The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-19T23:37:34Z AMWAY CHINA 2019: ENCORE PRODUCE NATURE INSPIRED LEADERSHIP SEMINAR FOR 6,000 IN CAIRNS 2019-05-19T23:37:34Z amway-china-2019-encore-produce-nature-inspired-leadership-seminar-for-6-000-in-cairns Media release: 20 May 2019 AMWAY CHINA 2019: ENCORE PRODUCE NATURE INSPIRED LEADERSHIP SEMINAR FOR 6,000 IN CAIRNS SEVEN WAVES OF GUESTS TREATED TO AN EVENT SPECTACULAR IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND Amway China returned to Australia for the sixth time with more than 6,000 guests for their annual 2019 Leadership Seminar, this time held in Cairns. Seven waves of guests attended the seminar and incentive program between 21 March – 15 April. Designed and organised by Encore Event Technologies, the guests were treated to a spectacular experience including artificial reality, multimedia and robotics show, choreographed dancers and a live concert for the main act. Encore designed an immersive environment for the Gala Program. The design included a 270-degree giant screen that wrapped around the inside of the venue, table-theming which incorporated lighting design, customised soundscapes and roaming performers. All elements came together to take the delegates on a journey through the dinner theme: ‘From the Rainforest to the Reef’. The Gala Dinner Opening sequence featured the edgy Million Volt Man. The entertainment also included the artistic and beautiful Fabric Ballet and an augmented reality act incorporating a choreographed performer attached to a robotic arm. A major highlight was the ‘underwater section’ of the evening’s journey. The ‘Fish Medley’ act included a singing and dancing animated multimedia fish on computer controlled Robotic LED screens that moved with the music. Custom designed tropical reef inspired centrepieces decorated the tables, each individually lit with both intelligent pin-spotting and wireless dmx battery powered lighting. In addition, illuminous head dresses were supplied to delegates, so that they could feel part of the theming for the event. At the completion of the four performance segments, delegates were treated to an amazing high energy performance by The Voice China star Uni Yeh performing with a live band and a team of local dancers. “The guests were blown away by the 270-degree multimedia projection, holographic projection and synchronized robotics. The creative event design was matched with cutting-edge use of technology to create an amazing experience for guests,” said Encore’s Show Producer Andrew MacColl. Amway chose to enhance the attendee experience by selecting a new and unusual venue for the event and the newly constructed wing of the Australian Artillery and Armoury Museum (AAAM) was perfect for both the Gala Dinner and Business Sessions. The venue is the largest military vehicle museum on the southern hemisphere. The delegates were treated to a specially created Tank Show in the parklands behind the museum featuring some of the best of these rare and historical vehicles, including dramatic gun blasts and explosions created with pyrotechnics. However, this unique venue presented major challenges as an event venue; it came without rated rigging points, three-phase power, guest Wi-Fi facilities and air-conditioning. “Working in such a unique venue had its challenges, but also many benefits in that it allowed our team the opportunity to maximise their creativity to bring to life a blank canvas. Special Event Director, John Schryver designed a truly unique and immersive experience which will undoubtedly be remembered long after the event. The team bought his design to life and delivered the series of events flawlessly” said Mr Magafa. Tony Chamberlain, Managing Director, Encore, said it was an honour to work with Amway China again especially in such an iconic and unique Australian location. “The team have been engaged in meticulous planning for months after winning the bid to manage this event. On-site we managed 20 days of install and rehearsals. Then the team delivered both Business Sessions and the Gala Dinner for each of the seven waves. “Our goal was to create an event that showcased the beauty of Far North Queensland while also demonstrating what is possible for a creative business event. Our talented team achieved all this and more, in a challenging venue. This event will go down in Encore history as one of the best,” said Mr Chamberlain. -ends- For media enquiries and interviews with featured Encore team members, please contact: Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro P: +61 2 9212 7867 | M: +61 404 009 384 | felicity@zadroagency.com.au Brittany Rogers, Account Coordinator, Zadro P: +61 2 9212 7867 | M: +61 481 464 823 | brittany@zadroagency.com.au Images: High resolution images available upon request to Brittany Rogers or click here. The set up for the Gala Dinner Tank display at the Australian Artillery and Armoury Museum (AAAM) The Million Volt Man Uni Yeh performing with The Voice China star Z Chen Dancers performing during the underwater section of the night ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES Encore Event Technologies is a leading global provider of audio visual, event technology and production services at over 460 hotels, resorts and convention centres worldwide. With roots in staging and production services, Encore delivers comprehensive and innovative audio visual and staging services