The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-15T23:00:00Z Interview Opportunities: Former White House Events Director to headline new B2B event industry conference 7-8 February 2019 2019-01-15T23:00:00Z interview-opportunities-former-white-house-events-director-to-headline-new-b2b-event-industry-conference-7-8-february-2019 INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES Former White House Events Director to headline new B2B event industry conference 7-8 February 2019 Dear {{ first_name | fallback:"Editor" }}, You’re invited to attend Australia’s newest events industry conference, The Business of Events, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February at the Sheraton Grand Hyde Park, Sydney. The Business of Events will present a bevy of industry heavyweights, offering middle to senior management professionals a wealth of latest findings, updates and in-depth discussions of how to capitalise on Australian events. The event will address global trends, identify market opportunities, showcase engaging event technology and help guide the development of your business. HIGHLIGHTS FOR MEDIA Event: The Business of Events When: 7-8 February 2019 Where: Sheraton Grand Hyde Park, Sydney By attending you will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. If you would like a complimentary media pass, please respond to this email with your name, title and publication. Please note, media passes are limited. Media Program Overview: Over 40 industry expert speakers 10 plenary keynote speakers The theme, Powering Growth, will explore how to identify new business, increase the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth Three flexible breakout sessions and panel discussions covering sales growth, event safety, event architecture, sponsorship, law/governance, business models, future business, professional development and marketing Conference expert speakers and interview opportunities: Thursday 7 February – 10:25am Friday 8 February – 2:40pm Laura Schwartz, Former White House Director of Events MC and international keynote speaker brings a wealth of experience, having produced over 1,000 events during her time at the White House including the Presidential Inauguration, one of the most coveted events in Washington. She will chronicle the positive and challenging moments that have shaped her life. She will demonstrate these are the same forces that influence powerful events no matter their size, budget, goal or purpose. Thursday 7 February – 11:35am Patrick Kidd, CEO, Invictus Games Patrick will tell the story of the Games, from the early stages of planning, winning the bid as well as planning and delivery of the Games. He will also talk to the challenges, of the rapid scale up and scale down, of the organising committee as well as the longer term impact of the Games. The royal touch was applied to the event earlier this year and is worth hearing about. Thursday 7 February – 1:00pm Craig James, Chief Economist, Commsec Craig will assess the economic landscape with particular focus on the current and prospective growth opportunities across sectors and regions. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from him on external factors and trends pressuring Australian business and prepare for the economic challenges ahead. Friday 8 February – 9:10am Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent Holly will explore best practice on leading changes and turning innovative ideas into action. She believes change is inevitable but growth is intentional. Research shows 90% of companies fail to execute their strategies due to poor execution. The business landscape is changing at a greater velocity and therefore we need to change the way we work and lead so we can continue to achieve excellence. Friday 8 February – 9:55am Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia-Pacific Natalie will discuss insights into MBFWA’s commercial growth strategy, examining major milestone and invaluable lessons learned along the event’s path to success. Fashion is a powerhouse industry that drives annual retail sales of over $9 billion and created value export opportunities for Australia. High-res images to be supplied by Exhibition & Trade Fairs. View the full program here. Free media passes available – simply reply to this email with your full name, position and publication title/s. Once your request is approved, you will receive an email. Bring photo ID with you to the registration desk upon entry to The Business of Events and they will supply you with a media pass and lanyard. Interviews with all organisers and speakers available before and during The Business of Events, please identify any speakers you’d like to interview and we will endeavour to schedule interview times. For more information and to register visit: Looking forward to hearing from you. Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | Catchi appoints Vinicius Tsugi as their Senior Digital Analyst 2019-01-14T02:19:25Z catchi-appoints-vinicius-tsugi-as-their-senior-digital-analyst Vinicius’ appointment flows from a perfect fit with the highly specialised team at Catchi and the large aspirations of this company to cement their data driven approach. He has an extensive digital analytics consulting and training experience, having assisted companies to achieve their goals through data-driven decision making across multiple verticals (Education, Consumer Goods, Finance, Insurance, Retail, Auto). Before moving to New Zealand in 2018 and heading up the analytics team at Catchi, Vinicius was the co-Founder and Director of Lúcida (now Zoly), one of Brazil’s leading digital analytics agencies and also a Google Marketing Platform Partner. Vinicius has led over 400 Digital Analytics and BI projects, developing the company into one of the most respected Digital Analytics players