Laura Bradley

December 18, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Final grin and tonic for 2020

We’ve made it to our final grin and tonic video from Darren Isenberg (final for 2020, that is. He’ll be back in 2021, rest assured). Unsurprisingly, this video has a Christmas theme. Specifically, it’s about how the Christmas spirit manifests in many different ways. We hope you enjoy it with a gin and tonic in hand. Yes, it’s morning, but… it’s Christmas time. Watch the video here: https://www.dipresents.com.au/grin-tonic


Opinion

To be fair, the shirt does look fabulous on this guy.


Laura Bradley

December 18, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

MCEC re-purposes exhibition bays into drive-in cinema

As part of its business re-launch, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is developing Australia’s first drive-in, indoor cinema concept. The Drive In(Door) Cinema, which will be located in the venue’s exhibition bays, is being delivered in partnership with Village Cinemas. It will be completely weatherproof and daytime-friendly, giving audiences more opportunities to enjoy child-friendly matinee sessions. The venue’s exhibition bays, which are currently not in use for events, have space for 174 cars.


Opinion

I kind of love this. How will 174 cars all be able to drive inside though? What about the floors?!


Laura Bradley

September 18, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

New event director appointed for AIME 2021

Silke Calder has been appointed as the new event director for the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), which will take place from March 15, 2021, and follow a hybrid format for the first time. Silke has more than 20 years’ experience across creative agencies, international trade conventions and venues, including her most recent role as head of sales guest events at one of the world’s largest trade fairs and venues, Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH.


Opinion

Lets hope the event's execution is silke-y smooth.


Laura Bradley

April 9, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Should you teleconference in your PJs?

One of the most pressing questions to arise from the widespread switch to online conferencing is whether delegates should continue to dress up as normal, or grace screens decked out in their Peter Alexander. According to managing director EVT Incentive Marketing Mercedes Ibbett, the latter is perfectly acceptable. “Why not?” she says. “Perfect opportunity to have a fun themed party. Who’s ready for an at-home PJ karaoke contest, or best dressed PJs fashion show?”  


Opinion

Exactly the answer I wanted. I've forgotten how to dress up.


Laura Bradley

March 11, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

TED conference postponed after attendees reject online option

This year’s TED conference, which was scheduled to take place in Vancouver next month, has been pushed back to July due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The decision was made after organisers reached out to attendees in an email asking whether they’d prefer to postpone or hold a virtual conference online. The majority chose to postpone the conference, believing that TED should be an in-person event. Vancouver has played host to the TED conference since 2014, hosting around 2000 guests each year.


Opinion

Well, I mean, yeah. Why pay $10,000 to just watch videos online? That’s what YouTube is for.


Laura Bradley

November 22, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Opera Australia returns to Uluru

Following the success of the inaugural Opera Australia performance at Uluru this year, the opera will return to the destination between December 11 and 13. At the show’s main event, Opera at Uluru, Australia’s finest opera singers will perform against a backdrop of the Field of Light installation. CEO of Voyages Grant Hunt said that with the Uluru climb now closed, it’s more important than ever to create experiential options.


Opinion

That’s an opera I might actually be interested in watching.


Brad Foster

October 30, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Camden Valley Inn’s multi-million dollar refresh

The Lewis Land Group is tomorrow unveiling the new and improved heritage-listed Camden Valley Inn following a capital injection of $15 million. The company has been careful to ensure the venue maintains the same community feel and old school charm while expanding the inn’s offering into a modern, multipurpose venue.


Opinion

Camden Valley Inn would make a great regional alternative for meetings for Sydney-based companies.


Laura Bradley

October 2, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

AV1 allows customers to pay what they like in aid of farmers

As part of its 15th birthday celebrations, event production provider AV1 has announced a ‘Summer Lovin’ campaign where customers get to choose how much they pay towards equipment for January events. Around 15 per cent of all sales generated will be donated to Rural Aid to support Australian farmers and rural communities. The offer is available to those organising conferences and events in January 2020 across NSW, ACT, Vic and Qld.


Opinion

Yep…. This wasn’t clickbait!