Laura Bradley

October 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

CINZ ups the ante with social awareness

CINZ has announced that its annual conference will be supported by Eat My Lunch, a social enterprise which supports New Zealand children in need. Founder of the company Lisa King, who was named a New Zealand Woman of Influence in both 2016 and 2017, will provide a TED-style talk on the conference’s first day, and for every one of the 200 lunches eaten at the conference, the company will provide lunch to a kiwi child in need.


Opinion

Just to be clear, this is the social initiative Eat my Lunch, not point 3 in the ‘How to cross the micenet team’ handbook.


Laura Bradley

October 12, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

IHG signs third voco property in Melbourne

It’s the Gold Coast, the Yarra Valley and now Melbourne for voco, with IHG announcing its plans to open a third property under the upscale brand in 2020. The hotel will be part of the ‘380 Melbourne’ skyscraper and offer 252 rooms, a level seven Sky Lobby, a meeting space and an all-day dining restaurant and bar. The voco brand was launched in June this year and is expected to strengthen IHG’s offer in the $40 billion upscale segment.


Opinion

The hotel will also be located near Melbourne Central Station… not that anyone staying somewhere to ritzy would ever consider the train.


Laura Bradley

October 12, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

World’s longest flight takes off

If you thought the longest flight in the world was Qantas’ direct service from Perth to London, you would’ve been right – until yesterday. Singapore Airlines has taken over the title with its flight from Changi Airport to New York’s Newwark Liberty International Airport, which takes almost 19 hours and covers a distance of 16,700 kilometres. This is almost 2000 kilometres more than the service from Perth to London. The flight, which debuted yesterday, used the long-range Airbus A350-900ULR.


Opinion

All passengers were served a wellness menu aimed at reducing jet lag, and I’m really not surprised.


Laura Bradley

October 12, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Ovolo announces opening date for second Queensland hotel

Next month, award-winning hotel group Ovolo will raise the curtain on its multi-million-dollar rebrand of the former Emporium Hotel in Fortitude Valley. The ‘whimsical oasis of colour and art’ has been designed by the same architects behind Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves and Sydney’s The Ivy, and will offer guests 103 rooms with commissioned art pieces, custom wallpaper and eccentric furniture, as well as a rooftop swimming pool and meeting rooms. Ovolo’s first Queensland property was Ovolo Inchcolm in Brisbane’s Spring Hill.


Opinion

I’m a simple woman. I see a picture of Bowie on the wall, and I’m already planning a visit.


Laura Bradley

October 12, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Incredible team weathers super typhoon to pull off conference

You would think an impeding super typhoon would sound the death knell for any conference, let alone one with more than 23,000 delegates. Well, not where Sands China are concerned. Between September 11 and 17, the team successfully pulled off Jeunesse’s Expo 9 at the Venetian Macao in the middle of a tropical cyclone, by enacting a contingency plan addressing the needs of conference attendees. The chef also ordered two 20-foot containers to stock food in the expo hall’s loading bay.


Opinion

A lesson in preparing for any eventuality!


Laura Bradley

October 11, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

CINZ announces emerging talent event for annual conference

On day two of its annual conference next month, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) will premiere its Emerging Talent Professional Development Programme, a half-day initiative designed for those starting careers in the industry. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to hear and meet from a range of speakers, including Kiwi Landing Pad’s director of community Sian Simpson. CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan said the program has been developed to meet industry demand for professional development.


Opinion

Hey… I’m going to this event! Stay tuned to hear my informed opinion on the Emerging Talent program.


Laura Bradley

October 11, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Emporium South Bank unveils some sweet as suites

Emporium South Bank, the 143-room Brisbane hotel which opened in mid-August, has just revealed a bunch of premier suites, ready for the booking. Located on the hotel’s highest levels, the two Exquisite Suites, two Emporium Suites and three Poolside Cabana Suites boast opulent and contemporary finishes, high ceilings, a handmade bronze bar and private balconies with river views. As is the way with anything luxe, the suites veer on the exy side, starting at $850 per night.


Opinion

No need to tut and roll your eyes at the title, I get it all day in the office.


Graeme Kemlo

October 11, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Pullman Albert Park launches laneway bar

Bringing a taste of Melbourne’s famous laneway culture to the St Kilda Road/Queens Road precinct, Pullman Albert Park last night launched its own laneway bar – Lizzie’s Lane, complete with a graffiti mural of Queen Elizabeth II. About 120 business events buyers attended. Director of sales and marketing Meagan Gate said the lane will operate through summer as a public bar and will also be available for corporate events for up to 120 people.


Opinion

That has gotta be the best mural I’ve seen since Trump kissing Putin.