Jill Varley

October 20, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

New time lapse footage of the NZICC shows its remarkable progress

From December 2015 to today, new footage of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) shows it is quickly climbing approximately 14mtrs above street level. The NZICC’s Callum Mallett, says “For the first time, the shape and scale of the Exhibition Hall can be appreciated and the skeleton of the NZICC’s structure can be seen.” Already secured for 2020 are two international medical conferences estimated to attract 4000 attendees and contribute $11m in economic benefits to Auckland and New Zealand.


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Check the video out on: https://youtu.be/nupZSEUJYkk  


Jill Varley

October 20, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Luna Park not just for fun but for outdoor functions too

A new updated look for Luna Park Venues has been unveiled in their outdoor function centre, Lavender Green. Located at the northern end of the park, the large 780sqm outdoor lawn space is situated on Sydney Harbour where sweeping harbour views stretch across Lavender Bay.  The multi-purpose venue now has the capacity to cater for up to a 1000 guests for cocktail events, while the capacity of the marquee is 600 guests standing and 250 – 300 for a seated buffet.    


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We feel like a Christmas party coming on, harbourside


Jill Varley

October 20, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Rigorous evaluation as judging commences for EEAA Excellence Awards

EEAA chief executive, Joyce DiMascio has announced the commencement of the 2017 Excellence awards. A judging panel of 39 international and national judges are being led by John Trevillian who returns as chair of judges for his third year. For the first time the EEAA has introduced new award categories and has taken the entire process online. “In our 25th year, we are pleased to show we are growing and evolving with our members and our industry,” Ms DiMascio said.      


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A list of finalists will be announced in the first week of November


Jill Varley

October 19, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Three new event options at The Langham, Melbourne

The Langham, Melbourne has launched three new initiatives, which include a “No Strings Attached’ pledge for corporate bookings made until Sunday December 31 for events in 2018. Their renowned Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood is now available for functions at $80.00pp and conference, incentive and event organisers can now opt to choose the Melba Restaurant for their lunch. Meanwhile, Conde Nast Traveler has named the hotel number three in a list of the top ten hotels in Australia and New Zealand.    


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 For more information about the new event options, email jessica.files@langhamhotel.com


Jill Varley

October 19, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Darwin Convention Centre wins AHA (NT) Australian Liquor Marketers Gold Plate Award

The Darwin Convention Centre was awarded the Function/Event Caterer category at the 2017 AHA (NT) Australian Liquor Marketers Gold Plate Awards. Finalists were assessed across a range of criteria, including menus, seasonal capability, quality of experience, and marketing of products. Executive chef, Toby Beaton said, “We are fortunate to work with amazing Top End produce including wild barramundi, tiger prawns, farmed saltwater crocodile meat, kangaroo fillets, exotic tropical fruits and seasonal vegetables.”  


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Excellence and best practice in the hospitality industry assure sure fire winners


Jill Varley

October 19, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

  Unprecedented global MICE interest bodes well for Get Global 2018

Following the success of the one-day MICE event dedicated to outbound product, Get Global is preparing to launch their 2018 prospectus to unprecedented interest from the industry.  The trade shows unique format received praise from the 240 business buyers and 120 exhibitors from around the world who attended the inaugural event. Movenpick Hotels and Resorts Belinda Harvey said, ‎”I personally found that discussions I had were better than other trade shows and the show was focused on global business.”      


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There’s nothing like a little disruption to invigorate the MICE market


Jill Varley

October 18, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Mantra to operate hotel in $1B Melbourne development

Mantra Group is to operate the hotel and letting apartment component of Saraceno Group’s $1 billion mixed-use development in Clayton, a fast growing employment corridor in Melbourne’s south-east. The full-service hotel and apartments, known as Mantra M-City, are is for completion in late-2020. The 10-storey hotel will include 250 hotel rooms, conference and meeting facilities and a restaurant and bar, while adjacent will be a further 180 serviced studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments.            


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Hotel guests will also be able to access an independently operated commercial fitness centre, with a swimming pool


Jill Varley

October 18, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Growth in international business events bid losses outpaces bid wins

The release of the AACB latest Forward Calendar of International Business Events, reveals that 396 international business events are set to come to Australia, a 3% increase from the January 2017 report. In contrast to that business lost for the future has grown by 7% to 316 business events. A shortening of average business event duration is also predicted to negatively impact total delegate spend. An outcome that AACB CEO Andrew Hiebl says remains a concern.    


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To view the report visit the AACB website.