fortnightly bite-sized news and ideas for the corporate event planner
5 July 2020
Doesn’t this event space look positively schmicko? We probably just made that word up. So exciting is the news that Brisbane Marriott has lifted the curtain on a $20 million transformation that we’ve taken temporary leave of our linguistic senses. The new-look hotel has taken design cues from its Brisbane locale, with ambient lighting reminiscent of a balmy night, and each of its 267 guest rooms and suites replete with grey, earthy brown and tree bark hues, recalling the surrounding nature. Also refreshed are the two floors of event space, which encompass 12 flexible rooms, the Executive Lounge and signature restaurant Motion Dining, which now includes an array of dining offerings and ambiences, with the capacity for seating at tables overlooking the grill, high tables in M bar or at a placement overlooking the river on MDeck. With a menu of delights created by executive chef Peter Iwanczyk, including prime steaks and seafood, we’re sure the restaurant’s nosh is yumtastic.
• A brand-new Holiday Inn in Queenstown Remarkables Park is slated to open in early 2021. The 182-room hotel will be located close to Queenstown Airport and The Remarkables Ski Field, and feature meeting facilities, a gym and an all-day dining and bar venue.
• Dusit International has made its Qatar debut with the launch of the luxury Dusit Doha Hotel. Located in the heart of Doha’s vibrant West Bay area, Dusit Doha Hotel is a five-star property with 264 rooms and suites. The hotel is only 20 minutes by car from Hamad International Airport, and just a five-minute walk from Doha Exhibition and Convention Center.
• Marriott International has announced that 259-room will open in Bangkok in 2023. Occupying a planned 50-storey tower in the One Bangkok lifestyle development, the hotel will span the first 25 floors, with guest rooms offering panoramic views of the adjacent Lumphini Park. The hotel is slated to include function facilities, as well as a ballroom that will be the largest of its kind in Thailand.
• Come late 2019, the Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ – a venue designed for musicals, drama, dance and live concerts – will open in Western Sydney. Offering awe-inspiring architecture and sleek curved lines, the Rooty Hill-located venue will feature a 2000-seat theatre with retractable seating. The space will have the capacity to be transformed to accommodate theatre, cabaret and banquet-style events.
• Come 2023, Hyatt will make its Brisbane debut with a 170-room hotel in the suburb of Woolloongabba. The hotel will be situated in the $700 million South City Square precinct, which is also slated to house 850 apartments. Its facilities will include a rooftop pool and bar, a grab-and-go food market, a café, a lobby lounge and a fitness centre.
Take your EOFY celebrations to new heights at 55 George Rooftop!
Perched eight storeys above the historic The Rocks, impress and delight your team with cocktails, canapes and unrivalled harbour views from this stunning rooftop event space.
Book your EOFY celebrations at 55 George and not only will you receive DOUBLE IHG Rewards Club points, you'll also enjoy your choice of one of the following:
- Premium beverage upgrade
- Accommodation in a Superior Room on the night of your event
- A $350 Westfield voucher
Terms and conditions apply. Accommodation subject to availability.
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Triple Perks
Select THREE additional rewards for your next meeting or event at participating hotels of Marriott Bonvoy™ in Asia Pacific.
Book by September 15 for arrivals by September 30, 2019.
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Have meetings that fly high at the award-winning Crowne Plaza® Changi Airport. Enjoy our exclusive meetings offer, supported by your dedicated Crowne Plaza® meetings director or manager who will work with you from start to finish.
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The 14th Annual Associations Forum National Conference
The 14th Annual Associations Forum National Conference will be held between July 15 and 16, 2019, at National Convention Centre Canberra. This year’s impressive educational program will bring together prominent speakers from associations and charities, as well as leading experts from across Australasia.
With over 450 attendees expected, the Associations Forum National Conference provides an excellent opportunity to connect and network with professionals from the not-for-profit sector.
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Why arenas for events make sense
Arenas usually call to mind mega sporting events and heavy metal concerts. Well, times are changing. The flexibility, convenience and facilities of arenas mean savvy event planners are tapping into the venues for corporate functions.
Discover the reasons you should host your event in an arena with this piece penned by events director at MYOB, Alison Tovey. Click
Malta for Incentives
Though somewhat unassuming, the Mediterranean paradise of Malta is making waves as a destination for corporate incentives. Some of its drawcards include the fact that hotels are cheaper than they are at other European destinations, it’s chock full of natural beauty, the weather is pleasant year-round (the coldest it gets is 13 degrees and the hottest is 27) and there’s been a recent increase in air connectivity.
If none of that gets you, it also boasts Mdina, a location where Game of Thrones was filmed.
Find out more about Malta and its incentives appeal in our latest up-and-comers article
Getting the event food wrong is one thing. Getting the event food wrong by gifting your attendees with an intense bout of food poisoning is quite another. This was unfortunately the case at the President’s Club event at the MCG which preceded this year’s Anzac Day AFL match.
We’ll spare you the gratuitous details, but more than 30 people ate some questionable chicken and rabbit terrine and soon reported feeling unwell - with some even passing out. To add insult to injury, the tickets were a hefty $725 per-person. We’re never complaining about drink limits again.
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A whale of a saving
Captain Cook Cruises is offering up to 45 per cent off its whale watching cruises operating between May 18 and June 30, 2019.
The open-water cruise takes passengers past the Sydney Opera House and eastern suburbs, with ample chances to spot humpbacks during their migration. Each cruise also features expert commentary and a skilled on-board team.
The offer is valid until May 16, so swim to it. Find out more here.
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Celebrate milestones.
It’s imperative for people and companies to celebrate anniversaries and achievements, says Funktionality’s Tracy Wood.
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Game of bandwagoning
Game of Thrones fever has well and truly gripped the cultural zeitgeist, so why not incorporate the hysteria into your corporate event? Admittedly, the members of the micenet team are among the only people on the planet not currently watching the show, but a quick Google search has revealed that three of its actors are Australian: Noah Taylor, Essie Davis and Conan Stevens. As well as acting, the seven-foot-tall Mr Stevens is also a stuntman and former professional wrestler. Could provide an interesting point of difference at your event, given he can fit under the stage lights.
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Precarious play
We’ve seen giant Jenga games at a few events now (2018 Darwin Showcase, Gold Coast voco PCO famil), and they’re usually surrounded by a swarm of eager punters, so it’s probably worth giving them a mention. For those unaware, Jenga is a game wherein players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. The aim is to remove the blocks without the structure toppling over. Whoever sends the whole thing tumbling loses the game. The beauty of Jenga is in its simplicity. For boundless event entertainment, all you need to do is buy a set from somewhere like Giant Games, place it on a nearby lawn or on a piece of visible carpet, and let the rest take care of itself. It’s almost embarrassing in its simplicity, really.
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Motivate your top performers.
Mark McCowan provides tips to ensure your incentive program motivates your ‘Stars’.
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 quick fix 
• If you’re putting together any kind of marketing collateral, make sure your images are captioned. Most people limit their reading to a quick scan of headings, subheadings and captions, so you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to.
• While on marketing, our eyes like consistency, so stick to one font and colour with your text. Also, in the words of Malcolm Auld, placing any text over an image is a total pain in the eye.
• If you really want to impress delegates, mix up the standard beer and wine offering. We can’t stop harping on about the W Brisbane launch party, which featured freely dispensed espresso martinis. The recent Canberra Top Secret famil also served up whiskey martinis, much to the enjoyment of guests.
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