that cater to the unique needs of hotels, hotel-casinos and resorts across North America, including Mexico, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and is the premier one-stop shop for event planning, design and staging and production services. For more information, visit www.encore-anzpac.com ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES IN ASIA Encore Event Technologies in Asia is on site at many of the premium hotels in China, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. The Beijing head office also services many major corporate clients and offers full event production services, from event design and production management to audiovisual, technical, video, creative and digital services. Our teams know how to convey your message and deliver the most compelling event solution possible. For more information visit www.encore-asia.com Partnership with premier Bureau delivers five phenomenal speakers 2019-05-09T22:50:47Z partnership-with-premier-bureau-delivers-five-phenomenal-speakers For the first time, Saxton Speakers Bureau have partnered with award-winning tradeshow Get Global, to deliver an extraordinary line-up of speakers. Leadership, management, motivation, diversity, wellbeing, branding and resilience will all be covered at Get Global on 26 July, as more exceptional speakers are confirmed for the full day program. Anne Jamieson, CEO, Saxton Speakers Bureau, commented on the partnership. “The next two to three years for Saxton is all about growth and for us to achieve this we need to align with strategic partners. We see Get Global as a key partner for us moving forward and are thrilled to be involved with their 2019 event. “At Saxton, we believe in the power of stories to drive positive change. We have carefully curated speakers for Get Global who will share stories that will leave audiences inspired to be the very best they can be,” said Ms Jamieson. The one-day program sees five speakers presenting throughout the day: Best-selling author and personal trainer, Michelle Bridges, who will draw on the lessons she has learned to date, and will ask the questions ‘what fuels you?’ and ‘who can you be?’ Matt Jones, co-founder of Four Pillars Gin, will speak about his experiences and the philosophy behind Four Pillars Gin, ‘in craft we trust’. Curtis McGrath, ex-soldier and para-canoeist, will share his experiences and insights on overcoming adversity. Covering a hot topic, Felicity Furey, engineer and entrepreneur, will look at millennial leaders, intergenerational leadership creating change and the drivers of leading without the title. Janine Garner will share her insights on how to best leverage your network and build lasting relationships. Gary Bender, co-founder, Get Global said the partnership brings new opportunities and growth to the show. “Get Global is a day with a purpose. Not only can attendees network and see great international products, but they can also hear from truly inspirational people,” said Mr Bender. The unique perspectives and experiences these five speakers will bring is hugely valuable to the meeting and events community, says co-founder of Get Global Donna Kessler. “Some of us fall into the events industry from different careers and paths. It’s great to have speakers that people actually want to hear and learn from. We are thrilled to be partnering with Saxton’s for the first time and are pleased to welcome these five great speakers to our show,” said Ms Kessler. Get Global will be held in The Gallery, ICC Sydney, Friday 26 July 2019. Over 30 per cent of confirmed exhibitors attending Get Global are new to the show in 2019, so GET in quick: http://www.getglobal.com.au/global_exhibitors.php?1 For more information and to GET registered: www.getglobal.com.au/global_register.php For more on Saxton: www.saxton.com.au -ends- Get Global targets Australian and New Zealand buyers who organise and influence decisions for meetings, events, conferences, incentives and retreats. 2019 will be the third edition of Get Global. Notes to Editors: Gary Bender and Donna Kessler are available for interviews, please request through the media contacts listed. Media Contacts: Jessica McLean, Senior Account Manager, Zadro | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director, Zadro | +61 411 201 354 | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Images (High-Res available upon request): 1. Michelle Bridges 2. Matt Jones 3. Curtis McGrath 4. Felicity Furey 5. Janine Garner ABOUT GET GLOBAL | 26 July 2019, International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney www.getglobal.com.au Get Global is a joint venture between two passionate industry professionals who identified a gap in the market for an outbound industry tradeshow. The show is an innovative and efficient business platform for international suppliers to connect with corporate meeting planners, incentive houses, PCO's, travel companies and anyone else that has international group business from Australia. Get Global, launched in 2017, was hailed a huge success by exhibitors and buyers alike. This innovative format for doing business is an intensive one day exhibition with 100% international product and is NOT your typical tradeshow. Get Global now heading into its third year in 2019, promises more exhibitors (Go Getters), more buyers and more countries represented. Get Global is the largest event of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. In 