Brad Foster

August 28, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Work begins on Wellington centre

Ground has been broken for the brand new Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre that also combines public space with a public exhibition gallery and cafes. The  three-storey purpose-built facility will provide around 17,750 sqm of floor space capable, and is expected to be completed by 2022.


Opinion

It’s all happening in NZ with new centres in Auckland, Christchurch and now Wellington.


Brad Foster

August 28, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

10 new Ambassadors inducted for `Club Melbourne’

The Club Melbourne Ambassador Program celebrated its 14th anniversary this week, welcoming the induction of ten new Ambassadors Since the program’s inception in 2005, Club Melbourne has secured 148 international conferences that have delivered an economic impact worth more than $930 million, with support and collaboration from the Victorian State Government and the Melbourne Convention Bureau.


Opinion

New inductees come from tertiary institutions, research, energy and science sectors.


Brad Foster

August 27, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Melbourne to host ICCA Chapter event

Melbourne has secured the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Asia Pacific Client/Supplier Business Workshop 2019 in September. The Melbourne Convention Bureau collaborated with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to develop the winning bid, which will bring 19 ICCA members and 16 of its association leaders to Melbourne for business sessions from September 16-18.  


Opinion

ICCA continues to be one of the premier business event organisations with this win testament to Melbourne’s nous in the sector.


Brad Foster

August 27, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

ICC Sydney deepens relations with Hunter Valley winemakers

Management from the International Convention Centre Sydney recently returned from attending the annual Hunter Valley Wine Show, raising a glass to the region’s award-winning wines and deepening relations with new and existing suppliers from the area. Representatives from the venue attended the prestigious CCL Label 2019 Hunter Valley Wine Show Celebrations Luncheon to celebrate medal winners and also met with producers to sample new varietals to bolster ICC Sydney’s existing portfolio of labels from the popular wine region.


Opinion

We can’t wait to taste some of the ICC Sydney’s new regional wine producers’ wines.


Laura Bradley

August 26, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Christchurch to host MEETINGS 2021

For the first time in 13 years, the 2021 instalment of MEETINGS – New Zealand’s annual business events showcase – will be held in Christchurch. At a networking event hosted by ChristchurchNZ at Christchurch Town Hall today, CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan announced that MEETINGS 2021 will take place at the city’s new convention centre, Te Pae Christchurch, following a welcome function at Christchurch Town Hall hosted by Vbase.


Opinion

Awesome news! What a way to welcome the shiny new convention centre.


Laura Bradley

August 26, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

EventsAIR wins gold

Software company EventsAIR received a Gold Stevie Award in the Event Management Solution category at the 16th Annual International Business Awards (IBA) this month. The 2019 IBAs received more than 4000 entries from organisations in 74 nations and territories, in categories such as Company of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year and Best New Product or Service of the Year. Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 250 executives worldwide.


Opinion

It ain’t easy winning a stevie.


Laura Bradley

August 26, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

IHG lets the dogs in

From today until the end of September, IHG is allowing dogs into select bars and restaurants across Australia. In light of International Dog Day, guests can enjoy a beverage with their pooch, a spa treatment or a stay in a pet-friendly room. On the reason for the initiative, IHG’s head of operations, Australasia Ruwan Peiris said “Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world – and the hospitality industry is becoming more open to catering to canine companions.”


Opinion

Soon dog sitters will be out of business.


Laura Bradley

August 23, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Applications open for PCOA19 mentoring session

This year’s PCOA19 conference, set to take place at the ICC Sydney between December 8 and 10, will feature a fast-moving mentoring session on the Sunday, with applications open now. Participants will get the chance to ask career questions, discuss industry challenges and opportunities, gain insight into what prospective employers are looking for and communicate what is important to them. Spaces are strictly limited to 20 participants, so get onto it now: https://www.pcoaconference.com.au/12th-annual-pcoa-conference-exhibition-2019/mentoring/Site/Register


Opinion

If I were an industry newbie I’d definitely be attending.