micenet Feb/Mar 2017
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February 16, 2017
In this issue
Big NZ PCO opens shop in Sydney
Get Global taking shape
Holiday Inn Warwick Farm
Discover Macao with Sheraton & The St.  Regis
Book a dose of Vitamin Sea with a conference at SALT
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AIME set to kick-off next week
Anticipation is running high for the 25th anniversary of the AIME tradeshow which kicks off in Melbourne on Monday evening. Some lucky hosted buyers will be packing their bags this week and heading down early to see some of the latest attractions the city has to offer while others will be travelling on Monday to ready for the event.
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Big NZ PCO opens shop in Sydney
New Zealand’s biggest and most internationally connected convention and event organiser, The Conference Company, will this month open its first dedicated off-shore office in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. Managing director and president of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Jan Tonkin says the Castlereagh St office, headed by Asia Pacific manager Stephen Noble, was a significant investment for the company.
“We are presently experiencing a strong growth phase following the announcement of Auckland’s International Convention Centre, which has put New Zealand on the global conference map, and the investment in Australia represents a major push for new regional and international business,” Ms Tonkin said.
Sunshine Coast readies for mega development
Australia’s first Active Lifestyle project is coming closer to reality with the Sunshine Coast Council granting the company behind the project development approval (DA) for phase 1 of the $400 million venture.
Phase 1 will be built over 14 hectares and will consist of a state-of-the-art waterpark, a great lawn for major events, concerts and community activities, an outdoor adventure park with activities including kayaking, bungee jumping, net climbing, flyboarding, segways and electric skateboard hire, zorbing, stand-up paddle boarding and football, to name a few. Phase 1 also includes a 6000 square metre retail zone set to attract leading global brands and a superb choice of restaurants.
NZ’s new centre securing business
The first bookings have been secured at the New Zealand International Convention Centre, with Auckland winning the bids to host two large-scale international medical conferences in 2020.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) will hold back-to-back conferences at the NZICC spanning five days. The 35th APAO Congress will be the biggest medical meeting to ever be held in New Zealand, with an estimated 4000 attendees.
This will be followed by the IAPB 11th General Assembly, where 2000 delegates will meet in Auckland to share information and exchange ideas.
The events will deliver significant economic benefit to the country including an estimated 15,000 room nights and some $11 million in economic benefit to the city.
meetings nz
Are you ready to MEET New Zealand?
For over 20 years MEETINGS has provided conference and event planners an opportunity like no other to discover the very best of New Zealand’s growing business events sector. Come along as our guest and meet with over 190 exhibitors, from over 19 regions who will ensure your next event, conference or incentive programme is a resounding success!
Take up this exclusive offer to attend FREE as a Hosted Buyer and enjoy the added benefits including complimentary air and ground travel, accommodation, registration and networking activities.
“It was extremely worthwhile being at MEETINGS - I now feel I can confidently pitch in order to bring more business to your beautiful country.” - Gina Samuels, The Production House Events
Limited places available. Applications close April 3, 2017.
Click here to register. 
mea reboot
The Ultimate Australian Conference for the Events Industry
The MEA Conference champions new ideas and creates an opportunity for the events industry to collaborate and share creative thoughts and practices. The MEA2017 Conference will deliver an exceptional program to all event professionals designed to educate, discover, grow, inspire, celebrate, network and have fun. Speakers have been secured from around the world and locally to present on trends that will help you grow or reboot your events.
Early registration closes March 7, 2017!
Click here to learn more. 
get global
Get Global taking shape
As the first MICE business platform in Australia dedicated exclusively to outbound product, Get Global offers exhibitors precious, unmetered one-on-one time with MICE decision makers. Exhibitors considering Get Global are encouraged to take advantage of the Spend and Save offer to efficiently influence buyers at the one-day event.
Book six exhibitor spots at Get Global 2017 and receive the seventh FREE! Need more? Book nine and receive two FREE.
For more information and to book, visit the website.
The one-day event is scheduled for July 28, 2017.
Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn Warwick Farm
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, cocktails and networking.
Holiday Inn Warwick Farm is the place to host a conference or event in true comfort, convenience and style.
Visit the website. 
A fresh view at Novotel Manly
Our newly renovated Pacific Room by Sally Fitzgibbons is the ultimate beachside venue for your next event. A place to inspire your delegates with panoramic beach views and a fresh look created by pro surfer and wellbeing enthusiast Sally Fitzgibbons. Ideal for intimate events or meetings, this new space can host up to 18 people seated and can be transformed to suit any style of meeting. A place where delegates and travellers have everything they need for a healthy body and mind.
Click here to visit the website. 
Sign up, be inspired… and win a 2 night Peppers getaway!
Calling all Meeting and Event Planners! Stay connected and inspired with the latest venue news, catering tips, special offers, and event ideas from Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree venues at mantragroupevents. com.
For your chance to win a gourmet two night Peppers getaway*, simply subscribe to the inspiration e-newsletter and tell them what event trends inspire you in 2017! *T&Cs apply.
Discover Macao with Sheraton & The St. Regis
Discover Macao’s vibrant mix of Portuguese and Chinese cultures and have a remarkable meeting experience with our spacious space and flexible set ups.
Book your event at Sheraton Grand Macao or The St. Regis Macao and enjoy up to five offers with our “Smart Meetings” promotion, including 5% off master bill, complimentary room and room upgrades, 20% off audio visual equipment and 50% off ferry tickets and entertainment. Book more and receive more!
Click here to visit the website or here to contact the team.
the nex
The exceptional Newcastle Exhibition & Convention Centre (NEX)
Newcastle is home to the NEXt big thing in exhibitions, conferencing and entertainment. A world-class venue in the heart of Newcastle, NEX has the flex to deliver. Amazing spaces, sophisticated technology, exquisite cuisine and passionate staff combine for the perfect event experience. A short drive from Newcastle Airport with easy access to public transport and parking, NEX sets the benchmark. NEX. Where next is now.
Click here to visit the website. 
Book a dose of Vitamin Sea with a conference at SALT
Revitalise tired minds with a seaside conference at SALT, the ultimate events precinct located in Kingscliff NSW. Mix and match the facilities at our two world-class resorts to create your perfect event agenda, and let your delegates experience the best this coastal region has to offer. Read our round-up of top SALT conference experiences here. 
Confirm your upcoming event at SALT by April 30, 2017, and receive a one night stay* at SALT with breakfast, and a 60 minute Stress Fix Massage from The Spa at Salt. Simply mention mice.net when booking. *Conditions apply.
View the offer here. 
Follow us on Facebook @micenetmagazines for a daily update on the latest news for the business events community. If you’re not then this is some of what you’ve missed this week:
  • cievents’ fresh new look
  • Business Events Victoria launches 2017 famil program
  • New app for Marriott Reward members
  • New hotels keep coming for Melbourne
  • EEAA sponsors new Mumbrella award
  • Korea welcomes largest Indonesian incentive group
  • Major events a highlight in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
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