in Brazil. Vinicius was also a Google Partners Academy Trainer and trained over 1,000 Brazilian professionals in Digital Analytics fundamentals and advanced topics. His unique experience will help clients understand their data better, ensure their tracking is set correctly and to its full potential and that it is interpreted the right way, leading to advanced insights and opportunities for action. One of Vinicius’ specialities is said to be combining his ability to dive deep into the Analytics of a digital channel with his understanding of Optimisation principles to get to crucial insights and recommendations around data integration and optimisation opportunities. “Our focus has increasingly be on offering optimisation consultancy that is based on solid data and extensive data analytics. The appreciation and demand for a data driven approach from our clients has grown substantially, which is exciting to see and indicates an increasing maturity in their digital approach. This has sparked the desire for us to expand our capacity by bringing in a dedicated, highly experienced data Analyst to work with our clients and help us extend this capacity in the months to come. We are very fortunate to secure Vinicius, who has an incredible track record and brings a unique combination of in depth knowledge and entrepreneurial skills that will enable us to grow our Digital Analytics offering significantly. Acquiring a strong player like Vinicius is a very exciting step in solidifying and growing our market position and enables us to offer even more diversified, data driven programs to our clients”, says CEO Cornelius Boertjens. Vinicius Tsugi says: “These are very exciting but also challenging times in the digital world, as marketers know that turning an ever-increasing amount of data into actionable insights is a key competitive advantage. My strong background in Digital Analytics is a natural fit with Catchi’s team of Digital Conversion Optimisation experts, and I look forward to improve conversion and revenue for our clients through a more integrated view of the customer journey.“ 2019 Greenwall Predictions 2018-12-21T01:13:27Z 2019-greenwall-predictions Horticulturist and Founder of The Greenwall Company, Mark Paul, predicts 2019 will be the year of green facades on the exterior of high-rise buildings across the country. Large area spaces on high-rise buildings present the opportunity for greening more surface area in total in the one job. Over the past two years the team has seen a dramatic increase in demand for greening the exteriors of high-rise buildings, with a number of large projects lined up for 2019 already. Mark Paul says, “We have been working tirelessly on creating new forms of eco-friendly greenwalls for all types of spaces, including new designs for high-rise buildings. Not only do greenwalls look fantastic on the exteriors of the buildings, but they truly transform the aesthetics and atmosphere of the street, and surrounding areas, not to mention the health benefits. “With the current boom in high-rise buildings around the country, we are excited to be working on some large projects and greening tall, large and prominent spaces with the use of larger ecological systems.” adds Mark. Mark Paul created what is believed to be the very first greenwall in Australia over 30 years ago. Today, green design is an influential part of the public domain and design interest, so naturally if there are more high-rise building developments, other trends often follow suit. Mark’s top 3 tips for green façades on high-rise buildings: Trailing or cascading plants with high biodiversity are best for high-rise buildings in order to create habitats for many native species. Plant examples include: Ficus, Metrosideros, Brachychiton Our greenwall & green roof systems are morphing into more passive gravity fed systems that offer opportunities for black water and grey water remediation with back ups of solar pumping of utilities. The more surface area to green on high-rise buildings, the better, and the more supportive the greenwall will be for the larger ecological systems. In this kind of environment many species are known to reside including over 23 species of birds, geckos, skinks and frogs amongst others.These larger scale applications can provide not just energy efficiency and amenity, but cooling and shading and expand biodiversity and eventually create flora and fauna corridors/ecosystems as part of the built environment. About the Greenwall Company: The Greenwall Company is the premier producer of modular and custom designed greenwalls in Australia. An unequalled product, Greenwall can be used like cladding to produce instant ‘greenspace’ both inside and out. The system developed by Mark Paul at The Greenwall Company over approximately 30 years, presents an innovative system based on inorganic media and adjustable substrate depth that retains moisture and simulates conditions resembling natural soil. In addition, by using plants adapted to impoverished environments and seasonal drought, The Greenwall Company achieves water efficient planting that is resilient to inevitable short-term human and mechanical failures. dermaviduals hosts Skin Fitness Event for Silver Ferns Netball Team 2018-12-21T00:50:37Z dermaviduals-hosts-skin-fitness-event-for-silver-ferns-netball-team Known for their bespoke skincare and makeup ranges, dermaviduals is pleased to share their latest involvement with New Zealand’s national netball team, the Silver Ferns. Last week dermaviduals hosted an exclusive Skin Fitness Event for 25 Silver Ferns players and coaches, built-in as part of their summer training camp at The Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna Beach, Auckland. Simone Vescio, Co-Managing Director of dermaviduals says, “We are absolutely thrilled to be working the gorgeous ladies