Jill Varley

December 5, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Heritage Christchurch’s two awards – worth crowing about

This past weekend saw Heritage Christchurch securing two awards in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 during a gala event in Zurich honouring the world’s top luxury properties. The two awards were for Luxury Heritage Hotel, Australasia and Oceania region, and the Luxury Historical Hotel, country region. Likened to the Oscars for luxury properties world-wide, Heritage Hotel Management group operations manager Gary Jarvis said, “We are delighted to have this international recognition, doubly so, winning in two categories this year.”        


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The 104-year-old hotel is set in a former government building on Cathedral Square


Jill Varley

December 5, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Another successful Sell TNQ concludes

30 key event planners and trade media from Australia and NZ attended Sell TNQ in November, hosted by BEC & GBR. Workshops at the Shangri-La Hotel saw delegates meet with 36 local suppliers, while post touring included Palm Cove and Port Douglas where highlights including a tropical welcome function at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Pool Deck, a dinner at the Rainforestation, with touring to an outer reef, a day on Fitzroy Island, and a food trail of the Atherton Tablelands.  


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Keep watching the Business Events Cairns website for further details on Sell TNQ 2018


Jill Varley

December 5, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

SKYE Hotel Suites unveils meeting facilities and events packages

A collection of tech-savvy meeting spaces together with meeting packages is being offered at the new SKYE Hotel Suites Parramatta. The 924 sqm of diverse venues  and conference rooms also features hip lounges to an outdoor garden. The conference rooms can be combined into one larger room to accommodate more than 100 delegates. Delegate packages starting at just $70 per Private Function Room Package, while their one-of-a-kind Heritage venue, sheltered with a distinctive canopy, holds up to 60 people.  


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Parramatta is a dynamic region where innovation and businesses are flourishing


Jill Varley

December 4, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Business Events Australia kicks Off Dreamtime 2017 in Brisbane

Dreamtime 2017, Tourism Australia’s signature incentive product showcase starts in Brisbane today with an official opening ceremony at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The two-day program includes scheduled business session and networking events that bring to life Australia’s event delivery capabilities and product showcases.  It is set to expand on the city’s strong track record of hosting major international events, including the G20 Brisbane Summit, the World Science Festival Brisbane, and most recently the Rugby League World Cup 2017.    


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Dreamtime is the ultimate opportunity for Brisbane to strut its stuff


Jill Varley

December 4, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

IHG steps up its growth in Werribee

Holiday Inn®, IHG® announced the signing of Holiday Inn Melbourne Werribee, in partnership with partner Pelligra Group and Citinova. Opening in 2020, the 150-room property will be the newest hotel in Western Melbourne, a rapidly growing region of Victoria, part of a mixed-use development project which will include offices and retail space. The hotel itself will feature an all-day dining restaurant and bar, gym, parking and a 300m2 of meeting facilities including a function room for up to 400 people.        


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The development of Greater Melbourne is forecasted to increase the population to 53% in the next 15 years


Jill Varley

December 4, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Perth 5-star boutique hotel, The Richardson to close

After 11 years of operation, The Richardson Hotel & Spa is to close on December 16 when the hotel will transfer to its new owner, the Oryx Communities with plans to operate there as a Richardson Aged Care business. The sale marks the end of an era for business partners Joe Oxley and Ted Powell who are retiring from hotel operations.  In this past the hotel saw the likes of Sting, Oprah, Beyoncé, Bob Dylan, John Cleese and Andrea Bocelli.        


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Who knows, some of these stars might like the ideal of retiring there too


Jill Varley

November 29, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

AIME attracts unprecedented international interest for 2018

Unprecedented participation from international bureaux and organisations is confirmed by Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), as delegate registrations opens to attend the Melbourne expo, February 20-21 2018. Confirmed international destinations include, Tourism Fiji, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Korea, Los Angeles and Tourism New Zealand. Sharon Auld, Australia manager, CINZ, said AIME is a vital event for the New Zealand business events industry and is excited to immerse 100% Pure New Zealand in Manaakitanga, the traditional Māori value of welcoming guests.  


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You can register for free: aime.com.au/free-registration-for-aime


Jill Varley

November 29, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Dubai to host 2018 ICCA Congress

Countdown has begun for Dubai to host the 57th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) next year. To be held from November 11 – 14 at Dubai World Trade Centre, the congress will see meeting industry professionals from all over the world gather to discuss key challenges and opportunities within the business events industry.    


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Business events continue to play a key role in achieving Dubai Tourism Vision 2020 and UAE Vision 2021