Jill Varley

March 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

The W Brisbane to open June 2018

The W Brisbane, the first five-star hotel to open in Brisbane City in 20 years will mark the re-entry of the W brand into Australia when it opens in June. Located at 81 North Quay, the W Brisbane will offer 312 stylish guestrooms, including 29 suites and two Presidential Suites, all showcasing views of the Brisbane River. Meeting and event facilities cover approximately 1100 sqms and are fully equipped with world class audio-visual facilities.    


Opinion

The W brand’s iconic Whatever/Whenever® service philosophy, will ensure guests at the hotel have access to whatever they want, whenever they want it. (as long as its legal!)


Jill Varley

March 12, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

MEA2018 and Accelerate your learning

Those planning to attend the MEA2018 conference can plan their visit with the program now available online www.mea2018.com.au. The Program Committee have developed a program offering timely information relevant in today’s climate. In addition, the committee invites the industry to submit a 50 word outline for a five minute presentation on a new product or service. These outlines will be considered for inclusion in the ‘What’s New Session’ in the program. Submissions close April 4 2018.  


Opinion

As an outline, the five minute presentation must focus on a product or service that is innovative or creative and should focus on the benefits to the event industry


Jill Varley

March 9, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Staging Connections design Broncos 30-year celebrations and season launch

For the third year Staging Connections staged the launch of the Brisbane Broncos 30-year celebration and season launch event. A feat accomplished with just two weeks for the Sydney and Brisbane project teams to design and produce the set and bring all the custom event elements together. To elevate the special celebrations, the Staging Connections team custom-designed the set to include a large format custom aspect ‘blend’ screen with multiple surfaces for content to be displayed throughout the night.    


Opinion

Looks as though Staging Connection kicked some serious goals at the event


Brad Foster

February 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Five out of five for Whitehaven Long Lunch

The Whitehaven Long Lunch, which was held for the recent Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival scored a five out of five for more than 90 per cent of attendees. More than 200 people were greeted on the stunning beach with Moet, sashimi and oysters followed by a seated seafood lunch.


Opinion

Now where was our invite? Not a bad destination for a conference lunch in the Whitsundays.


Jill Varley

January 29, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Major expansion to MGM Resorts meeting venues in Las Vegas

 Following the Mandalay Bay Convention Center’s expansion, MGM Resorts is introducing more options for the meeting planner in Las Vegas with convention center expansions.  These are occurring at ARIA, MGM Grand, Park MGM and Luxor, giving a total of approximately 900,000 additional sq ft. When completed at the end of 2018, MGM will have 4 million sq ft of meeting and convention space, the largest in Las Vegas. All this space, provides meeting planners numerous options, under one portfolio, with one seamless contract.  


Opinion

Also being introduced is MGM's first all-inclusive incentive group packages


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.