Laura Bradley

September 18, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

New event director appointed for AIME 2021

Silke Calder has been appointed as the new event director for the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), which will take place from March 15, 2021, and follow a hybrid format for the first time. Silke has more than 20 years’ experience across creative agencies, international trade conventions and venues, including her most recent role as head of sales guest events at one of the world’s largest trade fairs and venues, Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH.


Opinion

Lets hope the event's execution is silke-y smooth.


Laura Bradley

April 9, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Should you teleconference in your PJs?

One of the most pressing questions to arise from the widespread switch to online conferencing is whether delegates should continue to dress up as normal, or grace screens decked out in their Peter Alexander. According to managing director EVT Incentive Marketing Mercedes Ibbett, the latter is perfectly acceptable. “Why not?” she says. “Perfect opportunity to have a fun themed party. Who’s ready for an at-home PJ karaoke contest, or best dressed PJs fashion show?”  


Opinion

Exactly the answer I wanted. I've forgotten how to dress up.


Laura Bradley

March 11, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

TED conference postponed after attendees reject online option

This year’s TED conference, which was scheduled to take place in Vancouver next month, has been pushed back to July due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The decision was made after organisers reached out to attendees in an email asking whether they’d prefer to postpone or hold a virtual conference online. The majority chose to postpone the conference, believing that TED should be an in-person event. Vancouver has played host to the TED conference since 2014, hosting around 2000 guests each year.


Opinion

Well, I mean, yeah. Why pay $10,000 to just watch videos online? That’s what YouTube is for.


Brad Foster

December 11, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Sarawak wins most business events in single year

Sarawak’s business events industry has secured the highest number of business events in a single year which are estimated to anchor more than AUD30 million in direct delegate expenditure (DDE) manifested from the spending of flights, accommodation, meals and entertainment.


Opinion

Great news for Sarawak. If only they’d told us how many.


Laura Bradley

November 22, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Opera Australia returns to Uluru

Following the success of the inaugural Opera Australia performance at Uluru this year, the opera will return to the destination between December 11 and 13. At the show’s main event, Opera at Uluru, Australia’s finest opera singers will perform against a backdrop of the Field of Light installation. CEO of Voyages Grant Hunt said that with the Uluru climb now closed, it’s more important than ever to create experiential options.


Opinion

That’s an opera I might actually be interested in watching.


Brad Foster

October 30, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Camden Valley Inn’s multi-million dollar refresh

The Lewis Land Group is tomorrow unveiling the new and improved heritage-listed Camden Valley Inn following a capital injection of $15 million. The company has been careful to ensure the venue maintains the same community feel and old school charm while expanding the inn’s offering into a modern, multipurpose venue.


Opinion

Camden Valley Inn would make a great regional alternative for meetings for Sydney-based companies.


Laura Bradley

October 2, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

AV1 allows customers to pay what they like in aid of farmers

As part of its 15th birthday celebrations, event production provider AV1 has announced a ‘Summer Lovin’ campaign where customers get to choose how much they pay towards equipment for January events. Around 15 per cent of all sales generated will be donated to Rural Aid to support Australian farmers and rural communities. The offer is available to those organising conferences and events in January 2020 across NSW, ACT, Vic and Qld.


Opinion

Yep…. This wasn’t clickbait!


Laura Bradley

March 18, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

TCEB supports small event buyers from Oz

Buyers from Australia who organise events with upwards of 80 guests can now apply for financial support to complete a site visit in Thailand. The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has shifted its policy to accommodate for smaller buyers, having previously reserved the support for large-scale conventions. Buyers will be able to find out more and apply for site inspections at the TCEB sponsored roadshows on April 2 in Sydney and April 4 in Melbourne.


Opinion

Aww. Looking out for the little guys. Find out more here: www.businesseventsthailand.com