2017 and 2018, Get Global was awarded ‘Exhibition of the Year’ at the National Meetings and Events Australia Awards. GET ACQUAINTED Gary Bender, Managing Director, World Corporate Travel. Gary has had 36 years' experience creating global corporate conferences, meetings and experiences for some of Australia's leading corporations. Beginning his career in travel back in 1982 in the UK for Thomas Cook, he has been in the business ever since. Now owner and Managing Director of World Corporate Travel (WCT) based in Sydney; a successful PCO and Corporate Travel Agency that has delivered incentive programs and conferences in Australia and all over the world. Donna Kessler, Founder and Director, Tourism Portfolio. Since the company's inception in 2002, Donna has represented high quality destinations, venues, resorts and event suppliers to the meetings, incentives and tourism markets. With almost three decades of experience in all aspects of tourism and the corporate industry, Donna has also held positions at the InterContinental Sydney and Hilton International Australia and has won the acclaimed Meetings & Events Australia State and National Sales and Marketing Person of the Year Award in 2005 and 2008 and now supports these awards in a judging capacity. Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: https://event.synology.com/en-global/solutionexhibition_2019 If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at shazana.roseli@taurusmarketing.com.au, John Wanna at john.wanna@taurusmarketing.com.au or Stacey Toskas at stacey.toskas@taurusmarketing.com.au +61 029415 4528 ‘School pressure, family life, digital identity, increased expectations’: the reason Girl Guides exists today 2019-04-30T22:43:54Z school-pressure-family-life-digital-identity-increased-expectations-the-reason-girl-guides-exists-today Girl Guides NSW & ACT will focus on the role Guiding plays in supporting young girls navigate school pressures, family life, digital identity and raised expectations with the launch of a new campaign called A Place To Grow to coincide with May - Girl Guides Month. This vital piece of communication to young girls, their families and thousands of active and potential volunteers, will highlight the diverse experiences on offer and its relevance for the young girls of today. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner said that Girl Guides provides a place for young people to feel secure. “We come together over a variety of activities, build confidence and resilience which makes our young people better able to cope with their lives. “We encourage our girls to build life skills, and have the freedom to be adventurous, learn strong communication skills, laugh, and make life-long friendships,” said Commissioner Neill. Ella Ezergailis, aged 12, was inspired to join Girl Guides after hearing her mother’s stories of Guiding and wanted her share of adventure and fun. In 2018, Ella became the youngest Girl Guide to take part in ‘Girl Takeover Parliament’ event, in which she watched Question Time in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. Disgusted by the behaviour, Ella wrote a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison telling him so. “I decided to write to the Prime Minister and ask him to change the culture in Parliament House. I told him he should visit my school to learn how to behave respectfully. “My letter was shared around the world on social media and was reported by news outlets. “Girl Guides has given me the confidence to do such a thing, however the result made me feel that a 12-year-old girl’s voice was important, and girls do have the power to change the world,” said Ella. Now in its 99th year, Girl Guides in NSW & ACT has 7,400 members across 540 Units. Comissioner Neill said recent research revealed that 90% of girls joined the organisation before the age of 11 and stayed because it provided the perfect antidote to the complex and pressured lives of young people. “Our research showed that young girls join for the things they need most at this stage of their lives: fun, meeting friends outside of school and developing new skills. “Parents said they wanted their daughters to join to help them build their confidence, meet new friends and have a community orientation to their life. “Our programs offer a connection to experiences and community that schools and busy families can’t. “We have large scale events and the traditional jamboree, but mostly girls choose their own activities to complete, from creative pursuits to sailing, coding to cooking, orientation to fundraising,” said Commissioner Neill. A Place To Grow will use the 540 Units of Girl Guides NSW & ACT, to promote the stories of resilience, confidence building and friendship it encourages, through social media, local press, local events such as school fetes and Girl Guides own Come and Try nights. Helen White, CEO said, the grass-roots approach is what Girl Guides excel at. “Over 1,000,000 Australians are or have been a Girl Guide. We work at the local level, in communities and across regions supporting and empowering the women of tomorrow. “There is a resurgence of interest in Girl Guides, as young people and their families look at ways to combat the pressures of busy and digital lives. We’re all about supporting someone to find their own path, to build resilience, and life skills to take them wherever they wish,” said Ms White. However, is Girl Guides