Laura Bradley

July 23, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Tourism WA drops George Calombaris ads

Following a wages scandal which saw him underpay staff almost $8 million, celebrity chef George Calombaris has been dumped from Tourism WA’s advertising campaigns. Calombaris led a campaign promoting WA running alongside a WA-themed MasterChef week which aired earlier this season. The ads, which have been pulled across TV and digital mediums, were set to run until September. On the furore, state tourism minister Paul Papalia commented: “People should pay their employees what they’re owed… [it’s] really disappointing.”


Opinion

Well, you’d hope so!


Laura Bradley

July 23, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Monaco Becomes first state in Europe to be fully covered by 5G

The Principality of Monaco is now completely connected to 5G, making it the first in the world to achieve total coverage with the high-speed technology. The 5G roll-out is the first pillar of the Extended Monaco programme, which seeks to bring Monaco into the digital age. On the initiative, regional director of Visit Monaco Australia and New Zealand Alison Roberts-Brown said “5G represents an enormous opportunity for us to attract further demand from both MICE and leisure segments.”


Opinion

Sounds like Monaco is becoming quite the force. Speaking of, if you haven’t already, you should read the Monaco incentive case study in our eMag: https://micenetaustralia.partica.online/micenet-australia/micenet-june-2019/flipbook/28/


Laura Bradley

July 23, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

The Calile Brisbane snags development award

Australia’s first urban resort, The Calile Brisbane, has just been named as the HICAP ANZ Development of the Year for 2019. The award – part of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia conference – recognises newly built, redeveloped, or repositioned hotels or resorts that opened in Australia or New Zealand between July 2018 and June 2019. The Calile is managed by TFE Hotels, and boasts 175 guest rooms and a generous conference space.


Opinion

Hooray. This calls for BBQ Shapes and a bottle of Baileys. Picture courtesy of Sean Fennessy.


Laura Bradley

July 22, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Malaysia launches fund to boost events industry

In a move to benefit the tourism and business events sectors, Malaysia has launched a US$1.2 million promotional fund. Known as GAMELAN Malaysia, the fund will support promotional activities and trade show participation, with up to a 50 per cent reimbursement for industry players. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre general manager Alan Pryor welcomed the announcement. “We will be encouraging industry players to utilise the fund to increase their participation in travel fairs and exhibitions and organise roadshows and sales missions,” he said.


Opinion

Yet another country that’s cottoned on to the benefits of events.


Laura Bradley

July 22, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

NSW ClubMEA’s upcoming night with the stars

The next NSW ClubMEA/Future Leaders get together will allow guests to rub shoulders with some of the world’s biggest names. Jimmy Barnes, Kylie Minogue and the Hemsworth brothers will be present at the August 6 event, while mouth-watering bites are consumed and industry associates re-connect. Okay, they may be inanimate wax models located in Madame Tussauds Sydney, but it’s still pretty cool. Tickets are $65 for members and $100 for non-members.


Opinion

Gotcha!


Laura Bradley

July 22, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

The Table Bay’s new winter conference package

Bookings for events with 20 delegates or less are eligible for The Table Bay’s new Full Day Winter Conference Package. The Cape Town property is offering the deal through to September 30, 2019, and it is available from 8 am to 5 pm each day. Inclusions are arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshment breaks, Chef’s Winter Harvest Table lunch menu, venue hire, a screen and data projector, handmade biscuits and more. The cost is ZAR650 per person.


Opinion

That’s just over $60 AUD per person. So essentially, it’s a steal. Find out more about the property here https://www.suninternational.com/table-bay/


Laura Bradley

July 19, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

New meeting spaces for Element Melbourne Richmond

Following its June opening, 168-room hotel Element Melbourne Richmond has launched a slew of meeting and event facilities. The hotel offers four venues totalling 256 sqm of function space, including the 150-pax Skyline 1 room and the 100-pax Skyline 2 room. Both of these rooms can be combined to accommodate 250 people cocktail-style, and join the intimate Boardroom space which caters for 22 people, and an outdoor deck space which is ideal for coffee breaks and wrap-up parties.


Opinion

Nothing like some function spaces with a fresh paint smell.


Laura Bradley

July 19, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Cvent reveals top meeting destinations down under

Cvent has unveiled its list of the Top 10 Meeting Destinations for meetings and events in Australia and Oceania. While the list was topped by the usual suspects (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane took out places one, two and three respectively), Nadi in Fiji emerged as a dark horse, taking out 10th place. Other notable recipients were the Gold Coast, which came in fourth; Perth, which took out fifth place; Auckland, which was lucky number six and Adelaide, which came seventh.


Opinion

Feels good to live in the number one city.