fortnightly bite-sized news and ideas for the corporate event planner
24 September 2021
Buckle in, your new favourite offsite Perth venue is just around the corner. The second HYDE property will open in the city next month, following the opening of Hyde Paradiso on the Gold Coast earlier this year. HYDE Kitchen + Cocktails has resulted from a partnership between Accor and sbe, and will sit within The Adnate hotel. The venue’s outdoor spaces will feature a pool, sun loungers and DJ decks, while its interior will follow the vision of designer Carlie Milosevic, with pastel sunsets, picturesque beaches and a neutral colour scheme featuring prominently. In terms of food and drink, HYDE Kitchen + Cocktails will serve up street-food snacks, hearty mains, pizza and cocktails. On the venue’s imminent opening, Accor chief operating officer Pacific Simon McGrath said: “It won't be like anything else in Perth and is destined to become a favourite for Perth locals, due to its unique offering and central Hay Street location, as well as domestic and international visitors to the city.” This place has funky cocktail function written all over it.
• As State Library Victoria nears the completion of its $88.1 million Vision 2020 redevelopment, bookings for the venue have officially opened. The library will offer an impressive 11 event venues, including state-of-the-art conferencing spaces, heritage reading rooms and a world-class gallery.
• Chef Michael ‘Miko’ Aspiras has been appointed executive pastry chef at Hilton Sydney. His passion is in creating dessert and world-class pastries, and he said he is excited to share this with visitors from all over Australia.
• Raffles’ first resort in the Maldives, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, has opened 16 new overwater villas. The addition of these villas, which are set on the southern tip of the Maldives in the remote Gaafu Alifu Atoll, follows the resort’s soft opening in May.
• For the first time in 10 years, Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific has completed a full renovation of its conference and event spaces. Enlisting the expertise of interior design company Make Architects, the refurbishment includes an upgraded bar and coffee facilities; carpets and interiors; and the installment of state-of-the-art audio visual equipment.
• Bangkok resort Amari Pattaya has completed a major transformation of its suites, lobby, restaurants, ballroom and fitness centre. The property’s two accommodation wings, Amaria Suites and Amari tower, have combined contemporary design with local Thai influences. The 588 sqm, pillar-less Grand Ballroom has high ceilings and golden hues, and can accommodate up to 700 guests.
• YTL Hotels and Marriott International has announced the signing of a Master Development Agreement to bring the AC Hotels by Marriott brand to Malaysia for the first time. The AC Hotels by Marriott brand will be exclusive to YTL Hotels for the whole of Malaysia.
Optus Stadium – more than a sporting venue
Recently awarded the Most Beautiful Stadium in the World, there’s so much more to Optus Stadium than sporting events and concerts.
With more than 18 dedicated event spaces, including Perth’s only ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows framing the CBD skyline and river, the centrally-located venue has delivered a seamless experience for a range of meetings and special events.
In August, a group of VIP guests dined on Optus Stadium's field of play for the very first time. This intimate event has scope to be recreated on a much larger scale for up to 15,000 guests.
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Meet and Be Rewarded at The Westin Perth
Make the most out of your meetings or events* at The Westin Perth and receive three exciting rewards including 5 per cent off master billed rooms; a complimentary one-hour welcome reception; and double Marriott Bonvoy points plus 5000 signing bonus points for every qualifying meeting or event.
Simply book your meeting or event in one of its nine flexible and unique meeting spaces; including an 800 sqm Grand Ballroom, by December 31, 2019, and discover why a great meeting deserves great rewards. *Terms and conditions apply.
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Happy hour
This week we received news of not one but two NSW properties that have given their cocktail menus a refresh.
The first was QT Sydney, whose mixologists have worked hard to put a twist on well-loved classics and introduce some newbies. The hotel’s signature Negroni – a concoction with Bulldog Gin, Campari and orange wheels that has been sold more than 6000 times – is now available in a fountain for groups. Other additions include Papal Apple, the hotel’s house apple martini, and Dirty Dick's Fruit Disco, which heavily features Midori.
Further south, visitors to luxury property Dovecote can now enjoy in-house cocktails prepared by World Class Bartender of the Year 2019, Orlando Marzo. These include the Lounge Spritz featuring lemon myrtle syrup; the Poolside Collins which has homemade pear cordial infused with strawberry gum; and the Spiced Fire Bulevardier, which is ideal to drink by a crackling fire.
If you like pina coladas, or getting caught in the rain, or impressing your delegates with delicious and crafty cocktails, give these places a whirl.
You’ve heard of soccer, and you’ve heard of golf, but have you heard of FootGolf?
The object of this hybrid game is to kick a soccer ball into a cup on a golf course. As is the case with golf, success is judged by getting the ball into the cup with as few kicks as possible.
FootGolf was brought over to Australia from Argentina, and is now played at 30 golf courses around the country.
We think it’d make a great team-building activity now that the weather is warming up.
Like many epic fails before it, this edition’s biggest face palm moment resulted from a lack of attention to detail.
A while ago we took part in an international famil with around 10 other delegates who had travelled from across the globe to attend. After a gruelling day of site inspections and activities, we pulled in to our hotel to check in and ready ourselves for a much needed night of sleep.
After sitting in the lobby for half an hour, absently checking emails and quizzically glancing at the conversation between the organiser and the hotel’s reception staff, the group’s patience began to dwindle. This is when we were informed that the organiser had accidentally taken us to the wrong hotel.
Luckily, the correct hotel was only across the road, but every single delegate lamented the lack of organisation. The lesson here? Jet lagged delegates are always eager for sleep, and any delay will incite their collective ire. Check, double check and triple check details.
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Celebrate Christmas at Oaks
Yep, it’s already time to start thinking about Christmas.
Oaks is here to help you along with some Christmas celebration and festive season getaway ideas.
A vast array of venue options are on offer, from beachside resorts, cool hinterland hideaways and chic spaces in the city.
They’ve got a venue option that is sure to answer your Christmas wish list.
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Create an approach to 'best practice' event content design.
Peta Moore provides five tips.
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Simply Devine
Apparently something to do with cricket is going on at the moment, so we’ve decided to feature someone related to the sport. No, not an ex player, or commentator, or Sharon from Kath and Kim, but Rachel Devine, AKA The Unlikely Cricket Mum. Rachel is an advocate of young girls in cricket, and works alongside Bupa and Cricket Australia to further female representation. She is also a photography blogger and snapped some of Miley Cyrus’ first ever head shots. Find out more about Rachel here.
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Raise your voice
The thought of singing in a group mortifies most people, but a recent experience at Destination Gold Coast’s Connect Sydney event proved an exception to the rule. Representatives from SongDivision Team Building tasked attendees with writing a short song about the Gold Coast, and once the initial grumbles subsided, each of us had a lot of fun penning our ideas. Our lyrics were collated to form one master song which we all performed with merriment (this may have been because the wine had kicked in by this point).
how to....
Write a social media strategy.
Stop putting it off. It's time to get your social media act together, writes Annabel Sullivan.
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 quick fix 
• Unless you want a room full of tiddly delegates, make sure you start serving SOME food at the same time as you serve alcohol. We recently attended an event which dispensed wine a full hour before the canapes, and we had to limit ourselves lest it went to our heads.
• Organising an event at an exotic destination? Serve dishes that match the destination. No one wants to attend a conference in a South East Asian country only to eat burgers and chips. Well, no one with taste, anyway.
• Hair ties, phone charger cords and mosquito repellent were some of the items delegates frequently sought after on a famil we attended recently. The organisers were helpfully able to supply all of them, which left a favourable impression.
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