at the New Zealand Silver Ferns. We love supporting women in sport, those who are passionate about health and fitness. The team mirrors our core values here at dermaviduals, so it’s a perfect alignment. We are excited to provide tailored skincare and mineral makeup to the Silver Ferns team, specifically designed for the skin type of each individual.” The Silver Ferns proudly represent New Zealand in netball on the world stage, and are widely known as fierce competition on a national and international stage. The team is characterised with; agility, finesse, determination, speed, integrity and heart. The night began with a briefing on understanding your own skin, the bespoke nature of the range and the importance of a good skin care regime, especially for people who love to work up a sweat. Following the introduction, dermaviduals conducted a full skin analysis for a bespoke prescription for each player. Just like fingerprints, every skin is unique. dermaviduals creates customised skin solutions. dermaviduals is made using only the best ingredients sourced from around the world, together with the very best in science, innovation and proven research. dermaviduals skin treatment therapists Kate Michelmore (Skinography), Liga Berzina (Pure Skin Clinic), Gosia Goljan (Bliss Beauty Body), Margaret Walsh & Jacqui Courtney (Face & Body Therapy) joined Co-Managing Director, Simone Vescio, dermaviduals brand ambassador, Robyn McAlpine and brand team members to share their skin expertise. Kate Michelmore says, “The Silver Ferns Skin Fitness Event was all about spoiling their talented team of women and focusing on their skin health! Your skin needs love & attention, just like the rest of your body! We’re thrilled to be guiding the players on their skin fitness journey and helping them with their skin. The future starts now!” About dermaviduals: Made with pure, natural ingredients, all dermaviduals products are free from emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, dyes and amines, so you can be sure there are no nasties in your skin care routine. dermaviduals is now available in over 60 clinics across New Zealand. The range now includes cleansers, serums, face and body moisturisers, and bespoke mineral makeup. 7 Reasons To Avoid Short-Term Rental On Your Property 2018-12-19T03:52:30Z 7-reasons-to-avoid-short-term-rental-on-your-property 7 Reasons To Avoid Short-Term Rental On Your Property By Bradley Jacobs – Boutique Property Agents The idea of putting your property on Airbnb sounds great in theory, especially if it’s in a desirable location. But while being a host can make you some quick cash, short-term rental services such as Airbnb might not be worth all the hype – at least not for the property owner. Now, don’t get me wrong, renting out your property is not a bad idea. In fact, property rental is a smart way to get ahead, but perhaps consider the benefits of long-term rental and how by enlisting the help of a real estate agency or an experienced property manager, you could save yourself time and avoid the hassle of dealing directly with renters. Here are some reasons why you should consider long-term rental: Know the people staying in your home. While you may not know them personally, chances are property agents will find tenants with a good rental reputation, so you know your property will be looked after. It’s their job to find tenants for you, so you don’t have to worry about doing the work. Consistent rental income. Most leases are on average 12 months, so you can rest easy knowing you have steady rental income for that period, which provides both security and stability. On the contrary, short-term rentals don’t always guarantee occupancy which, depending on your situation, could put a strain on your financials. Peace of mind. Having an agent manage your property ensures it will be looked after and if any issues were to arise, you wouldn’t be left having to deal with them alone. Consider them a mediator between you and the tenants. Expertise. While it may seem obvious, property agents are skilled and experienced in property management. This means they can offer you advice when needed and can guide you in making the right decisions based on your circumstances and situation. Minimise legal risks. Airbnb might be against the bylaws of your building. Therefore, it could present the property owner with legal implications. Reduce dollars spent on repairs. Short-term rental could cause more wear and tear on items in the property, potentially resulting in more regular maintenance, and possibly costing more in the long run. No insurance worries. Many insurers regard short-stay holiday rentals as commercial use of the property. This means owners may not be protected by home and content insurance if something were to happen. Ultimately, this could potentially leave the homeowner financially vulnerable to financial loss. About Bradley Jacobs: Having leased and managed over 500 properties in the Hyde Park and City fringe, Bradley can confidently give you a rundown of the features of each and every residence in the area. Living and working around Hyde Park over the past five years has allowed him to experience first-hand the transformation of the Sydney City area and evolution from a traditional office workers suburb to the residential playground it is today. He was recently named finalist in the prestigious Real Estate Institute of NSW Awards of Excellence for Property Management in 2018 and is proud to hold a 100% retention rate. With a background in Marketing, Brad brings a unique skill set to lead the Property Management division. His ability to match property and tenant is second to none, providing both landlords and tenants with the best results in the quickest time frame possible. Mark Foy's 2019 Property Predictions 2018-12-19T03:31:55Z mark-foys-2019-property-predictions 