Australia’s first Element by Westin hotel, is gearing up to opens its doors on 12 June 2019, bringing with it the eco-focused brand’s amenities and commitment to helping guests maintain a balanced lifestyle while on the road.
Accor will open its ninth Art Series hotel in Perth’s CBD in October 2019, heralding the arrival of the Art Series brand in Western Australia.
The $90 million hotel by developer George Atzemis at 900 Hay Street, Perth already stands at its commanding maximum height of 27 storeys.
Get Global will bring two influential speakers to the award-winning MICE industry show in July; well-known trainer and author Michelle Bridges and co-founder of Four Pillars Gin Matt Jones will share their experiences and insights into branding, behaviour, lifestyle and balance.
Following competitive bids from capital cities and regions across Australia, Perth has successfully won the right to host the Australian Event Awards and Symposium in September this year.
Get Global, Australia's one-day event exclusively showcasing the outbound business events market, has already attracted international exhibitors, including Hawaii, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Fiji, UK and USA, to the July event.
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has saved more than a million plastic water bottles through its partnership with Sydney Water.
The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) released its latest edition of the Forward Calendar of International Business Events, containing an analysis of bids won, lost and bids in the pipeline by AACB’s members for the years ahead (from January 2018).
Andrew Hiebl, CEO of the AACB says that the timing of the Tourism Australia Business Events Bid Fund could not be more perfect as the number of business events won for Australia has declined.
In a move to offset its current expansion project, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is joining forces with other organisations to support the development of a wind farm in regional Victoria.
This will enable the venue to purchase renewable energy certificates equivalent to the projected electricity consumption for its 20,000 square metre project.
Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo has announced Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program, with an investment of $12m across the next 3 years.
Speaking on behalf of the business events industry, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) says the investment will cause significant disruption to the global business events landscape.
The Brisbane Convention Bureau has notched up 15 business event bid wins worth over $22 million for the city’s economy already this year.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the bids were won in the first two months of 2018 alone and would produce more than 38,000 delegate days, underlining the important contribution such events make to Brisbane’s economy.
A group of Kiwi PCOs and incentive planners have landed in Australia this week, for an exclusive educational programme on Hamilton Island, courtesy of Business Events Australia in partnership with Air New Zealand and Hamilton Island, The Whitsundays.
Since 2004, more than A$450 million dollars has been invested into upgrading the island’s infrastructure, services and amenities.
Business Events Gold Coast will be hoping to attract at least the usual contingent of three of four Kiwis to its annual showcase, This is Gold Coast, and the organisation’s director of global business events Anna Case, says there could be room for more.
InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto has launched its newest event space, The Rialto Terrace, an outside open space nestled between the neo-gothic architecture of the luxury hotel and modern Rialto courtyard.
The space can be utilised as an outdoor option for specific events or meeting breaks, and while it is outside and flooded with natural light, is undercover.
The preliminary basketball games for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held in Cairns at the Cairns Convention Centre from 5-10 April 2018.
NQ Exhibitions are building over 400 linear metres of exhibition walling inside the Cairns Convention Centre. The walling is an integral part of ensuring the centre is games ready and includes the creation of team, treatment,
The number of incentive groups selecting the Gold Coast are on the rise, with new figures highlighting a major increase in the number of programmes secured for the city in the 12 months to 30 June 2017.
The latest QBES results have revealed 201 groups were secured by Destination Gold Coast, up significantly from the 122 groups in the previous financial year.
‘We are very confident we are going to have a wonderful next few years.’
That’s the word according to Peter King, CEO of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, speaking at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), taking place in Melbourne.
With millions of dollars of investment underway in tourism and events infrastructure, a ‘renaissance’ of sorts is going on for the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) director of business and tourism events Rosie Douglas says new luxury hotels, an arts precinct, waterfront brewery and expanded marina were among the projects currently underway.
Business events will play an integral part in the Australian government’s future tourism strategy.
Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, convened the first meeting of the Beyond Tourism 2020 Steering Committee in Sydney.
Only 10 days remain before applications for the MEA Industry Awards come to a close.
The MEA Awards acknowledge the achievements of the meetings and events industry and showcases the work and excellence of individuals and businesses in Australia.
Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has again partnered with a selection of venues, accommodation providers and attractions across the business events sector to bring ten specially curated City Experiences to hosted buyers at AIME 2018.
Each tour will visit locations to go behind the scenes at several Melbourne venues, and taste the ‘delights’ of Australia’s food capital.
W Brisbane, part of Marriott International, is set to amplify Queensland’s incentives and events offering when the hotel opens in March 2018.
It will be the first five-star hotel to open in Brisbane’s central business district in 20 years and will be the closest, largest, five-star hotel to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) and 18 kilometres from Brisbane Airport.
Interest in Tasmania as a C&I destination is increasing, according to Claire Harrington, Business Events Tasmania, speaking at Dreamtime 2017, currently taking place in Brisbane.
‘Tasmania has predominantly always been known as an associations destination,’ she says.
‘However we are now seeing a huge swing to C&I. Eighty percent of our bids used to be associations, but now it’s more 50/50.’
Cairns Convention Centre is set to undergo a major extension, which is great news for the business events and conference market, says Siobhan Mulcahy, marketing assistant, events, TTNQ.
Mulcahy says the extension further enhance’s the region’s portfolio of business event spaces, and ties in nicely with the upgrades and refurbishments taking place across many of the city’s accommodation, not to mention the three new hotels being built by CrystalBrook Collection.
According to Vania Bay, Cairns Convention Centre director of client services, the extension will mean a further 3000 square metres of exhibition space, allowing for larger exhibitions and concurrent events to take place.
The new $150 million Novotel Melbourne South Wharf is in its final stages of construction as part of the $350 million expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and broader South Wharf precinct.
On track to open March 2018, the hotel will have 347 guestrooms and suites, and has just released a first look at its interior design and specs.
It is now one year until Sydney’s International Convention Centre plays host to SIBOS, a big global financial services event that’s putting the state on the map.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall says SIBOS, which was secured for Sydney by the NSW Government through Business Events Sydney, rounds out a huge upcoming 12 months of business meetings and conventions.
Sydney’s Darling Harbour will welcome a new event location on November 10 - the Darling Harbour Endeavour Pavilion.
A waterfront location, the Endeavour Pavilion is a marquee that offers all-inclusive event packages, with catering from Laissez-Faire being looked after on site.