fortnightly bite-sized news and ideas for the corporate event planner
23 June 2016
• Starwood will launch a new five-star Westin hotel at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast in 2021 as part of a $1 billion mixed-use development planned by Japanese real estate giant Sekisui House. The new 220-room Westin Coolum Resort will be developed on a 20 hectare site at Yaroomba Beach along David Low Way. The new resort will be less than 200 metres from the sea with direct access to the beach.
• Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia will open Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park in 2018. Located in the AU$2 billion Central Park urban village at the former Old Kent Brewery site, the 297-room new build hotel will be part of a mixed-use development.
• You can read all about the $40 million revitalisation of the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort in the latest edition of micenet magazine. Click here for the link.
More flights to Tassie
The introduction of a number of seasonal jet services by Qantas to Hobart and Launceston over the summer period is excellent news for business events in Tasmania.
Qantas announced yesterday it will increase capacity between Launceston and Melbourne when its 110 seat Boeing 717 jet aircraft takes flight to support customer demand over the busy summer months with 11 peak days return services.
Qantas will also use larger 168 seat B737 aircraft on peak days of the summer period and additional services from Sydney to Hobart will run on December 31 and January 7 to support customers travelling for the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Flights between Brisbane and Hobart will also be reintroduced on select dates in December and January.
Business Events Tasmania CEO, Stuart Nettlefold, said “It is great to see Tasmania is more accessible than ever. This adds to Qantas’ additional capacity introduced from March this year.”
QantasLink currently operates 46 flights between Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney, as well as 27 flights into Devonport and 27 into Launceston.
Treat your clients to a cruise around Sydney
Shelby’s Sidecar Tours was launched in Sydney last week offering an alternative to hanging onto a Harley Davidson rider. Tours take advantage of the stunning city views and offer riders a variety of routes as well as bespoke tours to fit a variety of timeframes and budgets.
For more information or to book a tour head over to the
Video & animation
Animated video content is said to be one of the most effective ways to drive interest, engagement and sales. Communications company Zadro is offering a special EOFY offer for businesses to produce clever, memorable branded video content that tells your unique story. If you've always wanted a video about your business or product, now is the time to press play! A 30 second animated video starts at $3500.
Email Elizabeth to learn more.
Email slip-ups can be highly detrimental to a career as one hotelier found out the hard way. An email enquiry for a piece of business turned to disaster when the hotelier emailed their boss telling them that this client was a pain in the proverbial (and we have it on good authority the language was a bit stronger than that). Unfortunately – or fortunately – they cc’d the client as well as their boss. Oops!
 special deal 
A little luxury for you…
Whatever the occasion, Australian Technology Park Conference Centre is the ultimate event location. Whether it’s an exhibition; training for a small team; a special event; a sophisticated conference; or a gala dinner; the impressive industrial heritage setting will provide the perfect backdrop for your event. And we have an amazing offer!
All new bookings for events held before June 30, 2017 will receive a $4000 voucher to spend at Louis Vuitton.*
Contact ATP via email or phone +61 2 9209 4220.
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Manage change
Lynne Schinella provides some tips on how to get your big idea off the drawing board and into the real world.
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 hot speaker 
Last month micenet magazine featured a new column by New Zealand’s Ngahihi o te ra Bidios whose keynote is entitled Ancient Wisdom Modern Solution. In this presentation he talks about keys to great leadership through his ta moko (traditional tattoo).
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 entertain me 
Those heading to NZ for a meeting should check out the Rock N Roll Teambuilding gang who last week launched in the land of the long white cloud.
Visit the website to see how they can rock the socks off your event attendees.
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Select an event agency
Stu Katzen provides three big tips for choosing an event agency.
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Tasmania for events with a strong focus on incredible cuisine
Talk fests – audiences want to be part of the program
 i want to know about running events in: 
 quick fix 
• Don’t skint on entertainment at your event. No longer does a house band cut it!
• And speaking of entertainment… try before you buy or at least get some feedback on who you want to use from past clients.
• To get the most out of your event agency GIVE THEM YOUR BUDGET. It can affect everything they do and if its particularly low will make them put their creative hats on to come up with solutions.
• If your company has a procurement department liaise with them at least twice-annually on what your needs are. Procurement shouldn’t just be about cost savings.
CINZ Meetings 2016
June 15 - 16, 2016
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland
The Event Show Sydney
August 25 - 26, 2016
Royal Randwick
Events by Luxperience
September 18 - 21, 2016
Australian Technology Park