Laura Bradley

October 17, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

St Regis Hotels makes Venice debut

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has announced the debut of The St. Regis Venice, located steps away from Piazza San Marco and boasting the largest waterfrontage in Venice. The opening follows a two-year, full-scale renovation, restoring the former Grand Hotel Britannia, which opened in 1895. The hotel offers 169 guest rooms and suites and a range of event spaces, including the Library, the Lounge, the Astor Boardroom, the Canaletto Room, a secluded garden and private terraces.


Opinion

I know Venice is straining under the weight of too many tourists, but could you imagine the views from the meeting rooms?!


Laura Bradley

October 17, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Crystalbrook Collection wins big at Queensland Hotel Association’s Awards

Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort – a luxury, 311-room Cairns property which opened late last year – reaped two accolades at the Queensland Hotel Association’s (QHA) 2019 Awards. The accolades were for Best Marketed Hotel (100+ employees) and for Best Environmental Practice. On the double wins, interim CEO of Crystalbrook Collection Geoff York said: “Launching a new brand is a big opportunity and the team has done a phenomenal job achieving great marketing awareness in such a short length of time.”


Opinion

Hip hip, hooray!


Laura Bradley

October 17, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Tourism Tasmania’s new campaign

‘Anti-ordinary’ is the name of Tourism Tasmania’s new campaign, a series of videos which invite travellers to ‘Come Down For Air’. The campaign, which was shared on Sunday evening across the national television broadcast with viewers on the Australian eastern seaboard – presents Tasmania as an antidote to today’s cultural tension. Moments captured include visitors scaling a rugged mountain, eating a scallop pie, engaging in a morning dip, and discovering the methodology of a local whisky maker.


Opinion

You can watch the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDfJnBVGtPlRddCo9WUk3ew


Laura Bradley

October 16, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

More direct flights between NZ and Sunshine Coast

Air New Zealand will increase flights to the Sunshine Coast in a deal that will bring close to 3000 additional visitors per year to the region. The new flights will extend the existing seasonal service by two months, with direct flights between Auckland and Sunshine Coast now set to operate for six months a year from April to October. New Zealand is the Sunshine Coast’s largest international market, with 78,000 travellers visiting the region in the year ending June 2019.


Opinion

Hopefully all of those extra flights fill up.


Laura Bradley

October 16, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Melbourne sets its sights on optometry conference

The 2000-pax World Congress of Optometry 2021 (WCO 2021) will take place in Melbourne following a successful bid by the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB). The three-day event will take place in September 2021, and see leading manufacturers and equipment suppliers from around the globe converge at the MCEC to share the latest technological advances. The event is anticipated to generate almost $12 million in economic impact for the state of Victoria.


Opinion

The decision makers could no doubt SEE the benefits of Melbourne (ha).


Laura Bradley

October 16, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Destination NSW boss calls it a day

After eight years in Destination NSW’s top spot, Sandra Chipchase has left the organisation. On her resignation, Sandra said “I have achieved all the key goals I set for myself, the organisation and our State’s positioning and the time now feels right to pass the baton on.” Sandra has also resigned from her position as executive producer of Vivid Sydney.


Opinion

Congratulations on a job well done and all the best for the future.


Laura Bradley

October 2, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

AV1 allows customers to pay what they like in aid of farmers

As part of its 15th birthday celebrations, event production provider AV1 has announced a ‘Summer Lovin’ campaign where customers get to choose how much they pay towards equipment for January events. Around 15 per cent of all sales generated will be donated to Rural Aid to support Australian farmers and rural communities. The offer is available to those organising conferences and events in January 2020 across NSW, ACT, Vic and Qld.


Opinion

Yep…. This wasn’t clickbait!


Laura Bradley

September 30, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

NZ industry seeks quotes for Business Events Research Programme

A business events industry working group led by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has released a Request for Quote (RFQ) for the Business Events Research Programme (BERP) contract opportunity. The Business Events Research Programme measures business events activity in New Zealand, and the group is looking for a provider who can deliver a trusted business events data set. The new data collection will be set up for the 2020 calendar year.


Opinion

That’s not to say they’re seeking your opinions.