Jill Varley

October 3, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Auckland wins beard and moustache competition by a hair

The World Beard and Moustache Championships, a biennial competition is to be held in Auckland in 2021. Facial hair aficionados from around the globe will gather to display some of the most outrageous, and highly styled facial hair on the planet. The Fellowship of the Beard NZ president, and regular competitor, Ygnacio Cervio worked with Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – part of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development – and Tourism New Zealand to secure the event for Auckland.        


Opinion

It all sounds a bit hairy to me!


Jill Varley

October 3, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

The Aquarium of Western Australia special offer

Book a next conference or corporate function at the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) and reward your employees with a unique underwater experience.  Located in the heart of Hillary’s Boat Harbour – north of Perth, AQWA’ has a Day Delegate Package from $65.00 per person. The Aquarium’s largest indoor venue, the Sunset Suite with private outdoor terraces and  access to the underwater aquarium can accommodate up to 350 delegates.  Additionally, the Aquarium Suite has space for up to 250 guests.  


Opinion

Now here's an opportunity to throw the boss to the sharks!


Jill Varley

September 29, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Singing for your supper – at glass brasserie

Opera Australia has teamed up with renowned chef Luke Mangan and champion wine-maker Keith Tulloch to present an exclusive night of fine food, wine and opera at the Hilton’s glass brasserie. This opportunity for connoisseurs of both food and music will feature Opera Australia’s star performers, soprano Lorina Gore, tenor Simon Kim and music director Tahu Mattheson in breathtaking renditions of Turandot’s Nessum dorma and arias from La Boheme and La Traviata. Wednesday 25 October $250pp. Bookings essential – ww.opera.org  


Opinion

Good Food Month never looked so good


Jill Varley

September 29, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

LUX introduces retro-chic to Mauritius

This December, LUX will unveil a fresh new perspective on Mauritius with their re-imagined resort, LUX* Grand Gaube, following a $40m transformation by UK design guru, Kelly Hoppeht – reportedly unlike anything else on the island. The resort’s 186 retro-chic rooms, set amidst lush tropical gardens are enveloped by undulating coves, calm lagoons and two tranquil beaches. There’s also two swimming pools, an indoor cinema and a quirky Creole smokehouse and Rum Treehouse boasting 88 varieties or rum.  


Opinion

Roll out the barrel and we’ll all have a real good time!


Jill Varley

September 29, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

‘Captivating Contrasts’ as W Shanghai – The Bund opens.

More than 1000 guests including local and international media, industry influencers and personalities were on hand for the recent grand opening of W Shanghai – The Bund.  Themed to capture the hotel’s design narrative of ‘Captivating Contrasts,’ Chinese rapper VAVA, who debuted a song specially written for W Hotels from her yet-to-be released album, took centre stage.  Also kicked off was the travelling Xiao Long Bao – an iconic Chinese delicacy – cart tour, with stops across Asia, London and New York.    


Opinion

Sounds like a delicious event


Jill Varley

September 28, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Ritz-Carlton, Perth construction ahead of schedule

  The re-entry of the Ritz-Carlton brand into Australia is on track to open in mid-2019 with a quarter of the construction process completed on the $500 million project. A prominent anchor point within Perth’s Elizabeth Quay development, the 205-room hotel occupying a 28-storey tower, sits just 30 metres from the waterfront. Also included are some impressive residential apartments. Marriott International’s Richard Crawford said, “We see Perth becoming a prime location for luxury hotels over the next ten years.”    


Opinion

The hotel’s 2000 sqm of conference space, includes a spacious 572 square metre ballroom


Jill Varley

September 28, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

New look for Queenstown hospitality icon

Queenstown’s Hotel St Moritz revealed a fresh look this week after undergoing a multi-million-dollar refurbishment. Unveiled are new-look rooms and suites, along with upgrades to public areas. A member of the global MGallery by Sofitel collection, the stunning room transformation comes as a result of joining the Sofitel universe. Elegant touches to the hotel’s 134 rooms and suites follows the completion of the bathrooms last year. Upgrades also include the conference and incentive spaces The Library and The Den.    


Opinion

Everything the hotel does is a celebration of Queenstown, right down to the sprig of wild thyme on every boardroom table placement.


Jill Varley

September 28, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

cievents strategic expansion into Asia

cievents have announced their leadership team to support their strategic decision to grow the developing and influential Asian market, appointing  Carly Lewis as director of sales and Livia Carrier as general manager of Hong Kong.  cievents global general manager Natalie Simmons said, “As demand for our services in the area grew, we identified this as a key opportunity to offer senior leadership support, providing clients in the region with our best practice, world class event management.”    


Opinion

Consultancy group Deloitte has identified that more than 60% of the world’s population will call Asia home by 2030s