Laura Bradley

August 22, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Ground control to Crown Melbourne

The Children’s Cancer Foundation held its Million Dollar Lunch earlier this month at Crown Melbourne, raising a record $2.5 million. The night involved over 600 celebrities flocking to the space, which was given an inter-galactic theme courtesy of Encore Event Technologies. Guests were treated to pre-function cocktails in a space emulating a rocket ship, before progressing through mist-shrouded tunnels to the Palladium Ballroom, a scene of starry lights on a draped ceiling and LED effects to reflect the windows of a spaceship.


Opinion

Sounds like the event was out of this world!


Laura Bradley

August 22, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Melbourne smashing business events records

Its weather may be plummeting but Melbourne’s events success is soaring, with the city welcoming news of its strongest ever economic contribution from business events. The Melbourne Convention Bureau has achieved a 25 per cent increase in economic contribution from secured business events in the 2017/2018 financial year, reaching an impressive $396 million. The surge has also resulted in 4739 jobs being created. A series of high-profile wins, such as the Global Public Transport Summit 2021, contributed to the increase.


Opinion

A lot of the other secured conferences are from the health and research sectors, and it’s no wonder with Melbourne’s impressive bevy of institutes.


Laura Bradley

August 22, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Rego open for CINZ Conference 2018

The 42nd Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Annual Conference, set to take place in Auckland between October 30 and November 1, is now open for registrations. CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan says the event is promising to be the biggest yet, with a new component being added for young professionals. The theme will be ‘Breaking New Ground’, and the keynote speaker line-up includes chief operating officer of MCI Asia Pacific Oscar Cerezales and economist and author Shamubeel Eaqub.


Opinion

A fitting theme considering it’s the first time the conference will be held in Auckland.


Brad Foster

August 21, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Big numbers for MEA Victorian Careers Program

More than 170 students were expected to attend today’s MEA Victorian Careers Program at the MCEC. Students from a range of tertiary institutions were said to be learning first hand from experts from C2 Melbourne, the MCEC, Peter Jones Special Events, the State Library of Victoria, Event Travel Management, Décor It Events and Business Events Geelong.


Opinion

Sounds like a great initiative and from the numbers plenty of interest in the events sector.


Brad Foster

August 21, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

$10m refurb for James Cook Hotel Wellington

Wellington’s iconic James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has confirmed a $10 million plus refurbishment of the hotel’s Lambton Wing, inclusive of 200 rooms and suites, plus the Executive Club Lounge. Renovations will commence this month and are expected to run into 2019, with the Greenstone Group appointed as the project manager and Naylor Love as the main contractor. General manager, Steve Martin, recognises Wellington and New Zealand’s current tight supply of accommodation rooms and therefore emphasis has been placed on minimising disruption to operations and […]

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Opinion

When you’re one of the best placed hotels in a city it’s imperative to maintain standards.


Brad Foster

August 21, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Brisbane delivers trifecta of conference wins

The Brisbane Convention Bureau has partnered with The University of Queensland (UQ) to secure a trifecta of conferences worth more than $2.1 million for the city’s economy.  Combined, the three conferences won with UQ’s School of Languages and Cultures are expected to attract more than 800 national and international delegates across 11 event days. Brisbane will host the 9th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication (INPRA) in June 2020, the 6th Biennial Colloquium of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) in […]

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Opinion

Tapping into the city’s strengths in this important sector has produced a great result for Brisbane and UQ.


Brad Foster

August 17, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Shannon Thwaites wins AACB Staff Scholarship

Shannon Thwaites, Manager – Global Business Events at Destination Gold Coast (pictured right) has been awarded the prestigious AACB Staff Scholarship for 2018/19. The Scholarship was announced at the AACB Annual Conference AIME Gala Dinner held at Spirt House Restaurant and Cooking School on the Sunshine Coast. The AACB Staff Scholarship is designed to offer bureau staff an opportunity to demonstrate their professional commitment to the business events industry by delivering a project which highlights innovation and excellence.    


Opinion

This award couldn’t have been given to a more deserving recipient. Congrats Shannon.


Brad Foster

August 17, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

France promotes more than Paris

One of the hottest destinations for associations in the world, Atout France is pushing more about the destination than its capital with the launch of a new website – https://au.france.fr/en. Apparently 90 per cent Aussies are planning to visit France within the next two years.    


Opinion

No doubt many are hoping for a suitable conference that could off-set a little r and r.