fortnightly bite-sized news and ideas for the corporate event planner
28 February 2020
It may be small in size, but Monaco is now home to a mega conference centre. One Monte-Carlo is located in the heart of the country, and offers 1445 sqm of floor space suited to conferences, seminars, conventions and product launches. The centre includes a 154 sqm auditorium, three modular rooms, a large foyer and all necessary event equipment. Built on the site of the old Palais des Beaux-Arts, each of the centre’s rooms are named after an artist from Monaco’s history. The centre is also home to an art gallery set to host major cultural events. One Monte-Carlo is part of a new district that covers 60,000 sqm of space and also boasts a brand-new luxury shopping promenade, six top-end residential buildings, a new concept-restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Marcel Ravin and plenty of greenery.
• The Queensland Government has committed $176 million towards an upgrade of the Cairns Convention Centre. The enhancements will include a refurbishment of existing facilities as well as the addition of 3000 sqm of meeting, banquet and exhibition space. Work is due to commence in June 2020 and be completed by 2022.
• Iconic property Raffles Singapore has officially re-opened its doors following an extensive restoration. The updates encompass new suite categories, dining concepts and lifestyle experiences.
• Beppu – a Japanese destination famed for its hot springs – has opened its first international luxury resort. ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa has a distinct design encompassing local artworks, bamboo, ancient pottery and wooden furniture, and offers 89 guest rooms including 10 suites.
• IHG has announced that its entire hotel estate of almost 843,000 guest rooms will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities by 2021. The initiative is part of the hotel giant’s efforts to reduce plastic waste, and will make it the first global hotel company to commit all brands to removing bathroom miniatures.
• Following an incident in September 2018 which forced its closing, Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane will re-open on November 25 this year. The hotel is nestled in the heritage-listed former Queensland Government Savings Bank building, and boasts 220 rooms and suites.
Darwin Convention Centre's new Indigenous-inspired menu
Seven Seasons is the name of the Darwin Convention Centre’s new menu, a culinary journey inspired by the Gulumoerrgin (Larrakia) Seasons.
The menu centres on the seven seasons and the corresponding impact these changes have on sight, sound, landscape and natural habitat.
Visual and audio experiences complement the dishes, which include crocodile terrine, mud crab with coconut lime dressing and lemon myrtle kangaroo dumpling.
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Why should you take your event to Pretoria?
The second instalment in the Where Great Minds Meet series – a project brought together by CNBC Catalyst and South Africa Tourism to highlight the country’s events potential – is out now.
The latest episode sees British explorer Levison Wood meet with head of otorhinolaryngology at the University of Pretoria Mashudu Tshifularo to find out why Pretoria is the centre of medical innovation. Professor Tshifularo has performed the world’s first middle ear transplant using 3D printed bones.
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Marketing automation a focus at PCOA19
Attendees at this year’s PCOA19 annual conference will hear all the benefits of marketing automation when digital marketing consultant and founder of Paper Planes Simon Dell takes to the stage.
Simon will focus on the basics of marketing automation, how it can improve a business, showcase some successful case studies and share the platforms available to use, as well as some tips on deciding on the best one.
To find out more about this year’s conference, click
The EEAA’s new networking platform
A new series of special interest forums aimed at enhancing membership engagement have been launched by the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA).
The forums will allow members to exchange industry knowledge and address key issues facing the sector, and will take place two to four times per year.
The first forum will take place on August 20 at HostCo in the grounds of Sydney University, and involve key players from the Australian exhibitions and business events industry.
Headphones for presentations
This year’s Get Global saw the return of one of the most genius presentation trends – audience headphones.
Headphones not only negate background noise, but allow guests to zone in on the presentation taking place. They’re also great if you’re a little hard of hearing, and work to block out those pesky audience giggles.
Ideal for exhibitions and particularly noisy events, headphones are a trend that makes sense. Good one, Saxton Speakers!
Image courtesy of Oneill Photographics.
Does your supplier pay their bills from their suppliers?
It seems we hit a nerve with our last epic fail, with a number of responses received regarding ‘suppliers’ not paying bills from their suppliers.
In it, we explained how unscrupulous and potentially insolvent operators can charge you but fail to pay their suppliers.
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A world of your imagination
Need an excuse to take your event overseas? The St. Regis Macao - which is situated in the heart of the dazzling Cotai Strip - has launched ‘Meetings Beyond Imagination’, which allows organisers to enjoy a range of benefits when making a booking. Those who book before December 31, 2019, are eligible for the offer, which has far too many benefits for us to name here. But to give you a preview, there’s 20 per cent off AV, 50 per cent off in-house entertainment, and 50 per cent off a Gondola Ride and Eiffel Tower Experience. To read all of the benefits on offer, click here.
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Not be a boring presenter.
Boring presentations have nothing to do with content, writes Lynne Schinella.
Click here to learn more.
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An oldie but a goodie
We’re not saying that our latest hot speaker is old. It’s just that he’s been on the MC circuit for donkey’s years - and with good reason. Last month’s Get Global show saw us re-acquainted with the wit and zeal of actor, improviser and corporate trainer Andrew Klein, who had the audience both rapt and in stitches. Andrew’s talent lies in introducing speakers in a way that includes humour, obscure facts and anecdotes, and he genuinely gets people excited for who they’re about to hear from. In terms of corporate MC’ing, he’s tried and true. Discover more about Andrew here.
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Sniff sniff
Scent is one of the most powerful of our senses, so it’s no wonder hotels and event companies have caught a whiff of the trend. A few micenet issues ago, resident event extraordinaire Stu Katzen wrote about using scent at your event (you can read it here), and most recently our editor Brad Foster ventured down to Grand Hyatt Melbourne where he partook in a perfume making class. We think this is a great way for delegates to tap into their creative reserves and take home a gift they’ll actually use (after all, they made it).
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Avoid making LinkedIn mistakes.
In the first of a three-part series, Annabel Sullivan provides some tips on effectively using LinkedIn.
Click here to learn more.
    Suspended desserts.
    Headlining your event with a once-successful sports star.
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• Holding your event on a weekend? It might be wise to invite spouses, too. This way your attendance figures are likely to increase and no one will feel left out at dinner or networking sessions.
• This may seem obvious to some, but before serving food to your delegates, make sure you sample at least a bit of it yourself. We’re positive that the organisers of an event we attended recently were clueless about the undercooked chicken burgers and soggy fish and chips guests were being proffered.
• While on food, if you’re going to serve up fare of the junk variety (coke, popcorn, choc tops and burgers), perhaps include a healthier option, too. A lot of people take part in fitness programs, diets and naturopathic endeavours, and will be excluded from eating entirely.
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