Laura Bradley

October 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Leading cancer conference headed to Oz for first time

Around 2000 of the world’s leading cancer experts will descend upon Brisbane in 2026 for the World Congress of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies. The event, which will take place in Australia for the first time, was secured after competitive bidding process, and is expected to generate $4.8 million for the Queensland economy. BCEC advocate professor Sandro Porceddu said “Key factors in selecting Brisbane as the host city are its world leading institutions and minds in cancer research.”


Opinion

The event has been described as the Olympics for head and neck cancer. Hopefully sans doping and flag stealing.


Laura Bradley

October 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

The Westin Sydney to become The Fullerton Hotel Sydney

From October 18, 2019, 1 Martin Place, the Italian Renaissance-style building currently housing The Westin Sydney, will be managed by The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, bringing an end to over 20 years of Marriott International management. The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts currently operates two hotels in Singapore, and the Sydney property will mark the company’s first international expansion. Another key project will be the remediation and repair of the hotel’s façade in line with Heritage Management Plan and safety regulations.


Opinion

Less than a year away! Yes, by one day… but it’s still exciting to say it.


Laura Bradley

October 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

The familiar face behind The Calile Hotel’s restaurant

If Simon Glofits’ name looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard about (or visited) one of his acclaimed restaurants on the Gold Coast. Both The Fish and Nineteen at the Star are helmed by the restaurateur, who has just made his Brisbane debut with the opening of Hellenika in The Calile Hotel. Hellenika offers a range of menus, including poolside and banquet, and the space can sit up to 100 inside with another 50 out on the terrace and 50 poolside.


Opinion

Zucchini chips are on the poolside menu and I’m sold already.


Laura Bradley

October 18, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Latest Dundee campaign targeting US unveiled

The next phase of Tourism Australia’s $36 million Dundee campaign inviting Americans to book a trip down under has been launched, featuring a series of videos starring actor Luke Hemsworth. The videos involve a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dundee movie backlot, and showcase some of the country’s unique experiences. Australia’s miniter for trade, tourism and investment Simon Birmingham said “The US is one of Australia’s largest markets with over 780,000 American visitors spending $3.8 billion per year in Australia.”


Opinion

Embarrassingly, I had to Google whether they meant to type Chris instead of Luke. Sorry Luke. I believe you exist now.


Laura Bradley

October 18, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Experts commended for bringing conferences to NZ

On Tuesday night, 31 experts who have secured international conferences for New Zealand were recognised by the New Zealand minister of tourism, Kelvin Davis, in Auckland. The conferences are expected to contribute $37 million to the New Zealand economy and bring over 18,000 international experts to the country, with those congratulated ranging from university academics to health sector professionals. An example of a conference that was celebrated was the 2019 World Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.


Opinion

Ah, New Zealand. Forever in touch with the cultural zietgiest.


Laura Bradley

October 18, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Construction underway for Melbourne’s first Shangri-La

The first dirt has been dug for Melbourne’s Sapphire By The Gardens project, a $565 million development of two towers on Exhibition Street. The project’s western tower will host the city’s first Shangri-La hotel, which is slated to open in 2022 and offer 500 luxury rooms. Shangri-La Asia Limited CEO LIM Beng Chee said “[The hotel] will be part of an iconic building complex within walking distance of diverse offerings including vibrant retail and dining hubs, as well as cultural attractions.”


Opinion

By dirt I really mean mud, given this week’s weather and all.


Laura Bradley

October 17, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

X marks Sydney as the spot

Between October 19 and 21, international adrenalin-charged athletes will grease their wheels at the Sydney Showground for X Games Sydney. Riders across Moto X, BMX and skateboarding disciplines will participate in the event, competing for gold, silver and bronze medals as well as a range of cash prizes. To prepare, the venue transported 6500 tonnes of earth to construct the FMX and BMX jumps, all while battling last week’s rain. Award-winning Australian acts 360 and The Avalanches will provide the entertainment.


Opinion

If you’ve been paying attention, this event will be taking place at the same time and same location as the Invictus Games. Enough said.


Laura Bradley

October 17, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Sheraton on the Park’s grand new identity

Following a $50 million refurbishment to its guest rooms and event spaces, Sheraton on the Park has unveiled a new name: Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park. The new-look, new-name hotel, which will hold a celebratory event in its revamped Grand Ballroom on November 15, is the first Sheraton Grand property in Sydney. General manager of the hotel David Fraser said “We are honoured to receive the coveted designation of Sheraton Grand… it is a wonderful testament to [our] exceptional level of service.”


Opinion

A grand opening in the Grand Ballroom at Sheraton Grand Sydney. Sounds positively grand.