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MICEBTN - March-April 2019 • Page 35 NOw 2019 scheduled for Brisbane 05-07 April oPeRA Queensland and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University are col- laborating to present the inaugural new opera Workshop 2019 (noW 2019) in Brisbane, Australia from 05-07 April 2019. The three-day event gathers leading Australian and international opera com- posers, directors, librettists and producers to explore the future of opera and interro- gate the art form. Renowned author and librettist David Malouf will deliver the keynote address, while ArIA Award-winning musician Meg- an washington will preview excerpts from a new opera commissioned by opera Queensland and Queensland Conser vato- rium Griffith University. Participants also will be able to attend a performance of the Helpmann Award-win- ning A Flowering Tree with an introduction by guest conductor and opera Queens- land’s artist-in-residence, natalie Murray Beale. opera Queensland artistic director and ceo Patrick nolan says noW 2019 also features presentations, discussion panels and student showcases, spotlighting eight composers from Queensland and new South Wales. “So much of opera centres on works from the distant past, perhaps because the challenge of creating new opera requires a huge investment of time, resources, creativity and energy to make it work,” said nolan. “noW 2019 provides an opportunity for us to have a focused conversation and detailed exploration of the form and its future possibilities in the modern world." New BESydney roles for Tan and Gonzalez PEIRUI Tan has been promoted to director – Europe and Asia for BESydney, commencing 01 April 2019. Tan takes over the role from Mar- tin Boyle, who has led the strategic bidding organisation’s European office for the past six years. Boyle departs BESydney to head up the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers as chief executive. Tan will continue to operate from Frankfurt, and will be supported by Sebastian Gonzalez, who has been promoted to the position of senior manager – Europe. He will move to Germany from BESydney’s Australi- an headquarters in May this year. Peirui Tan Sebastian Gonzalez Meetings set for Italy 15-18 November ConneCTIonS, a networking and event organiser for the luxury travel sector, will hold this year’s Meetings edition event in Valle d’Aosta Courmayeur, Italy from the 15 – 18 november 2019. Dedicated to professionals in the high-end meetings and incentives sector, Connections Meetings will welcome up to 80 decision makers in Valle d’Aosta and connect global event planners with suppliers that offer innovative event services. Delegates attending will take part in one-to-one meetings which are enhanced with local, authentic experiences including wood car ving and a masterclass in making La Grolla (a local coffee drink with grappa). Connections Meetings will also include an educational program focused on meetings and incentives trends for delegates. Cologne passes the 50,000-event threshold GErMAny’s Cologne meetings market has passed the 50,000-event threshold for the first time. A total of 52,747 events (conventions, congresses and other events, +6.5 per cent) with 4.3 million participants (+8.5 per cent) were held last year. events held in confer- ence hotels increased by 6.6 per cent. one reason for the growth in both areas was the significant rise in the number of event venues, with 17 new or renovated venues taking the total from 174 to 191. The added venues consisted of a convention centre, two conference hotels and 14 event locations, most with smaller seating capacities. Corporate events continue to top the list of conventions and congresses, accounting for 68 per cent of the total. Banking and insurance are still the most important sec- tors in this category, followed by medical and pharmaceutical and communication companies. For international events, the Uk again was the most important source market for Cologne, followed by the USA. Any areas or tourist spots I should avoid? Hoi An in daytime could be too hot for some guests. If I want to bring home a memento of the trip what would you suggest? Vietnamese brand coffee with a dripping cof- fee set or a vietnamese typical conical hat. Top: Vietnamese conical hats. Above: Vietnamese dripping coffee set.