Brad Foster

August 27, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

The tribe has spoken. C2 cancels Melbourne event

As reported last week, C2 International has announced it will be cancelling its C2 Melbourne business conference scheduled for October. The company says the difficult decision comes after careful consideration and extensive exploration of options to make the event viable. “While we demonstrated our deep commitment to bringing C2 Melbourne to life, a series of circumstances outside of our control made it impossible for us to execute on the creation of the event,” said Richard St-Pierre, President and CEO of C2 International.      


Opinion

The C2 team came with big hopes for Melbourne. The tribe has spoken!


Brad Foster

August 27, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

MEA creates career insights event

Put this one in your diaries: Meetings & Events Australia will be presenting the 2018 NSW Career Insights Forum in Sydney on October 22. The forum is aimed a highlighting a range of careers and roles within the meetings and events industry. The speaker line-up will be advised in the coming weeks.


Opinion

Sounds like a great initiative from MEA. We look forward to seeing all those keen-eyed young folk.


Brad Foster

August 24, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Lamb for dessert? PCEC goes extra mile for LambEx 2018

More than 900 delegates at the LambEx 2018 Conference held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last week were treated to a gourmet nose-to-tail menu featuring lamb dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert! Chef Richard Taylor said his team had considered using lamb sweetbreads for dessert but decided that may have been taking things too far. Instead he used lamb shoulder which was braised down in a cinnamon stock. The meat was then flaked, pan-fried, dehydrated and dusted with icing sugar.


Opinion

It looks and sounds great but we just can’t get our head around lamb for dessert. Definitely went the extra mile.


Brad Foster

August 24, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Workshop Events delivers first-rate Advertising Week edition

Following successful events in New York, London, Mexico City and Tokyo spanning 15 years,  Advertising Week celebrated its 25th global edition in Sydney, managed by the team at Workshop Events. Advertising Week owned Luna Park for three days making full use of all venues.  Much to the delight of attendees – more than 4000 of them – activating sponsors challenged the norm with their creative use of space including a container-style activation by Facebook, carousel activation by Instagram and ferris wheel activation by Google.


Opinion

With 12 satellite events, 100 sessions and 250+ speakers this was an incredible event delivered seamlessly by Workshop Events. 


Brad Foster

August 24, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

First glimpse at Emporium Hotel South Bank

The highly anticipated Emporium Hotel South Bank is set to open this month. Featuring 143 sumptuously appointed suites, a selection of premium food and beverage offerings and a spectacular rooftop, 23-metre infinity edge pool and bar with sweeping views of the Brisbane River and city skyline, it looks set to continue the tradition of the boutique hotel group that began in Fortitude Valley.


Opinion

We recently interviewed GM Peter Savoff which will be appearing in our October edition.


Brad Foster

August 23, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Survey congress returns to Oz after 19 years

The South East Asia Survey Congress is returning to Australia in 2019 after last being held in Fremantle in 1999. The meeting will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre from August 15-18 with an expected 500+ surveyors attending from throughout the Asia Pacific. Australians are reportedly recognised as global leaders in the surveying profession. SEASC2019 Darwin Congress Convenor, Rob Sarib, is promising a hearty Top End welcome to delegates from across Australia, South East Asia, and globally.      


Opinion

No doubt with that “hearty Top End welcome” most delegates won’t want to leave.


Brad Foster

August 23, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

CINZ and Tourism NZ continue partnership

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) have recommitted to their ongoing partnership to enhance the marketing of New Zealand as a business events destination. The two organisations have re-signed their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that confirms cooperative activity in securing business events to New Zealand. Chief Executive of CINZ, Sue Sullivan, says the strong partnership between TNZ and CINZ allows New Zealand to achieve much greater success on the world stage.


Opinion

A match made in heaven and one that will no doubt to continue to benefit the country as a whole.


Brad Foster

August 23, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Grand New Meeting Rooms in Auckland’s CBD

Grand Mercure Auckland has newly refurbished meeting and event spaces. The stunning refurbishment is another stage in the hotel’s evolution which began last year with the rebrand from Mercure to Grand Mercure – AccorHotels’ upscale lifestyle brand. The extensive renovation is revealed from the moment you walk the newly carpeted staircase with brass chandeliers hanging from above.  The pre-function area glows in gold hues from the metallic flecked wall-coverings to the overhead lighting installation by Italian designer, Aromas.      


Opinion

Competition is hotting up among hoteliers in Auckland, with this latest refurb another example.