Jill Varley

March 21, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Las Vegas continues to take top spot among U.S. trade show destinations

Las Vegas has maintained its long-standing reputation as the country’s No. 1 trade show according to the TSNN’s coveted Top 250 Trade Shows list.  Las Vegas hosted 47 of the largest shows held in the country last year. Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO Rossi Ralenkotter said Las Vegas has long been considered a top destination for business travel and 2017 proved to be another astounding year when a record-breaking 6.6 million people travelled to the destination for business.  


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Las Vegas is one destination that is often on top of the corporate wish list


Jill Varley

March 21, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

The PCOA Conference engages its first woman MC

Yvonne Adele has been announced as MC for the 11th annual PCOA Conference being held in the new extension to Melbourne’s MCEC December 9-11. PCOA president Barry Neame said engaging Yvonne was a milestone for the association. “It’s the first time we’ve had a woman MC for a PCOA conference”. Ms Adele said she was confident her diverse experience as an MC combined with her passion for the conference industry would bring a new dimension to the 2018 conference.  


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Expressions of interest to register, https://pcoassociation.eventsair.com/11th-annual-pcoa-conference-exhibition/eoi2018/Site/Register


Jill Varley

March 20, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Hong Kong Disneyland offers corporate buyouts for Halloween

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has announced their corporate buyout events for Halloween 2018. Well received by corporate groups since 2010, 400,000 guests have hosted 60 corporations from across Asia. In Autumn 2017, eight unique Halloween buyout events included a Bank of China exclusive buyout in celebration of the centenary of Bank of China’s service to Hong Kong. More than 25,000 guests, including BOCHK staff and their family members participated in this event, the largest-ever single-day whole-park buyout in HKDL history.  


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Enjoy Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare before Christmas” and his crew of baddies as they turn the park upside down in true Halloween fashion


Jill Varley

March 20, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

EEAA and Mumbrella partnership continues into 2018

EEAA has renewed its partnership with Mumbrella and is calling on the exhibition and event industry to leverage the opportunity to be recognised on the Mumbrella stage. The partnership includes the Association’s continued sponsorship of The Best Use of Face-to-Face/Interaction Marketing Through Events award category in the Mumbrella Awards – first introduced as part of the partnership in 2017. “Last year, the new category attracted 21 entries, highlighting the importance of live events within the marketing industry,” EEAA’s Joyce DiMascio said.  


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Mumbrella founder and CEO, Martin Lane, said he was delighted to partner with the Association for the second year running.


Jill Varley

March 20, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Australia’s first off-the-grid, elevated adventure park opens in Lorne

Located in Lorne the heart of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road region is Live Wire Park the ultimate outdoor adventure experience set among the towering Otway treetops. Glide, zip and climb through the tree tops on each of the park’s exhilarating circuits, including Australia’s most extreme zip line, the 525-metre-long Shockwave Zip Coaster, or take in the breathtaking views of the native Blue Gums on the leisurely 120m long Canopy Circuit suspended pathway.  


Opinion

Way to go - 53 challenging physical and mental activities to try out


Jill Varley

March 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

IHG® acquires 51% stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has acquired a 51% stake in Regent Hotels and Resorts for $39 million, bringing the Regent into its brand portfolio at the top end of the luxury segment.  The intention is to grow the brand from six hotels to more than 40 hotels over the long term. Also announced is an extensive refurbishment to the InterContinental Hong Kong, due to commence in early 2020 when it will become a Regent Hotel in early 2021.  


Opinion

The acquisition of Regent is part of IHG’s new strategic initiatives focused on expand its footprint in the fast-growing $60 billion luxury segment


Jill Varley

March 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Christchurch conference recognised among the world’s best

The Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 (SEWF 2017) has been recognised to be among the world’s best at the Eventex 8th Global Event Awards, when they were held in Christchurch recently. The event was hosted by the Ākina Foundation and organised by New Zealand professional conference organiser Conference Innovators. Director of Conference Innovators Tracey Thomas said what a massive achievement it was that her company and Christchurch are in a league such as this.  


Opinion

That’s Christchurch for you – all round winners


Jill Varley

March 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

MEETINGS’ – New Zealand’s best show for hosted buyers

Hosted buyer positions are filling fast for New Zealand’s, CINZ MEETINGS 2018 on May 30 and 31 in Auckland. Australian hosted buyer manager, Sharon Auld says the success of MEETINGS is reflected in the demand for hosted buyer positions. Event Mafia’s Vanessa Baranovsky, a hosted buyer last year, sums up the overwhelming feedback. “I would come every year, get what I need and take it back, with everything managed for me,” she said.    


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Applications for hosted buyer positions and pre-familiarisation tours close on April 2