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Panel Discussion: Re-imagining venues in the new world of events
In the next Adapting in 2020 session, we’ll look at how venues are re-imagining their spaces and event managers are re-thinking their event formats, in the new world of social distancing and hybrid events.

As space becomes a premium and restrictions impact previous room capacities, venues can re-imagine how they use their rooms and outdoor areas to not only provide more options but also innovative options.

And as rooms serve dual purposes of live event spaces as well as virtual studios, event managers need to start re-imagining how they think about and use space.

Gone are the days of just doing what we always did, now is the time for us all to re-think and get creative. As our guests come out of lockdown, they will have new expectations from what they want at venues.

Join us for this 1hr free panel discussion as we look at how venues are being re-imagined, how floor plans are being reworked, how spaces are being converted for new purposes, what event managers need to be thinking about and how you can adjust to this new, but exciting world.

Aug 14, 2020 10:00 AM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Carla Offord
Founder and CEO @The Conference Shop
With over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Carla Offord knows venues. She has worked in hotels across multiple departments including Business Development, run her own destination management company; Southern Highlands Corporate Events, and launched The Conference Shop in 2014. For the past eleven years, Carla and her team have been connecting corporate clients with the perfect venues for everything from incentive trips to conferences, board meetings, executive retreats and seasonal parties. What started out with a focus on regional Australia has now expanded into an international venue-sourcing business. The Conference Shop took an active role in advocating for business events to return to bushfire-stricken regions and, since the COVID-19 crisis, has taken venues online with the ‘Virtual Site Inspection’ program run in conjunction with multiple hotel partners. If you can host an event in it, on it, or near it, Carla knows about it!
Georgie Stayches
Chief Engagement Officer @Fetching Events & Communications
After completing a Bachelor of Media Arts , Georgie Stayches commenced her career at the Australian Open Tennis. From there, her varied career has seen her work at media organisations including Channel Nine and Granada Television (London) as well as major events including the 2000 Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2002 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2006 Asian Games (Qatar). With over twenty years experience in the areas of events, communications and volunteer management at major international events as well as in the private sector, government and not-for-profit sector, Georgie made a conscious career decision over ten years ago to focus on working within the community sector and founded Fetching Events & Communications. Fetching Events & Communications was created to work with organisations including associations, community services, NGOs and charities specialising in event management, communications & volunteer engagement.
Alana Wallis
Event Sales Manager @Arts Centre Melbourne
Often described as a passionate and highly driven professional among her peers and social circles, Alana Wallis has proven to be an essential linchpin amongst colleagues. Over the past 15 years, Alana has successfully helped businesses across Victoria grow and achieve outstanding results through events delivering unique experiences and unforgettable memories. During her career, Alana has developed and delivered successful results through applying effective methodologies resulting in competitive benchmark sales strategies.