micenet Feb/Mar 2017
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April 4, 2017
In this issue
A message from the CEO of Tourism Whitsundays
Marriott sales launches as one
EventsAIR organiser app now has offline mode
BYRON - Australia's newest business events destination
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Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island readies to reopen
Key accommodation on Hamilton Island will reopen this weekend while qualia won't reopen until June following the damage caused by Cyclone Debbie and a planned refurbishment.
Hamilton Island Enterprises CEO, Glenn Bourke, said yesterday the impact of the cyclone has resulted in damage to vegetation and the façade of the island with no significant structural damage.
"The properties on the island will be operating at reduced capacity with the Reef View Hotel, Palm Bungalows and some holiday homes partially re-opening this weekend followed by the Beach Club which will welcome guests from April 13," he said.
"Renovations for qualia which were scheduled to commence in July have been brought forward to commence immediately and qualia will re-open June 1. We will continue to increase capacity in the coming months with a view to being fully operational again by August."
Click here to read more. 
Aloft Perth
Kyani conference delegates on Hamilton Island during Cyclone Debbie helped in the clean up during their stay
Support Hamilton and the Whitsundays – Julie Ford
The Whitsundays region's tireless Julie Ford, business events manager of Hamilton Island, says the company has been overwhelmed with messages of support from their corporate clients, PCOs, suppliers and the business events industry as a whole.
Ms Ford said they have been particularly grateful that nobody was injured in the category four cyclone.
"We would especially like to thank our clients for their patience while we dealt with the immediate aftermath and gave us the space to assess our business capacity and operational delivery moving forward.
"We do understand their concern with their upcoming events as we appreciate all the facets of work that goes into organising these events. Our clear message to the business events industry now is to please support our Whitsundays region."
Click here to speak to Julie directly.
Photo: Kyani conference delegates on Hamilton Island during Cyclone Debbie helped in the clean up during their stay.
A message from the CEO of Tourism Whitsundays
Tourism Whitsundays CEO, Craig Turner, today released a statement on the impact of Cyclone Debbie on the industry in the region. Mr Turner said over the past week Tourism Whitsundays has been in continual contact with key stakeholders including Tourism Minister Kate Jones, Tourism and Events Queensland CEO Leanne Coddington and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s CEO Daniel Gschwind.
"We have been talking through strategies and ensuring we have all possible human and financial resources available to ensure that, once the power is reinstated, the Whitsundays can welcome visitors to what is still a very beautiful part of the world," he said.
"Tourism Whitsundays still has a number of marketing campaigns that have been postponed and will be activated over the coming weeks, along with our international campaigns in Europe and the UK, which will continue as planned given the longer lead times for international visitation. Tourism Whitsundays has, throughout this whole event, been delivering important messaging to our members and our corporate database of more than 3000 people, making sure that everyone is kept up-to-date and that important information continues to be delivered to the Whitsundays tourism industry.
"I think the word resilient is often overused, however, we are an extremely resilient industry and I'm certain if we collectively work together, we will bounce back within a relatively short period and will again deliver world-class holidays for those visitors who will choose the Whitsundays as their holiday destination."
Global Meetings Industry Day
It's Global Meetings Industry Day on Thursday
Bet you didn't know that and you work in the sector. The initiative by the US-based Meetings Mean Business Coalition is reportedly going ahead although we don't believe there are any local events happening (bar one in Wellington, NZ).
Nevertheless, to celebrate the day, SongDivision has created the 'Global Meetings Industry Day Anthem'. You can view the song by clicking here. 
Chris Riddell
MEA 2017 – Reboot has the Future Covered
MEA is thrilled to confirm that Chris Riddell, Australia's most sought after futurist, is the MC for the 2017 conference. As a renowned strategist and global emerging trend spotter for businesses and leaders in today's disrupted world, Chris will give a unique and valuable perspective on the conference sessions and our industry.
Don't miss your chance to hear from a global trailblazer. Register today to hear where the future lies. 
The Game of Inches
What do over 80 top entrepreneurs and business leaders have in common?
They know that business success is a 'Game of Inches' and they consistently act on it. 'Game of Inches' outlines an achievable and sustainable process for business success and innovation, one improvement at a time.
