Laura Bradley

December 7, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Park Inn ventures to City of Smiles

Colourful and contemporary midscale brand Park Inn by Radisson has expanded its footprint to the Philippines, signing a brand-new hotel in Bacolod, the City of Smiles. Slated to open in the third quarter of 2020, Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod will offer 153 contemporary rooms, two modern meeting rooms, a fitness centre and an all-day dining restaurant. Bacolod is renowned for its history, culinary legacy and genteel people.


Opinion

The City of Smiles is a good moniker for the micenet editorial department.


Laura Bradley

December 7, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Mediterranean restaurant opens near Luna Park

Altum Restaurant, a venue located adjacent to Luna Park Sydney which serves up Mediterranean cuisine, opened its doors late last month. More recently named The Deck Sydney, the restaurant offers guests views over Sydney Harbour to the Opera House and a menu concocted with local and seasonal produce. Altum is helmed by head chef Dionisio Randazzo, who hails from Sicily and was formerly the sous chef at Pyrmont Balla.


Opinion

We suggest eating this delicious food AFTER going on the rides… wouldn’t want it all coming back up again.


Laura Bradley

December 6, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

There’s a giant gingerbread house in Hyatt Regency Sydney

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Hyatt Regency Sydney, with the hotel erecting a three-metre high gingerbread house pop-up shop in its lobby. The house is the handiwork of pastry chef Prashant Anand, and took five days, 200 kilograms of honey, 60 litres of milk, 1000 eggs, 1000 kgs of icing sugar and a whole lot of lollies to assemble. Guests can follow the signs to take a bite out of the house until December 25.


Opinion

Love it! But I can’t help but wonder if it’s creating an ant problem.


Laura Bradley

December 6, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

New CEO for TFE Hotels

Following the departure of Rachel Argaman earlier this year, and a search which spanned the globe, TFE Hotels has appointed Antony Ritch as its new CEO. Antony’s impressive resume includes a 20 year stint with Westfield Corporation, senior roles across Australia, the USA and the UK, and work in property development, regional operations, digital disruption and various other fields. On his appointment, Antony said “I have always admired the TFE Hotels business, and I’m thrilled to be joining the team in Australia.”


Opinion

Just in time for the end of year Christmas do. Well done, Antony!


Laura Bradley

December 5, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Arinex wins big in Barcelona

Australian PCO Arinex and The Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (IMC) were the dual recipients of this year’s IAPCO Driving Excellence Collaboration Award, which was announced at the IBTM Leaders Summit last Monday. The award, which takes into account the collaboration between PCOs, clients and sponsors, was awarded to Arinex because of its 360 approach to solving challenges, and willingness to go above and beyond when delivering a congress.


Opinion

A story with Barcelona and win in the title that doesn't involve the football team.


Laura Bradley

December 5, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Brisbane marks 40 years of business events

Brisbane has celebrated 40 years of having a body dedicated to attracting conventions and visitors to its venues. The Brisbane Visitors and Convention Bureau was established in 1978, and in 2000 merged into the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing. Brisbane Marketing’s general manager of business events, Juliet Alabaster, said that the bureau has helped change the perception of Brisbane, and events such as the 1982 Commonwealth Games and World Expo 88 showcased the city in a new light.


Opinion

I certainly don’t know anyone who views Brisbane as third banana to Sydney and Melbourne anymore, do you?


Laura Bradley

December 5, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Crystalbrook Collection expands to Sydney

Little Albion, a 35-room boutique hotel situated in Surry Hills, has become the first Sydney property to be owned by Crystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts. The hotel will retain all of its existing staff, including general manager Wendy Morris, who, on the acquisition, said “We are confident that under Crystalbrook Collection we will reach new heights and achieve further great success.” Crystalbrook Collection most recently opened Riley in Cairns on November 6.


Opinion

The hotel’s style has been described as ‘unpretentious’, so feel free to wear your thongs and singlets inside.


Laura Bradley

December 4, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Another presenter for EVOLVE 2019

Mike Zeederberg – a digital marketing veteran with over 20 years’ experience – has been announced as the latest speaker for EVOLVE 2019. Mike will explore customer journey mapping – a buzz-phrase in the business space – and the value it provides to organisations. Upon announcing Mike’s participation in the conference, MEA’s CEO Robyn Johnson said “Delegates attending Mike’s session will discover how customer journeys can help unlock their customer-centric marketing strategy or the campaign for their next event.”


Opinion

No, he’s not the inventor of Facebook (though their names are remarkably similar).