still relevant for the girls of today? Ella says that it is. “Girl Guides is even more relevant to young people growing up with a digital life. “Girl Guides teaches you how to interact socially, be a responsible citizen, how to deal with emergency situations and gives you the courage to accept challenges. “I even went on camp for a week without my phone, and I survived.” More information: www.aplacetogrow.org.au New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Just announced: Michelle Bridges and Matt Jones confirmed as speakers for Get Global 2019-04-16T02:30:07Z just-announced-michelle-bridges-and-matt-jones-confirmed-as-speakers-for-get-global Partnering with Saxton Speakers Bureau for the first time, Get Global will bring two influential speakers to the award-winning MICE industry show in July; well-known trainer and author Michelle Bridges and co-founder of Four Pillars Gin Matt Jones will share their experiences and insights into branding, behaviour, lifestyle and balance. Ahead of the full program announcement, Get Global Co-Founders, Gary Bender and Donna Kessler, said they wanted speakers of the highest calibre, in line with Get Global’s reputation for bringing together only quality companies, professionals and ideas from around the world. Michelle Bridges, Australia’s most influential personal trainer and best-selling author, brings a fresh perspective to meeting and event professionals, sharing her motivational journey, experience in finding a work-life balance and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. “Michelle’s tell-them-how-it-is approach to business and clients is perfectly suited for the fast-paced events industry. It’s great we’re able to bring a new perspective, people don’t want to always hear from the same voices,” said Mr Bender. Matt Jones, leading strategist, branding expert and co-founder of Australia’s leading craft spirit distillery, Four Pillars Gin, will present practical insights into growing a business and how to develop a successful brand. An engaging story-teller and creative at heart, Matt seamlessly blends business, brand, marketing and leadership thinking, into thought-provoking sessions designed for all types of organisations. “Michelle Bridges and Matt Jones are great speakers for Get Global; they’re both entertaining and personable, but with focussed, tangible messages that the audience can take away and apply immediately in their lives and businesses,” agreed Ms Kessler. Get Global will announce the full program in the coming weeks. -ends- Get Global targets Australian and New Zealand buyers who organise and influence decisions for meetings, events, conferences, incentives and retreats. 2019 will be the third edition of Get Global. Notes to Editors: Gary Bender and Donna Kessler are available for interviews, please request through the media contacts listed. Media Contacts: Jessica McLean, Senior Account Manager, Zadro | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director, Zadro | +61 411 201 354 | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Images (High-Res available upon request): 1. Michelle Bridges 2. Matt Jones ABOUT GET GLOBAL | 26 July 2019, International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney www.getglobal.com.au Get Global is a joint venture between two passionate industry professionals who identified a gap in the market for an outbound industry tradeshow. The show is an innovative and efficient business platform for international suppliers to connect with corporate meeting planners, incentive houses, PCO's, travel companies and anyone else that has international group business from Australia. Get Global, launched in 2017, was hailed a huge success by exhibitors and buyers alike. This innovative format for doing business is an intensive one day exhibition with 100% international product and is NOT your typical tradeshow. Get Global now heading into its third year in 2019, promises more exhibitors (Go Getters), more buyers and more countries represented. Get Global is the largest event of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. In 2017 and 2018, Get Global was awarded ‘Exhibition of the Year’ at the National Meetings and Events Australia Awards. GET ACQUAINTED Gary Bender, Managing Director, World Corporate Travel. Gary has had 36 years' experience creating global corporate conferences, meetings and experiences for some of Australia's leading corporations. Beginning his career in travel back in 1982 in the UK for Thomas Cook, he has been in the business ever since. Now owner and Managing Director of World Corporate Travel (WCT) based in Sydney; a successful PCO and Corporate Travel Agency that has delivered incentive programs and conferences in Australia and all over the world. Donna Kessler, Founder and Director, Tourism Portfolio. Since the company's inception in 2002, Donna has represented high quality destinations, venues, resorts and event suppliers to the meetings, incentives and tourism markets. With almost three decades of experience in all aspects of tourism and the corporate industry, Donna has also held positions at the InterContinental Sydney and Hilton International Australia and has won the acclaimed Meetings & Events Australia State and National Sales and Marketing Person of the Year Award in 2005 and 2008 and now supports these awards in a judging capacity. Love and Desire, the main course at Top Secret 2019 Dinner 2019-04-08T02:46:59Z