VENUE UPDATE: New Sofitel for Adelaide

South Australian premier, Jay Weatherill, this week announced a new Sofitel Luxury Hotel will be built in Adelaide’s CBD – the first internationally branded luxury hotel to be built in the city in nearly three decades. Scheduled to open in 2018 in the heart of the city, the $140 million hotel development will form part of Adelaide developer and investor, Palumbo’s 106 Currie Street development in a 32-storey tower and managed by Accor. The tower will comprise 80 apartments over the top eight levels with the remaining […]

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NEWS: Air NZ Dreamliner flies to Fiji

Air New Zealand this week announced it will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Auckland – Nadi route this summer (November – March) adding 8000 more seats to the route. When Air New Zealand’s new Boeing 787-9 lands at Nadi International Airport on November 27 it will be the first time this aircraft has operated to the Pacific Islands. Air New Zealand chief sales and commercial officer, Cam Wallace,said: “Fiji continues to be a hugely popular destination for Kiwis with the number of Kiwis travelling […]

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NEWS: Luxperience introduces awards

Luxury travel trade exhibition, Luxperience, is introducing a gala dinner and awards ceremony at this year’s event in September, The inaugural Luxperience Awards will acknowledge excellence in the development and promotion of  luxury travel products and services and will be judged by a panel of travel industry experts. There will be six awards for buyers and suppliers in three categories: ‘Inspiring’, ‘Meaningful’ and ‘Connections’. Winners will be announced in front of more than 500 guests at the Luxperience Gala Dinner and Awards Evening, set to take place at The Star’s Event Centre. […]

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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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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: 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: ICCA members in plane crash

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk has issued a statement following confirmation that eight members of the International Congress & Convention Association were onboard a small plane which crashed on Thursday, March 19. “We send our deepest condolences, and express our shock and sadness at the tragic deaths of executives and Board members from La Rural, the venue for this year’s ICCA Congress, our friend Carlos de Elias, owner of Congress Rental SA and President of Buenos Aires CVB, and other industry executives. “A small plane carrying […]

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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: Adina Sydney Airport Hotel opens

The newly-built Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Airport is set to open its doors late-March 2015. Less than one kilometre from Sydney Airport, the new hotel features 123 serviced apartments across six storeys consisting of 51 studios, 66 one bedroom and 6 two bedroom units. The hotel’s airport shuttle and close proximity to Mascot train station ensures that guests can avoid traffic and get around Sydney with ease. Rachel Argaman, CEO of TFE Hotels, said: “Sydney Airport is an ideal location for transit and business travellers, with […]

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NEWS: ibtm world generates business

Research and analysis following EIBTM 2014 (recently rebranded as ibtm world) revealed 97 per cent of exhibitors who participated in last year’s event said it is important for their business. Global DMC Partners CEO,  Jim Hensley, said: “EIBTM is the strongest and busiest show in our trade show calendar. We’ve had more appointments each day here than we have had in entire trade shows. The buyers we have seen have been good quality and most importantly ready to do business with proposals in place, rather than general enquiries. […]

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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: Event planners on high alert

Recent air disasters and terrorist attacks are putting travel and event managers on high alert. The world of corporate travel was significantly tightened following the September 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. to ensure the safety of travelling employees. Recent airline disasters and new terror attacks are again seeing a significant focus on the sector. Travel management companies are reportedly ensuring that those travelling for business or to attend meetings are doing so with all the necessary tools possible to ensure that they remain safe. […]

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NEWS: Luxperience team expands

The team behind luxury travel tradeshow, Luxperience, recently announced two new appointments help the show reach new limits in 2015. David Paterson joins the team as the senior sales and sponsorships manager, while Rachelle Del Rosario will take on the business development manager role. Mr Paterson recently moved to Sydney from London, where he gained over 10 years of experience in the exhibition and event industry including four years project managing the ILTM portfolio. Mr Paterson will be responsible for securing the ideal exhibitors from across the globe, with a […]

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NEWS: NZ visitor arrivals hit new high in 2014

International visitor arrivals for December have rounded out an impressive year of growth for New Zealand. December saw more than 400,000 arrivals, marking the highest number of visitors ever recorded for any month, pushing total arrivals to over 2.8 million. The data, released today by Statistics New Zealand, reveals that total holiday arrivals for the year ending December are up 6.9 per cent, topping off a great year for the tourism industry. “It has been a stellar year of growth which we expect to see continue […]

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NEWS: Tjapukai appoints new CEO

Strengthening Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park’s reputation as a leader in Indigenous tourism and employment in Australia will be a priority for incoming chief executive officer Greg Erwin, set to take over the top job in March. Tjapukai Board chairman Bruce Glanville announced Mr Erwin would step into the role on March 02, so outgoing CEO, Geoff Olson, could oversee the final stages of the cultural park’s $12 million redevelopment. “Greg has a wealth of tourism experience having spent 20 years in the industry with the past […]

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NEWS: Spicers expands luxury collection

Spicers Retreats this week announced the acquisition of Sangoma Retreat, a luxury boutique property situated at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Sangoma, meaning ‘healer’ in Zulu, is set to open under the Spicers brand in January 2015, bringing the group’s portfolio to a total of nine properties. The African-inspired boutique retreat is nestled in the Blue Mountains and features five luxurious suites sprawled amid giant boulders and eucalyptus trees. The retreat also boasts menus featuring locally sourced produce and bistro-style dining, a stunning plunge pool and […]

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NEWS: IHG renews presence in Christchurch 

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management agreement to develop the 200-room Crowne Plaza Christchurch, signalling a commitment to Christchurch’s economic revival. Located in the central business district and across from the planned new Christchurch Convention Centre due to open in 2017, the upscale hotel will be a conversion of a current commercial building owned by a consortium of local Christchurch investors. The hotel will feature up to five suites and 195 guest rooms and food and beverage options including an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty […]

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NEWS: Aust Govt urged to loosen visa policies after disappointing year for tourism

Australia’s visa policies are inhibiting tourism potential and seeing it lose out on high-spending Asian visitors, according to a report released today by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The organisation’s 2014 Annual Economic Impact Report for Australia shows the economic contribution of Australia’s travel a tourism grew by just 1.7 per cent in 2013. WTTC president and CEO, David Scowsill said the Australian Federal Government needs to take action to ensure the sector is sustained in the long term. “The Australian Government can’t […]

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NEWS: Qantas partners with Bangkok Airways

Qantas this week announced a new codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways, which is set to significantly improve the national carrier’s travel options across South East Asia. From March 30, Qantas customers will be able to book Bangkok Airways services from Bangkok and Singapore to six new destinations in Thailand, including Ko Samui, Chiang Mai and Phuket. Qantas international CEO Simon Hickey said the agreement was another step forward in delivering on the airline’s strategy to offer better options for customers travelling between Australia and Asia. […]

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