Laura Bradley

October 8, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

MEA updates Green Event Checklist

Spurred by changes in event management and new resources available to assist organisers with controlling waste, Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has updated its Green Event Checklist. The resource, which was first published in 2007, has been designed to assist organisers with delivering events that hail to the four pillars of sustainability: reduce, reuse, recycle and offset. Companies can apply for certification or refer to the standards when developing sustainable events.


Opinion

A lot has changed since 2007. Not least of which my choice in fringe style and eyeliner. Oh, if you wanted to see the resource, here it is: http://www.meetingsevents.com.au/downloads/MEA%20Green%20Events%20flyer%20ART.pdf


Laura Bradley

October 5, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Dreamtime 2019 headed to Perth

Dreamtime, Tourism Australia’s signature event which centres on promoting the country’s incentives appeal to an international audience, will head to Perth for the first time next year. As part of the program, Australian industry will have the chance to meet buyers from a range of countries including Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. The Perth Convention Bureau are pleased as punch at securing the event, which generated more than $100 million worth of business leads in 2017.


Opinion

Go weeest, life is peaceful there… Ok, sorry. But Come on, it’s Friday!


Laura Bradley

October 5, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

AIME’s new target: 60% of buyers to come from overseas

A rigorous vetting process from the AIME Hosted Buyer Manager will result in 60 per cent of buyers originating from outside Australia, organisers have announced. More than 200 quality buyers from across 32 countries have already been confirmed to attend the February event, with 42 per cent having never attended AIME before. In order to qualify, buyers must provide examples of budgets they manage, past events they have organised and details of scheduled events that will take place in the next five years.


Opinion

I could’ve written a title about AIME aiming for the stars, but it would’ve been both unfunny and lazy.


Laura Bradley

October 5, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Emporium South Bank partners with Maserati

The Honey Badger may not have found his perfect match, but appears Emporium Hotel South Bank has, announcing a partnership with luxury car brand Maserati Brisbane. Through the partnership, VIPs and guests of the hotel’s premier suites will be treated to complimentary inner-city transfer services in a Maserati Levante. On the announcement, general manager of Emporium Hotel South Bank Peter Savoff said “We are thrilled to partner with Maserati Brisbane to deliver our guests an exceptional experience with such an iconic brand.”


Opinion

Well… living it up in a luxury suite only to hop on the bus afterward doesn’t sound too appealing, so this is a great idea.


Laura Bradley

October 5, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Books and cooks: State Library of NSW appoints caterer

Sydney-based event catering company Laissez-faire Catering has won the call-out for tender to become the exclusive caterer for the State Library of NSW. The company has been the venue’s preferred supplier for the last ten years, and during that time has delivered over 20 exhibition openings, 1500 library events and 1000 private functions. On the appointment, general manager of Laissez-faire Catering Sara Flaksbard said “We are exceptionally proud to continue our decade-long relationship with the State Library of NSW.”


Opinion

I wonder whether events in libraries are spent in complete silence…


Laura Bradley

October 4, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Plane makes emergency Sydney landing following ‘mayday call’

A United Airlines flight from Los Angeles made an emergency landing at 6:30 am in Sydney this morning following a ‘mayday call’ by the pilot. The landing, which was reportedly sparked by a dip in fuel levels, resulted in a temporary closure of all roads around Sydney Airport, which have since been re-opened. All 239 passengers on the flight landed safely, and were at no risk during the procedure. Authorities recommend passengers check airline websites for flight updates.


Opinion

Good to hear that everyone’s safe. You scared us for a second there, guys!


Laura Bradley

October 4, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

New role for Saxton’s Nanette Moulton

After 30 years at the helm of Australia’s leading speakers’ agency Saxton, Nanette Moulton has decided to move from an executive board member to a non-executive board member role. Together with her late husband Winston, Nanette acquired the business from founder Joan Saxton and developed it to become both an industry standard-bearer and the sixth largest agency of its type in the world. Nanette will remain on the board of directors, and spend the coming months in the UK with her family.


Opinion

We wish Nanette well with her future endeavours.


Laura Bradley

October 4, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Gold Coast wins big on world stage

Like Ken G. Hall and Jennifer Hawkins before it, the Gold Coast has won big for Australia on a global stage, snagging the title of World Festival and Event City from the International Festival and Events Association. Deputy mayor Donna Gates said the win is further proof of the city’s business events capabilities. “The 2018 Commonwealth Games were proof the coast has what it takes to be a world-class events city.”


Opinion

It’s a step up from National Schoolies City. Well done, Goldie!