micenet October/November 2017
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November 1, 2017
In this issue
EEAA announces award finalists
Aussies company wins U. S.  event award
New features at AIME 2018
Free Whitsundays holiday with every event confirmed*
Is MCEC and HotelsCombined partnership a concern for PCOs?
Is the announcement that the MCEC has partnered with hotel price comparison platform HotelsCombined.com.au a concern for professional conference organisers or simply what may become the "new normal"?
The partnership will reportedly allow MCEC customers to instantly search and book the best hotel deals available. Historically, PCOs have relied on commission from hotels for delegates attending conferences they organise to cover event planning costs.
micenet editor Brad Foster will be examining this issue in the next edition of the magazine. If you would like to make a comment in confidence then email Brad now.
Got an event you're proud of? Submit it to MEA!
Meetings & Events Australia is calling for 150 word submissions on events that planners are proud of in a new initiative designed to demonstrate the creative, innovative and unique aspects of running events.
Those selected will have between 10 and 15 minutes to present their event during next year's MEA conference and have their event profiled in a future edition of micenet magazine.
But you have to be quick. Submissions are being accepted up until November 9. Events have to have been held between December 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.
Submit your proposal on or before November 9, 2017, via the website.
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
EEAA Awards 2017
EEAA announces award finalists
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced the 2017 finalists of its annual Awards for Excellence, with finalists in 14 categories decided.
All winners, including the inaugural Unsung Hero, will be announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne on November 29.
Click here to read a list of the finalists. 
Aussies company wins U.S. event award
Aussie company Rock and Roll Team Building has been named a 2017 Event Style Award winner by BizBash, one of the world's leading resources for event and meeting professionals.
The fifth annual awards honoured organisations across the event and meeting landscape, showcasing galas, conferences, product launches, social events and more. Submissions flooded in from across North America, as well as India, Belgium, Spain, Mexico, Qatar, Tokyo, and other global destinations.
"Rock and Roll Team Building entered the North American market in 2016. To receive this recognition from BizBash when we are so new to such a vast market is unbelievably exciting," said Rock and Roll Team Building GM, Nicole White.
Unconventional Uluru Showcas
Event planners take off to Uluru
Seventeen corporate and association representatives, along with specialist event planners, recently participated in the NT Convention Bureau's inaugural Unconventional Uluru Showcase initiative.
As a first-time visitor to Uluru, Tricia Mikolai, managing director of BI Worldwide, Oceania was amazed by the colours of Central Australia and the sheer size of the natural attractions.
"The scale of Uluru was a surprise for me – in fact, almost everything we've done during the famil has been a surprise. I thought it would be just desert and monotone everywhere, so the colourful greenery, blue skies and red soil were very unexpected."
A full report will appear in the December edition of micenet.
Macao Trade & Investment Promotion
AIME 2018
New features at AIME 2018
Leading business event exhibition AIME is introducing new features and initiatives for a stand-out 2018 program including:
  • New invitation only Hosted Buyer acquisition scheme
  • Extended appointment times between exhibitors and buyers
  • Flexible Trade Buyer attendance offering, increasing the choice of buyers exhibitors can make appointments with
  • New "AIME First Timers" exhibitor area
Secure your stand and do business with pre-qualified, top quality Hosted Buyers from organisations including: Tesla, Suncorp, Sanofi, Minerals Council of Australia and many more.
Captain Cook
New vessel for Captain Cook & book your Xmas event
Captain Cook Cruises has launched another new vessel this week, bringing its harbour fleet total to 20 vessels. The 260-passenger ferry "Nancy Wake" will join the Hop On Hop Off service connecting Manly to Barangaroo and ICC Sydney, and is available for private harbour transfers every evening.
Cruising Christmas Parties can still be booked for private charter groups of 30-400 guests with several peak dates available and great mid-week specials starting at $99pp for a 4hr private cruise including buffet dining and 4hr bar package.
Phone 02 8270 5136 for details or send them an email.
