fortnightly bite-sized news and ideas for the corporate event planner
 
18 February 2019
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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VENUE NEWS:
 
 
  • AVANI Hotels & Resorts is opening its first property in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast in the first week of December.
     
  • A landmark new-build 46 storey hotel, operating as Mantra on City Road, in the heart of Southbank in Melbourne’s Southbank arts and entertainment district is set to open in March 2018.
     
  • The InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a management agreement to develop the largest hotel in Fiji, the Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa, opening in 2020.
     
  • The Anchorage in Port Stephens relaunches this month after a multi-million refurbishment which has modernised all existing accommodation and public spaces.
     
 
 
 
 
Hamilton Island records biggest events month ever
 
Staff on Hamilton Island were buzzing last month, with the Whitsundays island recording its largest month ever for business events.
 
The all-in-one destination hosted 17 business events with a total of 2113 delegates. The biggest was for a 500-person media group.
 
Hamilton Island business events manager Julie Ford said the strong performance is promising considering it comes just six months after the devastating tropical Cyclone Debbie.
 
"Typically these events book a year ahead so they were already confirmed before the cyclone, but we did have to re-convince a few clients to not cancel. Quite rightly, they needed to be reassured that all would be okay for their events. The support from PCOs and corporate clients has been amazing and the island is looking stunning."
 
Indeed it is Julie!
 
 
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Accor Hotels & Resorts
 
 
 
Shut up and take my money – learn more in 2018
 
There are a raft of new event courses in 2018, along with opportunities to gain industry accreditation and new skills.
 
The Exhibition & Event Association of Australia recently announced a new course in conjunction with TAFE NSW, while Meetings & Events Australia said it has extended its registered training organisation status, releasing details of its new diploma.
 
Want to get educated? Learn more about these courses here.
 
 
 
Special crisis management and "terrorism" workshops next week in Melbourne
 
micenet is offering event professionals a special discount to attend a day of workshops including in-depth training focused on crisis management, security and counter terrorism preparation and response in Melbourne on Thursday, November 30.
 
With the business event sector becoming more exposed to risks beyond our control, how event planners, venues and contractors prepare and respond is now critical to ensuring the safety and security of clients and staff at events.
 
In conjunction with the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia, micenet is offering a limited number of people the opportunity to attend this meeting with presentations by some of Australia's most experienced crisis management practitioners.
 
We're giving you $100 off the ticketed price.
 
Click here to learn more.
 
 
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Melbourne: Get social after your meetings.
 
Even though it's known as a great city for business, Melbourne has a lot more to offer when it comes to after-hours activities. So make sure your event doesn’t end inside the boardroom. Book an offsite dinner at one of Melbourne’s many restaurants and bars that will delight your attendees.
 
Visit the Crowne Plaza® Mostly Business Hub for more tips.
 
 
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
 
 
 
'The Star' Treatment
 
One of Australia's largest residential conferencing properties and home to the Pavilion Convention Centre featuring 1,600 square metres of pillarless convention space for up to 2,300 guests, The Star Gold Coast is the preferred venue for many high profile meetings and events. Also boasting 15 function rooms, the property offers an exciting array of venue options for intimate gatherings, executive board meetings together with incentives, conferences and exhibitions.
 
Visit the website learn more.
 
 
The Star Gold Coast
 
 
 
MEA will 'ACCELERATE' the industry in 2018
 
MEA2018 welcomes Anders Sörman-Nilsson as keynote speaker. Anders raises the pivotal idea that future delegates will allocate their time to events that will transform them – not just inspire them. Anders will share his insights into what transformational events will be like, a session not to be missed.
 
As part of MEA's commitment to accelerate and grow, the inaugural MEA Photography Competition supported by the Art Gallery of SA launches in 2018. Entries will be displayed for the duration of the conference with amazing prizes on offer.
 
Learn more at the conference website.
 
 
MEA National Conference 2018
 
 
 
What's Hot
 
 
 
In the corporate world golf has been in decline over the past 10 years but it appears as if it's making a bit of a comeback, with a few more companies now offering "golf days" and hosting groups at our larger nationally-sanctioned events which traditionally fall towards the end of the year. We say bring it on!
 
 
 
 
What's worse? Having a speaker you can't hear or a speaker who you can hear but wish you couldn't. PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE… Just because somebody has written a book or been in a movie or has saved countless lives as a doctor or a soldier in a war-torn country doesn't mean they can speak on stage to an audience. If you've never seen them do it then you're taking a risk by having them at your event.
 
 
 
 
 
 special deal 
 
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..
 
 
 
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Do better presentations
 
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Ian Whitworth says people should step away from their "product love" and think about the big picture to reduce "crimes against audiences".
 
Click here to learn more.
 
 
 
 hot speaker 
 
Billionaire Elon Musk, the Tesla guy and all-round space nut, was in Adelaide recently speaking at the aeronautical congress. He's in demand as a speaker. You'll probably pay a pretty penny but apparently he's well worth it.
 
 
 entertain me 
 
Dust off your mullet and get set for an ACDC frenzy this Christmas following the passing of the legendary Malcolm Young this month. Even if you already have a band booked make sure they can rattle off a couple of acca dacca numbers.
 
 
 
 
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Create experiential events
 
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Gone are the days when you simply created an event. It's all about the experience, says Stu Katzen.
 
Click here to learn more.
 
 
 
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 quick fix 

  • Don't chance a presentation with faulty AV. Make sure you have two microphones on hand, and a tech in the room to ensure that everything goes smoothly. If it doesn’t they’ll be there to get things right.
     
  • And speaking of presentations, test, test and test again before the big event.
     
  • What's worse than a jam-packed loading dock at a venue? Nothing really except that it can be a right pain in the butt when you're scrambling to get all your gear out. Contact the venue prior to make sure it's all clear and there's plenty of time to get in, unloaded and out.
     
  • Hit the art galleries and museums for some inspiration over the Christmas holiday period. You'll be amazed at what you discover.
     
 
 
 
 
Visit our Daily News and Opinion for daily updates on everything relating to business events.
 
 
 
 
micenet Oct 2017 eMag
 
 
 
10th Annual PCOA Conference
November 26 - 28, 2017
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
 
 
Dreamtime 2017
December 3 - 6, 2017
Brisbane, QLD
 
 
AIME 2018
February 20 - 21, 2018
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre