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Mice Net : October 2009
62 mice.net EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Gary Bender World Conference & Incentive Management • Ian Walsh G1 Productions • Linda Gaunt MEA • Rosemarie Sama Reed Travel Exhibitions • Annabel Davis Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre • Lynn Fairbrass Northern Territory Convention Bureau • Sharon Goldie MLC David Grant DGSE • Bryan Holliday ICMS Australasia Pty Ltd • Ruth Lilian • Ros McLeod Tour Hosts • Valerie Percival IBM Australia Limited • Elizabeth Rich Agenda Pty Ltd • Jeremy Garling Great Southern E-vents Editor's letter NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD Russell Bennett Staging Dimensions • Elizabeth Bindon-Bonney BT Create • Katie Clarke Congress West • Anna Guillan Voyages Hotels and Resorts • Suzanne Hart SHE • Peter Kinnane Off-Site Connections Event Management • David Hall David Hall & Associates • Sarah Markey-Hamm ICMS • Sarah Seddon Atlantic Group (V) • Anna Stewart Queensland Conventions & Incentives MANAGING EDITOR email@example.com Gotta thank those Yanks They're a funny bunch those Americans. If you've seen any of The Chaser's War on Everything skits where they ask apparent average Americans questions like how many Eiffel Towers there are in Paris ("About 10"), or how many world wars there have been ("Three"), it doesn't take long to realise that many of them are quite inwardly focused. So their geography may not be the best, and many of them might not know what the currency of England is, but there's one thing that they do better than anyone else -- write reports. They've just done another one in recent months, this time on the business travel sector, which provides some great information that should be of real interest to our little business events community. The report - The Return on Investment of U.S. Business Travel -- was compiled by Oxford Economics, and was commissioned in part by the US Travel Association whose members have been decimated by corporate America's slowdown in the business travel sector. You can read the findings on pages 66 and 67 of this edition of mice.net magazine, some of which should have corporate Australia sitting up and taking notice. Well, it should have if corporate Australia knew about it. Our good friends in some of our mainstream papers appear to have buried the story in their travel section. Which is nuts, because the findings focus on how business travel impacts on a company's bottom line, which surely relates to money and finance. Nevertheless, for the business events community the study is good news. Regrettably, it's completely U.S. focused. We can only hope that one day soon somebody in our world (within Australia) may decide that we need to do something similar on an ongoing basis. In other news, this edition we welcome the best of the best corporate meeting and incentive travel planners from around the world for Business Events Australia's Dreamtime program. (To our U.S. friends, a big hello, and please disregard any comments above about you being a funny bunch. We love youse all!). No doubt Business Events Australia hopes Dreamtime will kick-start the international corporate meetings and incentive travel sector for the remainder of 2009 and beyond. And obviously those who are putting their hard-earned to exhibit hope so too.