fortnightly bite-sized news and ideas for the corporate event planner
28 February 2020
The weather in Sydney this week has been completely and utterly miserable. So when our inboxes lit up with news of Mövenpick opening a BDMS Wellness Resort in Bangkok, our eyes turned varying shades of green. The resort is nestled in the heart of Sukhumvit and surrounded by 1.2 acres of lush greenery, featuring trees dating back over a century. Up to 293 visitors can rest their heads in a collection of rooms and suites, each of which have balconies overlooking the gardens, yoga mats and a range of in-room amenities. Located adjacent to the hotel rooms is the BDMS Wellness Clinic, which offers a selection of preventative healthcare treatments including physiotherapy, digestive wellness, dental and fertility treatments.
Are there any MICE facilities, you ask? Well, the answer is a resounding yes. The resort boasts 2000 sqm of indoor function space, including a grand ballroom and six multi-functional meeting rooms. For cocktail functions, there’s also an outdoor garden setting. Neato.
• Accor has welcomed its first Sebel branded apartment hotel to Canberra with the opening of The Sebel Canberra Civic. Spanning 11 floors, the property boasts 126 studio rooms with kitchenette facilities as well as nine one-bedroom suites and nine two-bedroom suites with full kitchen facilities.
• The 145-room, Manhattan-themed Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour Sydney is now available to book from November 1, 2019. The hotel features a rooftop infinity pool, communal spaces, a grand façade entry and New York-inspired amenities. Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour Sydney is located within close proximity to the ICC Sydney, making it an ideal choice for business travellers.
• Baillie Lodges has announced it will close Silky Oaks Lodge between April and September 2020 for a significant refurbishment. Premium suites and a more stylish experience of the World Heritage-listed Daintree are slated, with Port Douglas-based architect Gary Hunt engaged for the design and Amanda Pike of Pike Withers for the interiors.
• The curtain has been lifted on a $3.5 million refurbishment of Novotel Geelong, with all 109 guest rooms receiving a new paint scheme, carpet, curtains, furnishings, a chaise lounge, a feature wall and a smart TV.
• Element Melbourne Richmond, a 163-room hotel located in the new Botanicca Corporate Park on the banks of the Yarra River, has opened its doors. The hotel has been designed by award-winning Melbourne architects Rothelowman, and boasts four modern meeting spaces spanning 265 sqm.
Perth Convention Bureau appoints CEO
Mr Gareth Martin has been appointed CEO of the Perth Convention Bureau. Gareth has worked with the PCB for 12 years, most recently as acting CEO following the departure of former CEO Paul Beeson in February.
PCB chairman Kevin Skipworth said the Board welcomed the appointment and were excited about working with Mr Martin towards a renewed long-term strategic plan to transform the Bureau into 2020 and beyond.
“I am confident we have the leadership to take the Bureau forward to achieve great success in attracting increased business events to Western Australia and our collaborative relationship with all stakeholders will continue to strengthen under Mr Martin’s stewardship," he said.
Adventurous new cocktail bar lands in Sydney
Sydneysiders are set to go on adventure with the opening of Jackalberry. The newest venue to open at Hyatt Regency Sydney, Jackalberry is an immersive cocktail bar, located in Sydney’s CBD.
Named after the native African tree, Jackalberry offers a glimpse of the world’s flavours with its thoughtfully concocted cocktails, food options and lush interiors, transporting guests on a journey around the world. Nestled in a stunning heritage listed building, Jackalberry is designed to be the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle with a rich botanical feel that will take guests from day to night.
To find out more visit @jackalberrysyd or
Triple Perks
Select THREE additional rewards for your next meeting or event at participating hotels of Marriott Bonvoy™ in Asia Pacific. Book by 15 September for arrivals by September 30, 2019.
Find out more
AV1 expands to Queensland
Award-winning event production provider AV1 has launched in Queensland, just nine months after its expansion into Melbourne. AV1 Queensland will be headed up by Andrew Troedson and Lee Bowman, both longstanding team members who have joined forces to trade as AV1 Queensland from July 2019.
