Laura Bradley

October 16, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Four-day food festival headed to Sunshine Coast

What do you get when you combine the Sunshine Coast’s finest local produce with the best chefs in Australia and the world? Four-day destination food festival The Curated Plate, that’s what. Taking place between August 8 and 11, 2019, the event will span the Sunshine Coast region and bring to life sustainable practices, artisan culture, health and wellness. Tourism industry development minister Kate Jones hopes the festival will showcase the region as a foodie destination.


Opinion

Okay, okay. March is a while away, but people are excited for the royal baby already and that won’t be born till July!


Laura Bradley

October 16, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

The Gold Coast’s bumper year of events

In the twelve months to June 30, 2018, the Gold Coast secured a record 158 national and international business events. Director of global business events Anna Case attributes the surge to a combination of infrastructure following the 2018 Commonwealth Games and appeal for the region’s beaches, experiences and dining options. “Decision makers appreciate the ease of organising a conference in a city that offers acclaimed venues, high service standards and accommodation quality [in an] easily accessible beachside destination.”


Opinion

Just like my appetite for cheese, the events industry's affinity for the Gold Coast is unceasing.


Laura Bradley

October 16, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Auckland’s huge hotel boost

Over the next five years, Auckland will expand its hotel room offering by more than 4000. The additions will be rolled out across the Four Points by Sheraton, Ritz Carlton, Park Hyatt, SO Sofitel and Hotel Indigo brands, and will accommodate the city’s growing visitor intake, which is predicted to reach four million by 2025. Head of the Auckland Convention Bureau Anna Hayward said the expansion, as well as the opening of the New Zealand ICC, will ensure the city remains competitive.


Opinion

The city’s business events sector is predicted to rise to $438 million by 2025, and it sounds like delegates will be spoilt for choice re accommodation.


Laura Bradley

October 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Sunshine Coast convention centre to open next year

Hear ye, hear ye. The Shakespeare Group has announced its commitment to open a purpose-built convention centre in the Sunshine Coast next April. The $8 million convention centre will be located within Novotel Twin Water Resort, which was purchased by the group last month, and offer four meeting and event spaces spanning 1600 square metres. The centre will be seamlessly attached to the 1200-pax Wandiny Pavilion, an existing conference space located on the site.


Opinion

This Shakespeare announcement sure Trumps my year 11 English teacher’s announcement that we’d be studying Macbeth.


Laura Bradley

October 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Vancouver Convention Centre unveils café and wine bar

It’s not often we report news out of Canada, eh? Well, when we heard about LOT185, Vancouver Convention Centre’s new café and wine bar, we figured it was aboot time. LOT185 spans two levels, and has been designed to reflect the coastline on which it sits. Up to 80 delegates can enjoy freshly baked goods courtesy of executive pastry chef Maurisio Persichino, and/or a wine or craft beer while looking out to Stanley Park and Vancouver Harbour.


Opinion

Tapas and pizza are also on the menu. Are there also cute kittens? If so, is this place heaven?


Laura Bradley

October 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Stop the press: The Calile Hotel has opened

After months and months of hype (largely generated by us), Australia’s first urban resort, The Calile Hotel, has officially opened its doors. Located in the James Street Precinct in Brisbane, the building has been designed in keeping with its leafy surrounds, and offers 175 rooms, a modern-Greek restaurant, a lobby bar ideal for cocktail welcome receptions, a KAILO Wellness Medispa with 10 treatment rooms and a range of flexible and aesthetically pleasing event spaces that can cater for up to 500 people.


Opinion

There are a lot of exciting hotels opening in Brisbane… going to be hard to choose just one!


Laura Bradley

October 15, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

CINZ ups the ante with social awareness

CINZ has announced that its annual conference will be supported by Eat My Lunch, a social enterprise which supports New Zealand children in need. Founder of the company Lisa King, who was named a New Zealand Woman of Influence in both 2016 and 2017, will provide a TED-style talk on the conference’s first day, and for every one of the 200 lunches eaten at the conference, the company will provide lunch to a kiwi child in need.


Opinion

Just to be clear, this is the social initiative Eat my Lunch, not point 3 in the ‘How to cross the micenet team’ handbook.


Laura Bradley

October 11, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

CINZ announces emerging talent event for annual conference

On day two of its annual conference next month, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) will premiere its Emerging Talent Professional Development Programme, a half-day initiative designed for those starting careers in the industry. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to hear and meet from a range of speakers, including Kiwi Landing Pad’s director of community Sian Simpson. CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan said the program has been developed to meet industry demand for professional development.


Opinion

Hey… I’m going to this event! Stay tuned to hear my informed opinion on the Emerging Talent program.