Brad Foster

February 27, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

ICC Sydney outperforms targets in second year

A Deloitte Access Economics study has revealed the ICC Sydney generated $820 million in direct expenditure for NSW in its second year of operation – an increase of $35 million from its first year. International and interstate visitors helped generate 72 per cent of the total expenditure, resulting in more than 1.57 million overnight stays in Sydney and the creation of 5248 full-time equivalent jobs for the local economy.


Opinion

And some people wonder about the the value of a convention centre to a city and state.


Brad Foster

February 27, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Fresh look for Adina Melbourne Northbank

TFE Hotels’ Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Northbank has unveiled a new look following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment. Located in Melbourne’s CBD, the property now offers a playful combination of historical décor and contemporary art integrated throughout, with designers ‘In Design International’ seamlessly merging the style and sophistication of the city with all the modern luxuries of home.


Opinion

Looks like a pretty good place to chillax in after a day of meetings.


Brad Foster

February 26, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Could LA’s new website boost its 50m visitor numbers?

Twelve months of planning and fresh from announcing it welcomed 50 million tourists in 2018, the LA Tourism & Convention Board is continuing to innovate, unveiling its latest iteration of discoverlosangeles.com. The mobile-first design ensures faster response, enhanced search and better accessibility while featuring an editorial-led, visual storytelling focus providing additional inspiration.


Opinion

Already a popular destination, LA is certainly not resting on its laurels.


Brad Foster

February 26, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Marriott predicts 30 new hotels in 2019

Marriott International is projecting to open more than 30 hotels in 2019, including the Ritz-Carlton Perth (pictured). The company has 200 properties in the development pipeline, representing 20 new countries for the company’s luxury portfolio, from Sri Lanka to Bermuda and Morocco and Kenya.


Opinion

Definitely a hotel group on the move!


Brad Foster

February 26, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Spotless Stadium become Sydney Showground Stadium

Sydney Showground’s stadium has dropped the Spotless and reverted to Sydney Showground Stadium. The 24,000 seat capacity multi-purpose venue is known for hosting a variety of world-class sporting and music events year-round at the Sydney Olympic Park location. Most notably the stadium has been home to events including the X Games Sydney, Nitro Circus, and HSBC Sydney 7s while it has also been announced as the host of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Cricket Opening Celebration in 2020.


Opinion

We get a bit confused about all the different corporate names of stadiums so we think this is a good move.


Brad Foster

February 25, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Melbourne to host 2023 Rotary convention

Melbourne has been chosen as the host city for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, a massive gathering expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors. The convention is the most valuable conference ever won for the state, expected to attract 20,000 Rotary members from more than 200 countries and regions worldwide and injecting in excess of $88 million into the Victorian economy. The bid, led by the Melbourne Convention Bureau,  and supported by the Victorian and Australian Governments had stiff international competition.


Opinion

Another feather in the cap for Melbourne's business events community.


Brad Foster

February 25, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

A first for Gold Coast with sports summit

The Gold Coast will be the next host city for the 17th edition of SportAccord, the World Sport & Business Summit which will take place from May 5-10, 2019, at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is the first time that Australia will play host to the prestigious World Sport and Business Summit in its 17-year history. The convention will host delegates from the International Olympic Committee and heads of state, organising committees such as the summer, winter and Youth Olympic Games, the […]

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Opinion

A spectacular win for the Gold Coast no doubt following the success of the Commonwealth Games.


Brad Foster

February 25, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Crystalbrook unveils development at Port Douglas marina

The image provides a preview of a luxury 100-room five-star hotel and a 30-room ultra-lux hotel. Also included in the development is a destination Eléme Day Spa, a signature panoramic bar and café, 15 apartments and five waterfront villas. The location of the development is to the right of the existing marina, enabling marina and retail operations to continue throughout construction.


Opinion

What a great spot for a luxury resort complex. We can't wait to visit!