Jill Varley

January 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

World-class Saxton Speakers at AIME

An extraordinary line-up of speakers from Saxton Speakers Bureau have been promised for AIME’s four Up Close and Personal sessions. Influential Australian personalities will cover important themes in separate sessions, including how the future of Australian businesses will be disrupted by evolving economic ecosystems; from the future of technology to the intergenerational workplace. AIME project manager, Angela Sciacca said these speakers will be addressing everything from resilience and artificial intelligence to how technology will change our future.  


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Register for AIME free: aime.com.au/free-registration-for-aime


Jill Varley

January 12, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Canberra ‘brews up’ the perfect weekend getaway

The 11th Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival is being staged in the gardens of the heritage Mercure Canberra in Braddon, on Saturday March 24 between 11am – 6pm, providing a nice pre-conference lure for visiting delegates. Showcasing its flourishing food and craft beer scene, more than 200 beers and ciders will be available for tasting and visitors will be able to take part in beer/cider food matching sessions, hear guest speakers, and meet the brewers.  


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Special Festival accommodation packages are available at the Mercure Canberra from $199 per room per night


Jill Varley

January 12, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

BestCities succeeds in helping associations build global connections across cultures

100% of the delegates surveyed at the BestCities Global Forum which took place in Tokyo, in December agreed that they would recommend attending the BestCities’ 2018 conference to other international association delegates, while 95% reported the Forum met or exceeded their expectations. Themed Building Global Connections Across Cultures, the event focused on building greater cultural awareness and adaptability and practical insight sessions to empower event organisers to create a more tailored delegate experience, mindful of their planned meeting location.    


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BestCities Board chair, Jonas Wilstrup, CFO of Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau said the industry must step up and accept the crucial responsibility global meetings now play in ensuring the world’s future success, growth and innovation


Jill Varley

January 12, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

 Las Vegas hosts Signature Travel Network National Conference

The Mandalay Bay Resort Las Vegas was the host hotel when the Signature Travel Network National Conference was held there in December. Major sponsor Tourism Australia lead a delegation of partners in the 17/18 Signature Network program which included Tourism Northern Territory, Visit Victoria, South Australia Tourism Commission, Tourism Western Australia and Tourism and Events Queensland. Along with one on one appointments and participation in the global trade show, Australia held a destination workshop with more than 200 registered agents.    


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Las Vegas continues to be a bright and shining draw card for Australian events and conferences


Jill Varley

January 11, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

London’s vivid display of light

London’s West End is shining this January as part of the UKs largest light festival Lumiere London. Installations by more than 16 UK and international artists are scattered across various famous locations in the West End. Some can be found in Mayfair such as the Impulse by Canadian design practice, Lateral Office, a set of eight illuminated interactive seesaws, while Northern Lights by Aleksandra Stratimirovic at Grosvenor Square, Mayfair is inspired by the enthralling experience of viewing the aurora borealis.    


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Could be that imitation is the highest form of flattery?


Jill varley

January 11, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Scoot Launches Ticket Sales for Berlin

 Low cost airline Scoot, has launched ticket sales to its highly anticipated third long-haul destination of Berlin, Germany. The non-stop Singapore-Berlin flights are scheduled to commence June 20 and promotional FLY fares from Australia start at a tiny $379 (ex Perth) one way, including taxes. (Bags and food extra) or $1199 in ScootBiz one way (including taxes). Meanwhile, ex Melbourne and Sydney, get to Berlin for $439 FLY fare (Bags and food extra), or $1299 ScootBiz.  


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Fares on sale are for travel from June 20 to October 26 2018


Jill Varley

January 11, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

AccorHotel’s Le Grand Amman opens in Jordan

AccorHotels have announced the rebranding of a prominent landmark hotel in Jordan to Le Grand Amman. Consisting of 298-rooms and 67 well-appointed serviced apartments, it caters towards a growing number of business travellers, offering eight meeting rooms in addition to the largest ballroom in Amman for large-scale events.  The acquisition of the luxury property will mark the debut of Sofitel into Jordan, following the first phase of refurbishment towards the end of 2019 when it becomes the Sofitel Amman.    


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As Luxury Brands, AccorHotels Middle East COO Sami Nasser says, "We aim to bring the French art de vivre to a vibrant and growing market."


Jill Varley

January 10, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Freaky fun and serious exploration at the Sydney Festival

The Sydney Festival is taking over Sydney this month from 6-29 January. Held across the city and Parramatta, this feast of global cultural explorations and platforms includes the Tree of Codes, a dazzling contemporary ballet performed by Company Wayne McGregor and held in the ICC Sydney’s Darling Harbour Theatre.  Catering for all tastes the Festival offers, drama, comedy, music, circus, theatre and a plethora of experiences at the Meriton Festival Village, a freaky fun park of wild, wonderful and bizarre experiences.  


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Forget the rain and join in the fun and conversations - there's plenty of free stuff as well