If you want to grow your event business and career this book, by one of our own, is one you simply must grab.
Click here for more details. 
Guests at the NT Paspaley event learing all about pearls
Pearls of wisdom from the NT
The Northern Territory Convention Bureau and the Darwin Convention Centre recently staged a range of exclusive client events at luxury Paspaley boutique locations in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Guests who attended these intimate events across the three capital cities talked about the strong drawcard represented by the combination of the prestigious and globally recognised Paspaley brand, the exotic allure of the Northern Territory and the appeal of learning more about Darwin's waterfront convention centre.
All business event segments were covered, with professional event managers and conference organisers, destination management companies, government, association and corporate event clients in attendance.
Marriott sales launches as one
The Marriott global sales organisation launches today as one team representing 30 brands and more than 6000 hotels in 122 countries. The team includes the legacy Marriott global sales organisation, those working in the Ritz Carlton global sales team, and members of the Starwood global sales organization.
Marriott is now the world's largest hotel company.
EventsAIR App
EventsAIR organiser app now has offline mode
The EventsAIR organiser app now has an option to operate in offline mode, providing event organisers the ability to manage dozens of onsite activities even when they lose internet connectivity.
Centium Software announced the release of the major enhancement last week. Event organisers can choose which data they wish to save locally, allowing them to perform dozens of onsite tasks even if they lose internet connectivity.
Click here to learn more. 
Air Events Global
Find your event staffers online
A new website is now connecting those who want to work in the event sector with those seeking staff. The Australian initiative is called air events global, and is said to easily connect employees and employers together, particularly those who are seeking temps.
Visit the website to check it out. 
Accor QLD & NT
Great rewards with Le Club Accor Hotels
From tropical North Queensland to the urban oasis of Brisbane and the stunning Northern Territory meet with Accor Hotels and be rewarded with:
  • Triple Le Club AccorHotels Meeting Planner Rewards points
  • 5% rebate on accommodation spend
  • A chance to win a bonus 100,000 Le Club AccorHotels Meeting Planner reward points!
Book now for events held before November 30, 2017.  Promotion closes June 30, 2017. 
Village Roadshow Theme Parks
Are you dreaming of a unique event?
At Village Roadshow Theme Parks (VRTP) anything is possible. From a mesmerizing dinner at Shark Bay at Sea World, to an Aussie Farm event at Paradise Country, there's a little something for everyone. If glitz and glam is more your style, enjoy a spectacular Hollywood dinner at Warner Bros. Movie World or experience an exciting dinner and show at the Australian Outback Spectacular. Whether it's an intimate gathering or a cast of thousands – VRTP will tailor your next event into something magical.
Call (07) 5591 0020 or send an email.
Crowne Plaza Terrigal
Meet your inspiration at Crowne Plaza Terrigal
Situated just one hour's drive north of Sydney on the NSW Central Coast, Crowne Plaza Terrigal is a beachside favourite overlooking Terrigal Beach. Take advantage of the upcoming cooler months to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
It is anything but business as usual at Crowne Plaza Terrigal. Select from winter-inspired activities to enthuse your delegates. For something completely different and fun, get your delegates out on the local ice rink to try their hand at ice curling, one of the more unusual winter team sports, popular in North America. Or discover the art of shaking, stirring, muddling and straining to create the perfect cocktail at a Lord Ashley Cocktail Master Class. Or let the chefs showcase the best of the coast's produce through an intimate group tasting to gain a greater understanding of food and wine pairing. By incorporating the natural surrounds with an exciting array of team activities and a vibrant food scene, the Central Coast really is the place where business events promise to be anything but business as usual.
Discover more by clicking here.
Byron Business Events Bureau
BYRON - Australia's newest business events destination
The Byron Business Events Bureau are your conference and business events experts. The bureau is here to assist you in creating an unforgettable experience for your delegates by collaborating with award-winning local suppliers. Together we will produce an event with the WOW factor only Byron can deliver.
  • We specialise in catering for 300+ delegates
  • We partner with award-winning conference facilities and five-star luxury accommodation
  • We offer spectacular hinterland glamping
All within 30 minutes from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport. To speak to one of our conference experts call (02) 6626 7121 or visit the website.
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