Laura Bradley

December 2, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Anne Jamieson recognised for contribution to Victorian tourism

CEO of Saxton Speakers Anne Jamieson was presented with the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual award at the Victorian Tourism Awards ceremony held on November 28 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). Anne was acknowledged for her contribution to the business events, accommodation and tourism industries throughout her 35-year career. On the achievement, Anne said: “I am incredibly proud and honoured to be recognised with this award and to join the company of past winners.”


Opinion

Anne also played a big part in mentoring female staff members into senior management roles historically held by men in the 80s and 90s, so hats off to her.


Laura Bradley

December 2, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Sustainable events initiative launched to protect the reef

At this year’s Sell TNQ event, Business Events Cairns and Great Barrier Reef launched a program to protect the reef. ‘Nurturing Nature’ will see five Cairns hotels commit to donating $5 per delegate for events booked at their venues towards environmental and wildlife causes. Hilton Cairns, Pullman Cairns International, Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Riley, A Crystalbrook Collection Resort and Shangri-La The Marina Cairns are the hotels taking part.


Opinion

Even more of a reason to take your event to Cairns.


Laura Bradley

November 29, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

The Year of Scotland kicks off in Sydney

Yesterday, The Year of Scotland – a huge festival which will take place until December 2020 – kicked off with a launch event at the Sydney Opera House. Set to be the largest showcase of traditional Scottish music and heritage to take place in Australia, the event will include 100s of performances from traditional Scottish, Gaelic and Celtic musicians. The Year of Scotland in Australia 2020 is backed by Creative Scotland, VisitScotland and the Scottish government.


Opinion

So, if you hear bagpipes over the next year, you know why.


Laura Bradley

November 29, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Rydges Camperdown unveils refurb

Rydges Camperdown has completed a full refurbishment of its guest rooms. All 144 rooms now have fully-renovated bathrooms with walk-in showers; work stations with extra power points; new LCD flat screen TVs; soft furnishings with Rydges Dream Beds; and a full minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. General manager of Rydges Camperdown David Clifford said the new-look rooms are contemporary and comfortable, and perfect for business travellers.


Opinion

Oh my gosh… so spacious!


Laura Bradley

November 29, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Novotel Perth Murray St to open in three weeks

A brand-new, 431-room Novotel will open on Perth’s Murray Street on December 19, 2019. The hotel will feature a 12th-floor fitness and spa facility including a pool, steam room, day spa and sauna; four bars and restaurants; and four meeting rooms and a conference room that can cater for 120 people banquet-style. Novotel Murray St Perth will be the latest Accor property to open in the city, furthering its position as the largest operator of hotels in Perth.


Opinion

And it’s just an 11-minute walk from the convention centre.


Laura Bradley

November 28, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Unique conference destination set to open in Bawley Point on NSW South Coast

Willinga Park, the Southern Hemisphere’s finest equestrian centre, is now the newest conference venue on the NSW South Coast. Willinga Park’s new conference centre will officially open today, November 28, and is just two-and-a-half hours east of Canberra and three-and-a-half hours south of Sydney. Renowned for exceptional quality and beauty, Willinga Park’s conference facilities combine striking architecture and state-of-the-art conference and meeting technology with beautiful accommodation, botanical gardens and a modern sculpture garden.


Opinion

Our Publisher Helen Batt-Rawden will be there to attend the official opening. Watch this space for further details.


Laura Bradley

November 28, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

IHG’s huge festive season sale

Between now and December 17, 2019, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is offering 20 per cent off hotel rooms and an additional five per cent off rooms for IHG Rewards Club Members. The Cyber Sale is valid for stays at IHG hotels across the globe through to May 31, 2019. Guests will automatically receive the discount when booking from ihg.com/cybersale.


Opinion

I personally recommend Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific… and while you’re there you can check out the renovated event rooms.


Laura Bradley

November 28, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Four ambassadors announced to promote Sydney to the world

Sydney will be championed on the world stage by four of Australia’s most influential people, after they were inducted into the BESydney Global Ambassador Program this week. The ambassadors include co-founders of Atlassian Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes; CEO of Salesforce ANZ Pip Marlow; and principal of Elizabeth Broderick and Co Elizabeth Broderick AO. Each of the ambassadors were welcomed to the program by NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian.


Opinion

Disappointed that Rebel Wilson missed out on the gig. Only kidding. Well done, guys.