Jill Varley

November 23, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Christchurch convention centre to debut at PCOA Conference

Debuting at next week’s PCOA Conference on the Gold Coast with the 100% New Zealand team, is Christchurch’s new convention centre.  Construction work on the NZ$475m centre is scheduled to be completed in early 2020 and a live webcam allows everyone to watch the progress being made. General manager, Rob McIntyre says, “It’s a stunning venue in the centre of New Zealand’s newest city, and at the centre of the South Island. Now we can watch it come to life.”  


Opinion

Check out the video – it’s a real work in progress


Jill Varley

November 23, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

AccorHotels launches Singapore’s newest integrated lifestyle hub

AccorHotels has announced the launch of Singapore’s newest integrated lifestyle hub with the opening of Novotel Singapore on Stevens and Mercure Singapore on Stevens. The complex features 772 guest rooms, 14 dining outlets, two outdoor pools, a tennis court and a function space that can accommodate more than 500 guests. The Novotel on Stevens features 254 guest rooms, while the Mercure Singapore on Stevens has 518-rooms.          


Opinion

The combination of two award-winning hotel brands within one integrated lifestyle complex has been described as a big step forward for AccorHotels


Jill Varley

November 22, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

MCEC named a global Employer of Choice

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has been named an ‘Employer of Choice’ by the World Business Awards 2017 – one of only six organisations worldwide to be recognised by the Awards for outstanding achievement in recruitment, engagement and retention practices. MCEC’s chief executive, Peter King said, “With the venue’s expansion due to open in mid-2018, the accolade stands the venue in good stead for future success and will help MCEC continue to attract top talent to the business.”


Opinion

Nice one MCEC – the accolades just keep coming


Jill Varley

November 22, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Air New Zealand gives great satisfaction

Kiwi carrier, Air New Zealand topped the Roy Morgan’s International Airline Customer Satisfaction Top 5 list to become Australia’s most satisfying international airline. Based on an “exceptional” customer satisfaction rating of 88.8%, they edged out a host of international and Australian airlines. Air New Zealand regional general manager Australia Kathryn Robertson said, “Earlier this year Air New Zealand was also named most reputable company in Australia in the annual Australian Corporate Reputation Index and we’re chuffed with this most recent accolade.”    


Opinion

We knew that!


Jill Varley

November 22, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

The sound of music comes alive in Auckland and Christchurch

The ISCM with members from 50 countries, devoted to the promotion and presentation of contemporary music, have chosen Auckland and Christchurch to hold their 2020 International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days. Auckland will host a two-day conference and the ISCM General Assembly meetings, with Christchurch hosting a more informal half-day symposium. Head of ACB Anna Hayward says this is the second major musical-related business event festival the ACB has helped secure for Auckland in 2020.      


Opinion

Sounds like something good is coming


Jill Varley

November 22, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

MCEC named a global Employer of Choice

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has been named an ‘Employer of Choice’ by the World Business Awards 2017. One of only six organisations worldwide to be recognised by the Awards for outstanding achievement in recruitment, engagement and retention practices. MCEC’s chief executive, Peter King said, “With the venue’s expansion due to open in mid-2018, the accolade stands the venue in good stead for future success and will help MCEC continue to attract top talent to the business.”  


Opinion

Nice one MCEC – the accolades just keep coming


Jill Varley

November 21, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Canberra attracts over 4000 conference delegates this month

Business events dominate Canberra’s event calendar this November and December with Canberra Convention Bureau securing nine conferences. In November close to 4000 delegates will come to the city from around the country and overseas to stay, network and experience the city as a meetings and tourism destination. “Just this month to mid-December, the conferences we’ve secured bring over $8.8million in estimated delegate expenditure to Canberra,” said Canberra Convention Bureau CEO Michael Matthews.  


Opinion

These conferences position Canberra as a vital anchor in delivering powerful conference content


Jill Varley

November 21, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

CINZ MEETINGS 2018 launches to Australian conference organisers

 CINZ MEETINGS 2018 has teamed up with key destinations and principal sponsor, Air New Zealand to offer familiarisations to Australian hosted buyers attending the 10th PCOA (Professional Conference Organisers Association) conference being held from November 27 to 28 on the Gold Coast. Officially launching the program at the event, CINZ Australia manager, Sharon Auld said, “This is the opportunity to meet with a huge choice of New Zealand exhibitors under one roof, with the added bonus of exploring the regions.  


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These limited entry pre and post event tours take in some of New Zealand’s finest regions, accommodation and experiences