Bronwen Largier

April 14, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Considering GCCEC for future events just got easier

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has launched a 360-degree virtual site inspection of the venue.  With support from Tourism Australia’s domestic Business Events Boost Program which supports industry-led marketing and distribution projects, GCCEC360 was created. “The video includes all of the things that we discuss with visitors on an in-venue site tour – everything from which spaces are best suited to which types of events, to where the registration desk and organiser’s offices are located,” said Adrienne Readings, GCCEC GM.


Opinion

Nice one GCCEC!


Bronwen Largier

April 14, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

AIME and PCMA team up for 2022 Knowledge Program

AIME has partnered with PCMA on the 2022 Knowledge Program at AIME, traditionally amongst the first business events trade events of the year on the worldwide calendar. According to a statement from organisers, the collaboration “will deliver year-round engagement and activity that will assist the business events industry on its path to recovery and growth” culminating with the live event in March 2022 in Melbourne. Read more


Opinion

We're curious to see what the year-round engagement and activity looks like...


Bronwen Largier

April 14, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

EEAA emerging leaders to meet in Sydney and Melbourne

One of the most successful programs for the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has been its networking and educational program for young leaders in the industry. Now it’s time for younger members of the industry to shrug off their COVID blues and get back to sparkling form at one of the first networking events as we return to live events. Read more


Opinion

Congratulations to the newly appointed Co-Chairs of the Young Stars Executive Committee and the new Head of the Marketing Sub-Committee.


Bronwen Largier

April 14, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Trying to create an event like a TV show is not enough

Many event professionals are focussed on creating an event that is like a TV show. They want it running smooth, loads of pre-recorded video, so they know it will work, and a stack of AV special effects to make it dazzling. With hosts and speakers in studios in a central location, it is relatively simple to connect the broadcast to the event software and send it to delegates, wherever they may be. But your delegates want more. Read more


Opinion

The trick is to find the sweet spot between a slick virtual event and the interaction and planned spontaneity which make events truely worthwhile.


Bronwen Largier

April 13, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Adelaide Cabaret Festival program announced with endearing message from its artistic director

The winter festival made an early and apt creative move which ensured that the 2021 event would have an international flavour, even during a pandemic, securing its first creative director in its decades-long history: Tony Award winning Hollywood acting Scot Alan Cumming. “This festival is a temple to my love and nostalgia for Australia – the people, the spirit, the adventure, the fusion of high and low that I have learned and stolen from and hold dear in my heart,” said Cumming.


Opinion

This warms our little micenet heart.


Bronwen Largier

April 13, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Melbourne’s hotel boom continues unabated

While Melbourne was worst affected by COVID-19 in Australia, it doesn’t appear to have put off hotel investors with new hotels continuing to open and more in the pipeline. Melbourne Convention Bureau says 14 new hotels will open by year’s end. The latest to hang their shingles in the CBD are two global brands – W Melbourne (294 rooms and 828 square metres of event space) and Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street – plus a newcomer, Quincy Hotel Melbourne (241 rooms). Read more


Opinion

Melbourne is putting in A LOT of preparation for the New Zealand travel bubble.


Bronwen Largier

April 13, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

More signs of recovery as larger events proceed and another international win rolls in

Australia’s business events industry continues to see positive signs of recovery with Melbourne expecting to welcome over 5,000 delegates for the Australian Dental Exhibition (ADX) from May 6-8 and Darwin securing the International Foster Carer Organisation Conference for June 2022.  ADX 2021 is slated to generate $16.2 million for Victoria’s economy. Read more


Opinion

It might feel very gradual, but there's no doubt about it - this is progress!


Bronwen Largier

April 13, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

EventsAir goes 3D

The latest release of the event technology’s virtual event platform OnAIR, which launched yesterday, introduces a 3D mode with features including custom scenes to match brands, an inbuilt 3D designer to create customisable scenes and a virtual assistant to access all areas of an event. “Now with the addition of 3D, event planners will have the best of all worlds virtual, hybrid or in-person – all in one platform,”said EventsAir CEO Trevor Gardiner. 


Opinion

It's going to be interesting to see how attitudes towards hybrid events evolve once the pandemic ends.