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Business Events News for Fri 19 Sep 2014 - Committing to Austrade, The Rialto's street art, NSW funding boosts, Newcastle Expo, and much more

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business events news Page 1 A lasting impression IT’S not hard to see why Cliford Austin of The Rialto won the Front Ofce Services Employee of The Year at the Accommodation Australia (Victoria) Awards this year. Smartly attired in a bowler hat (pictured), he was the topic of conversation among some of the conference and event organisers who were guests of the InterContinental Melbourne this week for the launch of the renamed The Laneway Rooms. Not only did he impress everyone
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  business events news Page 1 A lasting   impression IT’S not hard to see why Cliord Austin of The Rialto won the Front Oce Services Employee of The Year at the Accommodation Australia (Victoria) Awards this year.Smartly attired in a bowler hat ( pictured ), he was the topic of conversation among some of the conference and event organisers who were guests of the InterContinental Melbourne this week for the launch of the renamed The Laneway Rooms. Not only did he impress everyone on our arrival at the hotel from the airport, but Debbie Haddock of Purely Creative Solutions in Brisbane was particularly impressed with his manner and dress; noticing his name badge, she addressed him as Cli. “Later on when we were departing on our grati tour of the laneways, he came up to say hello and addressed me by my name. “I was chued. Clearly he had gone out of his way to nd it out. “The thing is, when you are in the business organising events, it’s that attention to detail that is so important – it’s the lasting rst and last impact that counts.”  Jill  business events news 19th September 2014Editor: Jill Varley info@businesseventsnews.com.auwww.businesseventsnews.com.au1300 799 220 Four pages today BEN has two pages of editorial plus a full page from ( click  ): ã NT Convenon Bureauã The Xmas Events Venue Guide BUSINESS Events News  has launched a Christmas Events guide - check out page four  for the best end of year funcon venues out.The Guide is booking out fast, so get in while you can to highlight your venue’s unique features, like a karaoke bale to the death of ‘We Three Kings - The Reggae Remix’, to the business events industry and BEN  ’s readers and social media channels by emailing adversing@ businesseventsnews.com.au.  The Christmas Venue Guide Newcastle Expo THE rst Altogether Perfect Business Events Expo is set for 24 Sep in Newcastle.The Expo would highlight the appeal of Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley for conferences and meengs and came as part of the $270,000 Altogether Perfect campaign ( BEN   16 Jun), organisers said. Businesses, government representaves and universies are invited to aend the expo, held at Newcastle City Hall, to meet venue and event suppliers and learn how to beer organise, support and promote business events through free seminars.Spokesperson Georgia Lazzari said the expo was planned to be an annual event, and invited anyone interested in staging a business event in the regions to aend. To register for the event, CLICK HERE . Committing to Austrade AUSTRADE and the Exhibion and Event Associaon of Australasia (EEAA) have mapped out next steps following a meeng between Austrade representaves in ve countries in the Asia Pacic region and EEAA members.EEAA ceo Joyce DiMascio said the meeng was a “break through” in relaons with the agency responsible for promong internaonal trade, investment and tourism. It involved senior Australian trade ocials in cies including Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul speaking via video conference.She told  BEN the meeng had planned some ‘next steps’, including praccal, immediate outcomes which would benet Austrade sta, and EEAA members pursuing the internaonalising of their businesses. EEAA member events would be marketed through Austrade channels to highlight them to buyers across Asia, she said, and the meeng had provided insight into how to beer service buyers from markets such as China, where there was a strong focus on relaonships and less on immediate transacon.The meeng aimed to explore the capacity of exhibions to drive trade and investment in key sectors aligned with the country’s export capability including food, mining and healthcare, EEAA said.DiMascio said it had been facilitated by having a Minister for Trade and Investment who understood the power of exhibions, and business events. NSW funding boosts THE NSW government has boosted funding for three tourism projects in the region, including $500,000 for conference centre development. Peppers Manor House, Southern Highlands, would receive $500,000 for ve star accommodaon refurbishment and conference centre development, while the Port Stephens desnaon markeng program would receive $92,500 to develop a markeng program and increase low season, midweek visitaon to the region, Desnaon NSW said.Minister for Tourism and Major Events Andrew Stoner said the total $672,070 in funding was to assist product development and desnaon markeng in three regions, including Spicer Caravan Park, Parkes. It came as part of the state government’s $21.6m commitment to the Regional Visitor Economy Fund program (RVEF) over three years, he said. Applicaons for round two of the