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.

Joyce DiMascio

August 30, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

There is a general unwillingness in the industry to mandate staff vaccination without prompting

Freedom to gather will only be reinstated if vaccination targets are achieved, the rates of transmissions come down and importantly, if COVIDSafe policies are implemented by the operators of live events and venues.

Our industry exists to bring people together. So, do we have a fundamental responsibility to lead policy rather than wait for vaccination to be mandated for our sector by Governments? Read more

Graeme Kemlo

July 20, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Melbourne’s new apartment hotel expected to open ahead of schedule

While Melbourne awaits news on its current COVID-19 lockdown, Oakwood is pushing ahead with the Melbourne debut of its Oakwood Premier apartment hotel close to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), that is now scheduled to open in October this year instead of in 2022.

It will be the first Oakwood Premier for Australia and the 10th of this brand which can be found in other major world cities including Tokyo, Seoul and Singapore. Read more

Bronwen Largier

June 8, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Australian conservation travel alliance launching this week

Wildlife tour company Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours and not-for-profit koala conservation organisation Koala Clancy Foundation are joining forces to create immersive conservation opportunities for leisure, education, volunteer and corporate travel through a new brand, Conservation Travel Australia.

“Recent surveys are telling us that 70 percent of Australians are concerned about climate change and we’re hearing those same words from participants on our tours,” says co-director of Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours, Roger Smith. Read more