VENUE UPDATE: Adelaide’s newest conference spaces

Oaks Embassy, Adelaide recently unveiled two new meeting and event spaces catering for up to 20 delegates. Centrally located opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, the hotel’s two conferencing rooms are available in four different configurations, from classroom to theatre-style, boardroom or cocktail. The opening comes after the popular 4.5 star CBD hotel recently announced the arrival of an onsite restaurant, The Coffee Club, as well as the continuation of its comprehensive refurbishment program, including a new-look pool, gymnasium and lobby. To celebrate the launch, Oaks Embassy has released […]

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NEWS: Pacific World expands into the Philippines

Pacific World this week announced the expansion of its portfolio into the Philippines after entering a commercial partnership with local DMC, Blue Horizon Travel & Tours, Inc. Pacific World Philippines will operate from a central office in Makati, Metro Manila, and also has operational support from offices located in Cebu, Boracay and Bohol. Pacific Word’s strategic development director, Harsha Krishnan, said the new partnerships combines Pacific World’s global experience and standards with Blue Horizon’s local expertise and knowledge. “The Philippines has been a big gap in the Asian presence […]

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NEWS: Brisbane’s major sporting win

English Premier League giants, Liverpool FC, have announced they will tour Australia in July, kicking off their campaign in Queensland against the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium. The club’s visit to Brisbane in July marks the first time Liverpool FC has toured Queensland in their 123-year history. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the Liverpool FC fixture against Brisbane Roar again highlighted Brisbane’s ability to stage major sporting events. “Following world-class events such as the Brisbane International, AFC Asian Cup and ICC Cricket World Cup fixtures, […]

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NEWS: Accor’s latest MGallery hotel

The Accor network has added to its upscale MGallery Collection of hotels with the addition of The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites, the brand’s first MGallery for Brisbane, and its tenth address across Australia and New Zealand. Centrally located, the property has undergone an extensive $8 million refurbishment and restoration program and features 50 elegant room options, including one and two-bedroom suites. It also presents Brisbane’s first loft-style hotel suites and two new-look ‘wine and dine’ options in Thomson’s Reserve Restaurant and the Socialites Bar. For business events, […]

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NEWS: Record visitors to Las Vegas

Las Vegas welcomed a record 41.1 million visitors in 2014, a figure that includes nearly 5.2 million convention and meeting delegates. The 2014 year-end statistics, released this week by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), point to continued recovery for Las Vegas tourism with increases in all of the key visitation indicators. The local meetings and convention industry reached a six-year high with nearly 5.2 million delegates attending a convention, trade show or meeting in 2014, reflecting a 1.2 percent increase over last year. […]

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NEWS: OCEC team expands

A number of senior executives have been appointed to the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre team in preparation for the venue opening its doors in 2016. OCEC general manager, Trevor McCartney said the Sultanate of Oman is emerging as an exciting convention destination, with the venue already attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from next year. To assist in meeting the demands of business meeting organisers worldwide, the OCEC has expanded its business development, technical, finance and food and beverage teams. The new appointments include Chanaka Fonseka as […]

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NEWS: Qantas trials inflight virtual reality

Qantas will this month trial a first-ever virtual reality inflight entertainment service, installing Samsung virtual reality (VR) technology in the First Class cabin across selected services. As part of a three-month trial that kicks off in mid-February, a number of Samsung Gear VR headsets will be made available to customers in Sydney and Melbourne International First Lounges as well as in the First Class cabins on select A380 services. Qantas will be the only airline to offer a virtual reality inflight entertainment service, technology that is said to ‘transport customers to an immersive […]

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NEWS: NZ visitor arrivals hit new high in 2014

International visitor arrivals for December have rounded out an impressive year of growth for New Zealand. December saw more than 400,000 arrivals, marking the highest number of visitors ever recorded for any month, pushing total arrivals to over 2.8 million. The data, released today by Statistics New Zealand, reveals that total holiday arrivals for the year ending December are up 6.9 per cent, topping off a great year for the tourism industry. “It has been a stellar year of growth which we expect to see continue […]

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NEWS: PARKROYAL Parramatta expands

Pan Pacific Hotels Group today announced plans for a multi-million dollar extension of PARKROYAL Parramatta in Sydney. Costing $25 million, the development will commence in March and make PARKROYAL Parramatta the largest hotel in Parramatta – boasting 286 guestrooms – by June 2016. The 15-month project will involve the construction of a new seven-storey tower with a club lounge, as well as 40 club rooms and 50 premium rooms that offer views of the Parramatta skyline and incorporate the use of the latest technology and […]

