NEWS: Delegates flock to Brisbane

Brisbane is exceeding expectations as a conference destination, with two upcoming international business events reporting a surge in delegate numbers. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the two events – the RCOG World Congress 2015 and  40th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) – would attract thousands of business visitors to Brisbane this month. The RCOG World Congress 2015, a joint event co-hosted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians […]

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VENUE UPDATE: PARKROYAL on Beach Road refurb

Following the completion of a S$4.7 million renovation in March, Singapore’s PARKROYAL on Beach Road has launched 130 newly refurbished Premier rooms, a new Executive Suite and revitalised Orchid Club Lounge. “After the launch of The Ballrooms, our purpose-built event facility, and dedicated Wellness Floor in August 2013, this latest refurbishment will enhance the comfort and sophistication of our guestrooms and club lounge,” general manager, David Donald, said. “We are confident that these upgrading efforts will strengthen the hotel’s competitive positioning within the Marina Bay vicinity as a choice accommodation […]

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DESTINATION: Asia’s culinary capital

Food is the new black and no business event is complete without mouth-watering cuisine. As the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong boasts more than 12,000 eateries, ranging from fun street stalls to gourmet Michelin-star restaurants. Corporate groups can sample an incredible variety of Chinese cuisine as well as regional Asian and a range of high quality international dining to suit any budget. To enjoy a feast for the eyes as well as the palate, here is a selection of restaurants and bars that offer spectacular views […]

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NEWS: Demand heats up for MEETINGS 2015

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan says demand has been high from both exhibitors and buyers seeking to participate in this year’s MEETINGS trade show. “We are delighted with the excellent field of exhibitors already signed up, and the speed of reaction to our call for hosted buyers this year. “We will be showcasing New Zealand’s renowned hospitality and creative talents with a host of networking opportunities across three days,” she said The event kicks off starts with welcome function on June […]

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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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VENUE UPDATE: Mantra’s Melbourne game-changer

Mantra Group has added its largest-ever hotel to its expanding portfolio, with the rebranding of the 844-room Bell City in Preston, Melbourne. The group now manages the dual hotel towers, now known as Mantra Bell City (383 rooms) and BreakFree Bell City (461 rooms), which form part of a large-scale mixed-used development. Recognised as the leading hotel and events precinct in Melbourne’s north, Bell City is located just nine kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD. As well as a range of accommodation options, the property features extensive food and […]

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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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NEWS: Adelaide’s bumper year of business events  

Figures released by the Adelaide Convention Bureau highlight a bumper year for business events as the state secured $211m worth of conventions and conferences in 2014. A total 191 events were held in the South Australian capital last year, creating 1790 jobs and injecting more than $4m weekly to the state’s visitor economy. Adelaide Convention Bureau CEO, Damien Kitto, said the success of 2014 is reflective of the bureau’s new marketing strategy. “The $211m economic benefit for Adelaide and South Australia over the year affords […]

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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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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: 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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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: MCEC best venue team for AIDS 2014

The venue team that successfully delivered Australia’s largest health and development conference for Melbourne was recognised at the 2014 EEAA Awards for Excellence this month. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) took out Best Venue Team after hosting the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) from July 20-25 with almost 14,000 attendees and involved more than 500 committed employees working around the clock to ensure its success. “We began planning AIDS 2014 three years ago with MCEC representatives attending AIDS 2012 in Washington to factor learnings […]

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NEWS: Canberra prepares for PCO Conference

The National Convention Centre (NCC) will welcome event planners back to the nation’s capital this weekend for the 7th PCO Conference. Running since 2008, the conference hosts the nation’s leading conference organisers to discuss the nature of meeting and event design, delivery, marketing and management. This year’s conference will continue the conversations started at the PCO Conference held in Melbourne in 2013. A forum will be created in which the relationships and strong correlation between Australian and New Zealand venues, transport, delegates, convenors, managers, technologies, governments and […]

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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: Auckland wins global genetics congress

Auckland will play host to an expected audience of 1300 international delegates after a successful joint bid to host a major global livestock genetics congress in February 2018. The World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP) is the premier conference for researchers and professionals involved in genetic improvement of livestock. Delegates from around the world gather every four years to attend the congress, which is expected to make an estimated contribution of more than $3.12 million to Auckland’s regional GDP. Dr Hugh Blair, […]

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NEWS: BCEC keeps busy

In the lead-up to the G20 summit in November, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is as busy as ever, hosting back-to-back conferences worth $21 million to the local economy. The world’s leading language and linguistic specialists descended on the BCEC this week for the 17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA 2014). The six-day AILA congress, which brings some 1400 delegates from 80 countries to Brisbane,  is one of 11 consecutive conferences hosted by the centre this month alone. In total, these […]

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NEWS: Christchurch centre good for tourism

Tourism leaders have welcomed the recent announcement to develop Christchurch’s new convention centre, after international investment was confirmed this month. “We’re thrilled to have confirmation of the development and operation of Christchurch’s new convention centre, set to open in 2017,” Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism CEO, Tim Hunter, said. The Convention Centre Precinct (CCP) will be located on the block defined by Armagh Street, Oxford Terrace, Worcester Street and Colombo Street; and Gloucester Street will become part of the precinct itself. In this location, the CCP will connect […]

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NEWS: MCB highlights value of business events

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) this week reported an impressive $246 million boost to the local economy from the 175 business events it secured in the 2013/2014 financial year, 32 per cent increase from the previous year. Bureau chief Karen Bolinger said the organisation’s performance for the 2013/2014 financial year was a remarkable achievement in what was a challenging, yet rewarding year. “The competition to secure business events for Melbourne is now stronger than ever before, so to finish the financial year up on the previous year […]

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NEWS: Mantra’s green conferencing sprouts new life

Mantra Group’s green conferencing solution is sprouting some new life with 10 hotels in the group now part of the program, which launched earlier this year in March at Mantra Mooloolaba Beach. The initiative pledges that a tree is planted for every delegate who attends a green conference.  Since the program was piloted at Mantra Mooloolaba Beach a total of 433 trees have been planted at the property. The program is operated in conjunction with Carbon Neutral, a carbon solutions provider and reforestation offset developer.  Trees […]

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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: AIDS conference pays tribute to MH17 victims

Tributes were paid to the six delegates who lost their lives aboard flight MH17 at the opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne over the weekend. A one minute global moment of remembrance was held in their honour with eleven former, present and future presidents of the International AIDS Society onstage together with representatives from those organizations who lost colleagues, the World Health Organization, AIDS Fonds, Stop AIDS Now, The Female Health Company, the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and members of […]

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NEWS: Adelaide invests in health sector

The Adelaide Convention Bureau is increasing its push to attract conferences from the health sector in a bid to capitalise on the government’s recent investment into health industries with two new events announced this month – The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority Conference 2015 and GE Health conference 2015. Adelaide Convention Bureau chief executive Damien Kitto said while the bureau had already been relatively successful in attracting events within the health and medical genre, this new level of investment from the state government has enabled a more […]

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