Laura Bradley

May 24, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

IACC report reveals future meetings priorities

Venues must continue to adapt to meet planners’ and delegates’ expectations on internet infrastructure, an IACC report has found. The Meeting Room of the Future Report 2018, released on Wednesday, was conducted to gain insights from global venue operators, industry experts and suppliers, with the goal of understanding how they are responding to the changing needs of meeting planners. IACC CEO Mark Cooper said that some of the suppliers surveyed reported to have created ‘internet recovery plans’ in the event of mid-event internet outages.


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The full report can be found here: https://www.iacconline.org/iacc-meeting-room-of-the-future


Laura Bradley

May 24, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Traditional owner appointed as Tjapukai GM

One of Australia’s oldest Aboriginal tourism businesses now has a traditional owner at its helm. Shirley Hollingsworth, who is of Djabugay descent, was appointed General manager of Tjapukai this week. Tjapukai Board Chair Michael Nemarich congratulated Ms Hollingsworth on becoming the first Djabugay person to be appointed to the popular cultural park’s most senior role. “Both her desire to up-skill through training and her leadership qualities led to Shirley taking on several management roles before being appointed General Manager,” he said.


Opinion

Great to see a Traditional Australian taking on a senior role.


Laura Bradley

May 24, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

IHG increases presence in Thailand

Leading hotel company IHG has announced the signing of eight new properties in Thailand. The expansion will encompass new builds and a conversion across the Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites, including an additional 2000 rooms. Managing Director South East Asia and Korea, IHG Clarence Tan said “Together with our partner, Ratanakorn Asset, we are excited to strengthen our presence [in Thailand] with three of our most recognised and well-loved brands.”


Opinion

Companies eyeing off Phuket retreat brochures will soon have more accommodation options. Looking forward to seeing the artist impressions.


Laura Bradley

May 24, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Hyatt launches travel program for small businesses

Hotel franchiser Hyatt has today announced a global business travel program that offers special rates to small and medium-sized enterprises. With its Hyatt Leverage solution, businesses staying at participating hotels will be eligible for discounts of up to 15 per cent. Upon registering, participants will receive a unique program number, enabling them to unlock discounts when booking through Hyatt.com or Hyatt Reservation Centres. The program will also allow businesses to view reservations and track room expenses at a glance.


Opinion

Money-saving initiatives are always welcome.


Laura Bradley

May 24, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Brisbane hosts leading robotics conference

3000 of the world’s leading robotic experts have converged in Brisbane this week for the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). The six-day event, which is being hosted at BCEC, is the first of its kind to be hosted in the Southern Hemisphere. Conference program chair Professor Peter Corke said Brisbane was chosen to host the event due to its reputation as a global hub for technology and advanced manufacturing.


Opinion

Let’s hope this event puts Australia on the global technology map.


Laura Bradley

May 24, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

AuSAE announces Cvent as app partner

Event technology leader Cvent has been announced as app provider for The Australaisian Society of Association Executives conference, which will take place in Adelaide this month. Through its CrowdCompass solution, Cvent will aim to increase engagement and provide additional on-site networking opportunities. General manager at AuSAE Kerrie Green said “We searched far and wide for a mobile app partner [and] we recognise that the engagement tools available through Cvent’s platform can significantly increase the ROI for our attendees.”


Opinion

The email we received didn’t include the specific app features… I guess this industry newbie will have to look into Cvent further!


Laura Bradley

May 23, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Corporate entertainment band announces new show

SMA Entertainment by Design’s internationally acclaimed group ‘Boys in the Band’ have launched a brand new show. ‘Rock around the Clock’ features new choreography, harmonious vocals and a range of cover tracks from artists such as Elvis, Queen, Darryl Braithwaite and ACDC. The show can be performed to orchestrated backing tracks or packaged with SMA’s live band ‘The Players.’ The band’s set durations can be modified to suit any event.


Opinion

If you’re not too embarrassed to belt out Jailhouse Rock at the Christmas event, this sounds like a fun option.


Laura Bradley

May 23, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

IT company hosts conference with a difference

Delegates from ComActivity converged at the Metro Mirage Hotel in Newport this month for the IT company’s annual conference. The two-day proceedings encompassed a range of team-building activities, including Bike 4 Tykes, an exercise involving delegates being divided into teams and building bicycles for underprivileged children. ComActivity Marketing manager Cassie Kearns said the picturesque locale was the perfect setting for the conference. “We took full advantage of the beautiful outdoor area overlooking Pittwater for our team activities,” she said.


Opinion

Why travel to Vanuatu when we’ve got the Northern Beaches of Sydney on our doorstep?