Graeme Kemlo

August 2, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

City of Melbourne boosts business event grants

As part of continuing efforts to revitalise the economy of Melbourne’s CBD, the city council is doubling funding for business events in the city. Read more

Bronwen Largier

July 18, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

What we learned at MEETINGS 2022

Following Thursday’s destination announcement for MEETINGS 2023, we’re giving MEETINGS 2022, held last month at the first of New Zealand’s new generation of convention centres, Te Pae Christchurch, one last hurrah, with a roundup of some aspirational titbits we picked up at the show. Read more

Bronwen Largier

June 28, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

The Langham, Gold Coast opens

Luxury hotel The Langham, Gold Coast has finally debuted in Southeast Queensland, bringing 339 luxury rooms to the destination, within the new $1.4 billion three-tower Jewel development. Read more

Joyce DiMascio

March 11, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Arinex continues its pro-environment actions

Conference and event organiser Arinex has taken another pro-environment step by becoming a certified carbon neutral company.

Arinex CEO Nicole Walker said carbon neutral certification was part of a long-term commitment to sustainability as developed in the company's 2019 sustainability policy.

“We are acutely aware that this certification is only one step in our sustainability story – it’s not the be-all, end-all,” she said. Read more

Bronwen Largier

February 10, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

W Sydney gives first look at event spaces ahead of November opening

Ahead of the opening of the world’s largest W Hotel in Sydney in late 2022, Marriott has released details of the event spaces within the Darling Harbour property. Read more

Joyce DiMascio

October 20, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

From pyrotechnician to president: This is Nicole Walker

The ambitious and highly focussed Chief Executive of Arinex is banking on an exciting future with the company, that in its various incarnations is just two years off celebrating its 50th anniversary. Read more

Joyce DiMascio

October 14, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

MEA board candidates are canvassing votes. Think carefully before casting yours

Industry association Meetings & Events Australia’s (MEA) annual general meeting is coming up on 23 November and with it there will be some major changes to its Board of Directors. Social media is awash with vote canvassing by some candidates seeking election.

This contest at this time is very important. Given the important role industry associations play in representing their members and the industry, it’s critical the best people, with the right intentions, skills and competencies are elected. Read more

Bronwen Largier

September 30, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Queensland announces six new community cases, reintroduces restrictions for events

Queensland has reported six community cases with three sources and returned several parts of the state to stage 2 of its “COVID Safe Future” plan.

Indoor events will be reduced to 75 percent of seated capacity or one person per four square metres, with one person per two square metres permitted outdoors. 

All venues will be restricted to seated eating and drinking.

The restrictions come into place at 4pm for Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Moreton Bay, Townsville and Palm Island.