Laura Bradley

March 25, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Attendees slam ‘disastrous’ Wine Machine Festival

Another week, another ‘what not to do’ event case study emerges. This time, it’s the Wine Machine Festival, which took place in the Hunter Valley on Saturday night. Disgruntled revellers took to social media post-show to voice their criticisms, which included having to wait two hours for a drink and being evacuated from the premises before the headline act due to poor weather conditions. Many also complained of physically aggressive security staff.


Opinion

I guess the weather couldn’t exactly be helped, but it’s how you handle these difficult circumstances that really matters (and it doesn’t sound as though this was handled well).


Brad Foster

March 21, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Maritime Museum releases corporate family packages

The Australian National Maritime Museum recently launched its new Corporate Family Fun Day packages. The packages include access to vessels, pirate guides, craft activities including ‘make your own pirate cupcakes’ and treasure hunt tours across the museum’s galleries.  The experience is available to all ages and caters for between 80 to 1500 people.


Opinion

Arghhh, sounds like a treasure trove of opportunities.


Brad Foster

March 21, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

MCI Group opens two new offices

MCI Group has opened two new offices – MCI Hangzhou and MCI Portugal. MCI Hangzhou follows a joint venture partnership with two state-owned enterprises: Hangzhou Tourism Investment Co., Ltd and Hangzhou Zhonghe Investment Co., Ltd. MCI Portugal strengthens MCI Group’s presence in Europe with a synergy between the Spanish offices of Barcelona, Madrid and now Lisbon.


Opinion

And who said there were economic woes around the world? Certainly not MCI.


Brad Foster

March 21, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Crown Group unveils latest Sydney development

Crown Group will open its third luxury serviced apartment hotel, SKYE Suites Green Square, mid-year as part of the $575 million development Infinity by Crown Group. Designed by globally renowned Koichi Takada Architects, Infinity by Crown Group will have 326 premium apartments, a convention centre, a new retail and dining precinct with 20 outlets, a 90-room hotel called SKYE Suites Green Square and a Woolworths supermarket nearby.


Opinion

Well doesn’t look like every development is grinding to a halt in Sydney. We can’t wait.


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.


Laura Bradley

March 4, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Meetings Africa wraps up in Johannesburg

The 14th annual Meetings Africa exhibition took place at the Sandton Convention Centre last week, a two-day event which saw more buyers and exhibitors gather for business exchange than ever before. The staggering attendee numbers included 343 exhibitors, a number which increased by 37 on last year, and 462 buyers from 65 different countries, which is 70 more than last year. This year’s scheduled buyer and exhibitor meetings also increased by 2800. Business conducted at the event is predicted to generate 3 billion ZAR.


Opinion

I was there! Keep an eye out for my write up in our April edition.


Brad Foster

February 28, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Showtime Events creates Street Food Festival for Christmas parties

Melbourne corporates love a ‘pop up’ to celebrate the festive season, so Showtime Event Group has created a ‘Street Food Festival’ in South Wharf for Christmas parties up to 2500 people. Following on from the success of the Asia Pacific Market held over the recent AIME exhibition, Showtime Event Group will replicate the event for corporate events from mid-November through till the end of December 2019.


Opinion

micenet peeps attended the AIME Street Food Festival and we loved it!