Brad Foster

March 21, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Maritime Museum releases corporate family packages

The Australian National Maritime Museum recently launched its new Corporate Family Fun Day packages. The packages include access to vessels, pirate guides, craft activities including ‘make your own pirate cupcakes’ and treasure hunt tours across the museum’s galleries.  The experience is available to all ages and caters for between 80 to 1500 people.


Opinion

Arghhh, sounds like a treasure trove of opportunities.


Brad Foster

March 21, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

MCI Group opens two new offices

MCI Group has opened two new offices – MCI Hangzhou and MCI Portugal. MCI Hangzhou follows a joint venture partnership with two state-owned enterprises: Hangzhou Tourism Investment Co., Ltd and Hangzhou Zhonghe Investment Co., Ltd. MCI Portugal strengthens MCI Group’s presence in Europe with a synergy between the Spanish offices of Barcelona, Madrid and now Lisbon.


Opinion

And who said there were economic woes around the world? Certainly not MCI.


Brad Foster

March 21, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Crown Group unveils latest Sydney development

Crown Group will open its third luxury serviced apartment hotel, SKYE Suites Green Square, mid-year as part of the $575 million development Infinity by Crown Group. Designed by globally renowned Koichi Takada Architects, Infinity by Crown Group will have 326 premium apartments, a convention centre, a new retail and dining precinct with 20 outlets, a 90-room hotel called SKYE Suites Green Square and a Woolworths supermarket nearby.


Opinion

Well doesn’t look like every development is grinding to a halt in Sydney. We can’t wait.


Brad Foster

March 20, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Tourism NZ postpones Sydney event

Tourism New Zealand has made the decision to postpone its upcoming ‘You’ve Gotta be Joking’ event in Sydney following the recent tragic event in Christchurch. “Right now New Zealand is recovering from an unprecedented tragedy and we feel it wouldn’t be appropriate to go ahead with the event at this time. We are currently looking at options to reschedule the event for later in the year and will share details soon,” Tourism NZ said.


Opinion

A suitably wise decision.


Laura Bradley

March 20, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Spain continues its reign

It seems as though delegates enjoy livin’ la vida loca. Global destination and event management company Pacific World has listed Spain as the top destination for MICE planners. In fact, the country topped both the worldwide and Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) lists for the second year in a row. Other top performers included Thailand, China, France, the UK, Italty and Monaco. Peru also moved up to sixth place.


Opinion

In fact, Peru as a MICE destination might definitely maybe be featuring in an upcoming edition of micenet. You heard it here first.


Laura Bradley

March 20, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Event planner slams ‘disgraceful’ Willy Wonka popup

It was billed as an immersive Willy Wonka-style experience, but for one Sydney mother, the Sugar Republic pop-up at Myer in the city was decidedly underwhelming. Event planner Melanie Smith paid $40 a head for her two children, aged five and eight, as well as three adults to attend, but lambasted the pop-up as an “absolute disgrace” with “no lollies anywhere”. Allegedly, the experience solely comprised of being rushed through a ball pit and handed ice cream and a packet of skittles.


Opinion

Hey… at least there were no terrifying boat rides or enslaved orange people.


Laura Bradley

March 19, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

TFE has a worldwide sale on right now

TFE Hotels has launched its annual global sale, offering up to 35 per cent off for hotel stays around the world. The sale encompasses all brands in the network, including Adina Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Travelodge Hotels and Rendezvous in Australia and New Zealand. Also included are selected properties in the TFE Hotels Collection, and the Far East Hotels’ network through Asia. The offer is valid for stays until March 2020.


Opinion

So if you’re organising a 100-pax event and they all stay at the same hotel, that equals… a big discount.


Laura Bradley

March 19, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

The Byron at Byron’s new conference packages

Two new conference packages based on bringing indigenous Australiana to life have been launched by The Byron at Byron, both of which are suitable for large-scale conferences. The Spirit of Byron Package includes a traditional smoking ceremony, digeridoo entertainment, an indigenous rainforest tour and a menu of coal grilled kangaroo. The Best of Byron Package aims to quintessentially showcase the region, and features an Al fresco dining experience beneath the stars with a menu curated by executive chef Minh Le.


Opinion

Regional conferencing just got a whole lot more exciting. Got a famil in the works, guys?