Laura Bradley

May 15, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Sydney to welcome its largest North American incentive group

US-based direct selling company Forever Living Products will reward its top performers next year with an incentive trip to Sydney. More than 7500 delegates from 161 countries are expected to visit the city over four days, resulting in $34 million in direct expenditure to the state. Forever Living Products President Gregg Maughan said Sydney was chosen due to its beauty, culture, architecture and infrastructure. The win was secured by strategic bidding organisation BESydney with the support of the NSW Government and Tourism Australia.


Opinion

If you’re coming all the way to Australia from the US, you’re going to want to see the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Sydney was the logical winner.


Laura Bradley

May 14, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

There’s a new whisky bar in Circular Quay

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay has launched Highlander Whisky Bar, a stylish yet relaxed space with a gourmet bar menu selection. The bar offers three signature experiences: Whisky High Tea, which includes a variety of savoury delights complemented by sweet whisky treats; Whisky of the Month, which will showcase rare whisky from around the world; and the bimonthly Whisky Master Class, which will offer themed tastings, such as the Malts and the Movies class.


Opinion

The Whisky Master Class sounds like such a fun team bonding exercise. Much better than a ropes course or orienteering expedition.


Laura Bradley

May 14, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

ICCA names world’s top destination for meetings

Paris has been ranked the top global destination for meetings by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), outpacing the second placed Vienna by a margin of 40 meetings. The city hosted a total of 212 international meetings in 2018 that comply with the ICCA’s criteria, many of which took place in the newly-opened Paris Convention Centre, the largest conference venue in Europe. Madrid came in at third place on the list, followed by Barcelona and Berlin.


Opinion

Vive la France!


Laura Bradley

May 14, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Details announced for 2019 Regional Victoria Showcase

The 2019 Regional Victoria Showcase will take place on Wednesday, May 29, between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm at the RACV City Club Melbourne. This year’s theme is ‘Experience Anew’, and attendees will be invited to enjoy a slew of regional experiences. More than 40 exhibitors are expected to feature, and, for the first time, Business Events Victoria is partnering with Rural Aid Australia to help support drought affected communities.


Opinion

Wouldn’t it be ironic if attendees were so impressed by RACV City Club Melbourne that they held their future event there instead?


Laura Bradley

May 13, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Best Western Hotels & Resorts appoints sales manager

Philip Hancock, a travel industry veteran who has worked in numerous senior management roles, has been appointed national sales manager for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. Some of Philip’s previous stints include strategic account manager at Travelport and head of partnerships at Hotelbeds. On his new gig, Philip said “I am truly excited to be joining the Best Western team… This is an organisation with a great history, fantastic brand awareness and really exciting plans for next few years.”


Opinion

Out of all of the candidates, it’s fair to say Philip was simply the best.


Laura Bradley

May 13, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Accor opens fourth property in the Maldives

The launch of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo – a 21-villa beach island experience located in the Maldividan oasis of Gaafu Alifu Atoll – marks Accor’s fourth property to open in the Maldives. The property features private pools, generous living spaces and marble bathrooms with sunken bathtubs, as well as outdoor showers. Raffles Maldives Meradhoo also features a score of food and beverage facilities, including Yuzu, a Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant, and Yapa Sunset Bar, which offers tapas and original cocktail concoctions.


Opinion

I have the sudden urge to print out a picture of this hotel and stick it across my window. Dreary weather ceases to exist if you can’t see it.


Laura Bradley

May 10, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

More speakers announced for Get Global

Following the news of Michelle Bridges and Matt Jones headlining this year’s Get Global, which will take place at the ICC Sydney on July 29, three more speakers have been announced. As part of a collaboration with Saxton Speakers Bureau, audiences will hear from ex-soldier and para-canoeist Curtis McGrath, who will discuss overcoming adversity; engineer and entrepreneur Felicity Furey, who will look at millennial leaders, and Janine Garner, who will divulge how best to leverage your network and build lasting relationships.


Opinion

Curtis will no doubt have a harrowing story to tell.


Laura Bradley

May 10, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Sydney predicts $190 million boost from health meetings

A total of 36 health-related global meetings will take place in Sydney over the next five years, resulting in an estimated $190 million in direct expenditure for the state. This year alone, 18 global meetings will bring some 10,500 healthcare professionals, policy makers and researchers to Sydney in a line-up that includes the World Congress on Inflammation; International Society for Bipolar Disorders; International Conference on Global Health Security; and the 20th International Congress of Cytology.


Opinion

So, if you’re on a plane to Sydney and the cry for a doctor rings out, sounds like you’ll be in luck.