micenet June/July 2017
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In this issue
Joint study tells us what we probably already knew
PD hosts international incentive with kids
Take a camel ride in Alice Springs
BCEC hosts really smart people
Mega US association enters Asia Pac with acquisition
The world’s largest association for the business event sector – the Professional Convention Management Association - has acquired the Nigel Gaunt-run Incentive, Conference & Event Society Asia Pacific (ICESAP) body.
With 7000 members worldwide, the acquisition is a major play by the PCMA to grow in the Asia Pacific which is now considered a $200 billion sector in business events.
Current ICESAP president, Nigel Gaunt, will continue to head up the organisation for the next two years, with a strong desire to push ICESAP’s accreditation scheme.
For current and future ICESAP members, the opportunities to network with global peers in the US and Europe should be viewed as positive.
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Destination NSW set to release regional conference strategy
With key personnel in place, Destination NSW is set to release its much anticipated regional conferencing strategy this Friday. micenet will bring readers details as they come to hand.
Gold Coast
Inaugural Get Global ticks all the boxes
“We achieved what we set out to do by the bucket load,” said Get Global co-director, Gary Bender, following the inaugural exhibition held at the ICC Sydney last Friday.
The event saw 120 representatives of international hotels, airlines, convention bureaux, DMCs, cruise companies meet with more than 240 of Australia’s key meeting and incentive travel decision makers.
Conventions & Incentives New Zealand’s Australia BDM, Heidi Heming, said Get Global was a great success for the 18 exhibitors from NZ, with the relaxed format allowing for quality conversations and relevant introductions.
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Joint study tells us what we probably already knew
A joint study by the AACB, Meetings & Events Australia, and the EEAA, has found there is a skills shortage in the business events sector, with gaps “critically impacting” the industry.
One in two respondents reported that the current skills shortage was affecting their organisation’s ability to recruit high calibre event professionals. A lack of candidate experience, high salary expectations and an overall shortage of candidates were found to be mitigating factors.
MEA Chair, Anne Jamieson, said the survey outcomes provide an opportunity to assess the current industry situation and to plan for the future.
Copies of the survey can be found here.
PD hosts international incentive with kids
With a little help from ID Events and the Sheraton Grand Mirage at Port Douglas, delegates and their children and families found plenty to enjoy and celebrate in Tropical North Queensland as part of an international technology company incentive.
The client – which cannot be named – rewards its high-achievers biannually, with past programs being held in Barcelona and Hawaii. Tourism Tropical North Queensland director of business and tourism events, Rosie Douglas, said the company chose the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region for the incentive program because of the exclusivity the destination was able to offer.
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Take a camel ride in Alice Springs
The renowned Alice Stampede mega-familiarisation event will be staged in the quintessential outback town of Alice Springs from September 21 - 24. Qualified conference and event planners are encouraged to register their interest in joining this mega-familiarisation program. They will view world-class facilities, venues and accommodation on offer in The Alice, as well as experience a fantastic NT event spectacle.
Click here to register your interest. 
BCEC hosts really smart people
Queensland’s world leading research in the field of biomechanics was on show last week at what is the largest ever congress of the International Society of Biomechanics – ISB 2017. More than 1200 of the world’s foremost scientists representing all aspects of the discipline descended on the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre for the five-day congress.
A motivated and united Team Brisbane, including Tourism & Events Queensland, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and Brisbane Marketing together with the strong collaboration of Brisbane’s three leading universities representing an intense hub of biomechanics activity, are being hailed as the prime reasons for conference organisers choosing Brisbane.
SongDivision hits all the right notes
Around 3000 Meeting Professionals International delegates recently rocked their socks off at the World Education Congress in Las Vegas with a little help from SongDivision.
SongDivision’s Las Vegas band, featuring musicians who've played with members of The Who, Led Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins and more, kicked off the four-day conference as the House Band with a little help from The Digital Jukebox, SongDivision’s newest product.
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John Aitken
Invigorate & inspire at Ramada Resort Shoal Bay
Invigorate and inspire your delegates at Ramada Resort Shoal Bay in the beautiful Port Stephens region. Located only a half hour drive from Newcastle Airport, the resort offers a breathtaking beachfront location with a versatile conference centre that can cater for up to 300 people. For a limited time only, Residential Delegate Packages are on sale from only $160* twin share. Includes accommodation, daily buffet breakfast, day delegate package, complimentary Wi-Fi plus your choice of a complimentary team building activity. *Conditions apply.
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one & only
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
An inspirational setting for memorable meetings, incentives and corporate retreats.
Nestled within a 7000-acre wildlife and conservation reserve and bordering the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage wilderness region, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers guests the chance to immerse themselves in an authentic and meaningful experience, without compromising on luxury. A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, the resort offers a unique blend of luxury, impeccable service, conservation, majestic Australian landscape, wildlife and heritage allows for creative and customised events. The cuisine at Wolgan Valley is refined and can be enjoyed in a variety of spectacular indoor and outdoor settings.
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John Aitken
Garden to Gala
Locally sourced, seasonal produce offering the freshest quality menus for your next event. Events by ATC executive chefs at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens strive to deliver the ultimate culinary experience by sourcing fresh New South Wales produce and cultivating herbs and spices onsite. Garden to Gala has been developed by working closely with our food producers and onsite horticultural and culinary teams. Menus are of optimum quality designed to energise, stimulate and encourage wellbeing at your next event, conference or gala.
Having been awarded The Savour Restaurants & Catering Awards for Excellence, Best Caterer at a Major Event (2015) and Best Events Caterer – NSW (2016), Events by ATC pride ourselves on a dedication to serving our guests the highest quality food possible. Visit the website for more details. 
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  • The Gold Coast – open for event business pre and post Games
  • Ovolo’s lifestyle hotels look to expansion in Australia
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micenet eMag Jun/Jul 2017
don't forget
September 17-20, 2017
Australian Technology Park
Meeting on the Green
November 3, 2017
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10th Annual PCOA Conference
November 26 - 28, 2017
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, QLD
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