Laura Bradley

June 7, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Byron at Byron for sale

Acclaimed luxury property Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is officially on the market. CBRE Hotels’ Wayne Bunz and Andrew Jackson have been exclusively appointed to lead the International Expressions of Interest campaign for the 92-suite resort, which first opened its doors in 2005. A high level of interest is expected due to environmental protection laws in the Byron Bay area which restrict entry for accommodation offerings.


Opinion

Hopefully the new owners continue the great work of John and Lyn, and the resort doesn’t change too much.


Laura Bradley

June 6, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Arinex ups the sustainable ante

As a commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of the events industry, Arinex has strengthened its sustainable policies and procedures. The event management company has banned single-use plastics, started carbon offsetting its conferences and has implemented greener environmental standards throughout its supply chain. The changes will save up to 2000 plastic cups at an average 500-person conference managed by Arinex, and reduce printed materials by 70 per cent.


Opinion

Bravo Arinex.


Laura Bradley

June 6, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

InterContinental transforms historic French monument into luxury hotel

Following a four-year restoration project, one of France’s most iconic buildings, the former hospital – Hôtel Dieu – has opened as InterContinental Lyon Hotel Dieu. The 144-room hotel was re-imagined by interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel, and balances the building’s original beauty with a contemporary and luxurious design. InterContinental® Lyon – Hotel Dieu offers 1500 m2 of flexible convention and reception halls, spanning 12 rooms on four levels with natural light.


Opinion

In every meeting planners' dreams… am I right?


Laura Bradley

June 6, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

SeaLink Travel Group appoints COO

Donna Gauci has taken up the post of Chief Operating Officer for tourism and transport operator SeaLink Travel Group. Donna brings to the role 34 years’ experience working in the travel, tourism and transport industry, and has been with SeaLink Travel Group for the past 13 years. On the appointment, chief executive and managing director for SeaLink Travel Group Jeff Ellison said “As COO, [Donna] will be an essential contributor to my executive team as we continue to grow our business.”


Opinion

13+ years is a long time… must be a good place to work.


Laura Bradley

June 5, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Accor opens 1100th property in APAC region

The launch of Sofitel Beijing Central marks Accor’s 1100th property to open in the APAC region. The announcement comes just six months after the group celebrated the opening of its 1000th hotel in the Asia Pacific, and brings its room total in the region to more than 210,000. Sofitel Beijing Central features 345 rooms and suites, three dining outlets and 1500 sqm of event space.


Opinion

They opened 1000 hotels in the last SIX MONTHS?!


Laura Bradley

June 5, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

EEAA launches campaign for young’uns

In light of Global Exhibitions Day, the EEAA has launched the second phase of its campaign, A Career for Life, which aims to inspire young people to consider a career in the industry. The campaign is targeted at teachers, career advisors, parents and students, and profiles 10 successful professionals and their pathways into the industry. Chief executive of the EEAA Joyce DiMascio said the campaign is important because business and consumer events are crucial drivers in Australia’s economy.


Opinion

Nice to see people bolstering millennials rather than deriding them.


Laura Bradley

June 5, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

New culinary appointments for Lancemore

Hotel group Lancemore has announced two new culinary appointments: Adam Beckett, who will lead The Dining Room at Lancemore Lindenderry Red Hill, and David Green, who will head up Joseph’s Restaurant at Lancemore Mansion Hotel. Adam boasts an impressive career, having worked at several Michelin starred restaurants. Under his direction, The Dining Room will offer seasonal, locally-sourced fare. David Green, who was recruited from Lake House Daylesford, and aims to use wild foods and make fresh in-house produce at Joseph’s Restaurant.


Opinion

I know I’ve just gotten back from a New Zealand jaunt during which I consumed my body weight in food but can I fly down to Victoria for this?


Laura Bradley

June 4, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

EventBooking expands to Asia Pacific

Cloud-based venue software company EventBooking has expanded its team to operate from Australia and better serve the Asia Pacific region. This is the result of a recent addition to the team, Melanie Taylor, who has been appointed as the Asia Pacific sales director. President of EventBooking Steve Mackenzie said it was the right time to have a local team member in the region given the number of local venues that use EventBooking’s latest venue management application, VenueOps.


Opinion

Not one but two event software stories today. Sorry, tech naysayers.