NEWS: Two new courses @ Australian Events Academy

The Australian Events Academy is offering two courses for business event professionals, with one on March 19 and another on April 8. Selling and Marketing Events – From Call to Closure is a one-day course designed to help students develop and executive an effective sales and marketing plan for an event (among other key topics). The course will be held on March 19 and is $245pp for MEA members and $345 for non-MEA members. Submission and Bid Writing will be held on Tuesday, April 8. It […]

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NEWS: Oaks announces 20th QLD hotel

Oaks Hotels & Resorts, has announced opening of its 20th Queensland property in Brisbane, branded as Oaks Mews. The newly acquired property also marks the ninth Brisbane hotel in operation management, and the 47th property within the company’s growing portfolio. The opening comes at a busy time for the Queensland-based company, with a fifth Melbourne property Oaks Pinnacle also launching this month (March). Located on Campbell Street in the popular inner-city suburb of Bowen Hills and neighbouring the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, Oaks Mews offers […]

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NEWS: Ramada Shoal Bay joins Wyndham Group

Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7490 hotels, has announced the addition of Shoal Bay Resort & Spa to the company’s expanding portfolio of properties in the South Pacific region. One of New South Wales’ most historic hotels, the recently refurbished property will be branded the Ramada Resort Shoal Bay and managed through Wyndham Hotel Group’s South Pacific operations, based on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The property joins eight Ramada hotels currently operating in Australia. “The opening of Ramada Resort Shoal Bay is […]

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Four Points debuts in Brisbane

Four Points by Sheraton has made its debut in Brisbane. Owned by Felicity Hotel Pty Ltd., Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane is the first globally branded, new-build property to open in Brisbane’s central business district (CBD) in more than a decade. It is also the brand’s fourth property in Australia, joining Four Points hotels in Sydney, Geelong and Perth. Starwood Hotels & Resorts regional vice president Pacific, Sean Hunt, said the group was delighted to s most energetic and economically vibrant cities.” “Brisbane is a leading choice […]

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Sydney to host Socceroos World Cup farewell

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced this week that Sydney will host the Socceroos’ farewell match before they depart for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in June. Australia will host South Africa at ANZ Stadium on Monday May 26, while in the lead up to the match the Socceroos will be based on the Central Coast for a one week training camp at Bluetongue Stadium. “I’m delighted to announce fans here in NSW and across Australia will get the final chance to wish the Socceroos farewell and good luck […]

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NEWS: Captain Cook founder passes away

Founder and original owner of Captain Cook Cruises, Trevor Haworth AM passed away at the weekend. Captain Haworth and wife Geraldine founded Captain Cook Cruises on Australia Day in 1970 and started the business from Jetty 6 Circular Quay operating coffee cruises on Sydney Harbour, and went on to build a fleet operating on Sydney Harbour, the Fiji Islands, Murray River and the Great Barrier Reef. Captain Haworth’s achievements were recognised nationally in 1985 when he was awarded a member of the Order of Australia […]

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NEWS: TNZ set for a big year in 2014

Tourism New Zealand’s (TNZ) work in the business events sector is in full swing, as the organisation secures a presence at several industry trade shows in an effort to target key international markets. “Tourism New Zealand’s attendance at important trade events over the coming months is part of our commitment to growing the New Zealand business events profile in the international sector,” TNZ’s international business events manager, Bjoern Spreitzer, said. The organisation recently joined forces with Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) on a 100% […]

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NEWS: Fiji tropical depression

A tropical depression currently moving south east of the eastern side of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, has not affected the archipelago’s main tourism areas. The tropical depression which affected Fiji’s capital city, Suva, with sustained rain and wind gusts resulted in temporary flooding in some areas of the city last night. Flood warnings remain on the main island of Viti Levu, and officials say the high tide could cause extra problems. The heavy rain and flooding have not affected the western division or islands where the […]

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NEWS: QT in Canberra

QT Hotels & Resorts, part of Amalgamated Holdings Limited’s (AHL) hospitality portfolio, is set to expand its repertoire of design hotels into Canberra. Due to open in early April, QT Canberra is located in the emerging cultural precinct of New Acton and set in the iconic Rydges Lakeside Hotel, which has been redesigned by renowned Australian designer Nic Graham, to embrace technology, distinctive art, and cutting edge design. The new space celebrates the building’s history, as a place where Prime Ministers have been both made and ousted, […]

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NEWS: Australia’s first limousine airport desk

Australia now has its first dedicated limousine airport desk, with the official opening this week of Royale Limousines’ premium customer service centre at Sydney International Airport, inside the Arrivals Hall at Terminal 1. Royale Limousines managing director, John Bartolotta, said luxury transfers have an established place within Australia’s tourism sector. “Our presence at Sydney Airport is an indication of how important the luxury segment of the tourism market is to the Australian economy. “The opening of the Royale Limousines desk is the culmination of a five-year […]

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New venue for MEETINGS 2014

This year MEETINGS, New Zealand’s premier business event, will be held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds – offering more space for exhibitors and new opportunities for networking. For the first time the annual exhibition, organised by CINZ and set to take place on June 18 and 19, will be staged across two large pavilions. “At the ASB Showgrounds we have the luxury of space so we’ve been able to introduce some new options for exhibitors that give them a bit more flexibility,’’ MEETINGS event manager, Jeanette […]

