Jill Varley

November 15, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Staging Connection connects up with Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Staging Connections has secured a brand new contract with the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. The first time the five-star hotel has chosen to outsource its AV services to a dedicated supplier. During more than two years of discussions Staging Connections say they ultimately succeeded thanks to their clear culture fit and client understanding. Expressing their delight with this new partnership, they said, “We are looking forward to developing new opportunities and delivering our signature outstanding service at this iconic hotel.”  


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The partnership allows the hotel to offer a far wider range of services than they previously could provide


Jill Varley

November 14, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Security warriors fly into Canberra

A group of altruistic volunteers from 20 countries are holding their annual conference in Canberra – November 15-17 at UNSW Canberra. The volunteers who give their software away for free, create it to counter cyber security and deception attacks, all on top of their day jobs in cyber security and research. “We were delighted to work with the Australian volunteers in their bid to hold the Annual Honeynet Project Workshop in Canberra,” said Canberra Convention Bureau CEO Michael Matthews.    


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Who ya gonna call – Spambusters!


Jill Varley

November 14, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

New Zealand’s refresh approach to 10th PCOA Conference

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia manager Sharon Auld says the Kiwi team is planning a refreshing approach to help energise delegates during this month’s Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Association conference. Such activities as delegates pedaling smoothie bikes to blend their own juice, sharing top-rated organic wine from the Central Otago region, rehydrating with Antipodes artesian water at the 100% Pure New Zealand hub and unveiling new venues and activities, including Christchurch’s new convention centre.      


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See you at the 100% Pure New Zealand hub!


Jill Varley

November 13, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

AccorHotels form partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2018

AccorHotels has announced they are the Official & Exclusive Accommodation Partner for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Season for 2018. The hotel’s COO Simon McGrath,  “We are committed to building a deep culture of understanding and respect for all people regardless of culture, ethnicity, age or sexual orientation. Our association with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is just one of many partnerships AccorHotels champions and we look forward to using this occasion to celebrate diversity.”    


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Expect to see colourful lobby activations and external signage displays in AccorHotels throughout the festival, which runs from February 16 to March 4 2018.


Jill Varley

November 13, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Business events urged to adopt Olympic standard when it comes to safety

Security was top of mind when Lord Jonathan Evans, director-general British Security Service MI5 gave valuable insights on how international business event organisers should look to the learnings of previous Olympic events. He said the importance of activity between the venue, the event organisers, law enforcement and security authorities is critical. At the London event, the ICC Sydney’s Geoff Donaghy said that entry, egress and the ability to isolate areas across a venue are core to their operation.    


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To learn more about this high-profile event, see Wednesday’s One Minute Mice eNewsletter


Jill Varley

November 13, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Canon holds Collective Festival on Tangaloooma Island

For four days from October 26-29, the Canon Collective Festival was held at Queensland’s Tangalooma Island Resort.  During this time the Cannon team hosted a community of 86 budding photographers at the inaugural conference. The delegates had the opportunity to take part in a number of scheduled photography workshops and hero Moreton Island experiences, such as aerial photography from an R44 helicopter (doors off), snorkeling the Tangalooma ship wrecks, a desert fashion shoot and sunrise at Cape Moreton lighthouse.    


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 The beauty of Tangalooma is that its picture perfect


The design of The Summit Conference Centre is sure to knock their socks off!

November 10, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

InterContinental Danang hosts the 25th APEC Summit

Today marks the start of the the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting of the 25th APEC Summit, at the rather fabulous InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam. A milestone event for the city, the resort only built in 2012 had to undergo some mandatory enhancements such as widening internal roads and upgrading technical infrastructure facilities, including a brand-new reception hall of nearly 500sqm built alongside an array of meeting and function rooms and a VIP lounge.      


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The Bill Bensley design of The Summit Conference Centre is sure to knock their socks off!


Jill Varley

November 10, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok reveals new and renovated meeting facilities

To mark the re-opening of the newly branded Luxury Collection hotel and its newly transformed facilities, The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok Thailand is offering a special MICE package that requires a minimum total of 500,000 THB and 20-50 rooms to reserve and is available through to December 15. Unveiled are more than 5600sqm of flexible and modern event space that  includes three ballrooms and 25 meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology.    


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The hotel is setting a new benchmark for event venues in Bangkok