2019 Predictions For The Surry Hills Property Market Media Release - December 2018 The last few years have been a challenging time for those wishing to dive into the property market, but with the median house prices in Sydney down 8.1%* since its peak in 2017, experts predict that house prices will continue to fall opening up new opportunities for those who have previously missed out. The Surry Hills market continues to remain relatively steady**, but Mark Foy, Principal at Belle Property Surry Hills, predicts the median house price will continue to fall, but there is light. Mark says, “There’s exciting times ahead for those wishing to buy as they’ll be able to take advantage of the drop in the market – especially for first home buyers. But be warned, it won’t last forever. The first half of 2019 is your best bet for buying, before the federal election.” While it’s said the median house price will continue falling, experts state it could be difficult to determine just how much until after the federal election, which could see changes to negative gearing and capital gains. Mark Foy’s predications for the property market in 2019: First home buyers who have been monitoring the market will immerge to take advantage of the better buying opportunities that will be on offer in 2019. Buyers who have the borrowing capacity to trade up to a higher price bracket will be rewarded by the value the higher end of the market now offers. Investors will seek to purchase prior to the federal election in the likely case that labour is elected and negative gearing is grandfathered. Prices will dip an additional 10% in the next 12 months due to negative sentiment however the fundaments of a strong healthy Surry Hills property market still remain strong. Short-term rental accommodation will continue to be a popular avenue for investors and rents will stabilise. * ** For further information or to speak with Mark Foy, please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR: 02 9571 4448 or The Power of Pink Himalayan Salt 2018-12-17T21:45:21Z the-power-of-pink-himalayan-salt The Power of Pink Himalayan Salt Mind, Body and Spirit – Restore & Replenish for 2019 Relieve your mind, body and spirit of stress this festive season and enter the New Year feeling rejuvenated with Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Salt range. Fragranced with Bergamot and Sweet Orange essential oils, Dr Teal’s therapeutic bath and body products detoxify your body from every day toxins. Erica Galea, Marketing Manager at Chemcorp International says, “The Pink Himalayan Salt range is perfect to help you restore and replenish after the crazy race to Christmas and festive season fun. Pink Himalayan Salt has been known to have strong healing powers for thousands of years now, and its benefits are still valued today. There’s no better way to rejuvenate your mind and spirit for 2019.” Dr Teal’s takes the renowned benefits of Epsom salts one step further. Formulated to hydrate skin and promote an even greater sense of wellbeing, the range is infused with essential oils to soothe the senses, while pure Epson Salts relax tense and sore muscles. The combination is pH neutral and alkaline-free to leave skin soft, smooth and moisturised. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath has proven to provide a range of other health benefits including relaxation for a better night’s sleep and helping the body with its unique antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Epsom Salt range includes: Dr Teal’s Pink HimalayanEpsom Salt Mineral Soak RRP $17.99 Eases aches and muscle pains. 1.36kg of mineral rich Epsom salt to replenish and recharge the body. Packed with Bergamot and Sweet Orange essential oils. Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Epsom Salt Body Wash RRP $17.99 Relaxes the body and helps to relieve the mind. Contains Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Vitamin E to help hydrate the skin. The Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Epsom Salt range is available now at Big W, Pharmacy 4 Less, Direct Chemist Outlet and online: dermaviduals' magic wand - green concealer stick 2018-12-17T01:47:04Z dermaviduals-magic-wand-green-concealer-stick Whether you are prone to breakouts, redness or inflammation, dermaviduals’ Cover & Conceal is the perfect go-to full coverage concealer. An original formula that is known and trusted by many over the past 5 years since launching, the green coloured concealer neutralises redness and hides blemishes like a magic wand. Celebrated Makeup Artist to the stars, Michael Brown, swears by this product. Michael says, “Green sticks/correctors have been around in the makeup world for years and are used to diffuse redness on the skin… You apply the green tone on the concerned area to counteract the reddish skin hues visible, then apply foundation over the corrected skin for a more flawless, even skin tone." Michael explains, “The dermaviduals Cover & Conceal stick is just enough green with a yellow undertone to match all skin tones and still diffuse redness very easily, but the added ‘conceal’ element means the product is slightly more dense than most, to actually completely tone down and block unwanted pinkish hues from the skin.” Key Benefits of dermaviduals Cover & Conceal: Corrects uneven skin tones. Opposite on the colour wheel when placed on top of the red irritated skin the green colouring neutralises the skin. Perfect for all skin types. Created from all natural ingredients, mineral pigments and natural colours dispersed from vegetable oils and beeswaxes. The perfect product to use to prepare skin for make-up application. Can be used as a stand-alone product. dermaviduals’ Cover & Conceal is available now at a range of clinics across Australia for RRP $49.00. The only product you will need to Cover and