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NEWS: Tjapukai appoints new CEO

Strengthening Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park’s reputation as a leader in Indigenous tourism and employment in Australia will be a priority for incoming chief executive officer Greg Erwin, set to take over the top job in March. Tjapukai Board chairman Bruce Glanville announced Mr Erwin would step into the role on March 02, so outgoing CEO, Geoff Olson, could oversee the final stages of the cultural park’s $12 million redevelopment. “Greg has a wealth of tourism experience having spent 20 years in the industry with the past […]

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NEWS: $20m resort for Rottnest Island

The Western Australian Government has signed a landmark agreement with Karma Royal Group to develop a new Karma Resort on Rottnest Island. Karma Resorts took over the lease of the current Rottnest Lodge in 2011 and plans to invest a further $20 million to develop the new resort. With construction due to begin in April 2016, the proprty will feature short stay holiday accommodation, beach club, licensed bar and restaurant, pool and gym, spa, as well as conference facilities and meeting rooms. “I am extremely exhilarated that […]

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NEWS: Canberra begins the countdown to Enlighten

In less than a month Canberra will flip the switch on Enlighten 2015, dazzling visitors with an exciting program of world-class lighting, music and entertainment. From the twinkling sounds of indie-pop band Alpine to the stunning aerial performance, Elements, and the quirky Physics of Beer workshop at Questacon- The National Science and Technology Centre, the diversity of Enlighten’s program provides plenty of reasons for corporate groups to visit the ‘bush capital’ and venture out after dark. Enlighten’s Adelina La Vita says this year’s program creatively […]

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NEWS: Big year ahead for regional NSW

Major infrastructure expansion is set to pave the way for busy year of meetings in Newcastle, Port Stephens and Hunter Valley. The opening of the biggest convention centre in NSW north of Sydney, a major facelift for Port Stephens’ iconic Anchorage property, a 50 per cent expansion for Newcastle Airport and a new focus on ‘smart’ MICE events will help attract new business tourism to the greater Hunter region in 2015. Assessing the year ahead for business events in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens, […]

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NEWS: Mantra joins Christchurch revitalisation

The continuing renaissance of Christchurch is set for further rejuvenation with Mantra Group announcing it will manage the fully reconstructed 263-room hotel located at 165 Cashel Street when it reopens in April 2015 as the BreakFree on Cashel Christchurch. The hotel, formerly the All Seasons, was a highly successful concept and the largest hotel in the South Island, however it remained closed after the February 2011 earthquakes. An extensive refurbishment and redesign of the hotel has been underway since new owners – Auckland-based Russell Property […]

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NEWS: Hilton leadership shake up

Hilton Worldwide this week announced Paul Hutton as its new vice president for operations in Australasia, effective February 16, 2015. In his new role, Mr Hutton will be responsible for the performance of the growing portfolio of Hilton Worldwide hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific as well as the planning and implementation of strategies across a variety of key functions in the region. Mr Hutton, currently in the position of regional general manager for China South, will take over from Ashley Spencer who is […]

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VENUE UPDATE: Fairmont Jakarta opens

Fairmont Jakarta opened its doors this week in the heart of Indonesia’s capital city. With unrivalled views of the Jakarta skyline, the stunning property is located in Senayan Square, a ‘one-stop’ complex in Jakarta’s central business district that combines high-end shopping, entertainment, offices and apartments. The hotel provides direct access to Sentral Senayan Office Towers, the 18-hole Senayan National Golf Club, Gelora Bung Karno sports arena and the Jakarta Convention Centre. “After many months of detailed preparation, we are pleased to open our doors to guests,” hotel general […]

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ICC Sydney: bigger is better

Serious business requires a serious venue, and many of today’s dedicated convention centres certainly fit the bill for meetings and events of all shapes and sizes. Come December 2016, the eyes of the world’s meeting fraternity will hopefully be focused on Sydney and Darling Harbour and its brand spanking new convention and exhibition facility. It will be an exciting time for Sydney and Australia with the completion of the multi-million dollar venue that promises to bring for the city a resurgence of international conference business […]

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NEWS: AI experts meet on the Gold Coast

