Laura Bradley

June 18, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

World’s largest stem cell meeting headed to Melbourne

Between June 20 and 23, 2500 of the world’s leading stem cell researchers, physicians and government and health officials will gather at the MCEC for the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. The conference will serve as a platform for knowledge and best practice exchange, and deliver over $13 million in economic impact for Victoria. CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau Karen Bolinger said the convention will have a flow on benefits for members of the community.


Opinion

Melbourne continues to attract the world’s greatest minds.


Laura Bradley

June 18, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Christchurch unveils Cathedral Square redesign

Regenerate Christchurch last week released a plan for the ravaged Cathedral Square, a vision it believes will fix the perception of the city as ‘damaged and uninviting.’ The new plan has three main spaces; a green zone with trees and water southeast of the cathedral, a youth-friendly meeting space by the library and a large event and meeting space on the western side. Reactions to the plan have been mixed, with some bemoaning its lack of cultural authenticity.


Opinion

I think it looks great, but wonder where the $60 to $80 million required for funding will come from.


Laura Bradley

June 18, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

NSW to host World Investment Forum

Sydney has won the right to host the 2019 World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment from June 17 to 19 next year. The forum is the leading global gathering for cross-border investment, and will attract over 500 business leaders and senior government officials from around the world. The event will also reportedly result in $20 billion in infrastructure spending across all three levels of government. NSW attracted $4.8 billion in Foreign Direct Investment projects last year creating 6200 new jobs.


Opinion

Exciting news… we’ll have to keep an eye out for the investments that result from the event.


Laura Bradley

June 18, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

$3.5 million revamp for Novotel Geelong

Novotel’s 4-star Eastern Beach offering is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar upgrade of its 109 hotel rooms. One floor has been completed to date, with the entire transformation set to be unveiled in October this year. ErdiGroup chief executive Ricky Jeffs said the upgrade was needed to maintain the property’s position as the best hotel in Geelong. “We need to continue to have a product that our guests return to and one that our new guests are keen to discover,” he said.


Opinion

No doubt the beachy surroundings will pervade the new aesthetic.


Laura Bradley

May 30, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Seoul Tourism Organization appoints first president

The Seoul Tourism Organization has undergone a relaunch and appointed its first ever president and CEO, Jae-sung Rhee. The former executive vice president of the Korea Tourism Organization has over 30 years of hands-on industry experience, including extensive skills in leadership and global sensibility. The Seoul Tourism Organization transitioned to a fully government-funded foundation this April. Under President Rhee’s leadership, the organisation will endeavour to bring more international visitors to Seoul by increasing the city’s competitiveness in terms of tourism and MICE.


Opinion

Seoul, known for its rich culture and affordable transportation, should be on every incentive planner’s radar.


Laura Bradley

May 30, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Wyndham announces new hotel in North Lakes region

Following the success of TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel in Brisbane, Wyndham has announced its second Australian TRYP property, set to open in the burgeoning North Lakes region in 2021. TRYP North Lakes will be built as part of the $250 million Laguna North Lakes development, and offer guests access to event spaces, a resort-style pool, a health facility and 5000 square metres of curated fashion and retail stores. The hotel will also cater to business travellers using largest function and events centre in northern Brisbane.


Opinion

Let’s just hope delegates don’t sneak off to the shops too much.


Laura Bradley

April 19, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Australia’s most reputable company announced

Air New Zealand has been listed as Australia’s most reputable company in the Reputation Institute’s annual Australia Corporate Reputation Index. For the second year in a row the airline trumped companies such as Toyota, Apple, Qantas and Nestle for the prestigious title. Air New Zealand General manager Australia Kathryn Robertson said the airline’s chat bot Oscar and $100 million lounge investment contributed to the win.


Opinion

A NZ victory us Aussies can’t claim!


Brad Foster

April 10, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

More MEA NSW winners

With its policy of not sending the media a full list of Meetings & Events Australia state award winners, winners promoting the event themselves continue to hit our inbox. That latest is from ExpoNet which is pleased as punch it won the MEA NSW State award in the Exhibition Services category. And another winner was the Sydney Olympic Park Authority business events team which secured the NSW award for Metropolitan Destination Marketing Organisation. Image courtesy of Oneill Photographics.


Opinion

We have to say it would be far simpler if we received a complete list of winners. But stay tuned for more results as they come in.