RVEF Contestable Fund would open on 29 Sep, he said. CIBTM record CIBTM has opened with a record number of hosted buyers this year, according to organisers.Hosted buyers clocked in at 424, the highest number ever appointed, CIBTM said, with internaonal buyers up by 28% year on year. The exhibion oor at the China Naonal Convenon Centre in Beijing covered 11,000 sqm, up 30% on last year, it said.  business events news Page 2 business events news 19th September 2014 TEAM building events can be a great way to improve your business, as BEN  ’s own columnist Oliver Sheer can tell you in ‘Sheer Inspiration’ ( CLICK HERE  to read more).If you’re looking for some terrible team building ideas, however, then head to Ask A Manager, where a post asking for the worst team building experiences received a whopping 337 comments.One such was a surprise snake handling workshop. Yup. You read that right.Another involved ‘horse whispering’, until an over-excited horse nearly trampled one of the employees.One of the more interesting ones involved bumping elbows to avoid “unsanitary” hand shakes.However, many of the comments detail positive experiences - CLICK HERE  to read more. crumbs! CONTACT US:Publisher Editor Deputy editor Bruce Piper Jill Varley Alex Walls For advertising enquiries email Sean Harrigan & Katrina Ford:advertising@businesseventsnews.com.auP: 1300 799 220   F: 1300 799 221PO Box 1010 Epping, NSW, 1710 Business Events News is part of the Travel Daily group of publications which also include: Travel Daily, Cruise Weekly & Pharmacy Daily. Disclaimer:While every care has been taken in the preparaon of Business Events News  no liability can be accepted for errors or omissions. BEN   takes no responsibility for the opinions of its contributors/columnists. Informaon is published in good faith to smulate independent invesgaon of the maers canvassed. Conferencing First World Problems A LOT has been written lately about ‘First World Problems’. Having heard many petty complaints at conferences and having read a lot of conference evaluations, here are my favourite First World Problems specically as they relate to conferences, together with the polite response I think they deserve. Not the Gold Coast again - Yes, so sorry, over the past ve or so years, we have conferenced in every luxurious resort in Australia – from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas and the Barossa Valley. You are correct, nally it was time to return to the central, easy to y into, beautiful weather, endless things to do location of the Gold Coast. Sorry we had to put you up again in the stunningly renovated Sheraton Mirage too. The exhibitors always give out USB sticks - Apologies for giving you free stu. Things that cost $10 at Harvey Norman for most people who don’t frequent conferences that take place because sponsors put up the money and in return ask you to take free things with their logo on them. We should have given each delegate an iPad or bottle of Grange to show our appreciation. Or other $2 shop promotional items that you really don’t need.The chairs in the ballroom were uncomfortable - You are right. We should have spent $10,000 and replaced all 600 chairs and hired new ones with more cosy cushions.The room was too cold/hot - You are correct. It did take us a bit of time to get the air conditioning right. Next time, we’ll get everyone who is hot to put their hands up and everyone who is too cold to put their hand up – and we’ll simply get you to swap seats. The Barista queue was too long - Fair point. We did provide you free of charge, unlimited, tasty, fresh, barista-made lattes and cappuccinos. Sadly, other people also wanted a cup and so you had to wait in a line for ve minutes. I guess you could have had some of the hotel coee also on oer or perhaps we should have hired 10 baristas to avoid any queues. The wireless was too slow/kept cutting out - Now jokes aside, this is a legit complaint, given that our rst world internet speed is actually slower than most third world countries. So delegates, apart from that one, keep it all in perspective! For more information about Andrew and what he can do for you at your next conference email  andrew@lunch.com.au   or visit his website at www.andrewklein.com.au. CONFESSIONS OF A COMPULSIVE CONFERENCE-GOER Andrew Klein, director of SPIKE Presentaons, presents his front line observaons on conferences in a regular feature in BEN  . Carlson Rezidor vp CARLSON Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Sandy Russell as Asia Pacic commercial operaons vice president.Russell had 21 years of hospitality experience including 14 with Carlson Rezidor in sales and markeng roles, the company said. PCEC extension call THE Perth Convenon and Exhibion Centre (PCEC) has said it needs an extension to link it to the state government’s $2.6b Elizabeth Quay project. General manager Nigel Keen told The Sunday Times  the convenon centre needed to be expanded to join it with the project, as direct access to Elizabeth Quay was “crical” to the Centre’s success. The publicaon reported that currently, the Centre’s posion meant delegates would need to book o-site accomodaon and navigate William St to reach the waterfront.Keen did not respond to requests for comment. Perth Convenon Bureau ceo Paul Beeson said the subject of expansion was in early days and the Bureau had not been involved in any formal discussions. The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, which