Brad Foster

June 21, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Business event writer passes away

micenet staff were sad to learn of the news that Louis Allen passed away on Sunday evening at his home in Vietnam. Louis was a fixture in the business event sector for many years in Australia before taking on the role of editor of Executive PA magazine and later moving to Vietnam to live and work. At industry trade shows and educationals he could always be found with a camera in his hand and a trilby hat on his head.


Opinion

RIP Louis. Our deepest condolences to his partner and family.


Laura Bradley

June 21, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Darwin Convention Centre celebrates double digits

June 18 marked two decades in the business for Darwin Convention Centre, a venue responsible for hosting hundreds of conferences a year and injecting millions of dollars into the local economy. Since its 2008 opening, over 680,000 people have attended events at the venue, including the Dalai Lama. Darwin Convention Centre general manager Janet Hamilton said “All of the employees who have worked at the centre over the last ten years have worked very hard to create a world-class convention centre.”


Opinion

The centre has also been confirmed as one of 20 finalists in the AIPC Apex Award competition for Best Client Rated Convention Centre. Time to consider a conference up north?


Laura Bradley

June 20, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

EEAA conference sees record government attendance

This year’s Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Leaders Forum and Conference saw more senior government, industry and business leaders in attendance than ever before. In alignment with Global Exhibitions Day, 2018’s instalment gave Members the opportunity to raise specific policy matters, including skills and talent, visas and funding for programs to support the sector. EEAA chief executive Joyce DiMascio said “There is no doubt Global Exhibitions Day has given us an opportunity for more cut-through at all levels of Government.”


Opinion

When you consider the jobs and other flow on benefits of a booming business events industry, interest from the government makes sense.


Laura Bradley

June 20, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Free cocktails for delegates?

Believe it or not, the title isn’t clickbait. Bayleaf Sydney, an event catering company that specialises in contemporary Australian cuisine, is offering a complimentary cocktail on arrival for all events booked for over 150 guests. The company offers a range of canapé, conference and interactive dining options for corporate groups, all of which are curated by professional catering veteran Chris Stubbs. This offer is valid for events that are booked until the end of September this year (so, you know, get moving.)


Opinion

Specifics on the offer have been minimal, but we’ve been assured that the boss has indeed gone mad. To view Bayleaf Sydney’s menu, click here: http://www.bayleaf.com.au/paddock-to-plate/


Laura Bradley

June 20, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Redesign scheduled for The Star Gold Coast buffet

Food Fantasy- The Star Gold Coast’s popular buffet dining option- will undergo a complete redesign and expansion in the coming months. The space will re-open in summer as ‘Harvest Buffet’, a state-of-the-art facility boasting 100 to 500 extra seats, a new entrance allowing seamless entry into the restaurant and a fresh coastal aesthetic including cabana-like canopies and washed timber furnishings. Harvest Buffet will form part of the property’s ongoing alignment to The Star brand.


Opinion

It’s onwards and upwards for The Star Gold Coast! (The people in the artist’s impression don’t look like they require nourishment though… What are they, ghosts?)


Laura Bradley

June 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Fiji resort joins National Geographic’s rankings

Multi-award winning Likuliku Lagoon Resort, located on Malolo Island in Fiji, is the latest venue to join the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World list. Opening in 2007, the resort introduced the country’s first over-water bures and bungalows, as well as setting the benchmark for a range of sustainable environmental practices. Ahury Resorts Group general manager Steve Anstey said “During construction, extraordinary care and attention was taken to protect the natural resources including our reef and forest areas.”


Opinion

A relaxing corporate incentive you can feel good about.


Laura Bradley

June 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Rydges Sydney Central unveils revamp

The Surry Hills locale was the inspiration behind Rydges Sydney Central’s multi-million-dollar renovation, which was revealed to the public late last week. Each of the hotel’s 271 rooms have been given a revamp, including textured exposed-brick feature walls and vibrant pops of colour. The venue also now boasts an extra 38 rooms and suites. With a focus on improving in-room efficiency, guests can now expect motion sensor-powered electricity, USB points in key locations and brand new 49 inch LED/LCD TVs.


Opinion

I’m liking the red cushions and brick walls. Surry Hills will be home to a new micro-brewery next month.


Laura Bradley

June 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Global startup conference commences in Sydney

Over the next two days, 1400 international delegates will gather at the SMC Conference and Function Centre for the world’s largest startup event, LAUNCH Festival Sydney. This year marks the first time since its 2008 inception that the event will be held outside of San Francisco, with the program set to include on-stage feedback, pitching opportunities, startup competitions and discussions on the future of venture capital. LAUNCH founder Jason Calacanis said “We can’t wait to celebrate innovation in the other ‘city by the bay!’.


Opinion

NSW is home to 44 per cent of Australia’s startups, so the city was a logical choice to host the event.