Laura Bradley

May 3, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Ovolo to launch new brand in Australia

In mid-2020, Ovolo Group will launch its innovative brand Mojo Nomad in Australia with the opening of Mojo Nomad South Yarra. The hotel will offer approximately 100 rooms with distinct personalities, each designed by Woods Bagot Architects and interior designers Luchetti Krelle. The brand’s ethos centres on imaginative environments that encourage guests to connect with new people, ideas and experiences. The announcement follows the success of two Mojo Nomad properties in Hong Kong, the first of which opened in 2017.


Opinion

Hotel rooms all designed the same just doesn’t cut it anymore.


Laura Bradley

May 2, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Crowne Plaza to return to Port Moresby

In July this year, Crowne Plaza will make its return to Port Moresby with a 54-unit residences building geared towards the business traveller. Crowne Plaza Residences Port Moresby will feature an all-day dining restaurant, a bar, a gym and meeting facilities, and will be situated in the Nambawan Plaza Development in the CBD. Port Moresby has been steadily growing as a MICE destination, with the recent development of a large convention centre and last year’s redevelopment of Jacksons International Airport.


Opinion

I could’ve written so many better titles. Return of the Crowne. Crowne Plaza Strikes Back. Crowne Moresby 2: Judgment Day. Actually, scratch that, they’re all terrible.


Laura Bradley

May 2, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

New hotel for Queen Victoria Market

Come late 2022, a new-build Veriu hotel will open adjacent to Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. The Queen Victoria Market hotel is the second new hotel announcement since former Quest CEO Sanjana became CEO of the Veriu Group in September, 2018. Veriu also revealed word of a new 95-key neighbourhood hotel in Collingwood this week, with more details to follow in the coming months.


Opinion

If you choose this hotel, mind your delegates don’t skip the conference to go shopping. (Well, the whole conference at least).


Laura Bradley

May 2, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

M&OP will showcase new event spaces at IMEX Frankfurt

The hotly anticipated conference and events centre planned for Melbourne and Olympic Parks (M&OP) will be showcased at IMEX Frankfurt this month. The venue has also announced that it has embarked on stage three of its multi-million-dollar redevelopment, unveiling major demolition work on existing structures to pave the way for the development. Upon completion, the centre will offer a 2000 sqm pillar-less ballroom and an 800 sqm pre-function area. The centre is scheduled for completion in 2022, and is now open for bookings.


Opinion

The hype for this venue is rivalling that for Game of Thrones.


Laura Bradley

May 1, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

New-build Holiday Inn for Queenstown

IHG will open a brand-new Holiday Inn in Queenstown Remarkables Park following the signing of an agreement with property owner QLong Investments Limited. Set to open its doors in early 2021, the 182-room build will be situated a few minutes’ drive from Queenstown Airport and be close to The Remarkables Ski Field. Onsite facilities will include a gym and large meeting facilities.


Opinion

The exciting hotel news just keeps a’comin.


Laura Bradley

May 1, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

First Hyatt hotel coming to Brisbane

Come 2023, Hyatt will make its Brisbane debut with a 170-room hotel in the suburb of Woolloongabba. David Udell, Hyatt’s group president, Asia Pacific, signed the agreement with Pellicano and Perri Projects at Grand Hyatt Melbourne on Tuesday. The hotel will be situated in the $700 million South City Square precinct, which is also slated to house 850 apartments. Its facilities will include a rooftop pool and bar, a grab-and-go food market, a café, a lobby lounge and a fitness centre.


Opinion

The food market actually sounds like a really good idea!! Who hasn’t had a random sandwich craving at an ungodly hour?


Laura Bradley

May 1, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

NT welcomes event planners for health sector famil

Leveraging the recent ‘Parrtjima – A Festival in Light’ staged in Alice Springs, the Northern Territory Convention Bureau last month hosted 11 national business event planners from the health sector to provide an insight into Aboriginal culture and the NT’s health specialisations. During the famil, participants visited a range of facilities, including the Purple House, an Indigenous-owned and run remote dialysis clinic, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Delegates spoke effusively about the light festival, which involved large-scale installations, artworks and workshops.


Opinion

A prime example of how festivals can make business events even better.


Laura Bradley

April 30, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Host venue announced for EEAA leaders forum

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the EEAA 2019 Leaders Forum and Conference, set to take place between June 5 and 6, 2019. EEAA chief executive Joyce DiMascio said she was pleased to take the association’s flagship events to Melbourne this year and is looking forward to exploring the diverse range of issues and industry initiatives within the program with the industry’s leaders. The dual themes of this year’s event will be environmental sustainability and talent acquisition.


Opinion

The MCEC is a fitting location to discuss sustainability.