fortnightly bite-sized news and ideas for the corporate event planner
 
23 August 2019
 
Keep Calm & Plan Events news brought to you from the Asia Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo in Melbourne being held this week...
 
 
 
Bus crash, injured delegates at AIME
 
As reported widely in mainstream media, a bus crash in Melbourne on Monday had delegates on it who were due to attend the Asia Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo which officially started the following day. Thirteen delegates were on a tour of Melbourne when the accident occurred, including three from New Zealand.
 
Many were taken to hospital, some with serious injuries. At least one delegates required surgery and another is reportedly being assessed for spinal injuries.
 
A full report will appear on the www.mice.net.au website when further details come to hand.
 
 
 
$75,000 in event packages to be won
 
The Gold Coast’s first absolute beachfront event space will open in May 2016. Kurrawa Terrace will introduce a unique, money-can’t-buy events space to the Gold Coast with capacity for up to 350 people standing and 150 seated. Increased capacity is an option using the adjacent level beach area.
 
For your chance to use Kurrawa Terrace for the ultimate ‘sand in toes’ experience, enter Gold Coast Business Events’ competition to win an events package.
 
Visit the website to enter.
 
 
Gold Coast Tourism
 
 
 
P&O reports rise in corporate events at sea
 
P&O Cruises has reported a surge in corporate event bookings since the launch of its two latest ships last November, including a marked increase in incentive groups.
 
Following recent announcements that a further two cruise ships will join its fleet in 2017 and 2019, P&O is forecasting more growth next year and beyond.
 
Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne this week, P&O director of sales, Ryan Taibel, said the cruise line had been delighted by the strong response to the launch of its new corporate events offering last February.
 
Mr Taibel said while 60 per cent of delegates in 2015 and 2016 had been onboard for meetings, the remaining 40 per cent were part of incentive groups. The cruise line has also seen rising interest in charter bookings.
 
 
 
Las Vegas set for growth in business tourism
 
Las Vegas set a new record in visitation in 2015, surpassing 42 million, of which 5.8 million were delegates attending a convention, trade show or meeting, equating to 14 percent of overall inbound tourism.
 
Speaking at the AIME exhibition, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is spearheading several developments with the flagship being the Las Vegas Global Business District (LVGBD). Estimated to be an investment of USD$2.3billion (AUD$3.2 billion), the district will have a capacity of up to 480,000 people and is set to revolutionise the business functionality in the destination.
 
LVCVA vice president of international marketing, Michael Goldsmith, said the meetings industry is a vital part of Las Vegas' economy, supporting nearly 54,000 jobs and generating an estimated USD$7.4 billion (AUD$10.4 billion) in local economic impact.
 
"In Vegas we mean business and we understand that this market is key to the sustainability and growth of the destination, for tourism and the local communities," he said.
 
 
 
Starwood's Asia Pacific Expansion
 
Starwood continues to build an impressive portfolio of new hotels, refurbishments and a pipeline of potential new properties in Asia Pacific.
 
Ashley Hansen, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing said at AIME that new signings at both city and resort destinations would benefit the MICE market.
 
With a current 18 hotels in the Pacific and another eight in the pipeline, he said 2017 would see: the 269 room Four Points by Sheraton brand would debut in Melbourne's Docklands in 2017; the Aloft brand would open near Perth airport; Westin Perth would open with 300 rooms; and W Hotels returns in 2018 with the W brand's return to Australia in 2018 with the opening of the 305-room W Brisbane, along with a 286-room Westin Brisbane
 
 
Starwood
 
 
 
Macao diversifies as gaming revenue falls
 
Macao is continues to diversify into non-gaming accommodation and meetings infrastructure in the face of a 35% drop in revenue from gaming.
 
Irene Vu Kuan Lu Executive Director of Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute told media at AIME that MTIPI had taken responsibility for a range of MICE initiatives from Macao's Tourism department to help build diversity and sustainability into the local economy.
 
And the meetings industry is set to benefit from a raft of new large capacity hotels due to open this year and early next year are: Studio City Macao, St Regis Plaza, Crowne Plaza Macao, Wynn Palace, Macau Cotai and City of Dreams New Hotel.
 
 
Macao
 
 
 
ICC Sydney is Feeding Your Performance to drive innovation and success
 
Visitors are set to enjoy delectable world class dishes designed to fuel both body and mind across events and key outlets at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), the new premier convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct in Darling Harbour.
 
ICC Sydney will embrace an industry-first Feeding Your Performance philosophy to deliver menus comprising fresh, seasonal and ethically sourced ingredients, expertly combined to drive physical and mental performance.
 
The venue’s culinary vision was launched to the global business events industry today at the inaugural screening of ‘Ingredients for Success’ as part of an exclusive press conference at AIME. The short film showcased how Executive Chef Tony Panetta and his expert team have been able to unlock the science behind ingredients by working in partnership with nutritionists.
 
 
ICC Sydney
 
 
 
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef guide assists event planning
 
A two-year calendar of exciting events, sample itineraries and an increased focus on tropical food are among the new additions to the ultimate guide in planning an event in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef.
 
The Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Meeting & Incentive Planner Guide 2016-2017 was unveiled at AIME in Melbourne this week.
Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef director Rosie Douglas said the guide would be a one-stop shop for domestic and international meeting planners, professional conference organisers (PCOs) and incentive buyers.
 
"This new edition shows event organisers why Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is the perfect location to stage a successful and memorable event and helps them design a conference or incentive to suit their client," she said.
 
The Planner Guide is a highly visual presentation of our region with great images and infographics designed to assist location choice.
 
Click here to email a request for the Planner Guide.
 
 
 
Heritage Auckland conference dinner deal
 
Heritage Auckland is offering a free venue hire special for a conference gala dinner in the hotel’s stunning rooftop Grand Tearoom.
 
The special offer is valid for new conference bookings made before April 29 for an event to be held before December 9, 2016.
 
Click here to email for details.
 
Conditions do apply.
 
 
 
Rip into Torquay
 
Fact: There's only one traffic light from Melbourne Airport to Torquay, on the Great Ocean Road and you can get there in just over an hour!
 
To find out more the Great Ocean Road Conference Destination Guide 2016 Torquay & Lorne is hot off the press. It's packed with all you every wanted to know about this iconic part of such an iconic road.
 
Torquay is renowned as a modern day surfing mecca - think Bell's Beach and for the architecturally forward RACV Torquay Resort. What's more Torquay is the home of such brands a Rip Curl and Quicksilver. You can even get the entrepreneurs of these businesses to talk at your conference.
 
 
 
Potter along to Meet in LA
 
With their insider knowledge and powerful connections Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board say they have the ability to make things such as Universal Studio's Harry Potter tour - opening in April, an exclusive VIP one for Australian groups. They can organise elite guides to escort behind the scenes tours of film studio's props and costume departments, and hold lunches in exotic location with private chefs. Such is Paramount Studio's technology trickery, they can change what is a car park by day into a ocean or lake - as they did for the film 'The Life of Pi.'
 
You can even organise a whole of park buy out as Helloworld Australia did with 500 of their delegates.