micenet December 2017
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January 15, 2018
In this issue
Leanne Harwood appointed IHG's MD Australasia and Japan
Register for AIME 2018 today
Join us for a one-off post AIME event - Sunset Beach Club
New hotel at Barangaroo Sydney
Welcome to 2018
If you're reading this you're probably back at your desk wondering where that time off went and how you're going to get through all your emails before you actually get to do some work.
From some early feedback from readers it appears as if 2018 is going to be a big one for the business event sector.
All of us at micenet wish you all a safe and prosperous year ahead. And remember… it's all about business events!
NT launches event support fund
The Northern Territory Convention Bureau has launched a new scheme called the Northern Territory Business Events Support Fund that can provide planners with financial assistance of up to $100 per delegate, to a maximum of $50,000.
Key criteria include the requirement for the eligible event to align with NT priority industry strength sectors and also that the majority of event participants travel to the NT from interstate and beyond.
The fund aims to assist the Northern Territory business events sector to compete more aggressively with rival destinations by providing support funding assistance to organisers of qualified business events, including association and corporate meetings.
Further information on the NTBESF and relevant application forms can be found on the NT Convention Bureau website.
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Leanne Harwood appointed IHG's MD Australasia and Japan
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Leanne Harwood to the role of managing director, Australasia and Japan, replacing Karin Sheppard, who moves to London to take on the new position as IHG's managing director, Europe.
With more than 20 years' experience in the hospitality industry and more than a decade at IHG, Ms Harwood will oversee the regional teams in Sydney and Tokyo as they continue their growth momentum in Australasia.
AIME 2018
Register for AIME 2018 today
AIME – Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo - is the ideal platform for meeting and event planners to meet and do business with leading industry suppliers while enjoying a fantastic event program with the opportunity to network with senior industry leaders, learn from industry experts and discover new destinations and products.
Discover the exciting new initiatives for AIME 2018 including:
  • The "AIME First Timer" exhibition area, allowing delegates to explore a variety of new product offerings and new industry suppliers to the AIME show floor.
  • The AIME Welcome Event, an exclusive evening of networking for AIME Hosted Buyers, media, exhibitors and trade buyers showcasing Victoria's diverse and vibrant festival culture.
  • Trade buyer attendance offering, allowing buyers to opt-in, during the registration process, to be considered for pre-scheduled appointments with exhibitors.
Avoid the $25 door charge - Register for free today and join over 300 exhibiting suppliers and 4,000 professionals at Asia Pacific's leading MICE industry event!
Click here to register for free. 
Encore St Kilday Beach
Join us for a one-off post AIME event - Sunset Beach Club
This exclusive event has been created to celebrate the two days of AIME and showcase one of Melbourne's most idyllic beachside destinations on the city fringe.
This is a great opportunity to experience Encore St Kilda which has intimate spaces for small events and the ability to entertain into the thousands.
Come and enjoy this one-off event showcasing the best of Australia’s beach culture with live music, beach volleyball, cocktails and the ultimate Aussie barbeque.
Click here to find out more. 
West Hotel Sydney
New hotel at Barangaroo Sydney
Australia's first Curio Collection by Hilton has opened at Barangaroo. The 182-room new build hotel will be managed by Hilton under a management agreement with M&L Hospitality.
"Opening the first Curio Collection hotel in Australia is a very exciting milestone for us," said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. "Being such a culturally rich city and the capital of New South Wales, Sydney is the perfect location to add to our growing global collection, which now boasts nearly 50 hotels. West Hotel will offer curious travellers seeking an authentic, memorable travel experience the ideal base to discover Sydney."
Designed by Australian architecture firm Fitzpatrick and Partners, with interiors by Woods Bagot, the hotel has a modern classic design theme, featuring deep tones with marble and brass accents. A strong botanical theme runs throughout the hotel, most evident in the beautiful open-air garden atrium and white waratah motif in the lobby.
The year that was in business events – 2017 by micenet
Okay friends, sit back, relax, put on those headphones and TURN UP THE VOLUME for a quick peek at the year that was with micenet and the business event sector in Australia and NZ.
Of course, we couldn't fit everything in here but have managed to cram it full of some of the biggest events of the year along with a bit of news that we featured throughout the year.
We look forward to seeing you in the pages or online with us in 2018.
You probably haven’t missed a whole lot so far. There have been plenty of people working in the business event sector on holidays.
To keep up to date make sure you regularly visit our Daily News for the latest pieces of relevant news.
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don't forget
AIME 2018
February 20 - 21, 2018
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, VIC
Exclusive Post AIME Event: Sunset Beach Club
February 21, 2018
Encore St Kilda Beach
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