DESTINATION: Hong Kong luxury

Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan metropolis with a culturally-rich history and incentive delegates will be blown away by it’s impressive skyline and harbour, award-winning cuisine, and luxury hotels. Wooloomooloo Steakhouse: Located in Wan Chai with breathtaking views of Hong Kong, Happy Valley Racecourse and across the harbour to Kowloon, Woolloomooloo Steakhouse in Wan Chai is the perfect place for drinks in a relaxed environment. Hooray Bar & Restaurant: Located on the fifth floor of the World Trade Centre in lively Causeway Bay, Hooray Bar & […]

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NEWS: ibtm africa kicks off

International hosted buyers from 16 countries including the Middle East, Europe, Asia, North America, and Russia arrived in Cape Town this week to attend ibtm africa (April 13-15). “Quality is priority and we have worked to bring together attendees who will not only enhance our offering through their attendance from both a buyer and supplier perspective but who will also be able to gain the maximum amount of business from their participation,” exhibition manager, Shinu Pillai, said. ibtm africa kicked off on Monday (April 13) at the […]

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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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DEALS: Sebel Kirkton Park MICE offer

Sebel Kirkton Park in the Hunter Valley is now offering free fuel vouchers and a night-time bonfire complete with mulled wine, marshmallows and hot chocolate as part of a new package launched for business events held at the resort until the end of June. Available via The Conference Shop – a new, free website service to help companies plan business events in regional areas – the special offer gives meeting and conference organisers a $500 fuel voucher to help cover the two-hour journey from Sydney, […]

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NEWS: Oman sharpens events focus

The Sultanate of Oman is experiencing record visitation from Australia and New Zealand, thanks to the new world-class Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, due to open in 2016. Contributing to this record increase, Oman has already attracted significant events from Australia, including high-achiever incentive programs for Mercedes Benz and News Ltd. The Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism country manager for Australia and New Zealand, Mona Tannous, said in 2011-2012 Oman achieved a staggering 72 per cent increase in visitation from Australia and New Zealand, followed by 11 […]

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NEWS: Luxperience appoints China rep

Luxperience has appointed Beijing African Center (BAC) to help recruit delegates for this year’s business exchange in an effort to engage the growing luxury travel market in China. This year’s show will take place at Australian Technology Park in Sydney from September 6-9, 2015 and will feature Asian markets as significant contributors, as both exhibitors and buyers. BAC joins other worldwide agents in North and South America, UK, Europe, India and South East Asia. Beijing-based BAC is a full service organisation specialising in trade relations, public […]

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VENUE UPDATE: Lux Foundry lights up Brunswick

In a tribute to its heritage, Lux Foundry was established six years ago and has since built a reputation for great service, delicious fare and a welcoming environment. What was once a gas and retort house providing lighting for parts of Melbourne has been beautifully transformed into Melbourne’s Lux Foundry (lux meaning a unit of measurement of light emittance), a favourite among Brunswick locals and a unique option for off-site events and functions. “Lux was originally operated by Sir Robert Gibson as a foundry making cast iron […]

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EVENT: Staging Rentals make opera epic

The giant head of an ancient Egyptian queen looms large in Sydney harbour, the centrepiece for this year’s Handa Opera on the harbour production of Aida. The 18-metre-high bust of Nefertiti was brought to life by event construction company, Staging Rentals & Construction Services. Designed by Mark Thompson, the team at Staging Rentals built the opera’s epic set piece over three months in the company’s Alexandria warehouse. As the centrepiece in Aida, a love story set in ancient Egypt, Nefertiti stands 18-metres tall, is roughly eight-metres wide, weighs over 15 […]

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DESTINATION: Hong Kong’s unique venues

From world-class restaurants, to historic architectural marvels and floating venues, meetings go far beyond the boardroom in Hong Kong. Hullett House – 1881: Situated in the colonial white-stucco building that was formerly the Marine Police Headquarters, this beautiful venue in Tsim Sha Tsui is home to a luxury heritage hotel, five restaurants and bars and a performance area. Hullett House’s Chinese restaurant Loong Toh Yuen offers exceptional Hong Kong cuisine and a stunning 50 Pigeons Courtyard that is perfect for a sophisticated alfresco MICE event. […]

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NEWS: Hat-trick for MCEC

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) was announced a winner in three categories at last night’s 2014 Victorian Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Industry Awards. MCEC was took out the award for Meeting Venue 500 delegates or more, Banqueting and Catering, and In-house AV Services (for the fifth consecutive year). The venue received further recognition with catering services manager, Stephanie Champion, announced a finalist of the MEA and Ungerboeck Software International Young Professional Scholarship. MCEC’s chief executive, Peter King, said the accolades reflect the venue’s commitment […]

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EVENT: CeBIT Australia set to disrupt

This year’s CeBIT Australia will take place at Sydney Olympic Park on May 5-7, and is set to shake up the technology conversation with conference themes focusing on disruption, digital business transformation, and business technologies. The tech event will feature a stellar line-up of international and local keynote speakers from the spheres of industry, government and technology. Harvey Stockbridge, managing director of Hannover Fairs Australia, said he is impressed by this year’s program. “Taking up its rightful place again this year in setting the agenda […]