Conceal 2018-12-17T01:26:56Z the-only-product-you-will-need-to-cover-and-conceal Whether you are prone to breakouts, redness or inflammation, dermaviduals’ Cover & Conceal is the perfect go-to full coverage concealer. An original formula that is known and trusted by many over the past 5 years since launching, the green coloured concealer neutralises redness and hides blemishes like a magic wand. Celebrated Makeup Artist to the stars, Michael Brown, swears by this product. Michael says, “Green sticks/correctors have been around in the makeup world for years and are used to diffuse redness on the skin…You apply the green tone on the concerned area to counteract the reddish skin hues visible, then apply foundation over the corrected skin for a more flawless, even skin tone.” Naturally an olive-green shade, dermaviduals’ Cover & Conceal neutralises reddened skin tones thanks to Bisabolol, the main active agent of chamomile, which results in skin correction (not just concealing!) via anti-inflammatory and zinc oxide antiseptic properties to reduce inflammation caused by irritation, breakouts and other skin problems. Michael explains, “The dermaviduals Cover & Conceal stick is just enough green with a yellow undertone to match all skin tones and still diffuse redness very easily, but the added ‘conceal’ element means the product is slightly more dense than most, to actually completely tone down and block unwanted pinkish hues from the skin.” The miracle stick, dermaviduals’ Cover & Conceal, can also be used as preparation for sensitive, irritated skins possibly in conjunction with small amounts of dermaviduals’ Liposome Concentrate Plus (antibacterial: acne, rosacea) or Kiwi Seed Oil Nanoparticles (anti-inflammatory: irritated skin) to further calm and correct the skin. “It can even be pressed/dabbed onto skin after foundation is applied for extra total block out, as this product tone is more complimentary to the skin than most ‘green’ correctors,” adds Michael. Key Benefits of Cover & Conceal: Corrects uneven skin tones. Opposite on the colour wheel when placed on top of the red irritated skin the green colouring neutralises the skin. Perfect for all skin types. Created from all natural ingredients, mineral pigments and natural colours dispersed from vegetable oils and beeswaxes The perfect product to use to prepare skin for make-up application. Can be used as a stand-alone product. dermaviduals’ Cover & Conceal is available now at a range of clinics across New Zealand for RRP $59.00. About dermaviduals: Made with pure, natural ingredients, all dermaviduals products are free from emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, dyes and amines, so you can be sure there are no nasties in your skin care routine. dermaviduals is now available in over 60 clinics across New Zealand. The range now includes cleansers, serums, face and body moisturisers, and bespoke mineral makeup. Beach Essentials for Summer 2019 2018-12-17T01:10:30Z beach-essentials-for-summer-2019 Beach Essentials for Summer 2019 Hottest Cushion Cover Designs: Escape, Empathy & Alive Media Release - December 2018 Say goodbye to rolling up your towel to lay your head, or the time and effort taken to mould sand to get comfortable! Sunburst Outdoor Living offers a beautiful and colourful range of outdoor cushions covers, your new beach bestie this summer, with 3 hot favourite designs set to sizzle this season. Tanya Wood, Founder of Sunburst Outdoor Living, says, “There is nothing worse than being at the beach and not being able to get comfortable on the sand. Add some pizzazz back to your beach bag! Specifically designed to be long lasting for use the great outdoors, our cushion covers are completely water and UV resistant, making them perfect to withstand the harsh Australian summer.” Created on a premium quality polyester canvas, the lightweight cushion covers are the perfect to take on all adventures to the beach, whether you’re going for a swim or reading a book. Simply fill, zip and go! With a large range of locally sourced designs, each cushion is printed individually to ensure each design truly unique. Tanya’s Top 3 Summer Beach Essentials for Summer 2019: ESCAPE CUSHION COVER 45x45cm RRP $22.00 | 50x50cm RRP $25.00 | 60x60cm RRP $28.00 Nothing screams relaxing by the beach more than a bright blue sky and some vibrant palm trees. Escape is the perfect design to get you into holiday mode. This pattern will have you believing you are in a tropical paradise not matter which beach you venture to. EMPATHY CUSHION COVER 45x45cm RRP $22.00 Sand, kombi vans and surf. What more could you ask for! Painting a picture of the Australian summer dream, this print will have you suited up and saying cowabunga by then end of your beach day. ALIVE CUSHION COVER 45x45cm RRP $22.00 | 50x50cm RRP $25.00 | 60x60cm RRP $28.00 This intricate pattern will have you the talk of the beach. The cool blue tones and floral designs allow you to express your style in a tasteful way. It’s pretty, unique and will certainly make you feel alive! Sunburst Outdoor Living cushion covers are available now at online at New Year, New Scales! 