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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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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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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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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DESTINATION: Hong Kong luxury

Home to more than 200 Michelin-rated restaurants, high fashion mega malls and one of the world’s most spectacular skylines, incentive delegates will revel in Hong Kong’s luxurious offerings. Sevva: This ultra chic rooftop bar, connected to the SEVVA restaurant, is surrounded by sky­scrapers and offers a stunning view across Kowloon and Victoria Harbour as well as some of the best cocktails in town. Armani/ Privé: One of Hong Kong’s luxe nightlife hotspots in the heart of Central, Armani/Privé offers two levels of pleasure: a spectacular […]

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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: 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: Byron at Byron celebrates 10 years

It’s been 10 years since Gerry Harvey and Katie Page opened the Byron at Byron Resort, with Katie Page saying it wouldn’t be the success it has been without managers John and Lyn Parche at the helm. There’s an old fashioned feel to the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa that has nothing to do with the accommodation or the styling or the food or anything else to do with the physical makeup of the property. It’s to do with the service. Come out of […]

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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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VENUE UPDATE: Jupiters launches outdoor space

Jupiters Hotel & Casino officially opened the doors to its first-ever outdoor dining venue, Cucina Vivo, a 240-seat restaurant with an outdoor terrace that overlooks the casino’s newly-renovated pool. Jupiters Hotel & Casino managing director, Geoff Hogg, said Cucina Vivo has already been hugely successful since opening the indoor restaurant component in December, with popularity expected to pique with the newly opened outdoor balcony. “Cucina Vivo draws on traditional Italian food culture which is all about celebrating good company, great food and beautiful surrounds. “The […]

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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: 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: Sydney Olympic Stadium redevelopment

Fourteen years on from hosting the Sydney Olympics, ANZ Stadium management today released detailed plans to redevelop the stadium as a cutting-edge sports and entertainment precinct. ANZ Stadium announced that global construction and engineering company Laing O’Rourke has been selected to carry out a proposed $350 million redevelopment of the stadium, in line with the NSW Government’s Stadia Strategy and the Sydney Olympic Park Master Plan Vision released by the NSW Government in July 2013. More than 21 million fans have passed through the ANZ Stadium […]

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NEWS: STUDIO Sydney Tower launches

Sydney’s highest event space and bar atop Sydney Tower was launched last night by the Trippas White Group, following a million dollar refurbishment and competition to name the new loft-style space. Sydney Lord Mayor, the Right Hon. Clover Moore, unveiled the venue’s new name, STUDIO, and the winner of the “What’s My Name” competition. Rebecca Hamerton (pictured below) received a VIP cocktail party at the venue to the value of $2000 for submitting the winning entry. The re-vamped space, formerly Sky Venue, accommodates all styles of […]

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VENUE UPDATE: White Bay Cruise Terminal

With the exhibition season in full swing at Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island, nearby venues are upping the ante in the hope of capitalising on the hive of activity at SEC@GI. Among the newest venues in the area, White Bay Cruise Terminal is a versatile event space with immaculate waterfront vistas. Opened in April last year, the 3500 square-metre venue makes the most of its harbour location with an architectural ‘wave’ roof and an enormous outdoor wharf that looks over Glebe Island, Port Jackson, and […]

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