Laura Bradley

April 16, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

ICC hotel expo expands event space

The NoVacancy Accommodation Business Expo, which will take place July 17-18, has added an additional ICC Sydney hall to its event. The expo will cover 7700 square metres of floor space and host a predicted 2000 attendees and exhibitors from the hotel and accommodation industry. The three main topics covered will be hotel technology, refurbishment and interior design and guest experience. Guests will also have access to 40 hours of free seminars led by industry professionals.


Opinion

The increase in size will make the expo seven times larger than any other event of its kind in Australia. Definitely a must do for those in the industry.


Jill Varley

April 13, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Netflix co-founder to speak at Wired for Wonder 2018

Wired for Wonder 2018, a three-day creative and technology summit being held in September at venues in both Sydney and Melbourne will have among the speakers Netflix co-founder Mitch Lowe. In addition, local and international speakers include Karen Palmer (neurogaming expert) and Dr. Beau Lotto (globally renowned neuroscientist). New in 2018 is the Wired for Wonder Youth Summit, which will feature keynote speakers, workshops and discussion panels providing an opportunity for learning and a place for young minds to connect.      


Opinion

The summit is considered to be a unique event for Australian professionals


Jill Varley

April 13, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Leisure conference headed to Sunshine Coast

250 attendees and global speakers will flock to the Sunshine Coast this May for the Amusement Leisure and Recreation Association Conference. The event will take place at Novotel Twin Waters Resort and address important trends affecting the amusement, leisure and recreation industry. AALARA president Dax Eddy said “AALARA has an incredibly proud history of providing the best and most up-to-date conference content for our delegates, and this year is no exception.”  


Opinion

Hopefully the weather stays this hot so visitors get the ultimate Queensland experience.


Jill Varley

April 13, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Businesses embrace Global Meetings Industry Day

Well, it looks like business events practitioners didn’t close up shop yesterday, choosing instead to embrace GMID in productive and enlightening ways. Airnex got into the spirit by hosting round tables at their five state offices, sharing knowledge and diverse experiences across the team. Melbourne Convention Bureau toasted to the occasion at the International Inner Wheel Convention, a women’s service that aims to encourage the ideals of personal service and to foster international understanding.  


Opinion

Don’t forget to tweet us how you spent the day @micenet


Brad Foster

April 12, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Global Meetings Industry Day is upon us

Yes that’s right. If you didn’t know it, today is Global Meetings Industry Day, the day when the world’s business events practitioners have a day off and meetings grind to a halt. Okay, so that’s not entirely true. Perhaps it’s simply a time to reflect on how wonderful what you do is. And if you do do something and want to tweet about it, then make sure you use the hashtag #GMID18.


Opinion

Also tweet us what you're doing to mark the occasion @micenet


Brad Foster

April 12, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Amway delegates descend on Queenstown

Queenstown tourism operators last week welcomed the first 560 of Amway China’s best sellers who will be visiting the South Island over the next month. A total of 6000 Amway China delegates will experience the best of Queenstown, with the event reportedly worth around $37.5 million to the local economy. The group enjoyed a gala dinner at Coronet Peak that concluded with a fireworks display. This is the largest group New Zealand has hosted in terms of business events.


Opinion

Wonder if they'll check out the Nevis Bungy Jump.


Brad Foster

April 12, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Journo Annabel Crabb welcomes MEA members to Adelaide

Annabel Crabb, this year’s ‘Conference Local Champion’ for the Meetings & Events Australia Conference in Adelaide has sent her latest shout out to MEA members, encouraging them to attend and see what her home town has to offer. Annabel will be joining the conference on the first night along with the chief programming officer of South by Southwest in Austin Texas, Hugh Forest. There are plenty of other first-rate speakers at this year’s event. Watch Annabel’s latest video here.


Opinion

Be sure to watch the rest of the series too. The local cuisine episode showed some very modern bars on the East End.


Laura Bradley

April 11, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

MEA state awards continue in WA

Mounts Bay Sailing Club in Perth played host to MEA’s WA state award night on Thursday. Pullman Bunker Bay Resort snatched the prize for Meeting, Exhibition or Event Venue with Capacity less than 500. General manager of Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Leighton Yates said winning the award was an honour. “We encourage planners to embrace the benefits of our beautiful backyard – offering a balance of modern event spaces, alongside wellness and unique destination-based experiences,” he said.


Opinion

Going to be some stiff competition at the national awards in May.