Laura Bradley

August 13, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

New pass to skip airport lines and enter lounges

PCOs, listen up. Chauffeur provider Blacklane has launched Blacklane PASS, a service which allows travellers to skip security and immigration lines for $100 and access lounges for $50 in over 500 airports around the world. Blacklane PASS holders will be met by a concierge planeside or after customs, assisted with luggage and taken to the front of immigration lines, escorted to their vehicles and have access to three hours in airline and/or private lounges to enjoy food, beverages, showers and Wi-Fi.


Opinion

Sounds like champagne on a beer budget can indeed happen.


Laura Bradley

August 13, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Industry bigwigs to headline Women in Tourism lunch

The symbiosis between mentors and mentees will be the topic at the upcoming Melbourne Women in Tourism Leadership lunch, set to be help on September 20 at Sofitel on Collins. The three guest panellists for the lunch will be CEO for AccorHotels Pacific Simon McGrath, CEO of MEA Robyn Johnson and CEO of the Victorian Tourism Industry Council Felicia Mariani. Each of the guest speakers will share their stories and insights about the role mentors play in your career.


Opinion

It’s heartening to be a part of an industry void of millennial-bashing that encourages younger and older generations to support each other.


Laura Bradley

August 13, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

That’s a wrap for DestinationQ Events Conference

Over 200 event organisers, tourism operators and stakeholders attended TEQ’s DestinationQ Events Conference in Gladstone last week to gain insight into how to run a successful event. Some of the main themes of the conference included the importance of events for driving Queensland’s visitation and economic returns and their impact on the community, environment and local culture. Ex-CEO of the Calgary Stampede Vern Kimball was the keynote speaker and inspired attendees with stories of how his event grew over more than 100 years.


Opinion

I’m guessing he also aspired attendees with his spunky choice of headwear.


Laura Bradley

August 13, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

New sales manager for The Hotel Windsor

Peter Foster, a professional with a wealth of domestic and international hotel experience, has been appointed director of sales and marketing for The Windsor Hotel. Some of Peter’s experience includes stints with Raffles Hotels & Resorts and One & Only Resorts, with roles spanning the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Maldives. CEO of The Hotel Windsor David Perry said “Peter is renowned for his marketing and sales expertise and will be a valued member of our dynamic sales team.”


Opinion

Our editor seems to think Peter will do a great job, though it may have something to do with his surname.


Laura Bradley

August 9, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

First Grand Mercure hotel opens in Myanmar

Largely untapped but indisputably charming Myanmar is now home to a 175-room Grand Mercure property. Designed by local artist Pyar Dade, and overlooking the famous Schwedagon Pagoda, the hotel features hand-painted ceilings inspired by sapphire, emerald, gold and ruby gemstones, a well-equipped wellness area with a spa and open-air Jacuzzi and two state-of-the-art ballrooms that can host up to 400 guests. Event facilities also include a large pre-event function area and seven meeting rooms that feature natural daylight overlooking the Yangon skyline.


Opinion

Build the global hotel chain property and international groups will come.


Laura Bradley

August 9, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Sydney selected as first Aussie location for physics conference

A successful bid led by Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons and her colleague Professor Sven Rogge has seen Sydney selected as host for the International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors in 2020. The event, which will see 800 international experts flock to the harbour city, will represent the first time the flagship meeting has been held in Australia, and provide a forum for scholars, researchers and specialists to discuss future research directions.


Opinion

What an amazing win! I still can’t land a successful EBay bid on a Tardis-shaped teapot I’ve been eyeing since 2015.


Laura Bradley

August 9, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Search for the world’s most innovative MICE technology

IBTM World’s Tech Watch Award, the industry’s longest-standing technology accolade, has officially opened for entries. Until September 7, companies that believe they’ve developed the most innovative technology product or service with an application in the MICE industry can enter. Each entry will be scored against innovation, concept/business model and value to the sector, and judges will select six finalists to exhibit at IBTM World. The overall winner will be announced during the conference, set to take place between November 27 and 29 in Barcelona.


Opinion

I for one will be keeping an eye out for the finalists. How exciting!


Laura Bradley

August 9, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

$45 million Sydney hotel commences construction

The space next to the micenet office isn’t the only one riddled with builders this week, with the $45 million Veriu Green Square hotel development commencing in on O’Riordan Street in Alexandria. The 144-room hotel is set to open in late 2019, and will offer a lobby lounge bar, a restaurant, gym and work space. The development of the hotel is a joint venture between Veriu Hotels & Suites, one of Sydney’s new boutique hotel brands, and Folkestone, a real estate developer.


Opinion

With the space next to my apartment ALSO undergoing construction, my ear plugs are always at the ready.