Laura Bradley

August 22, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

John Douglas’ new role at Marriott

Marriott International has announced that John Douglas has been appointed area director of finance Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Effective immediately, John will oversee the financial functions and operations across Marriott International’s more than 30 operating properties in the region. John has worked for more than 20 years with Marriott, starting out at Brisbane Marriott Hotel in 1999 as assistant controller, before being promoted to director of finance at Melbourne Marriott Hotel in 2002.


Opinion

Blimey… John’s has been at Marriott longer than most marriages last.


Laura Bradley

August 22, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Byron at Byron’s spring offer

Spring is one step closer to springing with the Byron at Byron’s new conferencing offer. Executives who book an event at the resort before November 31 will enjoy a complimentary two-night escape package that can be used as a delegate reward or incentive. The package for two is valued at $1250 and as well as two nights’ accommodation, includes daily breakfast and dinner in the award-winning, one-hat Byron at Byron restaurant. Terms and conditions apply.


Opinion

I can almost see the flowers blooming and hear the birds chirping with this news.


Laura Bradley

August 22, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Sofitel Hotel & Services Residences makes its debut

History has been made with the signing of the first Sofitel Hotel & Services Residences in the buzzing metropolis of Seoul. Slated to open in 2021 in a commercial tower, the hotel will feature 563 rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant and bar as well as meetings and events space. It will be located adjacent to Jamsil Subway Station, and appeal to business travellers due to its close proximity to the Coex Convention and Exhibition Center.


Opinion

Could it be time you considered an event in Korea?


Laura Bradley

August 21, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

ICC Sydney shows off First State Super Theatre

ICC Sydney’s newly-named First State Super Theatre was showcased to select guests on Monday, with a range of talks and performances taking place on the stage. The evening opened with a musical Acknowledgement of Country from Sydney-based Aboriginal service provider, KARI, and was followed by an address from NSW minister for property Melinda Pavey and a panel discussion involving ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy, Mirvac CEO Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, First State Super CEO Deanne Stewart and Sydney Business Chamber executive director Katherine O’Regan.


Opinion

Our editor Brad was there, and by all accounts had a top night.


Laura Bradley

August 21, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Gold Coast welcomes Chinese incentive group

More than 700 representatives from Chinese company Zhiban Keji will flock to the Gold Coast this week for a four-day incentive. The program features a number of exciting experiences, including Movie World, Australian Outback Spectacular and Sirromet Wines, and an estimated $1.7 million will be pumped into the local economy. The Gold Coast boasts 44 per cent of Queensland’s conference market share, with the business events industry injecting $540 million annually into its economy.


Opinion

Lucky ducks! Hopefully the sun is shining.


Laura Bradley

August 21, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Award-winning creative joins cievents

Experienced creative Ben Weir has been appointed executive creative producer at cievents. Ben will be responsible for facilitating the creative and strategy work across cievents’ portfolio, and will work closely with the sales and account teams to drive business opportunities. His previous role was executive creator at Fourth Wall, and he brings to the role more than 18 years of experience in advertising, marketing and production.


Opinion

Big gig he’s got there… congrats!


Laura Bradley

August 20, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Exhibitor registrations open for MEETINGS 2020

AIME isn’t the only show we’re talking about today, with exhibitor registrations for New Zealand’s premier MICE exhibition, MEETINGS, opening this week. The event will take place in Auckland between April 21 and 23, 2020, and exhibitors have already indicated strong interest. This year’s MEETINGS was held in May, and generated a record $62 million of business signed by exhibitors on the show floor. To register for MEETINGS 2020, visit: https://www.meetings.co.nz/exhibitor-registration?utm_source=evosuite-edm-meetings-2020-registrations-are-open-get-your-early-bird-rate-&utm_medium=evosuite-edm&utm_campaign=evosuite-edm-meetings&conid=834436


Opinion

Okay, now this is well and truly the exhibition equivalent of putting Christmas decorations out in August.


Laura Bradley

August 20, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

AIME sets sights high for 2020

Leading meetings and conventions event AIME has set its mission for the 2020 show – set to take place between February 17 and 19, 2020 in Melbourne – with a particular focus on diversity. Organisers hope to increase hosted buyers by 50 per cent and exhibitors by 30 per cent, and, seven months out from the event, have already booked out 65 per cent of the show floor and 50 per cent of the Hosted Buyer program.


Opinion

I can’t believe we’re already talking about next year. Doesn’t it feel like yesterday that we were exchanging blue tokens for beer at the second night social?