Jill Varley

January 18, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Emerging UAE Emirate Ras Al Khaimah to host luxury MICE event – inVOYAGE

The fifth annual inVOYAGE, bringing together luxury MICE travel brands with high-level event planners is taking place in Ras Al Khaimah, the UAE’s most northern emirate. Being held at the five-star Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah on 1-4 October, inVOYAGE’S Richard Joslin, said, “We are delighted to take inVOYAGE 2018 to one of the Middle East region’s most exciting and burgeoning destinations with the full support of the Waldorf Astoria and the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.”    


Opinion

Geographically, Ras Al Khaimah is 45 minutes-drive from Dubai International Airport


Jill Varley

January 18, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Ovolo Hotels enters Canberra with Hotel Hotel

The Molonglo Group has sold Canberra’s Hotel Hotel and Monster businesses to Ovolo Hotels. The hotel, a creative collaboration between 50 designers, architects and artists, it will be run by the Ovolo Hotel Group with the change in management taking effect from March 1, 2018. The move represents the Ovolo Group’s continued aspiration to explore the hotel landscape and their interest in taking on additional management arrangements with other select boutique hotels in the near future.        


Opinion

Ovolo is to extend their footprint in Australia, covering the key metro regions of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra


Jill Varley

January 18, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

EEAA drives change with UFI special grant

With a commitment to promoting careers in the global events industry and mentoring young leaders, the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is calling on the next generation leaders to nominate for the UFI Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant. One that recognises outstanding emerging leaders in the global exhibition industry. EEAA chief executive, Joyce DiMascio said, “This is an opportunity to learn from executive level mentoring, network with other international professionals and advance your career in exhibitions and events.”    


Opinion

Applications close Tuesday, 27 February. For more information go to: http://www.ufi.org/awards/next-generation-leadership-grant/


Jill Varley

December 18, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Super Bowl fever hits Sydney at Luna Park Venues – Luna Bowl II!  

As events go, this is a biggie. In the Big Top at Luna Park Venues on February 5, 2018, the most viewed event in US broadcast history, Super Bowl LII will again be on again. Streaming live across multiple screens, the event hosted by Radio Hub sports’ presenters Cooper “Silky” Silk and Craig “Bush” Markham has an Australian twist with a put on the American tradition of ‘Tail Gating’ and the morning kicking off with a pregame ‘Sail Gate’ party.    


Opinion

Party money raised on the day goes towards the Save Our Sons charity


Jill Varley

November 9, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

FV by Peppers sophistication checks into Brisbane

The landmark $600 million FV by Peppers development in Fortitude Valley has arrived in Brisbane offering a new level of inner-city, apartment-style sophistication. Guests can lay beside a heated u-shaped skyline pool with spectacular views and take in a movie at the moonlight cinema. To celebrate the opening, stay in a one bedroom apartment from $199 per night, for a minimum two-night stay (minimum spend $398). To book, call 1300 987 600 or visit peppers.com.au.    


Opinion

The VIP private spa lounges, and the fully equipped gym and yoga retreat with views of the Story Bridge and Brisbane city, sound pretty cool too


Brad Foster

October 12, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

AccorHotels signs agreement to acquire Mantra

AccorHotels has today announced the signing of an agreement with Mantra Group Limited to acquire the group for $3.96 for each Mantra share. CEO and Chairman of AccorHotels, Sebastian Bazin, said the move will underpin AccorHotels’ long-term growth in the Asia Pacific.  


Opinion

Will this mean another round of re-branding of hotels? We hope not.


Jill Varley

September 18, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Luxperience 2017 is here

Last night at the Hilton Sydney,  Luxperience 2017 welcomed 350 leading global travel industry representatives at its sixth annual Thought Leaders Forum and Welcome Cocktail Party. With an event theme of transformation both on a personal and professional level, two panel discussions highlighted marketing in Australia and in China, Lauren Bath spoke on the power of an image transforming lives and businesses, while  Glenn and Heather Singleman, talked of their daredevil lives and pushing boundaries to gain our greater selves.      


Opinion

Today, it is down to business as Luxperience international and local exhibitors and buyers gather at Doltone House, Australian Technology Park for the first day of appointments.


Brad Foster

June 14, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Lighting up Sydney with Barco technology

When Barco previewed its projection technology at the ISE 2017 trade show, TDC CEO Michael Hassett said he knew this was the way forward for the future of large-format video projection. “Laser phosphor technology is the first significant change that we’ve seen in over 10 years, ever since the industry moved from CRT and LCDs to DMDs hailing a new era of projection technology,” he said. Image courtesy of TDC.


Opinion

We don’t understand how the technology works but we certainly like the end result.