Laura Bradley

April 11, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Aloft Hotels debuts in Shanghai

A 191-room Aloft hotel has opened its doors in Shanghai, marking the Marriott brand’s first foray into the city. Aloft Shanghai Zhangjiang is located a short drive from the New International Expo Center, and boasts an all-day dining restaurant that can sit up to 100 people, a well-equipped fitness centre and seven meeting rooms spanning 890 sqm. Each of the meeting rooms feature state-of-the-art AV equipment as well as fast and free Wi-Fi.


Opinion

Fist pump for the free Wi-Fi, Marriott.


Laura Bradley

April 11, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

AACB executive line-up gets a reshuffle

In light of Karen Bolinger resigning from her positions as director and President of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), the association has announced a restructure of its leadership team. CEO of the Canberra Convention Bureau Michael Matthews will take up the President role, CEO of the Adelaide Convention Bureau Damien Kitto has been appointed vice President, CEO of Brisbane Marketing Brett Fraser will assume the treasurer role and CEO of BESydney Lyn Lewis-Smith has been announced as immediate past President.


Opinion

Michael has some pretty big shoes to fill. That's not to say he has big feet, though.


Laura Bradley

April 10, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

MCB’s Renee McMahon recognised as global future leader

Business development coordinator for the MCB Renee McMahon has been named as one of Destination International’s 30 under 30 recipients. Renee’s inclusion means that she will have the opportunity to attend Destination International’s 2019 Annual Convention and engage in professional development opportunities this year and beyond. On the news, MCB acting CEO Julia Swanson said “MCB is committed to the professional development of bureau employees at all levels and we are incredibly proud of Renee’s achievement.”


Opinion

Well done Renee. Doing us Aussies proud.


Laura Bradley

April 10, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Opera House reaches high octave with new event rooms

Today marks the day that the Sydney Opera House cuts the ribbon to its hotly anticipated function and events centre, the Yallamundi Rooms. The rooms, which are the first new venue created within the Opera House since the refurbishment of the Utzon Room in 2004, mark the completion of the latest major project in the building’s $273 million renewal program. The flexible space can cater for up to 400 cocktail-style and 180 seated, and features floor-to-ceiling views of the Sydney Harbour.


Opinion

It's all happening over at the circ (the nickname solely coined and used by me for Circular Quay).


Laura Bradley

April 10, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Circular Quay restaurant re-opens after refurb

Harbourside restaurant Q Dining has re-opened after an extensive refurbishment. The new-look space has taken design cues from its iconic location, and features floor-to-ceiling glass looking out to Circular Quay, fresh white walls offset by muted plastels and dove grey columns, as well as bold, gum-leaf blue banquette seating. The a la carte menu is decidedly Australian, with dishes such as pan seared scallop with burnt vanilla butter. Q Dining is available for sit-down private functions with up to 55 guests.


Opinion

Killer view and killer decor, what's not to love?


Laura Bradley

April 9, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Michael Davey re-joins Microhire as creative director

Australia’s largest privately-owned staging company, Microhire, has welcomed back creative director Michael Davey to head its creative arm, evoke. The appointment has come at a pivotal time for the company, which will soon roll out new positioning as a total staging solution. Regional general manager for Microhire Frazer Watkins said Michael’s appointment indicates a firm commitment to delivering high-quality solutions for clients. On his return, Michael said “There is much to do, and always room to progress, it’s great to be back.”


Opinion

Perfect chance for the team to blast Thin Lizzy’s The Boys are Back in Town throughout the office (Even though it’s just one boy returning).


Laura Bradley

April 9, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Rydges Southbank Convention Centre Townsville re-opens with an upgrade

Rydges Southbank has completed a renovation of its convention centre, featuring four new-look conference and event spaces. Taking design cues from the colonial style of the building, the rooms feature wall lights and chandeliers, refinished timber and contemporary furniture. The 500-pax Grand Ballroom has been brightened with white-panelled walls, while the foyer reflects a tropical oasis with floor-to-ceiling timber window frames. New technology has also been installed, including AV equipment and projection screens as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the venue.


Opinion

One guess which part of that excited me most (hint: it was the free Wi-Fi part).


Laura Bradley

April 9, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Best Western Alpine Hotel opens in Christchurch

A Best Western Hotel & Resorts property has opened its doors in Christchurch, marking the latest venture from well-known Christchurch businessman Jason Soon. The Best Western Alpine Hotel is located in Upper Riccarton, and features 21 spacious rooms complete with Netflix, free WiFi and complimentary parking. The hotel also features an on-site bar and restaurant, the Horse & Jockey, which is helmed by respected New Zealand lawn bowler Gary Lawson.


Opinion

I love how the hotel’s publicised Netflix and Wi-Fi over its design elements. It’s like they know me.