2018-12-17T00:45:22Z new-year-new-scales With the New Year around the corner there is no doubt many people have started thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. McGloins Supertex is excited to announce that Propert has released two new exciting scales, the Smart Body Analysis Scale and the ITO Ultra Smart Body Analysis Scale, just in time to help you keep track of your new year’s health resolutions. Australian Distributor of Propert and Director of McGloins Supertex, Nick Barnes, says “The new year brings a fresh start for everyone. These scales do not only measure your weight they also help you manage your overall health and wellbeing. Accurately analysing your body, these scales use modern technology to take the guess work out of keeping track of your health.” With the capacity to store personal information for up to 8 people plus one visitor, these Propert Smart Scales automatically recognises users, simply by stepping onto the scales. Both scales have a 180kg capacity, as well as a Baby Weighing function. Users are able to sync their results with the free down-loadable app, AIFit. From there users can share their results with friends and family on social media. Both new Body Analysis scales measure: Weight BMI (Body Mass Index) BFR (Body Fat Rate) BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) Visceral and Subcutaneous Fat Muscle and Bone Mass Water and Protein Content 1. Propert Smart Body Analysis Scale RRP $69.00 Includes all features above. The Smart Body Analysis Scale is also equipped with four stainless steel electrodes that allow the scale to also measure ones; Calories Body Age Fitness Assessment 2. Propert ITO Ultra Body Analysis Scale RRP $80.00 The ITO Ultra Smart Body Analysis Scale was created with ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) electrodes to provide excellent and easy conductivity for body analysis. The large, easy to read red LED readout is also an added benefit. The Propert Smart Body Analysis Scale and Propert ITO Ultra Smart Body Analysis Scale are available now exclusively from Bunnings Warehouse in NSW, VIC, ACT, QLD, TAS, SA and NT. Thriving Singapore MICE Market Continues Impressive Growth According to Cvent 2018-12-16T23:38:52Z thriving-singapore-mice-market-continues-impressive-growth-according-to-cvent Media Announcement: 17 December 2018 Thriving Singapore MICE Market Continues Impressive Growth According to Cvent Singapore hotels and venues saw a 12% year-on-year increase in requests for meetings equating to $82m in additional revenue opportunity according to sourcing data from the Cvent Supplier Network Cvent, a market leader in meetings, events, and hospitality technology, released a report highlighting the thriving Singapore MICE industry and strong demand for technology solutions to help support and drive additional growth. The proprietary data, compiled from activity within the Cvent Supplier Network, along with Singapore’s recent recognition as a Top Meeting Destination in Asia Pacific, reinforce its position as an ideal destination for organising exceptional meetings, conventions and exhibitions. Venues in Asia using the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN), the world’s largest database for venue information, saw a 32% year-on-year increase in unique Request for Proposal (RFP) volume and a 20% year-on-year increase in unique room night requests. Singapore saw a 12% increase for unique RFPs. These growth rates translate into more than $379m of additional unique RFP value for the Asian market and approximately $82m for the Singapore market specifically. To support this growth, hoteliers in the region have embraced the adoption of event management solutions to help streamline manual processes and drive MICE business. Leading organisations, including the World Travel Awards, have brought additional awareness to the event technology industry by highlighting platforms that are making an impact on the global travel and tourism industries. Cvent was recently named ‘Asia's Leading Travel Technology Provider 2018’ by the World Travel Awards. Will Kataria, Director of Sales, APAC at Cvent, commented on Cvent’s success in helping to drive MICE and transient business in the Singapore and Asia regions. “Hotels and venues that truly embrace event management technology and utilise our suite of solutions as additional marketing and sales tools typically see incredible incremental growth in both the volume and quality of MICE business that they attract and retain. Event planners and corporate travel managers will source more than $16 billion dollars in business through Cvent’s online platforms in 2018, and the Cvent Hospitality Cloud offers our clients direct access to these buyers,” said Kataria. “As a partner to many of the leading hotel chains in Singapore and the region, we look forward to continuing to support the thriving Asia MICE market and to provide hoteliers and venues with the solutions they need to grow and own their business,” concluded Kataria. For more information on Cvent, please visit the website: -ENDS- For media enquiries, please contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro | +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 420 761 189 Image: Will Kataria, Cvent Singapore's Director of Sales About Hospitality Cloud The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive profitable MICE group and corporate travel business. Event planners and corporate travel managers source more than $16 billion dollars in business through Cvent’s online platforms each year and the Cvent Hospitality Cloud offers clients direct access to these buyers. Using Cvent digital marketing tools and software solutions, hoteliers attract valuable leads to grow their business, maximize the value of that business, and strengthen direct customer relationships. By connecting hotels with buyers and providing technology for winning and servicing customers, Cvent Hospitality Cloud helps hoteliers grow and own their group and corporate travel business. For more information regarding the Cvent Hospitality Cloud, visit: About Cvent, Inc. Cvent, Inc. is a leading cloud-based event management company with more than 3,600 employees, 25,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. Cvent offers software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, email marketing, and web surveys. Cvent provides hoteliers with an integrated platform, enabling properties to increase group business demand through targeted advertising and improve conversion through proprietary demand management and business intelligence solutions. