fortnightly bite-sized news and ideas for the corporate event planner
24 June 2021
Target Qualified Buyers with our 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 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
  • Australia's new hotel brand, TRIBE is set to launch on May 16 in West Perth – next to Kings Park. Watch out for TRIBE openings in Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne. Rooms start at $199 per night.
  • A milestone was reached recently when the Mantra Group's new-build Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport completed the exterior. Now moving into the fit-out phase – the nine-level hotel is on track to open in late June.
  • A modern Indigenous-inspired design features in the total refurbishment of guestrooms, restaurants and the bar to Ayers Rock Resort's Desert Gardens Hotel. It is one that complements its recently renovated sister properties Sails in the Desert Hotel and Emu Walk Apartments.
  • If you're travelling to Hong Kong after April 28 check out the Kerry Hotel, the first new hotel to open on the Kowloon waterfront since 1995. The 546 room property will be managed by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.
  • Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo & Aquarium is Canberra's first luxury lodge experience where you can sleep in luxury surrounded by nature.
Cyclone Debbie Update
Life is getting back to normal for the Whitsundays following Cyclone Debbie. Here's a snapshot of the latest:
  • One&Only Hayman Island regional director of sales and marketing, Australia and New Zealand, Anna Guillan, told micenet initial expert assessments have determined that the damage across the resort is sufficiently extensive to require the extended closure of the resort for rectification works until approximately mid-2018, with new reservations being accepted for travel from June 1, 2018. "We truly appreciate the inconvenience and disappointment that this update may cause. We are currently in the process of advising our guests and travel partners and we thank everyone for their understanding, patience and kind support. The One&Only Hayman Island team sends a message of support to our Whitsundays neighbours and all those affected by the cyclone, and is committed to welcoming back our valued guests to a rejuvenated resort upon our reopening."
  • Hamilton Island is back in full swing following an extensive clean up after Cyclone Debbie, with news that all pools are now fully operational and guests were taking full advantage of them over the Easter weekend. Due to storm damage to the existing restaurant location Hamilton has a coca chu pop-up operating out of The Outrigger Marquee offering guests the usual mouth-watering South-East Asian cuisine with a stunning new view on Catseye Beach.
  • Daydream Island Resort and Spa's planned refurbishment has been brought forward meaning the property will stay closed ahead of the commencement of the $50m works later this year. It will reopen in 2018.
  • Palm Bay Resort reopened on April 12 with everything operational.
  • Mantra Group's Airlie Beach property – Mantra Club Croc – played a pivotal role in the town's recovery, becoming the official base for many of the services and emergency crews. Last week it was accommodating more than 170 workers from Ergon Energy, Queensland Marine and Environmental Services, Community Services and specialist tree experts. The resort is now back to being fully operational.
  • Mantra's other Airlie Beach property, Mantra Boathouse Apartments, is also fully operational.
  • Abel Point Marina is fully operational, hosting a wedding the past weekend.
  • Cruise Whitsundays came out of Cyclone Debbie well, with Whitehaven Beach Half Day tours, Whitehaven Beach Ultimate Full Day tour and Camira Sailing Adventure back up and running, taking many an excited guest to see Whitehaven Beach. The company’s Great Barrier Reef pontoons suffered some damage, with the larger Reefworld pontoon now undergoing refurbishments earlier than scheduled. The smaller ‘Heart Pontoon’ is undertaking maintenance and is expected to be fully operational in 3–4 weeks.
Marriott International
Melbourne Convention Bureau launches planners' guide
The 2017 edition of the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has been launched. Providing essential information for planning a business event, it lists a range of more than 300 products, services and incentive activities. The guide’s content has been refreshed with additional sections tailored to the modern business events planner and visitor, such as new reasons to host in Victoria, indigenous experiences, Melbourne from above, the must do food experiences, and locally made products that make very special gifts and souvenirs.
To receive a copy
visit their website.
Central Coast Tourism
Make your delegates' day with unlimited barista coffee
Pan Pacific Hotels Group have your delegates covered with their new Barista Coffee Package, available across four great hotels including Pan Pacific Perth, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney, PARKROYAL Parramatta and PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport. Book and hold your next event before August 31 so your delegates can enjoy unlimited freshly brewed barista coffee, keeping them refreshed and energized throughout the day.
Click here for more information and to book your next event.
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What's Hot
Spice Alley in Sydney
Tucked away at the southern end of the Sydney CBD in Chippendale is Kensington Street and Spice Alley, and small space filled with restaurants reminiscent of streets in old Singapore. The space would be great for a special event with a difference. To learn more visit the Spice Alley website or an enquiry via email. Better still, take a walk down there and see the potential for yourself one lunchtime.
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When do you plan to hold an event outdoors and don't have a wet weather back-up plan? We’d suggest never unless you're holding your event in Alice Springs or Uluru. Don't risk it anywhere else.
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 special deal 
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.
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Get the best from your event company
Get the best from your event company
Megan Peters gives some tips on how to get the best from your event company partner.
Click here to learn more.
 hot speaker 
Seeking a bit of inspiration from a younger speaker then check out Dr Jordan Nguyen - a young man on a mission to change the world. He is an acclaimed thought leader on the intersection between technology and humanity. Jordan has a magical combination of technical brilliance with the unique ability to inspire people. Click here to learn more.
 entertain me 
Don't want a full band but still need entertainment? Check out the gals of String Diva. String Diva has performed for major events across the globe – working to support charity fund-raisers through to such distinguished occasions as The Malaysian Grand Prix, The Johnnie Walker Classic, and in concert with West End and Broadway star, Michael Crawford. Details can also be found here.
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Use social media for business
Social Media
There's a reason it's called social media and not business media, explains Malcolm Auld.
Click here to learn more.
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 quick fix 
  • Make sure your conference program has a good mix of serious business sessions, some light humour and a bit of inspiration.
  • If you've seen your conference numbers dwindling for a few years try moving your event to a new venue, particularly one that has recently opened.
  • The best conference logo in the world won’t guarantee you bums on seats. Content will!
April 30 - May 2, 2017
International Convention Centre Sydney, NSW
CINZ Meetings 2017
May 31 – 1 June, 2017
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland
New Zealand
Associations Forum Conference
17 - 18 July, 2017
International Convention Centre Sydney, NSW