fortnightly bite-sized news and ideas for the corporate event planner
24 June 2021
Tomorrow, the curtain will be raised on a new bar in the lobby of Crown Towers Melbourne. R Bar will command the space formerly occupied by The Waiting Room, and embody the Art Deco era through drinks and design. Up to 110 guests can be seated in the space, including 16 in an intimate private bar. The design palette includes dark timber, bronze mirror panelling, sweeping velvet curtains and curved banquette seating. In terms of the bevvies, the focus will be on barrel-aged cocktails (Rockpool Dining Group’s culinary director Neil Perry has gone as far as to claim that the barrel ageing being done in the bar is on the largest scale in the country), a martini service and contemporary creations featuring Australian spirits and garnishes. The bar will be available for cocktail events for up to 300 guests.
• Following its June opening, the 168-room hotel Element Melbourne Richmond has launched a slew of meeting and event facilities. The hotel offers four venues totalling 256 sqm of function space, including the 150-pax Skyline 1 room and the 100-pax Skyline 2 room. Both of these rooms can be combined to accommodate 250 people cocktail-style, and join the intimate Boardroom space which caters for 22 people, and an outdoor deck space which is ideal for coffee breaks and wrap-up parties.
• Daiwa Living Waldorf has rebranded its Waldorf Apartments portfolio to Nesuto as a reflection of the new direction for the group. The rebrand comes as the company’s new shareholders begin an aggressive push to more than triple the brand’s Australia and New Zealand footprint of 1500 rooms to 5000 rooms by 2024.
• For the first time in three decades, the Sunshine Coast is getting a new internationally-branded hotel. The 167-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites property will be opened, financed, developed and operated by Pro-Invest, and is slated to open by the end of 2020. In addition to its guest rooms, the nine-storey hotel will have a pool, bar, dining venue and conference and function facilities.
• Two new regional hotels are set to join the Rydges network: Powerhouse Hotel Tamworth and Powerhouse Armidale. The hotels will re-launch this month as Powerhouse Hotel Tamworth by Rydges and Powerhouse Hotel Armidale by Rydges respectively.
Tick off these big 5 Cape Town experiences
While you are in Cape Town for your event, make sure you get out and about and explore what this diverse city has to offer.
1. Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, or, if you are feeling more adventurous, hike up Lions Head for spectacular views over the Mother City.
2. Horse ride through the Cape Winelands before indulging in an exquisite meal and wine tasting experience.
3. Walk through Mandela's footsteps on a ferry ride out to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years.
4. Take in the amazing coastal scenery of Cape Town on a side car, and meet the African Penguins at Boulders Beach.
5. Shop till you drop at the iconic Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and enjoy sundowners at one of the many waterfront bars.
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'Tis the season to be jolly
Book your event with TFE Hotels by September 30, 2019, and save 10 per cent on your total spend.
Receive two accommodation vouchers as prize draw for your party.
PLUS, a bottle of bubbles for the organiser.
To find out more, click
How to keep your cool when things change
The next PCOA webinar will take place on August 8 at 1:30 pm, exploring the topic of keeping calm in the face of change.
The session will be hosted by Belinda Brosnan, one of the leading voices on mindset and leadership through change, who is both a published author and executive coach.
Practical strategies for time poor and stressed event professionals will be imparted during the session.
To register, click
HKCEC’s five-year revamp continues
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is making strides with its five-year, HK $1 billion advancement project. Late last month, work commenced on the convention hall, theatres, foyers and Hall 3FG, and the rest of the centre will be covered in subsequent stages.
Upon completion, the spaces will have a revamped audio system, air handling units, water pipes, fire service installations, carpets, operable partitions and wall fabrics. The toilets and ancillary rooms will also be refurbished.
Taking your event overseas
In light of tomorrow’s Get Global show – which will showcase exhibitors from the outbound business market such as Hawaii, New Zealand and Hong Kong – we’ve dedicated this spot to taking your event abroad.
Our planet is full of safe, affordable and infrastructure-ready destinations to host events, which allow delegates to explore a new culture and combine business with pleasure. An example is South Africa, which we’ve highlighted at length over the last few months.
A while back we asked three event profs for five reasons to take your event offshore, and if you’re curious, you can have a read of it
Does your supplier pay their bills from their suppliers?
Buyers of events beware.
Unscrupulous and potentially insolvent operators can charge you but fail to pay their suppliers. If you’re buying from events industry suppliers, please try to check that they can and do pay their suppliers.
micenet will be featuring the experiences of an insolvency professional in our October issue.
 special deal 
Count us in
You know what’s better than receiving a discount when you make a MICE booking at a hotel? Receiving a discount and going into the draw to win a holiday. That is exactly what The Langham, Melbourne, is offering those who book a meeting at the hotel before the end of the year: five per cent off their master bill and the chance to win a holiday for two at The Langham, Huntington, Pasadena, California. The booking must total a minimum of $10,000 in guest room revenue and $4000 in catering revenue. Find out more here.
how to...
Set boundaries.
The nature of events mean that we sometimes have to act outside the norm. Just ask Stu Katzen.
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 hot speaker 
Not hard
Tom Gleeson has long been regarded as one of the better voices in Australian comedy, and his recent Logies speech - during which he tore each corner of the audience to shreds – has furthered this reputation. Well, at least to some. It can be difficult sourcing a presenter who is genuinely hilarious, but there’s something about Mr Gleeson’s combination of well-meant brutality and deadpan delivery that tickles the funny bone. His asking price has probably gone up since his Gold Logie win, but having Tom as your MC would be likely to delight, surprise and perhaps polarise your audience. Find out more about him here.
 entertain me 
Wine and dine like a Queen
We can all agree that Queenstown isn’t short on entertainment, but its night time activities can prove a little scarce. Until now. Alpine Wine Tours has just launched the region’s first ever Progressive Dinner Tour, allowing groups of up to 22 a taste of the very best of Queenstown. Guests are picked up in a slick Mercedes Sprinter and toured through renowned wineries, micro-breweries and restaurants to experience food, wine and craft beer offerings. We’re sure we’ve sold you with that info alone, but you can find out more here.
how to....
Hire event people.
We asked three recruiters what they look for when hiring event people, and their answers might surprise you.
Click here to learn more.
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    KeepCups... we've all got enough now.
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 quick fix 
• Before you book entertainment, ask yourself the question: Does this suit the theme? Does it serve a purpose? Is it completely out of left field and likely to cause confusion? Some acts may appeal to guests’ eyes and ear drums but be completely incongruous at an event. For instance, how many times have we seen aerial performers at gatherings that weren’t circus themed?
• Speaking of event entertainment, it’s probably worth pulling out the big bucks in this department and hiring professionals. In the words of Mister Milford Event Management’s managing director Adam Niewand, an amateurish performance courtesy of the local primary school will impress nobody and likely damage yours and your client's brand.
• For some reason, people can’t get enough of filters. Ones that make you look old, ones that make you look young, ones that make you look cartoonish or ones that make you look like a canine. This is a trend that is probably worth tapping into (until it inevitably fades).
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