
We have continued to work with the education sector to get more relevant course content
about events into training packages and we launched the first-ever EEAA traineeships to attract
more young people to our sector.
And while it has been a messy year in the Federal political arena, our job is to ensure that our
industry is heard and that the policy and funding opportunities enable our sector to continue to
grow and drive the Australian economy.
Most of all, we have continued to create a strong and vibrant network of professionals
working in the events sector. Engagement and networking have been the foundation of all that
we have achieved.
And we are proud of the many platforms we have created for our industry to connect with
decision-makers in business, government and politics. The job is not over – and we assure you
that we remain committed to deliver valuable service to the business events industry.
My best wishes for the festive season and for 2019. m
For more information about the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia check out:
www.eeaa.com.au our advocacy work or view the Power of Exhibitions video.
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