micenet October 2018
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November 22, 2018
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In this issue
New app set to be event talent game-changer
Wellness expert headlines EVOLVE 2019
Oaks debuts on North Coast with exotic resort
Simon Baggs has a rant about the business event industry
Winners named at Australian Event Awards gala
C2 Melbourne creditors could get 20c in the dollar
Creditors of C2 Melbourne Pty Ltd this week agreed to enter a Deed of Company Arrangement to recoup losses from the failed company. The decision means that creditors are expected to receive around 20 cents in the dollar.
Diversity Rigging’s Michael Petrani, who is owed in excess of $100,000, said following the announcement that he and many other small business operators were doing it extremely tough since the decision was made to cancel the C2 Melbourne event.
He said as an honest business owner for the past 21 years he was horrified at the morality and ethics of some of the people involved.
The full story of C2 Melbourne will appear in the December 2018 edition of micenet.
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New app set to be event talent game-changer
A new app launched today is aiming to simplify the searching for and booking of event entertainers including musicians, MCs and keynote speakers.
After investment of close to $1 million and almost four years of development, founder and CEO of the Associated Celebrity Talent App, Harris Meitanis told micenet today the online booking platform is set to disrupt the events and entertainment industry in the same way that Uber and Airbnb have disrupted their market segments.
And the good news is that it already has significant backing from some of Australia’s hottest talent including Sophie Monk, Robert Whittaker, James Matheson and others.
Mr Meitanis said A.C.T.A. eliminates many of the obstacles that have plagued the industry in terms of procuring talent for events. The app allows users to check the availability of talent in real time and then book them immediately.
Click here to read more.
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When not being used for photos, the 47” touch screen provides for a personalised hashtag’s live Insta feed, and video and visual advertising with digital ad scroll.
With a small footprint, large (700) print capacity, plug and play connectivity, the ability to customise backgrounds and photos with your logo, as well as send emails with the photos (allowing for data capture), there is no better way to get your brand trending.
Find out more here. 
Arrive at a world class conference & incentive destination. Depart reconnected by Byron's natural spirit
Winner of the Qantas Business Travel Award, ‘Best Corporate Retreat in Australia’ in 2016 and 2017, Elements of Byron is Byron Bay’s only absolute beachfront five-star luxury resort that truly offers the complete conferencing package for up to 400 delegates.
Located amongst a 50-acre recreational playground, with grasslands, natural waterways and forests that kiss Belongil Beach, Elements of Byron is the largest conferencing venue in the region, hosting versatile spaces of cutting-edge technology.
Dotted with 192 free-standing villas, this haven is also home to a stunning infinity lagoon pool, adults exclusive pool and a collection of indoor and outdoor venues to meet any need.
Elements of Byron’s location and design means it does ‘Wow’ with ease.
elementsofbyron. com. au
02 6639 1500.
Wellness expert headlines EVOLVE 2019
Acclaimed executive and personal coach, speaker and author Kemi Nekvapil has been announced as the latest speaker for EVOLVE 2019, MEA’s annual conference set to take place in Brisbane next year.
Kemi has been working in the wellness industry for more than 23 years, and has published two books: The Gift of Asking, which explores what it takes for women to create a life they love, and Raw Beauty, which details the seven principles to nourish your body. Kemi also inspired audiences recently at a Business Chicks event in Melbourne, and was this week announced as an attendee for an upcoming leadership gathering which will take place on Necker Island and feature Richard Branson.
To find out more about Kemi, click here. 
New Pattaya for MICE Groups
Today, Pattaya has more than what is known. The vibrancy of the city aside, the serene local way of life adjacent to Pattaya is now ready to offer a new experience for MICE groups.
Ban Krasae Bon in the neighbouring Rayong province features an authentic way of life of tropical fruit farmers, including a river cruise CRS activity which involves picking overgrown plants for composting as well as hands-on experience in fishing giant river prawns, ready to be turned into a sumptuous meal. Discover more here today.
Celebrity talent in the palm of your hands!
A.C.T.A (Associated Celebrity Talent App) is excited to announce the launch of its centralised online talent booking platform, connecting you directly with talent and their true representatives.
Invented by Australian industry professionals, this ingenious platform has an express enquiry system, instant messaging service, in-app contracting and the ability to house all event documentation in one place.
The platform is accessible across both mobile and desktop so that you can access everything on-the-go, significantly reducing the time and effort required to both book and manage celebrity talent for your next event!
Click here to sign up today.
voco™ has arrived
Welcome to voco™, IHG’s newest upscale brand. The first set of voco™ doors opened this month on the Gold Coast, and the team thinks you’ll love the property’s new sense of style and individual character.
Impress your guests and host the event you want at voco™ Gold Coast. As a special offer book a Day Delegate package and your guests will receive a glass of sparkling wine with shared tapas in voco Social House after your event. Book now. 
Got a horror story you're itching to share?
Calling all micenet readers. Have you got a hotel horror story, conference mishap or an ‘I can’t believe they said that’ moment from the events industry?
We’d love to hear it!
For your chance to feature in some upcoming content (with your name and any specific information kept anonymous), email your belief-defying story to digital1@btp.net.au.
Oaks debuts on North Coast with exotic resort
From this week onwards, idyllic oasis Santai Retreat will operate under the Oaks Hotels & Resorts brand. As well as a new moniker (Oaks Santai Resort Casuarina), the Tweed Coast-located resort will offer a score of updated facilities, including 100 suites with a distinctly Balinese style, a palm-fringed lagoon pool, a private guest lounge, a wellness spa and a Spice Den restaurant. (Our Instagram senses are already tingling.)
In terms of event spaces, the venue offers a Garden Pavilion and Lanai Pavilion which can cater for intimate and large-scale events, and a fully-equipped meeting room and outdoor breakout spaces that can host up to 60 delegates.
Simon Baggs has a rant about the business event industry
There’s nothing quite like a no holds barred diatribe about the events industry to liven up one’s Thursday afternoon. In this dish, Lateral Event Marketing’s Simon Baggs reveals the latest bee in his bonnet: the time-sapping and hotchpotch-y nature of small events...
“I can’t work out if we are blessed in the business events industry with so many industry conferences, exhibitions and awards to choose from, or if we’re so crazily disorganised and discombobulated that we’ve ended up with a mishmash of smaller events that don’t really serve us well,” Simon laments.
Read the full story here. 
Winners named at Australian Event Awards gala
There were plenty of winners at last night’s Australian Event Awards gala dinner held on the Sunshine Coast. So many in fact that we can’t possibly include them all here.
Notable recipients included David Atkins of David Atkins Enterprises who was named Event Producer of the Year, Wingman Events and Brand Activation which took home the Small Event Management Company of the Year, Natasha Gosper who was crowned Young Achiever of the Year and Belle Laide Events which was named Event Management Company of the Year.
A full list of recipients can be found by clicking here. 
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