In brief: Business events news December 2019/January 2020

Qld events to attract $880m

THE 2020 Queensland events calendar is set to inject $880m into the state’s economy, up from $380m in 2015, according to Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones.

The “It’s Live! In Queensland” program features new events including the inaugural ATP Cup in January and The Ring Cycle in November, as well as old favourites like the Birdsville Big Red Bash and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

“Having so many destinations right across the state that are capable of hosting events of all sizes is an incredible competitive advantage and one we will continue to leverage,” Jones said.

Evendo, Livn team up

Event booking platform, Evendo, joined forces with global tour and activities network, Livn in a bid to upgrade and expand its scope for real-time inventory. The partnership gives Evendo access to over 15,000 tour operators across the globe, while access to Livn’s data base will also speed up Evendo’s expansion process by eliminating the need for tech integrations and individual contracts with local suppliers.

“The relationship with Livn is a great opportunity for both parties,” said Evendo CEO Kasper Larsen.

“We aim to work with a broad range of suppliers in the events industry, from tour operators to meeting rooms, food trucks to vineyards, and everything in between.”

DiMascio steps down

Chief Executive for The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA), Joyce DiMascio, announced her resignation last month, revealing plans to take up another position in the events and hospitality industry. “I have done my ‘personal best’ and it’s time to pass the baton to the next CEO to continue to build on the current momentum,” DiMascio said.

“I thank my current and past staff, the board and of course our Members and partners who have helped me to flourish.”

 

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