Brad Foster

October 13, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Sydney secures mega software event

Business Events Sydney announced yesterday it had secured the hosting rights for the Asia-Pacific region’s SAP Field Kick-Off Meeting (SAP FKOM) in 2018 and 2019 – an event that focuses on software and software-related service revenue. It is the first time this event will be held in Australia. SAP is the world’s third largest independent software manufacturer based on market capitalisation. Almost 3000 delegates are expected to attend the 2018 event.


Opinion

Chock up another one for BE Sydney and the ICC Sydney.


Brad Foster

October 13, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

No Australia on BA’s `top 18 for 2018’ list

British Airways has revealed its annual travel predictions for the year ahead, selecting the top 18 must-see destinations for 2018.  Unfortunately, Australia and NZ don’t make the list. The top five are Barbados, Copenhagen, Croatia, Inverness and Lisbon in Portugal.    


Opinion

You’d think since they’ve been flying to Australia for 80 years and having a daily service to London they’d like us a little bit more.


Brad Foster

October 12, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Wowzer, a Federal MP attends IMEX America

The Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Steven Ciobo, is attending IMEX America – the first time we’ve heard of a Minister doing so. In a release, Mr Ciobo said he was leading a delegation of 23 Australian tourism businesses to the event which began on October 10. He said he would also be paying respects to the victims of the recent mass shooting and highlight investment opportunities to Las Vegas hotel and entertainment developers.  


Opinion

A big thumbs up to the Minister for taking an interest in the business event sector.


Brad Foster

October 12, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

AccorHotels signs agreement to acquire Mantra

AccorHotels has today announced the signing of an agreement with Mantra Group Limited to acquire the group for $3.96 for each Mantra share. CEO and Chairman of AccorHotels, Sebastian Bazin, said the move will underpin AccorHotels’ long-term growth in the Asia Pacific.  


Opinion

Will this mean another round of re-branding of hotels? We hope not.


Brad Foster

October 12, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

WHO members meeting at the BCEC

World Health Organization (WHO) members from the Western Pacific Region have converged on the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) this week to discuss future priorities for the health and well-being of the region’s nearly 1.9 billion people. In its role as a global and regional leader in health, Australia is hosting the 68th session of the WHO’s Regional Committee for the Western Pacific Region for the first time in 20 years.  


Opinion

Not a bad coup for Brisbane and the BCEC in hosting yet another high-profile event.


Brad Foster

October 11, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Mercure Perth reveals new look

The Mercure Perth has bid farewell to its former colour palette and embraced a colourful new design following a $1 million refurbishment. Guest rooms have been transformed into bright, energetic and relaxed decor to reflect the hotel’s location in the heart of Perth’s city centre. The refurbishment program included a makeover of 239 guestrooms and suites as well as the hotel’s rooftop leisure playground with heated swimming pool, sun deck and hot tub.  


Opinion

This is definitely a move away from the moody dark hotel rooms that have been in style for the past few years.


Brad Foster

October 11, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Hobart welcomes educators from around the world

Hobart is presently hosting one of the largest conferences it’s had on record, with 1250 delegates attending the Australian International Education Conference. Regarded as the leading event on the international education calendar in Australia, up to 20 per cent of delegates are from overseas. The conference and exhibition is being held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart.  


Opinion

We expect delegates to give the city a big A+ at its conclusion.


Brad Foster

October 11, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Heritage Christchurch a winner in world luxury awards

The Heritage Christchurch has been announced a winner in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017, with a gala event being held in Zurich in December. The hotel’s resident manager, Astrid Hay, said the World Luxury Hotel Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the hotel industry. “We are very excited our historic hotel has been recognised internationally, especially when the field of hotel entrants spans the world,” she said.


Opinion

Great to hear that a little NZ property can take on the world and win!