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PARKROYAL on Pickering welcomes first guests

SINGAPORE – Rising in such a dominating presence in Singapore’s central business district, PARKROYAL on Pickering opens this month to welcome its first guests. Internationally acclaimed local architectural firm WOHA designed the hotel with a nature-inspired theme of tall solar-powered sky gardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter terraces and cascading vertical greenery. PARKROYAL on Pickering general manager, David Sullivan says, “Our team of knowledgeable and passionate associates are excited to build upon the green architectural foundations of PARKROYAL on Pickering to promote sustainable hotel operations and […]

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American Express Meetings & Events forecast says Asia Pacific to lead regions in growth

SINGAPORE – Asia Pacific, with its relatively strong economy, is likely to see the strongest growth among regions in both spending and the number of meetings, according to American Express Meetings & Events 2013 Global Meetings Forecast (“the Forecast”). The findings are based on a comprehensive survey, extensive meetings and events data, and in-depth interviews of meetings professionals – including planners, buyers and hotel suppliers from around the world – conducted by American Express Meetings & Events. “Companies consider meetings and events to be a […]

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NSW Premier committed to business events precinct

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell last week showed the government’s commitment to the business event sector when he announced a consortium comprising AEG Ogden, Lend Lease, Capella Capital and Spotless was the preferred group to transform 20 hectares at Darling Harbour into a world leading meeting, exhibition and entertainment precinct. “Underscoring the need for new facilities, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority advises that over the past five years the existing facilities have been unable to accommodate about 169 conventions and 12 exhibitions,” he said. “These events […]

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Australia sees visitor growth on all fronts

Australia sees visitor growth on all fronts

By Edwina Storie Tourism Australia MD, Andrew McEvoy, said at an industry briefing in Sydney last week that despite being in the “Asian Century” the country was still seeing growth from the traditional markets of the UK, Europe and North America. Mr McEvoy said Australia is first in the world for spend per visit, and business events remained an “imperative” element of attracting high-spend visitors. The 2020 vision for Tourism Australia to reach $140 billion in overnight spend is complemented by Business Events Australia’s own […]

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Sofitel expands in Asia Pacific

SINGAPORE – Sofitel strengthens its presence in Asia with the launch of So brand and the opening of four new hotels in Mumbai, Auckland, and Bangkok. Sofitel So is the designer “boutique hotel” vision of Sofitel and Sofitel So Singapore will debut in June 2013. “We want Sofitel to be in certain places and Singapore is a prime target as it is a high value city,” shares Sofitel Asia Pacific senior vice president, Mr T Markland Blaiklock. The new Sofitel openings mark a milestone in […]

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Volcano disrupts Air New Zealand flights

Air New Zealand is slowly recommencing services after a 2km-high ash cloud erupted from Mount Tongariro on the North Island yesterday, causing cancellations in flights from Taupo, Rotorua, Wellington and Gisborne airports. Services to Rotorua have returned to schedule while Taupo and Gisborne airports are still being affected. The airline is advising customers to check the website for flight interruptions and updates.

Melbourne city starts off strong

The city of Melbourne has started the 2012/13 financial year with a series of conference bid wins set to generate $27 million for the Victorian economy. Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Louise Asher, announced the city had secured 14 association business events in the first quarter of 2012/13. Melbourne has been awarded nine international and five national conferences, which will attract an estimated 7550 delegates to Victoria over the next six years. Some of these events include:  Engineers Australia National Conference 2014 Green […]

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Asian business tourism opportunities remain strong

FROM: one minute micenet ASIA e-newsletter October I, 2012 SINGAPORE – TravelRave 2012, Asia’s annual travel trade festival, kicked off this week with a successful start; proving once again that Asia continues its lead in the growth of travel and tourism globally. Even with the challenging economies of Europe and America, Asia proves its resilience and favourable growth opportunities. In fact, this same economic condition appears to work to the favour of Asia, as Singapore Tourism Board Director of Exhibitions and Conferences, Andrew Phua, shared with […]

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Christchurch makes Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities of 2013

FROM: one-minute e-newsletter micenet NEW ZEALAND October, 2012 Christchurch is making a comeback with one of the world’s most reputable guidebooks cementing its status. Lonely Planet placed Christchurch at number six on its list of Top 10 Cities for 2013. “To have such a respected world-wide publication single out Christchurch as an exciting, vibrant place to visit, is an incredible boost for our city. [It] has the potential to make a huge difference to the speed at which our tourism industry recovers,” Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism […]

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Former tourism minister heads up Yarra body

FROM: one-minute e-newsletter micenet October II, 2012 Former Federal Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Fran Bailey, has been appointed chair of Yarra Ranges Business & Tourism (YRBT). “Fran’s experience and knowledge will be invaluable in steering YRBT to becoming an essential part of businesses in the Yarra Ranges – not just tourism businesses,” said president of the YRBT, Ross Stevens. Fran Bailey was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 as the Member for local seat McEwen. On her appointment she said she […]

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