Laura Bradley

June 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

EEAA conference commits to industry sustainability

Last week’s EEAA Leaders Forum and Conference saw industry professionals form a committee devoted to developing and sharing sustainability best practice in the sector. EEAA CEO Joyce DiMascio said sustainability was a key tenet of the association’s five-year strategy and commended the industry for its support. “We are very pleased to have delivered this tangible outcome from our event. The discussion highlighted the importance of sustainability in our sector and the responsibility we all share in doing more to reduce waste.”


Opinion

An initiative we can all get behind.


Laura Bradley

June 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

New role for MCEC’s Anne Jamieson

Anne Jamieson has been appointed CEO of Australia’s leading speakers’ bureau, Saxton Speakers Bureau, a role she will commence in August. For the past nine years, Anne has been a director at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. She is also the current Chair of Meetings Events Australia and Chair of the Victorian Events Council. On her appointment, Anne said “I am honoured and excited to be appointed to lead this wonderful company… Saxton already has a great culture, and a winning strategy.”


Opinion

Anne will bring over 30 years of venue and event experience to the role. Best of luck!


Laura Bradley

June 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

World Cup opener draws 78000 fans

One of the biggest sporting events in the world kicked off in yesterday, with a 78000-strong crowd flocking to Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium for the World Cup opening ceremony. The tournament is predicted to draw 570,000 international and 700,000 national fans between now and July 15 across a handful of Russian cities. In preparation for the event, Russia reportedly spent $6.11 billion rubles on transport infrastructure, $3.45 billion on stadium construction and $680 million on accommodation updates.


Opinion

Let’s hope the accommodation for the soccer players is a little better than it was for the athletes in the 2014 Winter Olympics.


Laura Bradley

June 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Supanova expo commences at Sydney Showground

On a much smaller note (and at the opposite end of the interests spectrum), Sydney Showground will play host to pop culture expo Supanova between today and Sunday, with a predicted 50,000 fans expected to attend. A number of high-profile guests will feature in the expo, including Stephen Amell, Chuck Norris and Richard Dreyfuss. Sydney Showground general manager Peter Thorpe said this year will mark the venue’s 14th hosting of the expo, and that the partnership is mutually beneficial for both parties.


Opinion

I will be attending Supanova tomorrow and I hope they’ve upped their game on their food suppliers this year!


Laura Bradley

June 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Novotel opens near BCEC

Following three years of planning and construction, Novotel Brisbane South Bank hotel opened its doors last week. The 4.5 star hotel boasts 238 rooms, conference and banquet spaces for up to 100 people and is a stone’s throw from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Iconic landmarks such as the South Bank arbors and Kurilpa Bridge have inspired the hotel’s design, which includes naturally lit spaces, wrought iron feature walls and an elegant mix of soft furnishings and textural fabrics.


Opinion

A very swish exterior. Novotel never fails to deliver on service and style.


Laura Bradley

June 14, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Cairns Convention Centre to undergo expansion

Following the Queensland Budget, a $176 million expansion of the Cairns Convention Centre has been given the green light. The centre will welcome the funding over the next two years, with an additional 3000 square metres being added to the exhibition hall and supporting plenary space. Concept designs of the expansion were unveiled last year by Cox Architecture, which designed the original building in 1996. Cairns MP Michael Healy said the expansion will bring jobs and an economic boost to the city.


Opinion

The Cairns Convention Centre is one of Australia’s first environmentally-designed major public buildings. It will be interesting to see the environmentally-friendly expansion elements.


Laura Bradley

June 14, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Hamilton Island re-opens conference centre

Guests, PCOs and Hamilton Island residents were in attendance last night at the re-opening of the island’s convention centre. The venue, which fell within the destructive path of Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, has just completed a 15 month, $2.5 million makeover including upgraded bar facilities and carpets, white walls, pale timber panelling, new audio visual fibre optic cabling, wide projection screens and an LED-lit dance floor. Hamilton Island currently has nine events booked for this year.


Opinion

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram for more photos of the re-opening.


Laura Bradley

June 14, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

W Hotel to replace IMAX theatre in Darling Harbour

From 2020, visitors to ICC Sydney will have another luxury hotel offering at their disposal when W Sydney, part of W Hotels Worldwide, opens its doors. The new-build hotel will take over the current site of IMAX Theatre Sydney and boast 593 rooms and 925 square metres of event space, including a grand ballroom. The opening of W Sydney will mark the third W in Australia, alongside the Brisbane hotel which opened this month and the Melbourne hotel slated to open in 2020.


Opinion

Fun bit of trivia, the first W Hotel in Sydney- located in Woolloomooloo- was the first one opened outside North Ameriva. This hotel is now Ovolo Woolloomooloo.