NEWS: Australia’s convention bureaux seek NEXTPractices

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) recently hosted a strategic-level workshop in Adelaide with the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) and its member bureaux to gather input for the DestinationNEXT scenario model and its phase 2 NEXTPractices. The workshop, attended by convention bureaux CEOs, focused on the future of the global destination marketing industry. The DestinationNEXT vision is to provide Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs) with practical, clear actions and strategies for sustainable success in a dramatically changing world. “DestinationNEXT is an international collaboration seeking DMO intelligence from […]

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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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VENUE UPDATE: Accor’s Sebel brand expands

The Sebel hotel network across Australia is set to expand with the Accor group this week announcing two new properties in Victoria and Queensland – The Sebel South Brisbane and upcoming $35 million waterfront project, The Sebel Yarrawonga (pictured). Accor officially welcomed its first property on the Southside of the Brisbane River this week with addition of The Sebel South Brisbane at 50 Water Street. In close proximity to the commercial and entertainment hub of South Bank and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 63-room hotel […]

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NEWS: Aussies in full force at IMEX 2014

A 25-strong delegation will showcase the very best Australia at IMEX America 2014 in Las Vegas this week. This is the largest Australian contingent to IMEX and the collective effort demonstrates the importance of the international business market to local operators. Industry partners joining Tourism Australia at the three-day show include representatives from nine destinations – Sydney and its surrounds, Melbourne, Brisbane, The Whitsundays, Perth, Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef, Northern Territory, South Australia and the Gold Coast – and national service providers such as Virgin Australia […]

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NEWS: Devices stay switched on with Qantas

Qantas announced this morning that customers can now use their smart phones, tablets and music players during take-off and landing without having to switch off, providing uninterrupted access to work and entertainment. Qantas was approved to revise its personal electronic device policy by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority yesterday following new guidance on the safe use of personal electronic devices inflight. Until yesterday, devices in Australia were required to remain off until the seatbelt sign turned off, meaning passengers were unable to use them while the […]

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NEWS: Chinese incentives on the rise in Oz

Australia is building a reputation as the incentive destination of choice for business events groups from North Asia, with the number of incentive bookings on the rise, particularly for large delegations from China. The latest Tourism 2020 progress report for the business events sector reveals Australia welcomed 893,000 international business event delegates for the year ending September 2013, with a total expenditure of $13 billion. Chinese delegates represented nine per cent of visitation and 11 per cent of expenditure. Tourism Australia managing director, John O’Sullivan, […]

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