fortnightly bite-sized news and ideas for the corporate event planner
23 August 2019
When you hear ‘rooftop bar’, you think ‘Singapore’, ‘New York’, or ‘Melbourne’. Well, now you can associate high altitude drinking with Australia’s south coast city, following the opening of ‘West’, a 70-pax venue located in Henley Beach in Adelaide. West is the project of mixologist Ollie Margan, who, for design inspo, shrugged off the bar’s seaside locale in favour of a look he describes as ‘your grandparents’ house in the ‘60s and ‘70s’. If you’re having a hard time conjuring that image, think a lot of hardwood timber, pops of brass and emerald green banquettes. The venue’s nosh involves traditional Japanese sandos with flavours including prawn cocktail, baloney and curried egg, and its liquid sustenance is a collection of breezy cocktails. So, to recap... Beach views, vintage décor and Japanese food. This is possibly the most eclectic bar we’ve heard of, but we’re here for it.
• Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island has re-opened following a $4 million Ballie Lodges refurb. Each of the lodge’s nine luxury suites have been refreshed, including new furniture, soft furnishings and a teak-clad bar in the main lodge. The Capella Spa has also been elevated to a loft setting overlooking the ocean.
• Come 2020, Market Street in Adelaide will be home to a 16-storey, 137-room Hotel Indigo, the brand’s first property in South Australia’s capital. As is the case with every Hotel Indigo, the venue will draw architectural elements from its local area, namely the Adelaide Markets.
• Novotel and Ibis Melbourne Central, a 483-room dual-branded hotel located on Little Lonsdale Street, is now taking bookings for stays from December 1, 2018. The property includes a range of food and beverage options, including ‘Pretty Boy Italian Steak House’ and ‘Goldie Asian Canteen + Brews’.
• Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has just signed its first Ramada Worldwide property in Vietnam: a 164 hectare resort set to open in Ho Tram in late 2019. Located less than two hours from Ho Chi Minh City along a two kilometre stretch of beach, the hotel will span 12 storeys and have 241 rooms, including seven two-bedroom penthouses and 36 three-bedroom villas.
The Business of Events unveils speaker line-up
An event about the events industry requires an impressive line-up of speakers. Otherwise, it’d be so ironic Alanis Morissette would need to write a song about it. Luckily, inaugural conference ‘The Business of Events’, which is being held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, between February 7 and 8, 2019, will not be hauling any Canadian artists out of their musical hiatus’s.
A bunch of forward-thinking speakers will add their twists to the conference theme ‘powering growth’, including former White House director of events Laura Schwartz (pictured), executive general manager of events for Tourism Australia, Penny Lion, CEO of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Terese Casu, national CEO of the Australia China Business Council Helen Sawczak and executive director of the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Damien Hodgkinson.
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How to make your event go viral
Despite popular belief, viral marketing is not a fluke. In fact, there’s a whole science behind creating content that users will share with each other. In the next instalment of PCOA’s webinar series, being run on September 27, Dr Brent Coker will explore ‘virology’ in the context of business events.
Some of the topics covered will include how to create a ‘buzz’ that will transform your event from a gathering to one worth attending, the key to making something go viral, capturing and transmitting emotions, grabbing and keeping attention and why people share some pieces of content but not others.
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And the winner is… Sydney!
It’s been 25 years to the week since Sydney was announced as host for the 2000 Olympics, and now the harbour-side city has snatched up another event win. This time, it’s the UN Work Safety Congress, which will take place for the first time in Australia at the ICC Sydney in 2023. The congress will see up to 4000 work health and safety experts, regulators, government and private authorities from 120 countries coalesce to discuss different approaches to work health and safety.
The win comes off the back of 10 years of state and coalition government campaigning, and will inject a predicted $10 million into the state economy. We bet CEO of BESydney Lyn Lewis-Smith jumped as high as John Fahey circa 1993 upon hearing the announcement.
A dose of events inspo
When ‘This Space’ was approached by the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation to breathe new life into its 15-year-old gala event, the team took the brief, spun it around, inflated it, gave it a blow torch, watered it down, dried it off, painted it in glitter and delivered a night that defied everyone’s expectations.
On Saturday, 700 guests from the brain cancer community, influencers, guests and members of the public gathered at Royal Hall of Industries Sydney where they were greeted by an elevated art installation. In a twist no one saw coming, the installation descended to the ground and became a catwalk for designer Bowie Wong to showcase a collection designed around Cure Brain Cancers’ logo. Other event highlights included a brain health menu (designed in collaboration with avant-garde thinkers), and performances by Johnny Ruffo and Megan Washington.
Strathfield Golf Club
Strathfield is gearing up to be more than just a layover on the way to the Easter Show. The inner-western suburb's 120-year-old golf club just raised the curtain on a range of event spaces, including an elegantly-furnished, world-class events centre with a capacity of up to 650 people, and ‘Pavilions Eatery’, a 200-seat bistro which is headed by executive chef Anthony Sullivan, and offers classic dishes with a modern twist. The club’s 18-hole golf course has also had a complete refresh.
Yep, this is the most exciting thing to come out of Strathfield since Arnotts Biscuits.
If you happen to be at an event sans name tags, and you’re approached by someone whose name you’re not 100 per cent sure of, do the awkward thing and ask them what it is. One moderately uncomfortable moment is infinitely better than calling someone the wrong name all night and introducing them to others with this invented name. (In case you were wondering, this definitely didn’t happen to a member of the micenet team recently… promise).
 special deal 
Now that we’ve got your attention, Marnong Estate is offering a complimentary bottle of wine to those who book an event before February 2019. Located 35 minutes from the Melbourne CBD amidst the rolling hills of Mickleham, the estate offers three indoor function rooms that can cater for up to 400 people and a range of tailored conference packages. Oh, and they’re offering a free gift for delegates if you book before Feb, too. To look at some pretty pictures and find out more, click here.
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Ensure your awards night packs a punch
A lot of people dread awards nights. Here, Megan Peters imparts a few ways to get them excited.
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Master of her craft
If you’re a 90s baby, you’ll know her from Saturday Disney. If you enjoy home renovations, you’ll know her from The Block. If you like watching people fall over and embarrass themselves (you twisted individual), you’ll know her from Australia’s Funniest Home Videos. Shelley Craft is one of the nation’s most popular presenters, and recently hosted the Ronald McDonald House Charity Gala Ball at the ICC Sydney, where attendees commended her natural charisma, interview skills and humour. To find out more about Shelley, click here.
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I'm with the band
Karaoke is one of the most divisive activities on the planet, but if your team’s on board with shirking inhibitions and belting out some classics, Rock n Roll team-building is here to deliver the goods. The entertainment company has just announced ‘Rock n’ Roll Karaoke’, an experience where participants select a song, select their rock star wardrobe and perform in front of a live band. To get one step closer to discovering the Bowie of your group, click here.
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Incorporate lessons from Maori culture into your event.
Many aspects of the Maori culture apply to the MICE industry, writes Ngahihi o te ra Bidois.
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 quick fix 
• Never underestimate the power of a reminder email. Event-goers likely live very busy lives (don’t we all?), and a quick notification the day before with key information will always be appreciated.
• At a recent hotel opening, we were disheartened to see a table full of plastic water bottles. Try to swap plastic items for eco-friendly alternatives, such as water fountains, paper straws and wooden cutlery.
• Make sure that your event’s location is easy for attendees to get home from. If it’s not, provide a shuttle service.
• Struggling with finding appropriate speakers? Interview attendees and ask them who they’d like to hear from!
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