Brad Foster

December 13, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

ICCA’s Asia Pacific Chapter now the largest

The ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association) Asia Pacific Chapter is now the largest Chapter in ICCA global membership. The Chapter currently has 291 members from 16 countries and territories and covering more than 100 cities in the region. It recently hosted its inaugural summit with 300 delegates.


Opinion

Now who said that the Asia Pacific is the centre of the world? ICCA would have to agree.


Brad Foster

December 13, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

New hotel precinct for Christchurch

A new hotel precinct next to Te Pae Christchurch is set to broaden the appeal of Christchurch’s conference offering. The half-billion-dollar project will develop sites between Cathedral Square and the Ōtākaro Avon River and is a prime spot for conference delegates to explore the city.


Opinion

With progress well underway on Te Pae, additional hotel accommodation is just what the doctor ordered.


Brad Foster

December 13, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Crowne Plaza Coogee redesign taking shape

Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach is positioning itself as the leading beachside meetings and events hotel in Sydney with news its multi-million dollar redesign is on track. The hotel’s 209 guestrooms will get a refresh and there will be 10 new flexible meeting spaces.


Opinion

Now that’s not a bad place for a meeting or special event.


Brad Foster

December 12, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Gold Coast centre builds bikes for charity

More than 40 local businesses came together at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre to build bikes for some of the Gold Coast’s most vulnerable children. The GCCEC annual Build a Bike charity event saw 77 bicycles built for children who have suffered abuse and neglect.  The children will receive the bikes in time for Christmas through Act for Kids.


Opinion

Another wonderful example of the business event sector helping the community.


Brad Foster

December 12, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

WA gets behind 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup bid

Western Australia is supporting Australia’s bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. WA has signed up to be part of Australia’s bid, as well as agreeing to host Australia’s men’s team, the Socceroos, for at least two matches in 2020 and 2021.


Opinion

The Australian women’s team is leaps and bounds ahead of the men with a World Cup finals berth a very likely possibility.


Brad Foster

December 12, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Hilton Brisbane brings touch of sunshine to sick children

Hilton Brisbane helped bring a touch of sunshine to sick children and their families, hosting a summer-themed Make a Meal dinner at the South Brisbane Ronald McDonald House last week. The Hilton Brisbane team were able to serve more than 80 home cooked meals to families with ill children.


Opinion

Now that’s what we call getting in the Christmas spirit. Well done Hilton Brisbane folk.


Brad Foster

December 11, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Sarawak wins most business events in single year

Sarawak’s business events industry has secured the highest number of business events in a single year which are estimated to anchor more than AUD30 million in direct delegate expenditure (DDE) manifested from the spending of flights, accommodation, meals and entertainment.


Opinion

Great news for Sarawak. If only they’d told us how many.


Brad Foster

December 11, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Marriott to debut 30 hotels in global hotspots

Marriott International says it is projecting to open more than 30 luxury properties in 2020 as the company focuses on creating the future of high-end travel through its portfolio of distinct luxury brands. New properties will be in both established and emerging global hotspots including Budapest and Nashville.    


Opinion

Time to check your frequent flyer balance in readiness for the new year.