Accor celebrates National Reconciliation Week

Accor Hotels celebrated National Reconciliation Week (NRW) from May 27 to June 3 at its hotels across Australia. In its fifth year, hotels and their employees around Australia were ‘Changing it Up’ (the theme of this year’s NRW) and worked with their local communities to bring awareness and engagement with Australia’s Indigenous history and culture. “Since we launched our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2011, Accor has grown its Indigenous workforce to beyond 300 employees nationally,” Simon McGrath, chief operating officer of Accor said. “Following […]

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NEWS: AIME 2015 attendance up

Attendance figures to this year’s Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) increased by five per cent, according CAB audited figures released today by event organisers. In total, 4776 attendees, including 2574 international and domestic trade visitors, participated in the two-day show that took place in February. 488 hosted buyers from 19 different countries were in attendance, 40 per cent of whom were first-time visitors to AIME. Exhibitors from 37 countries were showcased across the newly designed show floor, with five per cent exhibiting for the first […]

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NEWS: P&O launches meetings division

P&O Cruises this week announced a major push into the meetings market, creating a new P&O Conferences division to spearhead an increase in corporate bookings. Officially launched at AIME, the cruise line’s conference drive comes as it prepares to expand its fleet from three to five ships, with the addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden in November this year. P&O Cruises director of sales, Ryan Taibel, said the fleet expansion would open the door to host more on-board meetings, with the boutique size and meeting […]

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EVENT: AIME 2015 countdown begins

The annual Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) kicks off next week, with a revamped program that features new networking opportunities, a gala dinner, and a redesigned show floor. Taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on February 24 and 25, this year’s show is being touted by event organiser, Reed Travel Exhibitions, as ‘the most inspiring and interactive event yet’. Exhibition director, Jacqui Timmins, said the new initiatives will reinvent the traditional format of exhibitions. “After 23 years, it was time […]

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DESTINATION: Meet in Macau

Macau, Asia’s luxurious but affordable entertainment and resort destination, offers unique attractions alongside its centuries old, historic and cultural city. This blend of old and new provides the perfect setting for meetings, special events and incentive travel. The Macau Incentive Travel Stimulation Program is now available to meeting and event planners considering Macau for groups of 50 or more and with a minimum stay of 2-3 consecutive nights. To be eligible for assistance, incentive events must be booked before December 31, 2015. Visit the team from […]

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NEWS: NZ out in full force at AIME

With major infrastructure projects planned across the country, including four new convention centres in Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand will be out in full force at the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne later this month. Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) are set to lead a sizable contingent of key business events operators, with CINZ chief executive, Sue Sullivan, saying she is keen to update Australian buyers. “New Zealand is moving to the next level as it works to become […]

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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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