Laura Bradley

February 8, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Sydney’s big Asian incentive wins

BESydney is celebrating the first of its 17 Asian corporate incentive gatherings secured for this year: the Tokyo Gas Yokohama Chuo Energy Japan 2019 Incentive. The group will descend upon NSW in three waves, and will partake in quintessential activities such as surfing at Bondi, hiking in the Blue Mountains and climbing the Harbour Bridge. More than 15,200 Asian delegates are predicted to visit NSW across the year, contributing $72 million in direct expenditure for the NSW economy.


Opinion

If you’re planning a trip to Sydney this year and have trouble finding a hotel room, you’ll now know why.


Laura Bradley

February 8, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Pill testing, cybersecurity explored at The Business of Events

The inaugural The Business of Events conference kicked off at Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park yesterday, and speakers did not shy away from the hard-hitting topics surrounding the industry. During a breakout session on event safety, the discussion turned to the topic of pill testing at festivals, with the panel of safety experts unanimously opposing the initiative. The CEO of AustCyber Michelle Price also delivered a keynote on cyber security, and urged attendees to utilise her company’s free service to mitigate cyber-attacks.


Opinion

Keep an eye out for my full-write up on day one of TBOE in the April edition of micenet.


Brad Foster

February 7, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

AIME announces Street Food Festival networking night

Attendees at AIME on Tuesday, February 19, will be invited to continue the networking after dark at the Asia Pacific Street Food Festival along South Wharf Promenade. The event will have a “night noodle market” vibe, courtesy of the Showtime Event Group. On arrival, guests will receive tokens they can redeem for drinks or food from one of the seven market food stalls.


Opinion

The proximity of this space to the exhibition centre should ensure it's well patronised and good fun!


Brad Foster

February 7, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

PCB CEO Paul Beeson resigns

Perth Convention Bureau CEO Paul Beeson has resigned after more than eight years in the role to pursue new ventures. PCB Chairman, Kevin Skipworth, said Mr Beeson had made an outstanding contribution to the PCB during his tenure and would be a great loss to the organisation. In the 2017-8 financial year the PCB secured business worth more than $141 million in direct expenditure.


Opinion

We wish Paul all the best for the future and look forward to seeing where he pops up next.


Brad Foster

February 7, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Moxy Hotels set to debut in Melbourne

Moxy Hotels, Marriott International’s playful, experiential hotel brand for the next generation of travellers, is set to debut in Australia with the signing of Moxy Melbourne South Yarra. Slated to open in July 2021, the 180-room, new build standalone hotel is being developed by Melbourne businessmen Hector Ktori and Peter Arvanitis.  With 30 operating hotels across Europe, North America and Asia and more than 80 properties in development, Moxy Hotels redefines the traditional affordable hotel experience, allowing guests to work, play and connect while surrounded […]

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Opinion

Now that's what we call a new hotel brand. Can't wait to see if it lives up to the hype.


Laura Bradley

February 6, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Australia tops most Instagrammable countries in the world list

Based on hashtags per destination, survey results and votes cast by a panel of travel experts, Big Seven Travel has ranked the top 10 most Instagrammable countries in the world – with Australia coming out on top. Destinations within Australia which contributed to the accolade included Sydney Harbour, Byron Bay and Melbourne. Australia beat out Hong Kong which came in at second, Canada which ranked third and Indonesia which snagged fourth place.


Opinion

This news makes me think that I should actually see the rest of Australia at some point.


Laura Bradley

February 6, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Shangri-La, The Marina gets a reno

Each of the 184 rooms at Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns have undergone a renovation; a project which commenced in March 2018 at a cost of $13 million. Sydney-based design firm Stack Studios were tasked with the transformation project, with design details including contemporary lighting and fittings, hand-painted artwork representing waves flowing out to the Trinity Bay horizon and modern flooring complementing the tropical climate and waterfront location. The guest bathrooms have also been upgraded with walk-in showers and contemporary tiles.


Opinion

Oh, they’re waves! I thought that was a barbed wire fence.


Laura Bradley

February 6, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

There’ll be even more NZ at this year’s AIME

The 100% Pure New Zealand stand at this year’s AIME will command an impressive 135 square metres – the largest ever space it will have ever occupied during its 26 years of attending. The stand’s centrepiece will be a striking, wooden carved table made from reclaimed swamp kauri using traditional Maori techniques. A team of 35 representatives from across New Zealand will join the stand, from venues such as the New Zealand International Convention Centre and Sudima Hotels.


Opinion

I bet other exhibitors will feel a bit of stand-envy after snatching a look at this one.