Jill Varley

January 16, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Juliet Alabaster appointed general manager of Brisbane Convention Bureau

Three cheers! Juliet Alabaster has been appointed general manager of the Brisbane Convention Bureau, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience within the conventions and business events industry. Brisbane Marketing CEO Brett Fraser said of this most deserving appointment, “Juliet progressed rapidly to her most recent role of senior manager, bidding & business development prior to stepping up to the role of acting general manager, Convention Bureau.      


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Well done Juliet, congratulations from the team at micenet


Jill Varley

January 16, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Dubai gets in the Frame!

Abu Dhabi opened the fabulous Dome so what’s an Emirate to do with so much competition going on? Build a Dhs 160 million Dubai Frame. Described as an architectural wonder bridging the past and the present, a panoramic elevator transports visitors in one-minute up to the glass bridge Skydeck to take in the 360-degree views.  Located in Zaabeel Park, the giant frame has two 150-metre high towers connected by a 93-metre glass bridge at the top of the towers.    


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The Frame is expected to attract two million visitors a year


Jill Varlery

January 16, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Bleisure travel set to boom in 2018

 Oaks Hotels & Resorts is predicting a bevy of travel trends set to prevail and influence travel plans in the year ahead. Relevant to this market is Bleisure travel.  The aptly named bleisure travellers are business executives who are ditching the traditional rule of mixing work with pleasure by extending their business trips in order to explore their host destinations, squeeze in some down time, and achieve the ever-elusive and highly sought after work-life balance.


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Will you be one of them? For more information – visit: http://www.minorhotels.com/en/oaks/


Jill Varley

January 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Club Med to open its first resort in the Seychelles 

Continuing its international expansion, Club Med’s first resort in the Seychelles is due to open in 2020. This follows the recent news of three more new Club Med destinations– Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Canada/Québec, all to open within the next four years. The new 5 Trident Exclusive Collection Resort on Sainte-Anne Island will boast 295 rooms all seamlessly integrated between tropical gardens, the Indian Ocean and bordered by three white sandy beaches.    


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A diverse palette of onshore and offshore sports are available, including diving, snorkelling, sailing, tennis, flying trapeze and archery


Jill Varley

January 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Snow predicted to fall on Sydney Harbour

Following on from another brilliant evening of Mazda Opera in the Domain on Saturday, expect to see flurries of snow on Sydney Harbour when Opera Australia presents La Bohème, March 23 – Ap[ril 14. Taking the outdoor opera experience to a whole new level, the new Handa Opera production is set in a wintery 1960’s Parisian streetscape. One of the world’s great outdoor opera events, it promises amazing lights and projections, soundscapes, bangs, flames, performers flying and of course, fireworks.    


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More than 250,000 people from around Australia and across the globe have attended over the past six years.


Jill Varley

January 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

World-class Saxton Speakers at AIME

An extraordinary line-up of speakers from Saxton Speakers Bureau have been promised for AIME’s four Up Close and Personal sessions. Influential Australian personalities will cover important themes in separate sessions, including how the future of Australian businesses will be disrupted by evolving economic ecosystems; from the future of technology to the intergenerational workplace. AIME project manager, Angela Sciacca said these speakers will be addressing everything from resilience and artificial intelligence to how technology will change our future.  


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Register for AIME free: aime.com.au/free-registration-for-aime


Jill Varley

January 12, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Canberra ‘brews up’ the perfect weekend getaway

The 11th Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival is being staged in the gardens of the heritage Mercure Canberra in Braddon, on Saturday March 24 between 11am – 6pm, providing a nice pre-conference lure for visiting delegates. Showcasing its flourishing food and craft beer scene, more than 200 beers and ciders will be available for tasting and visitors will be able to take part in beer/cider food matching sessions, hear guest speakers, and meet the brewers.  


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Special Festival accommodation packages are available at the Mercure Canberra from $199 per room per night


Jill Varley

January 12, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

BestCities succeeds in helping associations build global connections across cultures

100% of the delegates surveyed at the BestCities Global Forum which took place in Tokyo, in December agreed that they would recommend attending the BestCities’ 2018 conference to other international association delegates, while 95% reported the Forum met or exceeded their expectations. Themed Building Global Connections Across Cultures, the event focused on building greater cultural awareness and adaptability and practical insight sessions to empower event organisers to create a more tailored delegate experience, mindful of their planned meeting location.    


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BestCities Board chair, Jonas Wilstrup, CFO of Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau said the industry must step up and accept the crucial responsibility global meetings now play in ensuring the world’s future success, growth and innovation