Brad Foster

August 12, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Want to host the Australian Regional Tourism annual conference?

Well now you can, with Australian Regional Tourism inviting expressions of interest for its 2020 annual conference. The convention attracts more than 150 tourism professionals from across Australia. Contact Lauren Douglass for further information on eo@regionaltourism.com.au.    


Opinion

What an opportunity for a regional destination.


Brad Foster

August 12, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

BCEC chef named QLD Chef of the Year

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre sous chef, Matthew Lee, has been named Queensland Chef of the Year. Mathew completed his apprenticeship at the BCEC before working his way through Europe’s top restaurants. He will now go on to compete in the national championships in Sydney in May next year.    


Opinion

If the food at the BCEC is anything to go by then it’s no wonder Matthew won this award.


Laura Bradley

August 9, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Gold Coast wins Amway Taiwan incentive

More than 950 Amway Taiwan distributors and company representatives will flock to the Gold Coast this November for a leadership summit. The region secured the event through the combined efforts of destination Gold Coast and Tourism Australia, and beat out other destinations such as Canada, Hawaii and Tokyo. A predicted $2.8 million will be injected into the Gold Coast’s economy.


Opinion

Try not to get hit by selfie sticks this November.


Laura Bradley

August 9, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Marriott appoints Frank Beck to three roles

Experienced hotelier Frank Beck has been appointed managing director of two resorts and a convention centre: The St. Regis Langkawi, The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa and the Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC). Frank boasts more than 30 years’ experience with Marriott International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and ITT Sheraton Corp, and has held positions across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He was instrumental in the opening of St. Regis Bali in September 2008.


Opinion

I wonder if ‘secure three highly prestigious roles in one go’ was one of Frank’s New Year’s resolutions.


Laura Bradley

August 9, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Radisson expands to Phuket

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of a new property on Phuket’s sunset coast, which is slated to open in 2023. Radisson Phuket Mai Khao Beach will be located just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport, and offer 222 rooms, a large outdoor lagoon pool, an all-day dining destination and two meeting rooms. According to Mastercard’s 2018 Global Destination Cities Index, Phuket attracted 9.29 million international visitors last year, which made it the 11th most visited destination on the planet.


Opinion

I shall eagerly await the renders.


Laura Bradley

August 8, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Luxperience to showcase homegrown heroes

For the first time, Luxperience will spotlight some of the best local operators when it takes place between October 7 and 10 at the ICC Sydney. The Uniquely Australia pavilion will feature Crystalbrook Collection; United Places Botanic Gardens; Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours and Independent Aviation. Event director for Luxperience Michelle Papas said the initiative has been designed to support local industry and give buyers a taste of Australia’s diverse offerings.


Opinion

So many of us haven’t explored the reaches of our own country, which is a shame, because there’s evidently much to see.


Laura Bradley

August 8, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Monaco’s new conference centre

It may be small in size, but Monaco is now home to a mega conference centre. One Monte-Carlo is located in the heart of the country, and offers 1445 sqm of floor space suited to conferences, seminars, conventions and product launches. The centre includes a 154 sqm auditorium, three modular rooms, a large foyer and all necessary event equipment. Built on the site of the old Palais des Beaux-Arts, each of the centre’s rooms are named after an artist from Monaco’s history.


Opinion

Wonder what percentage of the country it occupies.


Laura Bradley

August 7, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Avani Hotel opens property near Angkor Wat

The historic FCC Mansion, one of Siem Reap’s most treasured colonial sites, has re-opened its doors as FCC Angkor, managed by Avani Hotels & Resorts. Located across from the Royal Independence Gardens and Royal Residence, the hotel boasts 80 rooms, a restaurant with high ceilings and natural light and a colonial-era bar adorned with copper, wood, and sandstone. Local weaving villages were also employed to produce bed runners and chair cushions. The hotel is located around 15 minutes from Angkor Wat.


Opinion

Sounds just about perfect for incentive groups.