Laura Bradley

March 29, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Ride the wave to team success

USA pro-surfers Matt Griggs and Taylor Knox have joined forces to offer the Mind, Body and Surf Retreat in the Maldives this September. Through his company ‘The Nature of Success’ Matt is offering executives the chance to step away from their stresses for nine days and build on their skills on land and at sea. “With the amazing waves of the Maldives as the backdrop, this trip is really about developing your mind to have less stress,” he said.


Opinion

Sounds like the ideal adjunct to a Maldives conference.


Laura Bradley

March 28, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Adelaide gaining business events momentum

The South Australian government last week announced its intention to drive more high-yielding business events to Adelaide in the next two years. Adelaide Convention Bureau’s CEO Damien Kitto said the increasing popularity of Adelaide’s events and entertainment precincts show no signs of abating. “We’re thrilled to report Adelaide will host 13 events over 1000+ delegates in 2018 and 10-15 1000+ delegate events in 2019.  We are also on the cusp of announcing more incentive tours,” he said.


Opinion

Interest in Adelaide appears to be at an all-time high in the business event sector. And that’s great news for the entire state.


Laura Bradley

March 28, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

ICC meets with PCOs for industry update

ICC Sydney met with PCO representatives for an industry update and to promote peer-to-peer collaboration. The event allowed ICC Sydney to update PCOs on event planning, food and beverage, technology and its multi-streamed Legacy Program. ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said the precinct’s client success in its first year had a strong correlation with PCOs. “Alongside our stand-out facilities, the support of PCOs and our people resulted in a delegate satisfaction rating of 95 per cent,” he said.


Opinion

Great to see that the ICC Sydney recognises the value and importance of its clients.


Laura Bradley

March 28, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

AVANI commences brand extension

AVANI Hotels and Resorts launched its new brand extension AVANI+ with the opening of its first hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos, on March 1, 2018. Situated by the Mekong River and Royal Palace, the hotel offers speciality restaurants, rooftop bars and a range of indoor and outdoor conference spaces for up to 30 participants. The option to host a catered board meeting aboard a floating vessel or in a courtyard under boughs of century-old banyan are also available.


Opinion

AVANI continues to be a mover and shaker in the hotel space. Watch this space for more news.


Jill Varley

March 27, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Small Business Digital 101

A shout out goes to one of our own –Cheeky Food Events MD Leona Watson who is to share her tips and digital marketing expertise at the City of Sydney’s new free seminar series for businesses, Small Business Digital 101. The first in a four-part series, ‘Learn to grow your audience using Google’ it will be held at Customs House on March 28. It’s designed to give businesses access to experts from Google, Facebook, Instagram and WeChat, alongside successful small business owners.  


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Bookings and event information: whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/small-business-digital-101-google


Jill Varley

March 27, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Las Vegas’ first executive meeting Center

As part of Monte Carlo Resort and Casino’s transformation, a reimagined venue within the new Park MGM – The Madison Meeting Center is now booking groups from this May. The first of its kind in Las Vegas, the 10,000 sqf conference center offers 10 flexible rooms able to accommodate varying layouts ideal for classroom-style training and cater to customised meetings for groups from 10 to 50 people. The all-inclusive pricing allows meeting planners to pay a flat rate per attendee.  


Opinion

This fresh perspective on meeting needs is sure to be a welcome one


Jill Varley

March 27, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Business Events Tasmania has a new CEO

Marnie Craig with a strong sales background and strengths in relationship management, customer and member relations, commercial acumen, and leading change, has been appointed the new CEO of Business Events Tasmania (BET). Currently the Housing Industry Association’s national marketing and communications project manager, she will continue to drive Tasmania’s share of business events and the related economic and social benefits for the State. O


Opinion

Outgoing CEO Stuart Nettlefold was commended for his commitment to BET and leading the organisation over the last eight years.


Jill Varley

March 26, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Let’s go surfing at the Gold Coast 2020 Global Wave Conference

Gold Coast Tourism say an estimated $1.2 million would be generated directly into the local economy when the sixth bi-annual Global Wave Conference is held at Coolangatta in 2020. The five-day conference is expected to attract up to 400 experts from around the world.  Announced at the GWC in California, Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve chairman Andrew McKinnon, said, ““This will be a hugely significant year for surfing and riding the Olympic wave of momentum.”  


Opinion

The win in even more significant as this is the year that surfing is introduced into the Olympics for the first time.