Laura Bradley

August 21, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Gold Coast welcomes Chinese incentive group

More than 700 representatives from Chinese company Zhiban Keji will flock to the Gold Coast this week for a four-day incentive. The program features a number of exciting experiences, including Movie World, Australian Outback Spectacular and Sirromet Wines, and an estimated $1.7 million will be pumped into the local economy. The Gold Coast boasts 44 per cent of Queensland’s conference market share, with the business events industry injecting $540 million annually into its economy.


Opinion

Lucky ducks! Hopefully the sun is shining.


Laura Bradley

August 21, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Award-winning creative joins cievents

Experienced creative Ben Weir has been appointed executive creative producer at cievents. Ben will be responsible for facilitating the creative and strategy work across cievents’ portfolio, and will work closely with the sales and account teams to drive business opportunities. His previous role was executive creator at Fourth Wall, and he brings to the role more than 18 years of experience in advertising, marketing and production.


Opinion

Big gig he’s got there… congrats!


Laura Bradley

August 20, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Exhibitor registrations open for MEETINGS 2020

AIME isn’t the only show we’re talking about today, with exhibitor registrations for New Zealand’s premier MICE exhibition, MEETINGS, opening this week. The event will take place in Auckland between April 21 and 23, 2020, and exhibitors have already indicated strong interest. This year’s MEETINGS was held in May, and generated a record $62 million of business signed by exhibitors on the show floor. To register for MEETINGS 2020, visit: https://www.meetings.co.nz/exhibitor-registration?utm_source=evosuite-edm-meetings-2020-registrations-are-open-get-your-early-bird-rate-&utm_medium=evosuite-edm&utm_campaign=evosuite-edm-meetings&conid=834436


Opinion

Okay, now this is well and truly the exhibition equivalent of putting Christmas decorations out in August.


Laura Bradley

August 20, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

AIME sets sights high for 2020

Leading meetings and conventions event AIME has set its mission for the 2020 show – set to take place between February 17 and 19, 2020 in Melbourne – with a particular focus on diversity. Organisers hope to increase hosted buyers by 50 per cent and exhibitors by 30 per cent, and, seven months out from the event, have already booked out 65 per cent of the show floor and 50 per cent of the Hosted Buyer program.


Opinion

I can’t believe we’re already talking about next year. Doesn’t it feel like yesterday that we were exchanging blue tokens for beer at the second night social?


Laura Bradley

August 20, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

ICC Sydney brings in the big bucks

In its third year of operation, the ICC Sydney attracted 1.4 million delegates and generated AUD $896 million in direct expenditure for the state. The venue’s 2019 financial year performance results also confirmed that it delivered an economic contribution to New South Wales of AUD $902 million, and generated 5790 full time equivalent jobs for the local economy as well as 1.77 million overnight stays. The ICC Sydney also won 16 awards and engaged 129 local food and beverage suppliers.


Opinion

If you ever doubted the impact of our industry, I bet you don’t now.


Laura Bradley

August 19, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Novotel Geelong unveils $3.8 million upgrade

Five years on from its opening, Novotel Geelong has revealed a locally-inspired upgrade. The colour, furnishings and décor were all inspired by the city’s surroundings, with ocean and art strongly reflected in each. All 109 guest rooms in the four-star hotel have been refurbished with a new paint scheme, carpet, curtains, chaise lounges, feature walls, smart TVs and furnishings. The bathrooms have also been updated with a fresh and modern look.


Opinion

And a string quartet rendition of ‘We are Geelong’ complements each check in. Not really, but one can dream.


Laura Bradley

August 19, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

AccorBot snags social media award

Eleven months on from its launch, AccorBot, Accor Australia’s integrated Facebook chatbot, has taken out the award for ‘Best Use of a Chatbot in Social Media’ at the 2019 Social Media Marketing Awards. AccorBot was designed to help the group’s 1.8 million Facebook fans across the Pacific with everything from hotel reservations, customer service queries, city guide information and more. The awards night was held at Sydney’s Cockle Bay Wharf on August 15, and was attended by 200 social media marketers.


Opinion

A robot has now won more awards than I have.


Laura Bradley

August 19, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

HKCEC attracts record attendance

In the fiscal year 2018-2019, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) hosted 1000 events, attracting a record 8.5 million visitors. The 119 exhibitions and 159 international and local conferences covered diverse topics such as cloud technology, wine and spirits, cosmetics, art, and medical science. The venue is currently in the middle of a five-year, US $128 million advancement project to maintain its world-class infrastructure and services.


Opinion

It’s all looking up for the HKCEC!