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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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NEWS: Fine Food returns to Sydney

Australia’s largest annual food industry trade expo, Fine Food Australia, will return to Sydney in 2015, after celebrating its 30th anniversary in Melbourne last year. Set to take place at the Sydney Showground,  Sydney Olympic Park from September 20, the four-day event promises the best of the food service industry with a line-up of new features and interactive sessions. Event director, Minnie Constan, says: “We can’t wait to get to Sydney to showcase the evolution of Fine Food Australia. We have some great new stage presentations, […]

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NEWS: $6 million boost for Sydney events

NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant has pledged an additional $6 million in funding to assist Business Events Sydney secure more business events for the harbour city and the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). The announcement comes off the back of last month’s NSW Government commitment to provide an additional $123.35 million, a 25 per cent boost, to the sector. Mr Grant said the boost was part of the NSW Government’s election commitment to secure the state’s reputation as the home of Australia’s major events. “BESydney has been […]

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NEWS: Adelaide for Dreamtime 2015

Tourism Australia this week announced Adelaide as the host city for Dreamtime, its bi-annual meeting and incentive event and showcase. Taking place on December 6-12, Dreamtime 2015 will bring more than 100 of the world’s top level travel and incentive buyers from key destinations such as Greater China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States and the United Kingdom to the South Australian capital. The five-day program features two day of touring the host city and meeting with local tourism and business event operators in […]

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EVENTS: Coober Pedy celebrates centenary

The opal capital of the world, Coober Pedy, is gearing up to celebrate 100 years of history and heritage. Celebrations to mark the centenary kicked off this month, with a line-up of special events running until May 2015. South Australian Tourism Minister, Leon Bignell, said visitors will be treated to genuine outback hospitality when they make the trek to the South Australian outback. “This event is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore a unique destination where half the population lives in underground dugouts and […]

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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: RACV Royal Pines appoints AVPartners

AVPartners has been awarded the audiovisual contract for RACV Royal Pines Resort, following a rigorous tender process. The partnership will see AVPartners stage business events at the Gold Coast venue, provide audio-visual support and coordinate technical assistance for event delegates. The AVPartners designated partner at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Jarum Rolfe, said: “RACV Royal Pines Resort is well-known for delivering exceptional event experiences and we are looking forward to delivering creative, outside-of-the-box audiovisual and event staging solutions.” Resort general manager, John Morris, said: “AVPartners employs a unique […]

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NEWS: Funding boost for NSW events

The NSW Government has announced a 25 per cent increase in its tourism budget over the next four years to make Sydney the number one destination for major events. Just over $73 million will be spent on major events including $22 million to secure more events in western Sydney. Tourism Accommodation Australia acting CEO, Carol Giuseppi, said: “It has taken a long time for governments to understand the substantial impact that events, conferences and exhibitions can deliver to the economy.” “The impact of the recent Asian Football […]

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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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NEWS: ibtm arabia delivers new format

A revamped GIBTM, now known as ibtm arabia, kicked off this week in Abu Dhabi as meeting planners and PCOs from 36 countries descended on the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort for the show’s opening. ibtm arabia is built around a new three-day format (February 10-12) that features two days of closed door one-to-one meetings, nine networking and social events and a ‘discovery day’ for buyers to explore Abu Dhabi and attend the show’s ‘knowledge forum’. With twice as many exhibitors as GIBTM 2014, this year’s event will include […]

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VENUE UPDATE: GC’s newest event space

The Gold Coast’s newest event space, The Gold Coast Event Centre, located on the southern lawn at Gold Coast Turf Club, opened last month. Minister Jann Stuckey officially opened the 2500 square-metre centre three days prior to its debut on at the Jeep Magic Millions Race Day on January 10, 2015. The directors of Gold Coast Turf Club stated they very excited about the new space and expect it will contribute to the ongoing improvement and growth of the club. Bookings have already been taken in the […]

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NEWS: Carlson Rezidor recognises high-achievers

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group recently celebrated the achievements of its 2014 top-performing employees and hotels in the Asia Pacific region at a gala awards dinner as part of the group’s annual Asia Pacific Business Conference, held at Radisson Blu Plaza Chongqing. Carlson Rezidor president Asia Pacific, Thorsten Kirschke, congratulated all the 2014 award-winners, with top gongs like ‘general manager of the year’ and ‘hotel of the year’. “Our people are the backbone of our business. They bring our brands to life, shape the guest experience […]

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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: Record entries for MEA awards

Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) today announced it has received a record number of entries for its 2014 state and national awards. Entries for the 2014 awards closed yesterday and numbers have increased significantly from the previous year. MEA’s national and state awards recognise the achievements of companies and individuals in the events industry. MEA chief executive, Linda Gaunt, said the record numbers highlight the industry’s desire to be noticed. “This is proving that businesses and individuals are looking to showcase their talents and be noticed in the […]

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