Laura Bradley

November 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

New campaign to highlight Hong Kong’s natural beauty

The Hong Kong Tourism Board has teamed up with National Geographic to bring some of the city’s diverse natural assets to the forefront of visitors’ minds. The campaign features 13 of the city’s landscapes, each handpicked by photographers and trail experts. Senior vice president of National Geographic Partners for APAC and the Middle East Con Apostolopoulos said “Partnering with HKTB is a fantastic opportunity to transform the way people think about Hong Kong… showing off its contrasting urban and rural beauty.”


Opinion

Here I was thinking it was all neon signs and skyscrapers. Further proof that I need to get out more.


Laura Bradley

November 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Sunshine Coast to host Queensland Tourism Awards

Following a successful bid through the Business Events Assistance Program, 1000 of Queensland’s tourism elite will gather in the Sunshine Coast next year for the annual Queensland Tourism Awards. The event will take place at the new Novotel Twin Towers convention centre, and provide a chance for the region to showcase both its MICE and tourism potential. The announcement follows the Sunshine Coast’s success in the 2018 Queensland Tourism Awards, where it collected four gold, two silver, three bronze and one highly commended award.


Opinion

The same award I won in primary school! Oh wait, no. That was participation.


Laura Bradley

November 16, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Howard Smith Wharves unveils culinary team

Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves precinct has unveiled its culinary team. Joining the venue is David Finlayson, who hails from Scotland and has worked for award-winning tapas bars in Hong Kong and London, Patrick Friesen from Queen Chow in Sydney, Damien Styles, a Brisbane local who currently heads up The Fish House in Burleigh Heads, Steven Forrester, who has worked across the UK, France and Australia and Michael Hardy, who has just returned to Australia after working in Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu.


Opinion

It’s basically the Howard Smith Wharves version of the A Team, except there’s more of them, and their activities are completely unrelated.


Laura Bradley

November 16, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Newest Melbourne hotel welcomes first guests

Ahead of its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 10, Novotel Melbourne Central and ibis Melbourne Central has completed a soft opening and welcomed its first guests. The dual-branded hotel, which has added 483 midscale and premium economy rooms to Melbourne’s hotel industry, is located on Little Lonsdale Street amid laneway dining and shopping precincts. In addition to its diverse array of rooms and suites, the hotel houses three restaurants and bars helmed by executive chef Michael Smith.


Opinion

I’m going to imagine this as a hotel opening surrounded by pillows and feathers.


Laura Bradley

November 16, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

When Adelaide came to town

Last night a group of Sydney-based event professionals met with industry representatives from Adelaide at Hacienda Sydney for the Adelaide Expo Hire event. The night allowed attendees to meet business development manager for the Adelaide Convention Bureau Casey Smith, business development manager for the Adelaide Convention Centre Laura Chapman and a range of employees from Adelaide Expo Hire. Guests also received an update on the city’s business events activity, which last year included more than 247 events.


Opinion

I was there! Thank you for the chocolate frog, and apologies to the Adelaideans that our famous Sydney weather was a no show.


Brad Foster

November 2, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

A bumper October month for Melbourne

Victoria’s visitor economy received a big boost last month with nine international conferences being held, generating more than $23.8 million to the local economy. The meetings attracted more than 5000 delegates from across the globe and generated over 11,200 room nights.


Opinion

Now that’s a month to remember. Well done Team Melbourne.


Laura Bradley

October 24, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

New LED screen for Sofitel Gold Coast

A state-of-the-art, ultra-wide LED screen now has pride of place in the ballroom at Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach. The screen, which was installed by AVPartners, measures 10.5 metres, which is over three times larger than a traditional projection screen, and displays high resolution imagery and 4K video accompanied by crystal clear sound. On the addition, AV Partners’ partner at the hotel Mitch Tucker said “The screen opens up endless opportunities to create spectacular event experiences for our clients.”


Opinion

I haven’t been this excited about a screen since I got a new phone two weeks ago, bringing an end to the shattered contraption I’d been using the past four years.


Laura Bradley

October 11, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

CINZ announces emerging talent event for annual conference

On day two of its annual conference next month, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) will premiere its Emerging Talent Professional Development Programme, a half-day initiative designed for those starting careers in the industry. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to hear and meet from a range of speakers, including Kiwi Landing Pad’s director of community Sian Simpson. CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan said the program has been developed to meet industry demand for professional development.


Opinion

Hey… I’m going to this event! Stay tuned to hear my informed opinion on the Emerging Talent program.