fortnightly bite-sized news and ideas for the corporate event planner
24 June 2021
Target Qualified Buyers with our new Plan Events e-newsletter
Target the corporate meeting and event planner who is less involved in the business events industry on a day-to-day basis but is equally important through our new KEEP CALM fortnightly e-newsletter.
We believe that these people, while heavily involved in business events, do not play an active role in the business events community, with many not members or participants in industry association events, and rarely taking part in famil programs or site inspections.
To that end, we’ve created a separate database to distribute this e-newsletter nationally, and are including content that we believe will give them tips, advice, event planning tricks from industry experts along with special deals available at hotels, venues and suppliers.
To target qualified buyers in this new e-newsletter contact us for further discussion.
Venue News
• AccorHotels has announced a new apartment hotel in Victoria, The Sebel Melbourne Moorabbin, scheduled to operate under its new brand from January 2017. The new-build, 4.5 star apartment-style hotel joins the AccorHotels network under a new agreement.
• The Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island in Fiji reopens on January 25 following a comprehensive $16 million refurbishment. The resort has been closed since February 2016 following Cyclone Winston. It has now been transformed throughout, with the renovation including all guest rooms, suites and public areas.
• The Hyatt Regency Sydney has given local, interstate and international travellers a new and desirable incentive to visit Sydney’s iconic Darling Harbour this festive season, following an exceptional $250 million transformation. It has been 17 years since a Hyatt was last opened in Australia.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
This is our last Plan Events e-newsletter for 2016 so we wish all our loyal readers a very merry Christmas and a super New Year!
MEA opens awards to corporate events
Meetings & Events Australia has announced two new Corporate Event Award categories to acknowledge and reward outstanding achievements in this sector. The following new categories add to the existing Corporate Meeting of the Year:
  • Corporate Meeting Manager of the Year
  • Corporate Meetings Management Team of the Year
For the first time the awards are now open to non MEA members. All awards submissions received are treated in a secure and confidential manner and will not be made available outside the judging process. Entries close January 31, 2017.
To enter or for more information
click here.
DIARY NOTE: Pencil this one in for 2017
If you organise meetings or incentives outside Australia then make a diary note to register and attend the new show for the business events market in Sydney called Get Global being held on Friday, July 28, 2017.
To be held at the new ICC Sydney, Get Global is an opportunity to catch up with airlines, hotels, tourism and convention bureaux, destination management companies, cruise companies and more from around the world in short one-on-one appointments. The great news is that you only have to chat to the people you want to chat with.
Click here to learn more and register to attend.
get global
What's Hot
Good coffee at conferences
Forget that percolated stuff, today’s conference delegate wants a good coffee made by an experienced barista. Especially if they’re expected to sit through days of conference sessions. At the PCOA conference in Brisbane last week, organisers made a great decision to bring in the Coffee on Cue mobile coffee folks. The company has affiliations all around the country.
Visit the website to learn more.
You know things aren’t working right when you have to stand in a queue to attend an event for over an hour because the venue operators are having trouble with their fancy iPads. But that happened recently for one of our staffers attending an event. Sometimes the old fashioned way – a pen and a list – can work considerably better.
 special deal 
Multi-award winning MGSM Macquarie Park Executive Centre, nestled among picturesque grounds of Macquarie University, is inviting event planners to a complimentary one-night stay including full buffet breakfast and a tour of the MGSM conference facilities.
To book your familiarity visit, simply contact the MGSM Executive Conference Centre team on 1800 800 803.
Click here to visit the website.
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Recruit to win
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Anne-Marie Flynn says all event managers should be tapping into the pool of young talent now available.
Click here to learn more.
 hot speaker 
You don’t often think of a futurist as funny but we have to tell you that Gihan Perera is way funny and plenty smart. He’d make a great addition to any companies looking to the future in their business.
Google the dude!
 entertain me 
A good MC should be entertaining and keep the conference on track and we discovered at a recent conference that Warwick Merry does that and more. He’ll even sing you a tune if you ask him nicely.
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Create a better delegate experience with technology
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The ICC Sydney’s Brian Nash and others say that seamlessly integrating technology into meetings and events is imperative for greater delegate experience.
Click here to learn more.
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 quick fix 
• Save on venue hire and hold your end-of-year Christmas event in your office. Theme it up, order catering and bring in some alcohol. Merry Christmas!
• Get your staffers using Uber instead of taxis. The money you save could be put in a fund for bi-monthly Friday drinks.
• Encourage staffers to undertake short courses in various forms of event management. They’ll bring new ideas to the table and be inspired to do great things.
• Nobody can do everything. Outsource key areas of your activity in things like copywriting or marketing to allow you to get on with what you’re good at.
February 21 - 22, 2017
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, VIC
Destination SA
March 27 - 29, 2017
Adelaide Convention
Centre, SA
April 30 - May 2, 2017
International Convention Centre Sydney, NSW