fortnightly bite-sized news and ideas for the corporate event planner
17 June 2019
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
• Mulpha Australia Limited today unveiled its long term vision for a $200+ million upgrade to Sydney’s iconic hotel, InterContinental Sydney. The proposed upgrades include all existing public areas, function rooms, restaurants and 509 guest rooms and a new, 900 square metre grand ballroom, which will feature views of Circular Quay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
• It’s all hands on deck while construction of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) $200 million expansion progresses as scheduled, due for completion in mid-2018. Adding nearly 20,000 square metres of flexible, multi-purpose event space including new exhibition halls and additional meeting and banquet rooms, the new space will be fully connected and integrated with the existing MCEC, increasing the venue’s total size to more than 70,000 square metres – the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia.
• The Douglas Shire Council has granted approval for the $85 million redevelopment of the Port Douglas waterfront. The application by The Reef Marina, is expected to generate employment for about 320 people and create a further 300 indirect jobs over the construction period.
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That’s a wrap for AIME in Melbourne
The 25th anniversary edition of the AIME exhibition for the business events sector ended yesterday, with early reports indicating it was a strong platform for business.
Initial feedback from the exhibitors has been that the quality of the hosted buyers and the delegates has been good, with some exhibitors already seeing their return on investment on day one.
A full report will appear in the April 2017 edition of micenet magazine.
Central Coast Tourism
Brisbane secures 1500-strong Herbalife incentive group
Brisbane’s growing profile as an incentive destination has received a boost with international nutrition company Herbalife choosing the city to host its Asia Pacific contingent of high performance members this year. More than 1500 of Herbalife’s top members across the Asia Pacific region will meet in Brisbane for the Future President’s Team Retreat from September 16-20, 2017.
The retreat will see Herbalife’s higher-level members attend a series of leadership training meetings and enjoy a range of lifestyle and leisure experiences in Brisbane and its surrounds. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the retreat represents an estimated $3.9 million in economic impact and reinforces Brisbane’s growing profile as a major business event and incentive destination in the Asia Pacific.
Crown Melbourne, The Darling Sydney in Forbes list
Forbes Travel Guide yesterday unveiled its annual Star Rating list, awarding Sydney’s The Darling the highest ranking of Five-Stars, and Crown Towers Melbourne with top honours.
The Darling is the first Sydney-based hotel to be named in the Forbes list and will be showcased with all of the new Star Rating recipients on
The Forbes report showed Crown’s composite score of 93.97% actually outperformed 15 other prestigious luxury brands which Forbes identifies as offering the highest standard for luxury hotels across the globe – including the likes of MGM Resorts International, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
What's Hot
Take me to Hawaii
Hawaii is hot to trot in the incentive travel sector, with Australian groups recording growth in the destination. Last month Amway Australia took its mega-group to Waikiki and they reportedly had a ball!
It’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining, and you have arranged a transfer from the convention centre to your after-hours dinner venue which is 200 metres down the road. On foot it will take you 10 minutes, in the bus, 20 to 25 because of peak hour traffic. What do you do? Give your attendees the option of bussing or walking. Being in a conference room they’ll thank you for the opportunity for some light exercise. Unfortunately, more often than not, it seems that when people have ordered transport they’ll use it. Pity!
 special deal 
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.
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Keep your presentations real
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Time to purge your presentation material of embarrassing stock shots says Scene Change’s Ian Whitworth.
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 hot speaker 
We give you not one but five super motivational speaker suggestions from people who know.
Click here to read who is currently the best of the best.
 entertain me 
Add some variety to your event with good old fashioned karaoke instead of spending up big on a major act. You’ll get plenty of laughs watching your colleagues tackle some of the most popular songs of our time.
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Create an event with a difference
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Optus recently redefined the traditional corporate art relationship and team-building with an out-of-the-box program.
Click here to learn more.
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 quick fix 
• Presenters may be brilliant but always allow at least 10-15 minutes for attendees to ask speakers questions for greater engagement.
• Hold morning and afternoon tea-breaks within the exhibition space to give your exhibitors and visitors more chance to network.
• Add a new dimension to your awards ceremonies by filming all finalists and giving them a short 30sec spot to add some more colour.
• If you are offering conference break options ensure that you have a few – not everybody wants to do a fast lap in a V8 supercar.
Destination SA
March 27 - 29, 2017
Adelaide Convention
Centre, SA
April 30 - May 2, 2017
International Convention Centre Sydney, NSW
CINZ Meetings 2017
May 31 – 1 June, 2017
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland
New Zealand