Laura Bradley

July 28, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Three event wins for Melbourne

Melbourne has been chosen as the hot city for three high-profile business events: The International Trade Union Congress 2022; The International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health 2022; and The International Geographical Congress 2028. Combined, these events will deliver a $24.8 million economic contribution to the state, almost 15,000 room nights, and see 3750 delegates pass through the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) doors.


Opinion

Bit of good news for poor Melbourne.


Laura Bradley

July 27, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

NCCC opens kitchens for food relief

The National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC) has joined OzHarvest’s Hospitality Heroes program, opening its kitchens and re-engaging its teams to produce and deliver meals to those affected by Covid-19. The venue will be preparing 500 meals each week over an eight week period – including pasta, curries, stews and vegetables – and delivering them to community charities. NCCC’s general manager Stephen Wood said the centre is proud to offer continued support as part of its ongoing 13-year relationship with OzHarvest in Canberra.


Opinion

A first for the nation's capital... well done.


Laura Bradley

July 27, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

ITE Hong Kong 2020 cancelled

International Travel Expo (ITE) Hong Kong is off. Comprising the 34th ITE (Leisure) and 15th ITE MICE, it was to be held at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre between August 7 and 9. Already postponed from June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, further postponement wasn’t possible as no suitable date or venue could be found. New dates are June 17 to 20, 2021. Organiser TKS Exhibition Services said foreign exhibitors outnumbered local sellers. Thousands of trade visitors also pre-registered online.


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Gerardine Donough-Tan


Laura Bradley

July 27, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

New experiment to test Covid-19 spread at mass gatherings

Scientists at the University Hospital Halle in Germany are conducting an experiment to test the spread of the coronavirus at mass gatherings. The scientists will observe three different scenarios at a concert by German pop star Tim Bendzko at Leipzig Arena next month. Scenario one will involve 4000 participants enjoying the concert in pre-Covid conditions; scenario two will see the entrance and movement of the 4000-strong audience controlled; and the third will involve 2000 participants abiding by the 1.5 metre social distancing rule.


Opinion

It will be interesting to see the results.


Laura Bradley

July 24, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

First Qld exhibition since pandemic kicks off today

The 2020 Gold Coast Expo will take place from today until Sunday, marking the first exhibition to take place in Queensland since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The event will occur at Aquis Park, Gold Coast Turf Club, and has been put together by the team at Australian Events. Around 15,000 visitors are expected over the three days, and they will experience the latest caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes and vehicles.


Opinion

I hope the attendees socially distance.


Laura Bradley

July 24, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

JW Marriott hotel to open on Gold Coast this December

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts will make its Australian debut this December with the opening of JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa. The launch will follow a $35 million rebrand of Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. The resort has been re-imagined by Australian design studio DBI, and all 223 rooms and suites will be transformed to reflect the relaxed mood of coastal Queensland. The resort’s 2000 sqm of state-of-the-art function space will also be refreshed, including an upgrade of the 715 sqm JW […]

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Opinion

We can’t wait to see the pictures.


Laura Bradley

July 21, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

EventsAIR launches V2 of onAIR virtual platform

Launching OnAIR in May, the company behind the product, EventsAIR, has just launched version 2 of the popular product which has already seen more than 40,000 people use it. Version 2 introduces more features to improve attendee engagement and avoid online fatigue. Additions include: Gamification where attendees can earn points based on online behaviors; full custom branding and white labelling to personalise the event brand; instant live polling that is controlled by the presenter (or moderator) in real time; and more.


Opinion

Most attendees at MEA's Evolve: Renovated event seemed pleased with it.


Laura Bradley

July 21, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

New GM for The Langham, Sydney

Shane Jolly has been appointed general manager at The Langham, Sydney. Mr Jolly was most recently hotel manager at Cordis, Auckland, where he played a key role overseeing the construction of a new tower at the hotel and extensive renovations to all existing rooms and F&B facilities. Mr Jolly said that his immediate focus has been on ensuring the safety of his colleagues and guests, and that The Langham, Sydney is designated an official NSW Government COVIDSafe business.  


Opinion

Sounds like a jolly fellow. Bet he's sick of the puns.