Social Scene

Cocktails and canapés at Custom Lane

Monday, 04 September 2017 22:16

FCM clients were treated to a pre-show event ahead of the Hailwood fashion show at this year’s new Zealand Fashion Week.

The event was held at the rebranded Grand Mercure Auckland’s new bar/venue, Custom Lane. Guests enjoyed specially designed  cocktails, canapés and oysters from a live shucking station.

Custom Lane is a new laneway that was launched following the multi-million dollar revamp of Accor Hotels’ Auckland hotel brand, launched as the grand Mercure Auckland. Custom Lane was inspired by the urban renaissance of city laneways, often seen in major cities like Melbourne and San Francisco.

Cruise conference wrap

Monday, 04 September 2017 07:59

The New Zealand cruise sector wrapped up its 2017 conference last week. It was held at Auckland Museum and included an annoucement of a new name for what is now the New Zealand Cruise Association. The record turn-out of more than 200 delegates at last week’s cruise conference was testament to the importance of the sector on New Zealand’s tourism revenue. International speakers, media and delegates joined domestic attendees from all over New Zealand representing transport, tour operators, hotels, cruise lines and ports. The PCO was Event Dynamics.

Convene Q: What a welcome!

Thursday, 20 July 2017 01:32


Igloos, fireworks, jet packs and more - the Convene Q 2017 Welcome Function at Customs House Brisbane kicked off with a bang. 

While buyers and exhibitors networked, Jetpack Events and Skylighter fireworks teamed up for the first time ever, bringing the audience an action-packed pyrotechnic show right next to Brisbane's famous Story Bridge. 

Organisers wine and dine with Australia

Monday, 03 July 2017 04:08

New Zealand incentive and conference organisers, corporate agents and media were treated to some behind the scenes Australian winery action, some blind tastings and even a drop of 100-year-old port at the event, at a lavish function in Auckland recently. There was also bottle of fine red to take home.
Business Events Australia in partnership with Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia hosted the function at White Studios in Auckland, highlighting five specific wineries.
South Australian winery d’Arenberg shared details of its newest venue, the architect-designed d’Arenberg Cube, set to open in late 2017. With a vintage being laid down every year since 1878, Seppeltsfield Wines, also from South Australia, gave guests an exclusive tasting of their 1917 port. Also from South Australia, The Lane Vineyard showcased their ‘blend your own’ experience whilst Tasmanian winery Moorilla, situated at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), demonstrated the relationship between art with wine. The Mornington Peninsula's Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove offered guests a glimpse into their ‘Estate to Plate’ experience, a guided exploration of the property’s two acres of kitchen gardens, olive groves and extensive sculpture collection.