Laura Bradley

February 4, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Jeremy Norkamp appointed GM of Riley

Crystalbrook Collection’s five-star luxury Cairns resort, Riley, has got a new general manager – Jeremy Nordkamp. Mr Nordkamp has more than 14 years’ experience in the hotel industry, having started at Kingfisher Bay Resort. He was most recently the general manager of The Calile Hotel. On his new role, Nordkamp said “I love working outside the box and challenging the status quo, looking for new innovative ways to surprise guests through service and the food and beverage journey of a property”.


Opinion

Bit of a change from Brissie… good luck, Jeremy!


Laura Bradley

February 4, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

The Gold Coast’s new domestic marketing campaign

Destination Gold Coast has launched a new $2 million domestic marketing campaign to entice mature Australians to visit the Gold Coast this autumn, winter and beyond. The tourism push targeting those aged 50 and over is a first for the Gold Coast, and showcases a diverse range of immersive activities. The nine-week campaign commenced last Sunday, and will target key markets in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.


Opinion

As someone who enjoys ‘mature’ activities, this will probably appeal to me, too.


Laura Bradley

February 4, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Auckland secures electronics conference

Auckland has secured another significant conference – TENCON 2021. TENCON is the premier international technical conference within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) from Asia Pacific, and this is the first time it will be held in New Zealand. Set to take place over four days in December 2021, the conference will attract more than 600 delegates, creating 2595 visitor nights and generating more than $1 million for Auckland’s economy.


Opinion

Remarkable bounce back from the City of Sails.


Laura Bradley

February 3, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Igloos to feature at MEA conference

MEA has announced that Evolve 2020 – its annual conference set to take place between May 3 and 5 in the Hunter Valley – has teamed up with Australian Venue Co. who are providing Igloos for the three-day event. The furnished structures can act as meeting rooms, exhibition spaces, sponsor lounges and meet up areas. Delegates are invited to test-drive the igloos onsite and explore them for events of their own.


Opinion

I’ve always wanted to try one of these out… I’ll just have to get Brad to take pics.


Laura Bradley

February 3, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Coronavirus suspends nearly 10,000 Chinese flights

Global travel and data analytics expert Cirium has claimed that nearly 10,000 flights have been suspended since the outbreak of the coronavirus in China. Statistics show that 9807 scheduled flights within, to and from mainland China did not fly from January 23. The data spans the period from the day before the first reported flight cancelation to January 28. The routes with the largest number of unoperated flights were all domestic, with the Beijing to Shanghai service topping the list.


Opinion

Desperate times call for desperate measures.


Laura Bradley

February 3, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Hugh Jones named CEO at Reed Exhibitions

Hugh Jones has been named CEO of Reed Exhibitions, succeeding Chet Burchett who has retired after five years in the role. Jones was most recently the global managing director for Accuity, Cirium, Estates Gazette (EG) and ICIS. Burchett is retiring as a 15-year veteran of Reed Exhibitions, and will serve as a non-executive chairman through 2020.


Opinion

Super big role… good luck.


Laura Bradley

January 31, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Major bushfire relief concert canned

Sound Relief – the charity concerts organised to raise funds for the ongoing bushfire crisis – have been cancelled. While the tickets hadn’t yet gone on sale, nor the line-up released, the concerts were scheduled to take place in March. In a statement, organisers said: “Sound Relief is a series of concert events that we don’t wish to stage lightly. We believe proceeding with the concerts in March won’t produce the impactful result that we believe these events can – and should – have”.


Opinion

Well that’s a bit of a bummer. How about you figure this out before announcing it in the first place?


Laura Bradley

January 31, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

PCMA launches coronavirus resource for event profs

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has launched a web page to help event professionals find reliable information about the coronavirus outbreak. The page has also been set up to share industry-related resources to ensure that planners are prepared. You can access the resource here: http://ow.ly/4K4v50y9A5R


Opinion

Definitely worth checking out.