Laura Bradley

February 26, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Newcastle is hosting a month-long mega food celebration

This April, Newcastle will present Newcastle Food Month (NFM), a 30-day celebration of its dining scene. The event will kick off with Le Diner en Blanc on Saturday, April 10, which will see more than 1000 people take to the streets dressed in white for a Parisian-inspired pop-up dinner. Newcastle will be one of 80 cities around the world hosting this event. Le Diner en Blanc will be followed by 100 food-focused events, including ‘plate dates’ which will engage more than 60 local venues offering their speciality on a plate.


Opinion

Sounds AMAZING. I'd love to go.


Laura Bradley

February 26, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Your weekly grin and tonic

With the beginning of the vaccine roll-out happening this week, Darren Isenberg thought about how it would bring better days to many, many people who deserve it. Therefore, this week’s grin and tonic reel is a collection of people who PARTICULARLY deserved better days. Enjoy the video here: https://www.dipresents.com.au/grin-tonic


Opinion

Nothing beats a bit of schadenfreude on a Friday.


Laura Bradley

February 26, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Moreton Hire builds vaccination super hubs

Moreton Hire, a company which traditionally provided equipment hire for events and exhibitions, has been deployed to build temporary vaccination super hubs on behalf of Western Health in Victoria. Since January, the company has been engaged to build a temporary vaccination clinic in a multi-deck carpark at Sunshine Hospital and at the Melbourne Airport; a scope that includes temporary walls for cubicles, assessment spaces and more.


Opinion

Great pivot guys.


Laura Bradley

February 25, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

APAC hotel sector to recover in 2023, report finds

Investment management company Colliers International has released its Hotel Insights Q1 2021 report this week, with a key finding being that hotels in the Asia Pacific region will return to 2019 occupancy levels in 2023. Noting that recovery is dependent on mass vaccinations in Europe and the United States and the re-opening of borders, executive director at Colliers International Govinda Singh said that travel will re-bound over the next three years to at least pre Covid-19 levels.


Opinion

Here's hoping.


Laura Bradley

February 25, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Marriott appoints new CEO

After the recent passing of Marriott International’s chief executive officer (CEO) Arne Sorenson, the hotel giant has appointed Anthony Capuano as its new CEO. Prior to this appointment, Mr Capuano had been group President and was responsible for overseeing Marriott's global development and design efforts, as well as global operations.


Opinion

Big shoes to fill, but I'm sure Tony can fill them.


Laura Bradley

February 24, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

New BDM for Business Events Perth

Lauren Perkins has been appointed as a Melbourne-based senior business development manager for Business Events (BE) Perth. Lauren brings to the role 17 years’ experience working across events and business development at organisations such as Crown Perth, Park Hyatt Melbourne and Crown Melbourne. In her role, she will act as an on-the-ground representative for BE Perth on Australia’s east coast.

Opinion

Let's just hope that the borders don't close again... it would inconvenience Lauren greatly! Congrats on the new gig.


Laura Bradley

February 24, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Malaysian industry leader calls on government for more support

Chairman of Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM) Alan Pryor has called on the Malaysian government to better engage with the country’s business events industry. Recent findings by BECM have confirmed that since the pandemic begun in 2020, all venues experienced at least an 85 per cent decrease in events, resulting in at least a 75 per cent plunge in revenue compared with 2019. Mr Pryor urged the government to consider a phased approach to the resumption of business events in an effort to stimulate Malaysia’s economy.

Opinion

Good on him.


Laura Bradley

February 23, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

700 to take part in Singapore MICE virtual show

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced the launch of the SingapoReimagine MICE Virtual Show, an event which will take place between March 3 and 4, 2021 and aim to catalyse the recovery of Singapore’s MICE industry. The show is expected to attract around 700 participants, who will experience live-streamed cultural and leisure tours, culinary masterclasses by celebrity chefs and a panel discussion with industry leaders on organsing events in Singapore. The event will also feature one-on-one virtual meetings between participants and up to 40 leading suppliers.

Opinion

Sounds like a decent virtual show.