Tourism Whitsunday
Free Whitsundays holiday with every event confirmed*
Who wouldn't love a free holiday? Whitsundays Business Events is giving away a free three-night stay for two in the Whitsundays with every event confirmed at any Whitsunday venue between November 1, 2017, and January 31, 2018.* The package includes three-nights at Coral Sea Resort in an Ocean View Room, a buffet breakfast for two each day, and a $150 dinner voucher and complimentary bottle of wine for two at The Clipper Restaurant and Lounge. *T&Cs apply.
Find out more by clicking here. 
Holiday Inn Warwick Farm
Holiday Inn celebrates in South Western Sydney
This time last year South Western Sydney saw its newest event centre open within the Holiday Inn Warwick Farm. Since opening one year ago the event centre has hosted some of the area’s most prestigious events, with the capacity to host up to 1000 people. It is certainly a must see venue for any occasion.
Click here to learn more. 
The Star Gold Coast
The Star Gold Coast will leave you 'star' struck
Just metres from the iconic beaches of the Gold Coast, with restaurants, bars and a world class casino and theatre, The Star Gold Coast convention facilities include a 1600sqm ballroom, 500sqm gallery, stunning 1000sqm permanent marquee and 596 accommodation rooms in our five-star hotel, there's something thrilling on every level. Whether it be a poolside event, AV displays or breakout rooms turned over in minutes, our Event Services team are experts at delivering major events to leave your guests 'star' struck.
Click here to learn more. 
AccorHotels Rewards Meeting Planners with 10,000 Rewards points
Hold your next meeting or event at participating AccorHotels properties in Asia Pacific and be rewarded with 10,000 Le Club AccorHotels Rewards Points. Plus choose to reward yourself, or enrich your meeting with one of five exclusive complimentary benefits such as: a room upgrade, an upgraded morning or afternoon tea package, or spa treatment.
Simply register for the promotion, and join Le Club AccorHotels Meeting Planner, AccorHotels' free global rewards program for event organisers. Bookings close December 31, 2017, for events held between August 16 and June 30, 2018.
Click here to read more. 
One&Only Cape Town
Overlooking Table Mountain and located in the stunning Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, One&Only Cape Town is an urban chic resort in the very heart of this dynamic city. Exuding contemporary glamour with an authentic South African vibe, this luxurious resort presents the ideal location to host a tailor-made event or incentive program. There has never been a better time to visit Cape Town.
Click here to learn more. 
Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay
Overwater bungalows at Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay
Newly-opened Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay is the only property on Fiji's mainland to offer over-water accommodation. Surrounded by a turquoise lagoon, the resort provides guests with an elegant, tropical island experience.
With a dedicated, state-of-the-art events and conference centre set back from the main resort, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay is designed to appeal both to business travellers and event planners. The multipurpose venues feature the latest technology, access to gourmet catering and expert event planning services. Take advantage of the resort's beachfront location by extending the functions to one of the beautiful outdoor event spaces.
Click here to learn more. 
TFE Hotels
Save up to 20%, do a good deed PLUS win a share of 1 million points.
Book your 2018 event now and support a great cause while also receiving a discount. Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne has come together with the McGrath Foundation and will be donating $1 from every day delegate package booked PLUS go in the draw to win a share of 1 million Velocity Frequent Flyer points.
For more information visit the website. 
  • Marriott to debut in Tasmania
  • Business events on the up in Dubai
  • Australian associations on New Zealand's hit list
  • Uluru wins big at Australian Traveller Awards
  • Adina Apartment Hotel set to open
  • AccorHotels welcomes Mercure Alice Springs Resort
  • Fastest growing cities are all in Asia: study
  • cievents launches world first online platform
Visit our Daily News for daily updates on everything relating to business events.

micenet eMag October/November 2017
don't forget
10th Annual PCOA Conference
November 26 - 28, 2017
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, QLD
Dreamtime 2017
December 3-6, 2017
Brisbane, QLD
AIME 2018
February 20 - 21, 2018
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, VIC
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