Laura Bradley

May 20, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Diversity the focus of new Western Sydney tourism video

Destination NSW has released a new tourism video for Western Sydney, showcasing key attractions in Parramatta, Penrith, The Hills District, Liverpool, Blacktown, Fairfield, Camden, Campbelltown and Picton. The drawcards featured include sites of natural beauty, historic locations, cultural experiences, fine dining and outdoor adventures. Western Sydney currently delivers $4.5 billion in visitor expenditure for the state.


Opinion

Go on… might as well have a watch: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2245152668873320


Laura Bradley

May 20, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

MCEC hosts its eighth annual Starlight dinner

The Starlight Five Chefs Dinner took place at the MCEC on Thursday, making a lasting impact on the 550 guests in attendance. The funds raised will support the Starlight Children Foundation’s hospital programs, and allow 15 life-changing Starlight Wishes to be granted. On the night, guests were greeted with a delicious range of canapes showcasing the talents of MCEC’s Executive Chef, Peter Haycroft.


Opinion

Now that’s a cause I’d be willing to eat myself into a stupor for. Well, that and most other causes.


Laura Bradley

May 20, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Two property accolades for the Adelaide Convention Centre

The Adelaide Convention Centre Stages one and two has taken out two prestigious awards for a dynamic approach to tourism that is driving growth and opportunities for South Australians. Developer Lendlease and owner Adelaide Venue Management won the Hickory Award for Best Tourism and Leisure Development at the Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence awards in Sydney last week. This follows the centre taking out the Rider Levett Bucknall South Australian Development of the Year Award on May 10.


Opinion

The team will have to dust off two spaces in the trophy cabinet. Well done, team.


Laura Bradley

May 17, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

New meeting facilities for Sheraton Fiji Resort

Following a $20 million investment, the Debarau Island Conference Centre has officially opened. In addition to the transformed 1755 square metre Convention Centre and 600 square metre Golden Ballroom, the new 270 square metre Pacific Ballroom is now open for business. This state-of-the-art venue has the flexibility to convert into four separate and soundproof breakout venues. The spaces were recently utilised by the 3000 delegates who attended the 52nd Annual Asia Development Bank, Board of Governors Annual Meeting.


Opinion

Never been a better time to take your event to Fiji.


Laura Bradley

May 17, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

NZICC commits to being carbon neutral

The New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in Auckland will be operating as a carbon neutral venue, the only one of its kind in Asia Pacific, following completion of construction in 2020. This will be achieved by a new internal carbon levy on all emissions, which will then be used to both offset the NZICC’s carbon footprint, and go into a green fund to invest in projects within the wider organisation to help further reduce emissions.


Opinion

Ooohh speaking of Auckland, who’s keen for MEETINGS? See you all there.


Laura Bradley

May 17, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

A voco hotel is coming to the Sydney CBD

IHG has signed its fifth voco property in Australia, a 301-room hotel due to open in the Sydney CBD by next year. The hotel, which will be part of 430 Pitt Street’s mixed-use development, will span 17 storeys and feature a sloping roof with ‘green waterfalls’. The property was originally slated to open as a Holiday Inn, but plans changed due to the increasing demand for upscale accommodation. A design-led restaurant and bar and a guest gym will also be located onsite.


Opinion

Not too far from the convention centre, either.


Laura Bradley

May 16, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Anna Case departs Destination Gold Coast

After more than six years at Destination Gold Coast, executive director – business events Anna Case has tendered her resignation, effective immediately. Shannon Thwaites, who has been managing Business Events in a higher duties capacity, will continue to do so until further notice. A decision on the executive director role will be considered going forward.


Opinion

All the best, Anna!


Laura Bradley

May 16, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Two MCs announced for PCOA19 conference

In keeping with this year’s theme – ‘Anything is Possible’ – the PCOA has announced that its annual conference this December will feature two MCs. One half of the MC duo is Amanda Stevens, a customer experience specialist, business improvement consultant, author, TV host and mother who has presented in 14 countries. The other is Andrew Klein, an MC veteran with more than 20 years’ experience.  The duo are set to shake up the traditional format, providing engagement, humour and provocative viewpoints.


Opinion

Here’s hoping they don’t talk over the top of one another.