Jill Varley

September 27, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Crystalbrook’s further invests in Tropical North Queensland

Crystalbrook Collection has bought the Port Douglas Reef Marina, to be known as Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, with the intention to invest a further $100+ million to include a luxury waterfront 100-room boutique hotel, 50 premium residences and enhanced retail and dining areas. This will be the fourth development in Queensland for the group, which already has three hotels in Cairns under construction, including the $100 million redevelopment of the Rydges Tradewinds hotel, with an investment of more than $370 million.      


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Crystalbrook Collection’s owner Ghassan Aboud, said: “We want to bring to Port Douglas a globally recognised hotel and an incomparable experience for its guests.”


Jill Varley

September 27, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

The HKCEC installs US$3.9m Wi-Fi system

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) has kicked off a US$3.9 million project to rebuild the Centre’s entire Wi-Fi system.  The new system will enable HKCEC’s users and visitors to enjoy an unlimited and complimentary Wi-Fi service that will be high speed, high density, and highly reliable.  In addition to deploying the latest Wi-Fi technology standard, the project will also involve installation of 660 new Wi-Fi access points, which will support more than 20,000 mobile devices with scalability.    


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The new system sets a new benchmark for the event venue industry in Asia


Jill Varley

September 27, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

AVPartners introduces mega screen to the PCEC

A new 42 metre super-wide panoramic screen has been introduced by in-house audiovisual provider AVPartners to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC). The largest screen of any venue in Western Australia, the screen requires five projectors to blend a single image and is so large that it spans an entire wall of the PCEC’s BelleVue Ballroom. The addition follows a series of other state-of-the-art technical enhancements at PCEC by AVPartners, and complements PCEC’s recent refurbishment upgrades to the venue.  


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Seriously impressive - the screen opens up many creative options for users


Jill Varley

September 26, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Huka Lodge to welcome its half-millionth guest  

 Huka Lodge, founded as a small fishing camp on the banks of the Waikato River in 1924 by Irishman Alan Pye, is set to welcome its half-millionth visitor during October to mid-December, a momentous milestone. In celebration, during this time one of the guests will be recognised as the half-millionth guest and will receive a definitive Huka Lodge experience, including such things as a two night stay at the Alan Pye Cottage, fly-casting lessons, French champagne and a five-course dinner nightly.    


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Anyone feel a holiday coming on?


Jill Varley

September 26, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Canberra Convention Bureau welcomes Jure Domazet to the Chair

Canberra Convention Bureau has announced the Doma Group’s MD Jure Domazet as the new Interim Chair of the Board, bringing with him a depth of experience in the hotel and property sectors. Canberra Convention Bureau CEO Michael Matthews said Mr Domazet is a dedicated advocate for Canberra and valued his deep understanding of Canberra and his experience of working closely with industry stakeholders. NCCC GM Stephen Wood, is currently Treasurer and has been appointed Interim Deputy Chair.    


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Mr Domazet welcomed the opportunity to advocate for growth in such an important sector for Canberra


Jill Varley

September 26, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

New Hobart/Gold Coast route for Tigerair Australia

Tigerair Australia is celebrating the announcement of a new route between Hobart and the Gold Coast, providing the only direct, low cost travel option between the two popular tourism destinations. The new service commencing from December 7 will operate four weekly return services on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. At the same time, Tiger will also add four additional return services on the existing popular Melbourne – Hobart route to meet growing demand.            


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Its great news for Tasmanian tourism and for the local economy


Jill Varley

September 18, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Luxperience 2017 is here

Last night at the Hilton Sydney,  Luxperience 2017 welcomed 350 leading global travel industry representatives at its sixth annual Thought Leaders Forum and Welcome Cocktail Party. With an event theme of transformation both on a personal and professional level, two panel discussions highlighted marketing in Australia and in China, Lauren Bath spoke on the power of an image transforming lives and businesses, while  Glenn and Heather Singleman, talked of their daredevil lives and pushing boundaries to gain our greater selves.      


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Today, it is down to business as Luxperience international and local exhibitors and buyers gather at Doltone House, Australian Technology Park for the first day of appointments.


Brad Foster

June 14, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Lighting up Sydney with Barco technology

When Barco previewed its projection technology at the ISE 2017 trade show, TDC CEO Michael Hassett said he knew this was the way forward for the future of large-format video projection. “Laser phosphor technology is the first significant change that we’ve seen in over 10 years, ever since the industry moved from CRT and LCDs to DMDs hailing a new era of projection technology,” he said. Image courtesy of TDC.


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We don’t understand how the technology works but we certainly like the end result.