Jill Varley

January 23, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Get Global partners with ICMI

Get Global 2018, the one-day MICE trade event dedicated exclusively to outbound product has announced a partnership with ICMI Speakers & Entertainers and the introduction of an educational Inspiration Corner on the exhibition floor. Part of a host of enhancements, Get Global director and founder, Gary Bender said, “We wanted to offer an area where buyers and exhibitors alike could sit, relax, learn, be inspired and invigorated by the speakers from ICMI.”    


Opinion

One of the most exciting speakers announced is Stephen Scheeler, former managing director, Facebook Australia & New Zealand


Jill Varley

January 23, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Wyndham boss welcomes expansion news

The Acquisition of La Quinta Holdings by Wyndham Worldwide, an asset-light, fee-for-service business consisting of nearly 900 managed and franchised hotels, will see more than 87,500 rooms added to Wynham’s portfolio and hotel management business, according to Wyndham Hotel Group’s Barry Robinson. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018 while Wyndham Worldwide’s planned spin-off of Wyndham Hotel Group remains on track for an expected distribution in the second quarter of 2018.  


Opinion

The acquisition will make Wyndham the world's largest independent, pure-play hotel company


Jill Varley

January 22, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Putting some Spicer into Kings Cross

Spicers Potts Point is another venue worth checking out for clients who like their accommodation boutique and luxurious. The 20-room hotel is housed in a former 1881 guest house where great care was taken to conserve the terraces’ engaging historic features. Located in leafy Victoria Street, its Victoria & Albert Room is ideal for small functions. The area’s once ‘colourful’ history, one that attracted some infamous characters, is now a complete picture of leafy proprietary.    


Opinion

The retreat is an easy walk from Kings Cross station


Jill Varley

January 22, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

The Hellenic Club’s Beta Bar and Gallery

Every now and then you come across a gem of a bar which has an event space so edgy it has inspired a number of fashion shoots and some stylish parties. It’s the Beta Bar and Gallery and it sits above Alpha Restaurant (Get it? Alpha, beta…maybe gamma is next) in Sydney’s Castlereagh Street. The space makes the most of its heritage bones with distressed brickwork and soaring arches. For function it has a capacity for 200.  


Opinion

Certainly a venue worth putting on the blotter


Jill Varley

January 22, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Crowne Plaza Auckland’s not-so-bored-room campaign

If you haven’t heard of a ‘not-so’-bored room, you have now because Crowne Plaza Auckland is turning the boardroom into just that and putting the excitement back into ‘experiences’ for event planners. The 352-room hotel has launched a video campaign and a Gala Dinner package that offers a unique welcome and insight into some of Aotearoa’s culture including a 15-minute Māori welcome, a New Zealand-themed buffet and Aotearoa-inspired decorations, along with inclusions such as stage and dance floor hire.  


Opinion

Find out more here:  https://auckland.crowneplaza.com/modern-business-traveller/?utm_source=Press%20Release&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=MICE


Jill Varley

January 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

AIME’s Knowledge Program set to cause a shake up

Provocative and inspiring sessions by industry experts and thought leaders are at the core of AIMEs highly anticipated Knowledge Program for 2018.  A program that gives an in-depth look at event technology, regional and global industry trends and forecasts, and case studies on techniques to enhance pop culture, destinations, and live events. Presented by industry leaders and local professionals, it is designed to offer practical skills and insights to benefit growth and understanding in the changing landscape.  


Opinion

A not-to-be-missed means of getting a significant knowledge top-up


Jill Varley

January 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Frozen in the Artic Circle

A floating hotel and spa offering a one-of-a-kind Artic experience is to open in the autumn of 2018 near the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa, located on the Lule River in Northern Sweden will be frozen in place during the winter months and float on top of the water the rest of the year. The hotel features an arctic plunge pool and six floating bedrooms from where the marvel of the Northern Lights can be experienced.  


Opinion

Talk about floating your boat, but a hotel?


Jill Varley

January 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

A Sunshine Coast to Brisbane fast rail possibility

There are high hopes a Queensland proposal for a fast rail project between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast will receive funding to develop its business case. The project would be phased across three stages, including upgrading the existing Brisbane to Beerburrum line, building new lines and improving the Beerburrum to Nambour line, and building a 40-kilometre North Coast Line from Beerwah to Maroochydore.  


Opinion

The project is now in the final race for business case funding