Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley wins best regional conference hotel

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley was awarded Conference Hotel of the Year (Regional) at the 2015 Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) NSW Awards for Excellence, which was held in The Westin Sydney on July 29. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, which is managed by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), was recognised for being industry leaders in catering for business events in regional NSW. General manager, Robert Coates, said he was thrilled with the win as it highlighted the resort’s excellence in providing outstanding business event solutions. “Since the Crowne […]

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NEWS: New flights to boost events in Hunter region

New direct flights between Newcastle and Canberra and a new arrivals hall at Newcastle Airport will boost business tourism in the Greater Hunter region, according to the leaders of the Altogether Perfect marketing group. Sydney-based Pelican Airlines will launch direct flights between Newcastle and Canberra on April 27, 2015 under its Fly Pelican brand, using 19-seat BAE Jetstream 32 turboprop aircraft. The airline will offer a morning service from Newcastle to the national capital and a late afternoon return flight plus a Sunday afternoon service. […]

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VENUE UPDATE: Elizabeth Quay opens up for events

The massive $2.6 billion redevelopment of Perth’s waterfront at Elizabeth Quay will soon be open for business, with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) calling for expressions of interest from event organisers looking to host events at the site from early 2016. The 10-hectre Elizabeth Quay project will reconnect the Swan River with Perth’s CBD with a contemporary riverfront that incorporates residential and retail space, cultural attractions, a 204-room Ritz Carlton hotel, and seven (five permanent and two temporary sites) outdoor event spaces. “We are welcoming expressions of interest from event […]

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NEWS: FTE returns in 2015

After the success of its inaugural year in 2014, Fiji Tourism Expo (FTE), returns in 2015 with more than 150 international buyers expected to attend. The event will be held from June 16-18 at the Denarau Island Convention Centre, Fiji and is set to attract more than 250 exhibitors as well as buyers from key international markets including Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, China, South Korea and India. FTE is scheduled to take place immediately prior to the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) in […]

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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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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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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: 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: Business events back in business

Meetings are expected to play a critical role in a return to business fundamentals in 2015, according to the American Express Meetings & Events 2015 Global Meetings Forecast released in October. Following a period of economic recovery for the meetings industry, global meeting budgets in 2015 are likely to show positive movement, either through growth or less of a decline than was seen previously. In Europe, meeting activity predictions from survey respondents generally mirrors the current economic situation of the individual countries. Across Europe, an […]

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NEWS: PCOs experience ‘Altogether Perfect’

A group of conference and event organisers from around Australia will tour Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley this weekend as part of a major campaign by Altogether Perfect to showcase the three areas as a comprehensive business events destination. Wineries, gourmet cuisine, a garden party, helicopters, sand dune quad bikes, cruising, paddleboarding and a sunset dinner at historic Fort Scratchley feature on the full, three-day itinerary, which kicked off on Thursday, October 16. The 22-strong VIP group includes event managers from associations, conference and […]

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NEWS: HKCEC voted Asia’s best

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) was recently voted “Best Convention & Exhibition Centre” for the sixth time at the 25th TTG Travel Awards 2014. The announcement was made earlier this month at a cocktail reception marking the centre’s 26th anniversary.  The reception was hosted by Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Management Ltd (HML) at the newly launched restaurant, Congress Plus, with 350 clients, business associates, government officials and friends in attendance. HML managing director, Monica Lee-Müller thanked the guests, saying, “We are proud to manage one of […]

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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: Auckland’s winning streak

Auckland recently won a bid to host the 4th World Journalism Education Congress in 2016, a win that comes after a successful start to the financial year for business event in Auckland. The congress, which will be held at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), is expected to attract 300 delegates from more than 30 academic organisations worldwide making an estimated contribution to Auckland’s regional GDP of more than $350,000. Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – part of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) – worked with AUT to […]

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NEWS: ICC Sydney team expands

The management team at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) continues to grow with the appointment this week of  Samantha Taranto (pictured) to the position of communications director. A senior communications and public relations professional, Ms Taranto’s 14 years of experience spans communications consulting and in-house corporate affairs with companies including AMP Capital, The GPT Group and Weber Shandwick. Chief executive officer of ICC Sydney and AEG Ogden Group conventions director, Geoff Donaghy said Ms Taranto’s appointment would continue to build the growing momentum and interest in ICC Sydney. […]

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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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