The 13th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence  recently took place on the Gold Coast in December, setting the stage for the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) which will take place in Melbourne in 2017. The biennial Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (PRICAI), held from December 1-5, 2014, focuses on AI theories, technologies and their social and economic impact in countries throughout the Pacific Rim region. Chair of the 13th PRICAI, University of NSW professor and National ICT Australia researcher, Toby Walsh, said Australia is a “significant […]

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EVENT: The Ideas Library launches Tom Boi

Melbourne-based creative events company, The Ideas Library created a summer-inspired launch event for fashion label Tom Boi in early December, hosting fashion media, bloggers and social media influencers. The event saw approximately 80 guests gather at South Yarra’s The Flamingo venue to celebrate the newly established brand’s first clothing line and launch its promotional video reel. Tom Boi models kept guests talking about this new product specifically designed for women seeking something a little less frilly and a little more comfortable. Launched by a self-confessed […]

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NEWS: Ayers Rock Resort announces 2015 events program

A spectacular line up of major events will once again delight corporate groups at Ayers Rock Resort in 2015. The program will kick off in April with the return of Tjungu Festival, followed by the Uluru Camel Cup in May, Australian Outback Marathon in July and the Uluru Astronomy weekend in August. “Every stay at Ayers Rock Resort features a number of experiences that enhance our guest’s stay in the Spiritual Heart of Australia,” Voyages CEO Andrew Williams, said. “This diverse program of events allows guests to explore one element in more depth – whether […]

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NEWS: Christchurch back on world stage with two major wins

Christchurch has won the rights to host two major international conferences in 2017 and 2018, bringing 1200 delegates and more than $3 million to the economy. The convention bureau partnered with Tourism New Zealand to prepare the winning bids for the 2017 International Conference on Computers in Education and the 2018 Asia-Oceania Conference of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. “These are two high-profile conference wins for Christchurch, putting our city back on the world stage as an international conference destination,” Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau (CCCB) […]

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VENUE UPDATE: Sydney’s hotel hotspots

Sydney’s accommodation sector is experiencing a multi-million dollar revitalisation following a recent spate of openings, refurbishments and announced hotel developments. Here’s the latest: In the leafy suburb of Double Bay, the hotly anticipated InterContinental Sydney Double Bay opened its doors November 2014 after a multi-million dollar refurbishment of the former Ritz Carlton property, while in the same month the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney also completed a $12 million refurbishment. Not long after, The Langham Sydney (pictured) reopened in The Rocks in December following a $30 million refurbishment. The hotel […]

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NEWS: $300,00 boost for Sunshine Coast

Business Events Sunshine Coast (BESC) has scored its first major win for the year with confirmation of a 2015 convention worth up to $300,000 for the Sunshine Coast region. The 2015 Social Media Tourism Symposium, known as #SoMeT15AU, will be held at the Events Centre in Caloundra from July 22-23 and is set to attract 200 delegates from around Australia and internationally. BESC manager, Pippa McCreery said BESC was very excited to have won the SoMeT symposium for the Sunshine Coast. “Our team has been […]

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NEWS: AIME’s new look in 2015

Coming up to its 23rd year in 2015, Australia’s premier business events exhibition AIME remains current and relevant to a now mature audience. Exhibition director Jacqui Timmins explains what’s in store for the event moving forward. Q. What is brand new for 2015? A. It’s a new look AIME for 2015: new branding, new show floor, new hosted buyer program, new media program, new networking opportunities. This year, we are very excited with the enhancements we have made to our show floor. Attendees can expect […]

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NEWS: Events boom for Cairns

Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef has experienced a 63 per cent increase in business event leads after hosting a G20 meeting and the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE). Business Events director Rosie Douglas said the team had received leads worth $18.4 million and confirmed $4 million worth of corporate and associate meetings for the region since July, a 50 per cent from the same period last year. “While we were confident that the profile of the G20 and ATE14 would result in an increase in […]

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NEWS: Christmas events in chaos with Martin Place siege

The biggest week for corporate Christmas parties is in chaos today following the terrorist siege in Martin Place, with many buildings in the CBD in lockdown and the Opera House closed. The Dockside Group’s Christine Drivas reports no cancellations at this stage but plenty of calls from concerned parents relating to a school formal this evening. Nicole Friedler from Captain Cook Cruises says there have also been no cancellations, however, they have a large corporate event tonight with a nervous client considering a cancellation. Steve […]

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