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Mice Net : February 2009
thumbs up-down THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN Good news from the Tasmania Convention Bureau came through last month with the body reporting a 153.83 per cent growth on budget targets for the association sector for the first half of the financial year. This equates to 13,845 delegates, 51,395 room nights and more than $21 million for Tasmania. The TCB is also on track for its corporate meetings and incentive travel targets, achieving 52.39 per cent of budget in the first six months. There’s nothing we can really do about it but the shifting of AIME in 2010 from its traditional February timeslot to April (27-28) is a bit of a bummer. AIME is a great start to the year – a catch up for the industry generally. Reed Travel Exhibitions cites Chinese New Year and availability or lack of it at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in February 2010 as the reasons. The amount of positivity in this industry is astounding. In late 2008 mice.net magazine held a meeting with its editorial advisory board composed of people including David Grant, Lyn Fairbrass and Gary Bender (see full list on the editor’s letter page – page 8). Despite the global financial meltdown these individuals agreed the business events industry would continue to survive and prosper. A good news story if ever there was one. Another kick in the guts for the Australian tourism business with the UK announcement late last year of a tiered Air Passenger Duty (APD) for departing passengers depending upon distance travelled. Apparently those travelling to Australia will be hardest hit with passengers forking out $200 in passenger tax because the long-haul flight has the largest environmental impact. The tax isn’t due to come in for another few years, however, it could have an impact on the industry when it does. L&R Contract Business Services’ Ruth Lilian sent mice. net a thumb’s up for the efforts of staff at Carriageworks at Eveleigh which hosted the Salvation Army Christmas Day lunch for close to 1000 people. Ruth said attendees were served a two-course sit-down lunch at tables beautifully set and decorated, all by volunteers (Ruth was also a volunteer). “The staff at Carriageworks were on hand for every little item that might have required attention, having given up their day as well to assist the cause,” Ruth said. “The space is brilliant and certainly ideal for any large convention/event function. The outside space is also excellent for pre-dinners or any form of entertainment.” www.sydneywideconferences.com.au is a comprehensive directory of venues, accommodation, team building activities, conference and exhibition services in Greater Sydney. Log on as we can help you plan your next conference, exhibition or event. 14 mice.net