Laura Bradley

June 25, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

GPJ expands to New Zealand

In the wake of growing demand, George P. Johnson (GPJ) has opened a dedicated office in Auckland servicing the New Zealand market. Tomaz Kljakovic, who previously headed up GPJ’s business development team in Australia, has been appointed as New Zealand country manager. Senior vice president/managing director of GPJ ANZ Caleb Bush said the opening of the new International Convention Centre in Auckland will create ample opportunities for GPJ.


Opinion

I bet Tomaz is happy to be home.


Laura Bradley

June 25, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Perth Convention Bureau appoints CEO

Mr Gareth Martin has been appointed CEO of the Perth Convention Bureau. Gareth has worked with the PCB for 12 years, most recently as acting CEO following the departure of former CEO Paul Beeson in February. PCB chairman Kevin Skipworth said the Board welcomed the appointment and were excited about working with Mr Martin towards a renewed long-term strategic plan to transform the Bureau into 2020 and beyond.


Opinion

Good to appoint someone who already knows the city intimately.


Laura Bradley

June 25, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Hilton Brisbane’s HR manager sleeps rough for homelessness

Have you been apt to complain about the cold lately? Imagine you’re Hilton Brisbane’s human resources manager, Adrienne Putelli, for a moment. On June 20, Adrienne joined more than 400 CEOs for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, parking herself next to the Brisbane Powerhouse for the night with nothing but a sleeping bag and a sheet of cardboard. The sleepout raised much-needed funds for the homeless population, and is the latest in a long line of social justice initiatives championed by Adrienne.


Opinion

I’m never lamenting my arctic bedroom again.


Brad Foster

June 24, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Destination NSW loses funding

Destination NSW has taken a $35m hit in the NSW Budget, with funding falling from $176.7m to $141.1m. Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW chief executive, Michael Johnson, said the move is short-sighted considering the national competition for the tourism dollar.  


Opinion

We wonder if there will be a round of redundancies to overcome the shortfall?


Brad Foster

June 24, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Canberra welcomes first Sebel branded apartment

Accor, has welcomed its first Sebel branded apartment hotel to Canberra with the opening of The Sebel Canberra Civic. The property adds 144 luxury serviced apartment style rooms to Canberra’s burgeoning hotel supply. Spanning 11 floors, the property boasts 126 studio rooms with kitchenette facilities as well as nine one-bedroom suites and nine two-bedroom suites with full kitchen facilities.    


Opinion

Just in time for a spike in hotel room booking for Canberra we think.


Brad Foster

June 24, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Business events must count more than coffee cups: study

A multi-year, international study of the long-term benefits of business events has underlined a mismatch between the way governments value the sector and the much broader outcomes, with researchers recommending ways the industry can better document these legacies.  Check out the next micenet edition for a rundown on the UTS study – Business Events Legacies: JMIC Case Study Report.


Opinion

We definitely need more of these kinds of research reports.


Laura Bradley

March 18, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

TCEB supports small event buyers from Oz

Buyers from Australia who organise events with upwards of 80 guests can now apply for financial support to complete a site visit in Thailand. The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has shifted its policy to accommodate for smaller buyers, having previously reserved the support for large-scale conventions. Buyers will be able to find out more and apply for site inspections at the TCEB sponsored roadshows on April 2 in Sydney and April 4 in Melbourne.


Opinion

Aww. Looking out for the little guys. Find out more here: www.businesseventsthailand.com


Laura Bradley

March 13, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Brisbane wins major Asia marketing awards

Brisbane Airport and Brisbane Marketing have both scored coveted awards at Routes Asia 2019 – the leading aviation route development forum for Asia. While the former was the Overall Winner for its achievements in route development marketing, the latter took out Destination Category for its innovative marketing campaigns. Lord mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk congratulated the recipients on their work to market air routes and attract more visitors to the city.


Opinion

I wonder how many times you’d have to say ‘major Asia’ before they morph into one word... I need to get out more.