Laura Bradley

March 19, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Sydney wins bid to host huge family doctor gathering

More than 4300 family doctors will flock down under come 2022 for the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) World Conference, following a successful bid by BeSydney and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). The conference will give delegates the opportunity to meet with fellow doctors, hear stories and make decisions that ensure their practice is more efficient. The bid was supported by Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund.


Opinion

Is it not mildly ironic that the acronym for an organisation of doctors is WONCA?


Laura Bradley

March 18, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

TCEB supports small event buyers from Oz

Buyers from Australia who organise events with upwards of 80 guests can now apply for financial support to complete a site visit in Thailand. The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has shifted its policy to accommodate for smaller buyers, having previously reserved the support for large-scale conventions. Buyers will be able to find out more and apply for site inspections at the TCEB sponsored roadshows on April 2 in Sydney and April 4 in Melbourne.


Opinion

Aww. Looking out for the little guys. Find out more here: www.businesseventsthailand.com


Laura Bradley

March 18, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Arinex gives tech range an ‘accessible’ dust up

As part of its involvement in the International Deafblind Conference 2019, Arinex has given its technology range an update to enhance accessibility. eOrganiser is the company’s abstract and program management solution, and includes measures to make it easier for vision-impaired users to experience event technology. Committee members from the Deafblind Conference product tested the prototype and provided feedback ahead of its integration into their upcoming conference this August.


Opinion

It’s conferences like these that engender meaningful change in our industry.


Laura Bradley

March 18, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Sydney Showground goes plastic-free

From this Month onwards, Sydney Showground venue run outlets and bars will completely do away with single-use plastic drinking cups. In their place, the showground will provide re-usable cups courtesy of WISE – It’s in Your Hands, an organisation committed to removing single-use beverage plastics from all major sports venues in Australia. Currently, more than five million disposable plastic cups end up in landfill each month across the country.


Opinion

Good news for eco warriors and bad news for people who enjoy paying extortionate amounts for water in a bin-destined cup (no one).


Laura Bradley

March 15, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

You can now do a VR site inspection of The Westin Sydney

Imagine completing a hotel site inspection without stepping foot in the building. Now stop imagining it because it exists. The Westin Sydney, along with Encore Technologies, now offers clients the ability to view their event in the hotel using virtual reality (VR) technology. Planners are able to visualise the venue’s capabilities, view the event from different angles and experience different floorplans, site lines, screen positions and even theming and decorative treatments.


Opinion

Even better than a real-life site inspection! However, are you able to virtually sample the food?


Laura Bradley

March 15, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Wagga Wagga’s getting an IHG hotel with a 300-pax conference centre

Come early 2021, IHG will open a flagship regional Holiday Inn in Wagga Wagga on iconic heritage site ‘The Mill.’ Holiday Inn & Suites Wagga Wagga will be the largest hotel in the city, offering 148 rooms, an indoor restaurant and bar, a Mediterranean-themed piazza and a first-class conference centre capable of hosting events for more than 300 people. Elements of the property’s heritage will be woven into the décor, bringing the history of the site to life for visitors and guests.


Opinion

Wagga Wagga, the place so nice they named it twice. Sounds like it’s about to get a whole lot nicer.


Laura Bradley

March 15, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Corporate groups can soon visit ‘The Ashes’ at State Library Victoria

In light of the Marylebone Cricket Club loaning ‘The Ashes’ to State Library Victoria as part of its ‘Velvet, Iron, Ashes’ exhibit, Showtime Event Group is launching a bunch of corporate dining packages for groups looking to immerse themselves in the experience. From December, groups will have the option of private viewings and curated experiences in line with the exhibition. Showtime Event Group general manager Brad Dabbs said the packages will be “an important part of bringing new markets into the library.”


Opinion

If your eyes glazed over at the mention of cricket, you’re not alone. I would, however, be very interested in visiting the library.


Laura Bradley

March 14, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Elon Musk’s company given green light to build people mover for Las Vegas Convention Centre

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has approved a recommendation to select Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to construct a people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Centre. The project will likely result in high-speed autonomous electric vehicles connecting the Las Vegas Convention Centre with a range of locations, including the McCarran International Airport. The convention centre is currently in the middle of an expansion phase which will see it span 200 acres upon completion in 2021.


Opinion

So far there are no reports that the vehicles will have the capacity to transport passengers into space.