is handling the Elizabeth Quay project, did not respond to requests for comment at me of wring. CLICK HERE  for more informaon. The Rialto’s street art WHEN the InterConnental Melbourne The Rialto embarked on a journey to re-imagine its ballroom and conference space, it did so with the idea of creang something that would be uniquely Melbourne.The restoraon saw the hotel strip the interior walls back to the srcinal 1890s brickwork and commission eight Melbourne laneway arsts from The Blender Studios to paint gra onto Robb Laneway directly outside the ballroom windows. For the 300 guests gathered on Wednesday evening for the launch of the now renamed ‘The Laneway Rooms’, a reveal of the gra installaon that spans more than 40 by 5 m as a centrepiece had them crowding around the windows, iPhones at the ready. Hotel manager Sebasan Germershausen said the rooms were a unique addion to The Rialto’s iconic Melbourne architecture, a fusion of history and cung edge style. The Laneway Rooms comprise three separate event rooms, which can also be opened up into a ballroom for up to 370 guests. For more photos, CLICK HERE . Luxperience up 53% LUXPERIENCE saw an increase of 53% year on year in the number of exhibitors aending, to 228 in total. The exhibitors had access to more than 470 luxury and experienal buyers from Australia and global inbound markets, Luxperience said. The company said 96% of exhibitors reported feeling that the buyers were of a high quality, with more than 85% saying they were likely to return next year.  13-17 OCTOBER 2014 REGISTER NOW info@ nt conventions.com.au | www. nt conventions.com INVITATION VENUES Monday 13 Oct, 12:00-2:00pm - BRISBANE: Sofitel Brisbane - Odeon Room - 249 Turbot St | Brisbane QLD 4000  Tuesday 14 Oct, 7:30-9:30am - CANBERRA:  Sage Restaurant - Gorman House Arts Centre/Batman St | Braddon ACT 2612  Tuesday 14 Oct, 5:30-7:30pm - SYDNEY:  The Slip Inn Sydney - Sand & Garden Bars - 111 Sussex St | Sydney NSW 2000  Wednesday 15 Oct, 5:30-7:30pm - MELBOURNE:  MCG - Premiership Dining Room - enter via Gate 6, use elevators 14 and 15 and go to level 2 | Brunton Ave | Richmond VIC 3002  Thursday 16 Oct, 12:30-2:30pm - ADELAIDE:  Chianti Classico - Gallo Nero Private Dining Room - 160 Hutt Street | Adelaide SA 5000  Friday 17 Oct, 12:00-2:00pm - PERTH: The George - London Room - 216 St Georges Terrace | Perth WA 6000 KEY NT BUSINESS EVENT SUPPLIERS Alice Springs Convention CentreDarwin Convention CentreDarwin Turf Club (BNE,SYD, MEL ONLY)Fusion Exhibition and Hire ServicesGreat Southern Rail (BNE,SYD, MEL ONLY)Hilton group ((BNE,SYD, MEL ONLY)Kakadu Tourism (BNE,SYD, MEL ONLY)Toga HotelsSKYCITY DarwinVoyages WIN AN NT ADVENTURE FOR TWO Attend the event at any city to be eligible to win! DISCOVER  why the NT should be the destination for your next event. CONNECT  with the local expert to professionally plan your event. INSPIRE  yourself with unique posssibilities and connections the NT can provide you and your next business event. We are excited to bring the NT to your backyard and share the wide range of options for Business Events in the Territory.  business events news presents Looking for a Christmas venue or sta celebration? Business Events News guide to 2014/15 Christmas venues is the place to showcase! To feature here email advertising@businesseventsnews.com.au. Tangalooma Island Resort One hour from Brisbane, Queensland Reward your sta with a beach themed Christmas party this year. Yummy food, delicious cocktails, lots of fun activities for all the family and beautiful ocean breezes. Why not stay overnight and make this a truly great break? Day cruises and overnight packages available. Come and hand feed our beautiful wild dolphins. Action starts at sundown. Contact corporate@tangalooma.com for further information. www.tangalooma.com SMC Conference & Function Centre Sydney, NSW Celebrate in style & allow SMC’s dedicated event specialists to do all the work for you with our all-inclusive package. Your guests will enjoy for $99:ã Room hire with stylish Christmas centre pieces, bon bons and chair coversã A delicious traditional Christmas carvery with all the trimmingsã Continuous pouring of white, red and sparkling wines, beer and soft drinks for four hoursã Dancing the night away with a DJ www.smcfc.com.au Christmas Venue Guide Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club  Toorak, Victoria Founded in 1884 and recently redeveloped and refurbished throughout, the extensive clubhouse oers striking contemporary décor and modern facilities, with exible function spaces ready to accommodate your next event. Perfect for corporate events, cocktail parties, weddings, anniversaries, engagements and all types of celebrations.Book your event now and ensure a memorable experience for all your guests. www.rsyltc.org.au Dreamworld Gold Coast, Queensland Dreamworld oers a world of possibilities for your Christmas Party. Hold an exclusive event and choose one of our amazing themed event spaces including Tiger Island. Groups can enjoy a cocktail or seated style event with exclusive use of thrilling rides and attractions. Smaller groups can join in the fun and choose one of Dreamworld’s Christmas events: Dreamworld Corporate Christmas Party  - Friday 05 Dec & Saturday 13 Dec from $120pp; Christmas with the Tigers – Friday 28 Nov $140pp. Phone 07 5588 1124 or visit www.dreamworld.com.au
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