Laura Bradley

January 22, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Delegates treated to innovative welcome at Christchurch Airport

Most events house their registration area in the foyer preceding the conference hall. Well, the linux.conf.au turned this idea on its head, collaborating with Christchurch Airport to welcome delegates to the south island as soon as they stepped off the plane. Speaking on the approach, ChristchurchNZ GM Destination and Attraction Loren Heaphy said “There are over 600 delegates attending this respected technical conference and this is a great way to make sure their experience in our city starts on a high.”


Opinion

Great way to curtail the inevitable ‘where the heck am I supposed to go’ moment that follows disembarkation.


Laura Bradley

January 21, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge opens its doors

DoubleTree by Hilton’s first foray into the West Australian market, and first new-build property in Australia, has occurred with the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge. The 206-room property is situated in the vibrant Northbridge precinct, and boasts a 24-hour fitness centre, a scenic executive lounge and a meeting space with a capacity of up to 160 guests. The hotel also houses a modern dining precinct, James St Bar + Kitchen, which is helmed by chef Kevin Garcia.


Opinion

And it’s only a six minute drive from the convention centre!


Laura Bradley

January 21, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

The five trends set to disrupt the events industry

A study conducted Fahrenheit 212 and supported by the PCMA Foundation and Marriott International has outlined five trends with the potential to dramatically disrupt the events industry within the next five years. Presented during the 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders program, which took place between January 6 and 9, the trends included emotional intelligence, orchestrated serendipity, multi-modal design, being bigger than oneself and a clear sense of place.


Opinion

Orchestrated serendipity… there’s another one for the book of oxymorons that make sense.


Laura Bradley

January 18, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Hong Kong gears up for year of the pig celebrations

Hong Kong locals and visitors alike are squealing in anticipation of next month’s Chinese New Year celebrations, which will light up the city to usher in the year of the pig. Activities on offer will include shopping at flower markets with seasonal blooms, exploring Lantau Island via cable car and, most importantly, marvelling at the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade, a signature event set to take place on February 5.


Opinion

Having rung in the New Year in Vietnam, I’ve experienced my taste of the year of the pig. And it tasted like vodka Red Bull sipped through a pig-shaped mug.


Laura Bradley

January 18, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

First-of-its-kind hotel opens in Brisbane

This week saw Essence Apartments and Suites Taringa, the nation’s first hotel located in the same building as a hospital, open its doors in Brisbane. The $65 million development encompasses 63 luxuriously-appointed studios, one and two bedroom suites, an exclusive guest lounge overlooking the city and state-of-the-art conferencing facilities. Each of the hotel’s rooms feature kitchenettes, Smart TVs, Foxtel and Wi-Fi, and some are fitted with sofa lounges.  The hotel is situated above Westside Private Hospital.


Opinion

Perhaps an interesting venue choice for a medical conference?


Laura Bradley

January 17, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

The destinations already on board with Get Global

Hawaii, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Fiji, the UK and the USA are the locations which have already signed up to this year’s Get Global event, set to take place at the ICC Sydney on July 26. Last year’s successful outing saw 94 per cent of buyers say that they intend to do business with the exhibitors they met within the next twelve months, and 90 per cent of exhibitors said they would exhibit at Get Global again.


Opinion

The event will be here before we know it, so if you’re interested in exhibiting, best get onto it now: https://worldcorptravel.eventsair.com/get-global-database/exhibitor-subcription/Site/Register


Laura Bradley

January 17, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Make a Wish event unveils stellar speaker line up

‘Reframe Impossible’ is the theme of Make a Wish’s upcoming speaking event, which will take place on February 15, 2019 at The Deakin Edge in Melbourne. A score of inspirational speakers are set to share insights on how we can all take small steps to engender big changes, including Game of Inches author Nigel Collin, National Patron of the Make a Wish Foundation Robyn Moore and former CEO of Melbourne Football Club Cameron Schwab.


Opinion

Quite a diverse array of speakers and it sounds like an interesting outing for a good cause.


Laura Bradley

January 17, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

MCEC to host workplace sexual harassment summit

February 21 will mark the inaugural summit for Not in My Workplace, an organisation dedicated to taking a stand against sexual harassment. The event, which will take place at the MCEC, will provide advice to business leaders on how to convert awareness of the #metoo movement into practical actions beyond policies. Some of the speakers set to headline include President of Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs and minister for women in the Victorian parliament The Hon Gabrielle Williams MP.


Opinion

A very timely event in the current social climate and worth checking out if you can make it.