Laura Bradley

January 17, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Make a Wish event unveils stellar speaker line up

‘Reframe Impossible’ is the theme of Make a Wish’s upcoming speaking event, which will take place on February 15, 2019 at The Deakin Edge in Melbourne. A score of inspirational speakers are set to share insights on how we can all take small steps to engender big changes, including Game of Inches author Nigel Collin, National Patron of the Make a Wish Foundation Robyn Moore and former CEO of Melbourne Football Club Cameron Schwab.


Opinion

Quite a diverse array of speakers and it sounds like an interesting outing for a good cause.


Laura Bradley

January 17, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

MCEC to host workplace sexual harassment summit

February 21 will mark the inaugural summit for Not in My Workplace, an organisation dedicated to taking a stand against sexual harassment. The event, which will take place at the MCEC, will provide advice to business leaders on how to convert awareness of the #metoo movement into practical actions beyond policies. Some of the speakers set to headline include President of Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs and minister for women in the Victorian parliament The Hon Gabrielle Williams MP.


Opinion

A very timely event in the current social climate and worth checking out if you can make it.


Laura Bradley

December 3, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Affected by the Marriott breach? Here’s what to do

Late last week, Marriott International disclosed a large-scale data breach which impacted up to 500 million customers who have stayed at Starwood-branded hotels over the last four years. For the majority of customers, the breached data included names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, passport numbers and more. Malwarebytes Labs has suggested that potential affectees change the password for their Starwood Preferred Guest Rewards Program, review their bank accounts, consider a credit freeze and watch for breach-related scams.


Opinion

An unfortunate situation, but good on Marriott for being transparent. You can access the full data breach checklist here: https://blog.malwarebytes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/B2C-Data-Breach-Checklist-2018.pdf


Laura Bradley

December 3, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Another venue opening for Howard Smith Wharves

Howard Smith Wharves is the gift that keeps on giving. The latest opening in the hotly-anticipated revitalisation project is Mr Percival’s, an overwater bar-plus-dining spot located on the Brisbane River. The venue officially opened on Thursday, November 29 to a party of 300, who sipped on champagne and feasted on Moreton Bay-inspired canapés to mark the milestone. Mr Percival’s, which is named after the much-loved pelican character in the 1976 movie Storm Boy, has taken ambience cues from Europe’s unpretentious beach clubs.


Opinion

Bambi’s mum, Mufasa, Mr Percival… just some of the tragic movie deaths from my childhood.


Laura Bradley

December 3, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

IBTM World concludes in record-breaking style

November 29 marked the end of another IBTM World, with this year’s instalment achieving more pre-scheduled buyer meetings than ever before. Over 77,650 business meetings took place over the three-day event in Barcelona, with exhibitors and event planners reporting positively on both the quantity and quality of meetings. Exhibitors from over 150 countries attended, and new buyers were up by 20 per cent. Next year’s event will take place between November 19 and 21 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona.


Opinion

Keep an eye out for IBTM 2018 in the next Guinness Book of World Records (is that book still being published?)


Laura Bradley

November 27, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Plans unveiled for Caloundra Events Centre

The Sunshine Coast’s Events Centre at Caloundra will close between December 2018 and April 2019 while it completes a $6 million redevelopment. The upgrades will comprise an updated theatre, covered deck area, function room and covered entrance, as well as people with disability (PWD) toilets and a Beausang Room refurbishment. The Events Centre chairman Councillor Tim Dwyer said the upgrade will assist in attracting more high-profile events to the region.


Opinion

Those four months will fly by. Can’t wait to see pictures of the reveal.


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.