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
• The Sunshine Coast city of Mooloolaba has a new luxury resort with the opening of the 57-apartment development Breeze.
• Jupiters Gold Coast’s culinary offering continues to grow and evolve with the opening of another two new outlets - Mei Wei Dumplings and M&G Café and Bar.
• The $645 million Crown Towers Perth has officially opened.
• has released its latest Hotel Price Index (HPI) revealing that Southeast Asia has yet again captured Australian travellers’ hearts, with 65 destinations from across the region in the top 100 list of the most affordable hotspots.
Attend AIME for free – visitor registrations open!
Ian Wainwright, Exhibition Director at AIME, invites you to be part of this year's event. Be inspired by the best the MICE industry has to offer at AIME, February 21-22, 2017, showcasing more than 500 national and international exhibitors, including bureaux from New Zealand, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
AIME offers visitors the opportunity to attend a range of education and networking functions. Find out why over 4500 people attend this industry leading exhibition, now in its 25th year by clicking here.
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.
Time out with…
Nicolena Oborn, group director of sales at Crown Hotels.
Click here to read more.
Nicolena Crown Hotels
What's Hot
Team-building that works
Everybody likes to kick the new year off with a bang and the team at Sabre Corporate Development can certainly help you. They recently released their top team-building ideas for kicking off 2017 on the right foot. The company has a huge range of indoor and outdoor team-building ideas that work Australia and worldwide. There are variety of themes and styles to choose from.
Click here to learn more.
Too long! Event planners are shorter on time than they’ve ever been before so why would a hotelier invite planners on a 10-day famil? Way too long folks!
 special deal 
Holiday Inn Warwick Farm is one of South Western Sydney’s largest convention and conference centres, with more than 1500sqm of flexible floor space, five-metre-high ceilings, pillarless function rooms, abundance of natural light and over 500 complimentary car spaces.
Exclusively dedicated on the ground floor for convenience, the Event Centre is completely purpose built with state-of-the-art technology, multi-coloured LED lighting, and is adjacent to the courtyard garden which is ideal for breakout spaces, cocktail's and networking.
Holiday Inn Warwick Farm is the place to host a conference or event in true comfort, convenience and style.
Visit the website.
how to....
Get more for your event buck
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If you have a low budget and high expectations look to lighting, writes Ian Whitworth.
Click here to learn more.
 hot speaker 
Don’t miss the February edition of micenet magazine where we reveal the top five motivational speakers for 2017 from some of the leading bureau around the country. You might be surprised and definitely inspired.
 entertain me 
You can’t choose entertainment unless you know what your audience likes and doesn’t like.
Do your homework on them first and then select who is going to best suit your peeps.
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Give clients what they want
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Longevity in business comes from moving with the times and continuing to make the client your key focus, explains ID Events Australia’s Karen Livermore.
Click here to learn more.
Stylish live pre-event entertainment
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Pipe (or elevator) music
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 i want to know about: 
 quick fix 
• Choose the theme of your conference BEFORE you choose the destination.
• Save big $$$$ holding your meeting in a regional area.
• If your last company conference received low feedback consider inviting partners who can participate in social events.
• If your company has a procurement department liaise with them at least twice-annually on what your needs are. Procurement shouldn’t just ben about cost savings.
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