micenet October 2018
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October 11, 2018
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In this issue
NT completes famil hat trick
What people hate most about meetings
INCENTIVE ACTION founders hang up their hats
Event profs gear up for IMEX America
Event space dedicated to, um, weed, opens in Vegas
Robyn Johnson’s five steps to sustainability
Pullman Albert Park launches laneway bar
By Graeme Kemlo
Bringing a taste of Melbourne’s famous laneway culture to the St Kilda Road/Queens Road corporate precinct, Pullman Albert Park last night launched its own laneway bar – Lizzie’s Lane, complete with a graffiti mural of Queen Elizabeth II. About 120 business events buyers attended.
Director of sales and marketing Meagan Gate said the lane, formerly a goods delivery area, will operate through summer as a public bar with indoor and outdoor spaces. It will also be available for corporate events for up to 120 people, and offer a menu curated by culinary director Ross Chapman. Lizzie’s Lane is expected to be especially popular with the F1 Grand Prix visitors since the Pullman is adjacent to the F1 racetrack.
To enquire about an exclusive booking at Lizzie’s Lane, email h8788-sb9@accor.com.
Don’t Miss Out: Your 2018 Festive Experience at Pullman Sydney Airport
When it comes to planning your festive event, leave it to the experts to create a delicious sampler experience just for your team.
Situated in Mascot just minutes away from the Sydney Airport precinct, Pullman Sydney Airport is the perfect host for your 2018 gathering as you make a toast to the year gone by.
For a limited time, book a Festive 2018 exclusive promotion and hold your event between November 1 and December 22, 2018, at Pullman Sydney Airport to receive 10 per cent off your final bill.
Packages include:
• 5 canapé selection from $29 per person*
• 8 canapé selection from $44 per person*
• 12 canapé selection from $63 per person*
Book today by contacting the events team on 02 8398 4600 or send them an email at meetings.pullmansydneyairport@accor.com for more information.
Interview two in our satirical BreakOut Series
Like a seasoned 60 Minutes reporter “investigative journalist” Brad Foster asks the hard questions about payments to professional conference organisers. He probably wishes that he hadn’t in this second interview in our BreakOut Series – Zen and the art of meeting planning.
Give it a watch here, if you dare.
Captain Cook Cruises’ summer-ready addition
SeaLink Travel Group has purchased Auspro, a luxurious 28 metre superyacht which will join the Captain Cook Cruises fleet cruising Sydney Harbour as a deluxe charter vessel. Building upon Captain Cook Cruises’ legendary focus on service, Auspro will deliver an extraordinary new level of luxury and sophistication.
With her own full-time captain and beautiful classic interior, Auspro is ideal for high-end corporate entertainment and private celebrations for up to 45 passengers, and will be available for private hire from late November, 2018. To find out more, click here. 
NT completes famil hat trick
Thought we were done with the NT famil news? Well, not quite. But the final one’s a goodun.
Between September 21 and 24, the Northern Territory Convention Bureau completed its trifecta of annual showcases with the ‘Alice Stampede’, an event which saw attendees treated to a bona fide taste of the outback town. In addition to mingling with local suppliers at a customary ‘Meet the Market’ session, delegates had the chance to ride a hot-air balloon, cycle through the National Park and race in a mini Henley-on-Todd regatta (pictured). After each action-packed, lung-sapping day, the group rested their heads at DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs and Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters.
Now, that should be enough NT famil news to tide us over until next year.
What people hate most about meetings
Meetings are the de facto way of doing business, but too often they do nothing more than eat up our days and waste our resources.
This does not need to be the case, and with a few simple changes to how you approach meetings, you can get back valuable time in your day and improve the impact of every meeting you attend.
According to PCO Association president Barry Neame, the association's next webinar, which is scheduled for October 25 and will be facilitated by Donna McGeorge, will allow participants to learn how strong people skills and incredibly practical advice can be applied instantly. Find out more here. 
OPENING NOVEMBER 2018: The Westin Brisbane
Whether you are hosting a seminar, conference or intimate gathering, The Westin Brisbane and Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane Complex offers 545 rooms and suites, 10 meeting spaces and unique venues to extend your function past the ballroom, including a roof top bar and extensive pool decks for the ultimate alfresco event.
Take advantage of the opening offer including double Marriott Reward Points, a 60-minute cocktail reception, complimentary upgrades and more!
For more information, please contact the team at westin.brisbane@westin.com or click here for further information.
INCENTIVE ACTION founders hang up their hats
After 25 years at the helm of INCENTIVE ACTION, founders Geoff and Anne Brauer have announced they are selling the business. The pair cited a desire to hand over the reins to a younger generation as the reason for their departure, with Geoff saying the company has provided their lives with much fulfilment over the years.
“Anne and I kicked off the business with a combination of IT and marketing skills which led to the development of a full-service incentive house and we know we will look back on our achievements with pride.”
Anthony Gray, who has worked at INCENTIVE for the last five years, will take over the post as owner.
Event profs gear up for IMEX America
More than 2000 qualified buyers and 3000 exhibitors are expected to gather at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Las Vegas between October 16 and 18 for IMEX America, the largest industry trade show in the country.
One of the exhibition stands will be occupied by Tourism Australia and 29 local events professionals, who will collaborate to bring business events back home. To find out why they're most excited about attending, click here. 
Book an event with Oaks and reap the rewards
Oaks Hotels & Resorts boast state-of-the-art conferencing and event facilities across Australia with over 10 incredible locations to choose from. With picturesque settings and outstanding facilities, their venues suit unique delegate gatherings, intimate cocktail parties, or extravagant gala dinners.
Book your event at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort in November and receive a $500 voucher to spend at a retail store of your choosing! Click here to find out more.
• Terms and conditions apply. Applicable for new bookings at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort with a minimum spend of $20,000 in food and beverage and accommodation. Event must be held during November 2018. Must mention this advertisement at the time of enquiry.
Event space dedicated to, um, weed, opens in Vegas
We're constantly on the sniff for something 'a bit different', and this week, Cannabition Cannabis Museum in Las Vegas, the world’s first attraction dedicated to the substance, has well and truly taken the hash cake.
Offering 10,500 square feet of Instagrammable exhibits, the venue can be hired out for groups of up to 500 people, and promises both a feast for the eyes (an ethereal forest of brightly-coloured buds, a 24-foot smoking apparatus and floor-to-ceiling, boldly coloured cloud formations) and some fuel for the brain (educational sessions on the plant’s 5000-year cultural influence, its positive effects on humanity and its various chemical components). The museum also has its very own purpose-built event space. If you're headed to IMEX America next week, you may as well check it out. It'll only be a stoner's throw away, after all.
Robyn Johnson’s five steps to sustainability
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, last week saw MEA release an update to its Green Events Checklist, a resource planners can refer to when designing sustainable events. First developed by Tourism Australia in 2007, the resource was in definite need of a dust up due to changes in infrastructure, venues and technology, and includes a number of easy-to-follow pointers across food and beverage, travel, activities and more. You can access the resource here. 
Now, the steps are totally digestible and achievable, but if their sheer quantity (over 70) immediately puts sustainability in your ‘too hard’ basket, we’ve asked the CEO of MEA Robyn Johnson for five simple steps to get you started. To access Green Event Checklist Lite, click here. 
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