Laura Bradley

July 8, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Direct Auckland to Sunshine Coast service takes off

Air New Zealand’s direct seasonal service between Auckland and the Sunshine Coast launched last week. The direct services will fly until October 27 and operate four days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Sunshine Coast Airport has been promoting the new service through a comprehensive “Sunshine by Lunchtime” marketing campaign, highlighting that kiwis can depart Auckland in the morning and be dipping their toes in the famed Sunshine Coast waters by lunchtime.


Opinion

Hopefully it’ll be a year-round service soon.


Laura Bradley

July 4, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Lennons Restaurant launches new menu

Famed Brisbane establishment Lennons Restaurant has launched a new menu crafted by head chef Coby Davies. On the exciting new offering, Coby said “A lot of corporate travellers miss out on a home cooked meal with family and loved ones while away on business. We try to encapsulate this familiar home-cooked feel for guests when they dine with us.” Some of the highlights include Confit duck leg, pork belly served with braised red cabbage and wild mushroom risotto.


Opinion

Also sounds ideal for 25 year olds living out of home who live off tuna salad most nights.


Laura Bradley

July 4, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Luxperience unveils 2019 advisory board

Luxury travel business exchange Luxperience has announced its advisory board members. These include Katarina Kroslakova, who has worked as the editor for the Australian Financial Review’s lifestyle portfolio; Danny Englman, who is the director of small business and leisure sales for FBI Travel; founder of The Honeymoon Boutique Helen George; Stephen White, who has extensive airline experience having worked for Warren Buffet’s private jet company NetJets; King & Wood Mallesons’ Belinda Melocco; and Diversified Communications Australia’s Rebekah Murphy.


Opinion

Interesting mix of people from a wide range of luxury providers.


Laura Bradley

July 4, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Launch date for LATAM’s Sydney-Santiago direct service

Tickets are now on sale for LATAM Airlines Group’s non-stop flight from Santiago to Sydney, which will operate with the Boeing 787-9 aircraft starting October 27, 2019. LATAM will offer three non-stop flights per week between the two cities, while reducing the number of services between Santiago and Sydney with a stop-over in Auckland from seven to four weekly frequencies. With the new itinerary, LATAM will also be offering improved connections via its Santiago hub and to/from cities in Asia.


Opinion

Incentive in Chile, anyone?


Laura Bradley

July 4, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Sydney wins leading STEM conference

Sydney has won the right to host the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME15) for 2024. The event, which is the largest international conference on mathematics education, is expected to attract 2800 mathematics educators, mathematicians, researchers, teachers and resource producers over eight days. ICME15 was won by a consortium of eight peak Australian bodies in mathematics education, comprising Australia’s leading STEM societies endorsed by the Australian Academy of Science and supported by BESydney together with the NSW Government and Tourism Australia.


Opinion

Attracting large groups of nerds to our country is never a bad thing.


Laura Bradley

July 4, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

MEA appoints national events manager

Fran Barlow has joined the Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) team to manage its flagship event, EVOLVE, as well as a number of national events. Fran has a very strong experience in the industry, having delivered high profile conferences, awards and festivals in Australia and the UK. Her roles have included events director of the Institute of Fundraising and British Press Awards and festival director positions for the Cardiff Animation Festival and the Edinburgh International Television Festival.


Opinion

She was also one of micenet’s exceptional women in business events, which, you know, is a coveted achievement.


Laura Bradley

July 3, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

The Roundhouse’s eco-friendly renovations

The Roundhouse – Sydney’s first round building which was constructed in 1961 – has just completed a $11 million exterior renovation. The redevelopments have seen the installation of a rainwater harvesting tank, a new green space, a re-designed loading dock clad with ultra-strong Bluestone and the addition of distinctive architectural features. The venue is also circled by round tables and benches crafted from recycled wood with built-in power inlets.


Opinion

Ideal venue for a green conference.


Laura Bradley

July 3, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Tony Gardner reappointed as CINZ board chair

Tony Gardner has been reappointed as board chair of Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) for a further three-year term. The CINZ board includes chief executive Sue Sullivan, Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand representatives and nine CINZ members. Tony has significant industry association governance experience, and brings a strong international background to the sector and the CINZ Board. He is the managing partner of Catapult Auckland, a management consultancy company specialising in organisational strategy, high-performing teams and leadership development.


Opinion

Must be doing a good job, then. Congrats.