micenet August - September 2019
    
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August 29, 2019
In this issue
Hong Kong off the radar for meetings and incentives
Hilton in top 3 of Australia's Best Companies to Work For
Business Events Gold Coast pulls out of AIME 2020
BCEC celebrates best of QLD produce in new menu
Melbourne & Olympic Parks unveils its spaces at IMEX America
 
 
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Asia’s leading meetings and events destination, Sands Resorts Macao, has launched its new offer - ‘Meetings Beyond Imagination’, which features an array of value-added benefits including 5 per cent off master bill to help event organisers create extraordinary events.
 
This year’s offer provides extra benefits to delegates. For the first time, delegates are able to enjoy 20 per cent off on dining experiences at selected restaurants; an additional 30 minutes of complimentary spa time and special discounts at selected retail outlets throughout Sands Resorts Macao.
 
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Thailand’s new deal
 
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s (TCEB) new ‘MICE Thailand Signature’ campaign rewards overseas MICE delegates with discounts and privileges at over 300 establishments throughout the Kingdom.
 
These include hotels, restaurants, spas, shops, attractions, shows, and experience workshops such as cooking and Muay Thai classes. The goal is to encourage delegates to maximise their return on investment and return on time and to redefine their experiences during their visit to Thailand. The campaign ends December 31, 2019.
 
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Sally Brown honoured with EventsAIR Lifetime Achievement Award
 
EventsAIR CEO, Trevor Gardiner, conferred the EventsAIR 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to 30 year PCO veteran, Sally Brown, at the company's EventsAIR Rise User Conference in August.
 
Mr Gardiner first met Mrs Brown when she was working in the University of Queensland conference department in 1990. Recently retired from the industry, Mrs Brown set up her own PCO business which she ran for more than 20 years and delivered in excess of 110 conferences.
 
"Every meeting planner knows what it takes to be a great meeting planner. To do this for five to 10 years shows determination and passion. To dedicate over 30 years to continually organise and execute events is awe inspiring," said Mr Gardiner of Mrs Brown's contribution.
Hong Kong off the radar for meetings and incentives
 
Despite assurances from the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association that it's business as usual for the city, Australian meeting and incentive travel planners are looking at alternatives for upcoming events for the remainder of 2019 and beyond.
 
Destination Asia reports protests continued over the past weekend, with more planned over the coming week. Airport disruptions were also a factor recently. Strategies in place now include some road closures to the airport to ensure there are no further airport disruptions.
 
Ongoing problems in Hong Kong are having a positive effect on Macao with one hotelier reporting they had recently picked up three Hong Kong bound pieces of business.
Hilton in top 3 of Australia's Best Companies to Work For
 
Next time you visit a Hilton hotel check to see if the staff around you are smiling. They should be because the company was recently named the number 3 Best Companies to Work by the Great Place to Work Institute.
 
This latest accolade comes hot on the heels of Hilton hotels in Fiji and the Asia Pacific where the company was ranked as the top global hospitality company to work for in the Asia's Best Multinational Workplace 2019 list.
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Business Events Gold Coast pulls out of AIME 2020
 
Business Events Gold Coast has reviewed its business plan and will not be partnering with AIME in 2020, according to BE manager, Shannon Thwaites.
 
BE Gold Coast will be aligning its activities more with Business Events Australia and other select partners.
 
It is uncertain whether BE Gold Coast members or other Gold Coast operators will follow suit or continue to exhibit at the trade show.
Gold Coast hosts 700 on Chinese incentive
 
The Gold Coast last week hosted more than 700 representatives from Chinese company Zhiban Keji for a four-day incentive, with an estimated economic impact of $1.7 million.
 
Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista says the city is developing an enviable reputation internationally as a destination of choice for reward travel, backed by excellence in delivering distinctive and memorable programs.
 
"Boasting 44 per cent of Queensland's conference market share, the business events industry injects $550 million annually into the Gold Coast economy."
 
Last week's program included experiences at theme parks including Warner Bros. Movie World, Australian Outback Spectacular, Paradise Country, and Sirromet Wines. The group also visited Harbour Town Shopping Centre.
BCEC celebrates best of QLD produce in new menu
 
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre executive chef, David Pugh, has released his haute cuisine skills and love of fresh local produce on the centre's newly released menus - his first since stepping into the role earlier this year.
 
Pugh, who reigned as Queensland's Ambassador Chef for four years and was the recipient of numerous chefs' hats during his restaurant career has set his much acclaimed culinary talents at work, celebrating the freshness, flavours and variety of local Queensland produce in this latest menu offering.
Long lunching in the Hunter Valley
 
voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley is celebrating the beauty of Mother Nature in all her glory with the recent launch of its outdoor ‘Long Lunch’ series.
 
Created to give guests a gastronomical experience like no other, each lunch is being curated to celebrate the beauty of the ever-changing landscape and seasonal produce of the Hunter Valley, with incredible share-style menus paired with the best from local vineyards.
 
This style of event is now offered as an exclusive Hunter Valley experience for your next offsite meeting or Christmas party. Inquire today.
 
Find out more here. 
Melbourne & Olympic Parks unveils its spaces at IMEX America
 
Melbourne & Olympic Parks is joining the throngs of Aussie venue operators at IMEX America in Las Vegas next month where it will be unveiling its new function and media centre.
 
The newly named CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park is sure to pique the interest of international event planners, and is on track for a 2022 opening.
 
The space will have the capacity to host up to 3000 guests for conferences, gala dinners and stunning cocktail parties. IMEX America runs from September 10-12, 2019.
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