Whilst AV1 has serviced the east coast for many years from its Sydney headquarters, the firm will now service clients who run events in Brisbane, Gold Coast and surrounds from a local warehouse full of quality equipment.
The Sunshine Coast
And we’re not just talking about the weather. The world has turned its proverbial head towards the place that’s sunshine by name and sunshine by nature, with the region posting record international tourism numbers last year.
There’s also plenty happening on the MICE side of things. In April, an $8 million convention centre opened within Novotel Twin Waters Resort, and May saw the curtain lifted on an $8 million refurb of the Events Centre, Caloundra.
You can read more about what’s going on in the Sunshine Coast in our write-up. Just click
here and scroll through to page 38.
We’ll preface this by saying that if you’re a cat person, this wasn’t an epic fail but an epically cute transgression. Earlier this month, a Pakistani minister’s live-streamed press conference took an un-fur-tunate turn when a cat filter was mistakenly turned on.
The minister continued briefing journalists for several minutes with furry ears and whiskers akimbo, before the person filming was alerted of the cat-astrophic error.
We’re not sure how this happened (were they filming it on Snapchat?!), but what a funny reminder of the importance of competent AV people for your events.
 special deal 
Meet for free at voco™
If you’ve read the cover story for our June edition, you’ll know all about how you can meet for free at voco™ properties. Yep, you read that right. Free. Simply have your delegates stay at either voco™ Gold Coast or voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley and your meeting is on them.
Some of the ‘Meet for Free’ inclusions are meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 300; complimentary WiFi; lunch; meeting breaks with handmade treats and three IHG Business Reward points for bookers.
Still don’t believe us? Well, you can read all about it here.
how to...
Not be a boring presenter.
Boring presentations have nothing to do with content, writes Lynne Schinella. Just click through to page 18.
Click here to learn more.
 hot speaker 
The power of conferences
What’s the greatest conference success story you’ve heard? For us, the tale of juvenile delinquent turned doctor Lance O’Sullivan has gotta be up there. Aged 17, the twice-expelled and disruptive child was taken to a conference on Maori medicine by his aunt. So inspired was Lance by a young doctor’s talk that he started medical school, became a GP and an advocate for Maori health. Doctor O’Sullivan is now a well-known character in New Zealand, and recently spoke at Tourism New Zealand’s MEETINGS Association Programme on ‘transforming desperation into disruption’. To read more about his story, click here.
 entertain me 
Silence is golden
Silent discos are nothing new (Big Day Out circa 2011, anyone?) but for some reason, broad swathes of the country have never experienced one before. If you fall into this camp and also have no idea what they are, silent discos are an event where people listen to music through wireless headphones rather than a speaker. To observers, it looks like a room of people dancing in silence, but those participating experience superior sound quality and have autonomy over which songs they listen to. We most recently boogied in a silent disco at MEETINGS 2019, and are able to confirm that it was a big hit with attendees.
how to....
Avoid making LinkedIn mistakes.
In the first of a three-part series, Annabel Sullivan provides some tips on effectively using LinkedIn. Just click through to page 33.
Click here to learn more.
    Festoon lighting.
    Meetings focused on doom and gloom.
 learn about 
 quick fix 
• KeepCups are a great idea, but trust us... those who attend events regularly are now in possession of upwards of 20 of them. Perhaps it’s time organisers switched to returnable cups?
• Speaking of take home gifts, members of the micenet team were recently very excited to receive a hard shell suitcase from Hawaiian Airlines and a high quality umbrella from the Christchurch Convention Bureau. Both items are useful and a little outside the box.
• Dimmed lighting can really set the scene at an event, but just be mindful that it can make things hard to photograph on smartphones. If your aim is to get your décor, music and food onto social media, perhaps brighten the space a little. You can always dim the lights as the night goes on.
Visit our Daily News and Opinion for daily updates
on everything relating to business events
Associations Forum National Conference
July 15-16, 2019
Get Global
July 26, 2019
ICC Sydney
October 7-10, 2019
ICC Sydney