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. For more information, please visit, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Summer Shark Safety with Tom Carroll 2018-12-16T19:20:54Z summer-shark-safety-with-tom-carroll Summer is here and most Aussies are looking forward to the beach season and summer holidays! During this time, it is important that all ocean lovers take responsibility for their own water safety and look out for each other. Two-time World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll shares his top 11 tips to protect yourself from an unwanted shark encounter this summer. Tom Carroll says, “Shark Shield Technology is a win for surfers and sharks alike. It takes the wellbeing of sharks as seriously as the protection of humans and provides the ultimate safety for ocean enthusiasts during the upcoming warmer months. Ideally don’t surf alone and it’s best if you can stay out of the water at night, dawn and dusk, it’s known that these are the times when sharks will be searching for food.” Tom Carroll shares his 11 top tips to stay safe in the ocean this summer: Download the Dorsal App for iPhone or Android – Dorsal is a free community-based shark alerting solution that allows beachgoers and authorities to immediately alert others to shark sighting or attacks in their area. Wear a scientifically proven shark deterrent – Ocean Guardian products are powered by Shark Shield Technology, the world’s only scientifically proven electrical shark deterrent, nothing is more effective. Stay out of the water at night, dawn, or dusk – Sharks are most active at these times and are well equipped to locate prey even when visibility is poor. Refrain from excessive splashing – Unpredictable movements can attract sharks. If you are spearfishing and carrying fish when you see a shark, release the catch and carefully leave the area. Don't wear high-contrast clothing or light reflecting jewellery – Sharks see contrast very well and light reflecting objects may appear to be fish scales. Swim, surf or dive with a buddy – Sharks most often attack lone individuals. Avoid murky waters, harbour entrances, channels, and steep drop-offs – Sharks frequently swim around these areas. Swim in patrolled beaches Surf lifesavers look for sharks and will alert beach-goers if there is a sighting. Don't enter the water if bleeding – Sharks have an excellent sense of smell and taste and can trace blood to its source. Avoid areas where animal, human, or fish waste enters the water – Sewage attracts baitfish, which in turn attracts sharks. If fish or turtles start to act frantically, leave the water – They may be behaving this way because there is a shark nearby. Ocean Guardian CEO, Lindsay Lyon says, “The reality is that our Australian beaches are very safe, particularly for the general population swimming between the flags at patrolled beaches. However, if your diving or surfing then definitely consider using an Ocean Guardian, Powered by Shark Shield Technology, don’t take the risk, think of it like driving without a seatbelt.” About Ocean Guardian: In 2018, the Shark Shield company became Ocean Guardian®. The change of name reflects our bigger ambition - to replace shark nets and drum lines globally - to make you safe whatever you enjoy doing in the Ocean, while also protecting marine life. Ocean Guardian, powered by Shark Shield Technology, is the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Government approved and developed over two decades of research, Ocean Guardian’s patented technology creates a powerful three-dimensional electrical field, which causes safe but unbearable spasms in shark’s short-range electrical receptors, turning sharks away - including Great Whites. Nothing is more effective. Goodbye Traditional Dining Room! 2018-12-14T00:48:50Z goodbye-traditional-dining-room Are we about to say goodbye to the traditional Dining Room? The nature of a traditional dining experience has evolved greatly over the last few decades. With busier lifestyles and smaller properties, the shift from designated dining areas to multifunctional, open plan living spaces is more apparent than ever. Formal spaces in a home are becoming rare as homeowners are now opting towards a more relaxed, open plan style. Sydney Property Styling expert and Director of Vault Interiors, Justine Wilson says, “Nights of sitting down for a meal around your dining table are no longer the norm. More and more we are experiencing clients requesting a casual and relaxed feel to their dining areas which is resulting in a decrease in the amount of separate living and dining rooms.” Justine shares her tips on how to best utilise your dining space in 2019. When opting for an open plan dining experience rather than a separate dining room it is important that you create a seamless open plan environment. Use smaller furniture pieces such as a round glass table with dining chairs to create the illusion of more space. Layer up colours to set the tone of the room. Using a cool colour scheme to match the edgings of your kitchen will suggest cohesion between your kitchen, living and dining areas. Invest in a kitchen island. They are great for a casual place to share a meal or interact with the person preparing food. These are extremely popular in urban townhouses and smaller apartments. If you’re working with a separate dining room try Incorporating a large bookshelf or bench seat/comfortable chair near the window to add a sitting area to the space. About Vault Interiors: Vault Interiors are a dedicated team of property stylists who specialise in unlocking the potential of each and every property they step into. Whether it be styling for the purpose of selling a property or furnishing a client’s new dream home or investment, the team not only deliver jaw dropping results but save time and money with their hassle-free complete furniture packages. BECA TARGETS FEDERAL MPS IN FRESH NEW ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN FOR BUSINESS EVENTS 2018-12-03T08:06:18Z beca-targets-federal-mps-in-fresh-new-advocacy-campaign-for-business-events-1 Media release: 3 December 2018 BECA TARGETS FEDERAL MPS IN FRESH NEW ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN FOR BUSINESS EVENTS BECA urges government to provide assurity for policy and funding via six key pillars Members of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), launched a pre-election campaign at Parliament House in Canberra last week calling on Members of Parliament to unequivocally support policy and funding of the sector. A delegation of business events industry leaders met with 12 key MPs and their advisors, from all sides of politics, with a united message about the need for a strong policy for business events and additional funding through Tourism Australia. BECA has called on the Coalition, Labor and other parties to launch a policy for business events ahead of the May Federal election covering six key areas. Chairman of BECA, Matt Hingerty, said the mission to Canberra was a vital step in getting the business events sector’s power, scope and potential understood by our Parliamentarians and embedded in policy. “The industry delivered a strong and united message about the importance of the business events sector as a key driver of the Australian economy,” Mr. Hingerty said. “Our delegation was well received as we delivered clear evidence to substantiate the merits of backing business events in order to deliver real benefits to cities as well as regional Australia.” The BECA delegation comprising representatives of all its Member Associations advocated for government support to help reap the opportunities that the business events sector can offer Australia, including generating jobs for life, international trade and soft diplomacy, investment and both regional and national economic development. BECA called for a policy which would include the following six strategies: Extension of the successful Bid Fund Program (BFP), and partnership programs managed by Business Events Australia. BECA calls for increased BEA funding of $10M or $40M within four years. Funding for research; managed by the business events community and Tourism Research Australia in order to benchmark the industry, and quantify the sector’s size, impact and worth. A national infrastructure mapping study to identify the gaps and priorities for business events infrastructure in metro and regional areas. Support to work more closely with VET and higher education sector (namely TAFE) to design courses that match the industry’s needs now, and in the future. Temporary skilled labour visa reform to enable the industry to more easily respond to fluctuating demands with a more flexible temporary visa system. Growth Industries Business Events Team to link our outcomes with those associated with the Industry Growth Centre Initiatives. “While business events stimulate the visitor economy, their impact is more far-reaching than just tourism.” The business events sector stands on its own two feet as a major contributor to Australia’s GDP and provides significant commercial opportunities, jobs and contribution to our reputation as a progressive, innovative and successful nation with which to do business. BECA’s mission to Canberra was designed to carry a strong message that the business events sector must be supported in order to leverage the huge opportunities we can uniquely deliver for our economy and community. “Whilst Australia had a strong reputation hosting business events, our international competitiveness is being compromised by markets in Asia, and we need to act now to curb the impact,” said Mr. Hingerty. BECA visited the offices of the Hon. Mark Coulton MP, the Hon. Josh Wilson MP, the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, the Hon. Trent Zimmerman MP, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Senator the Hon. Tim Storer, Senator the Hon. Pauline Hanson, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Senator the Hon. Murray Watt, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP. BECA members who attended the government meetings with Matt Hingerty included: Joyce DiMascio, CEO of Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA); Robyn Johnson, CEO, Meetings & Events Australia (MEA); Barry Neame for Professional Conference Organisers of Australia (PCOA); Andrew Heibl, CEO, Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB); and Karen Bolinger for International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). -ends- Notes to editors The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) is the peak body for the business events sector and represents to government and relevant agencies, issues common to all segments of the industry. The members include: Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Australian Convention Centres Group (ACCG) Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) - Australian Chapter Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Professional Conference Organisers Association Inc (PCOA) To receive a copy of the BECA pre-election submission document, please contact: Felicity Zadro Images: Karen Bolinger, Joyce DiMascio, Senator the Hon. Pauline Hanson, Andrew Hiebl Barry Neame, Joyce DiMascio, Trent Zimmerman MP, Andrew Hiebl Karen Bolinger, Andrew Hiebl, Robyn Johnson, Minister Simon Birmingham, Matt Hingerty, Joyce DiMascio, Barry Neame Barry Neame, Joyce DiMascio, Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Robyn Johnson, Andrew Hiebl For interviews or more information please contact: Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro | | +61 2 9212 7867