love-and-desire-the-main-course-at-top-secret-2019-dinner Media release: 8 April 2019 Love and Desire, the main course at Top Secret 2019 Dinner Encore partners with National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC) and Canberra Convention Bureau (CCB) to deliver a night of art Encore Event Technologies (Encore) served up an incredible holographic-like experience for some of Australia’s leading event industry professionals, at the “Love and Desire” themed Top Secret 2019 Dinner on Friday 22 March hosted by the National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC), for the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). This dinner was part of a 3-day program run by the Canberra Convention Bureau (CCB). The program consists of a series of individualised experiences for an exclusive group of national meeting planners. Showcasing business event product and services, the program allowed the Canberra’s events community to demonstrate the calibre of events in our nation’s capital. The hero of the night was Encore’s expert use of a holographic mesh screen, highlighting the venue as a premium event space and showcasing the technology available when holding an event at the NCCC in conjunction with Encore. Using Holographic mesh screen, Encore created animated content such as a hot air balloon that floated through the air. Known for their innovation, Encore really broke the mould for the Top Secret 2019 Dinner bringing Stephen Wood, General Manager of the National Convention Centre Canberra into the room as a hologram. Guests watched Mr Wood stand onstage, interviewing himself as if there were actually two of him. The use of holographic mesh screens is usually only seen at big budget events such as Eurovision and the Grammys, or on television. However, Encore were able to demonstrate to event managers how this technology is possible at their events with the right team and the right venue. Mr Wood commented, “We love working with Encore, they always manage to outdo themselves with their innovation and creativity, and this event was no exception.” The theme for the three-day familiarisation was “Love and Desire”, based on the current exhibition on display at the National Gallery of Australia. On each table were large 2D Scenic Panels on custom frames, designed to look like garden lattices in the shape of hearts as a nod to pre-Raphaelite theme of the “Love and Desire” exhibition. Directly above the tables were 20 LED Kinetic Lights, programmed to move with the music and change colour throughout the night, creating a truly spectacular lighting display. Also taking inspiration from the “Love and Desire” theme was the night’s entertainment. During the event, two actors from the Shakespeare by the Lake performance rose up after being hidden as guests and began to perform some of the Bard’s most famous sonnets. Continuing the surprises, instead of using one main screen, Encore set up four 60-inch televisions across one truss structure on the main stage. They displayed the animated logos of Encore, NCCC, CCB and IHG in front of scrolling panoramic shots of Canberra spread across the four screens as a single wide screen image, showcasing the beauty of the city. “This was a truly sophisticated and memorable event. The National Convention Centre Canberra and guests were delighted with the outcome, and we can’t thank Encore enough,” said Mr Wood. -ends- For media enquiries please contact: Brittany Rogers, Account Coordinator, Zadro P: +61 2 9212 7867 | brittany@zadroagency.com.au Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro P: +61 2 9212 7867 | M: +61 404 009 384 | felicity@zadroagency.com.au Images: High resolution images available upon request. Stage set at the Top Secret dinner The Top Secret dinner Stephen Wood, General Manager of the National Convention Centre, interviewing a hologram of himself ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES Encore Event Technologies is a leading global provider of audio visual, event technology and production services at over 460 hotels, resorts and convention centers worldwide. With roots in staging and production services, Encore delivers comprehensive and innovative audio visual and staging services that cater to the unique needs of hotels, hotel-casinos and resorts across North America, including Mexico, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and is the premier one-stop shop for event planning, design and staging and production services. For more information, visit www.encore-anzpac.com ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES IN ASIA Encore Event Technologies in Asia is on site at many of the premium hotels in China, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. The Beijing head office also services many major corporate clients and offers full event production services, from event design and production management to audiovisual, technical, video, creative and digital services. Our teams know how to convey your message and deliver the most compelling event solution possible. For more information visit www.encore-asia.com Global show continues to disrupt meetings and events industry 2019-04-03T01:35:39Z global-show-continues-to-disrupt-meetings-and-events-industry Media Release: 3 April 2019 Get Global has been awarded the highly distinguished ‘Exhibition of the Year’ title at the National Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) 2018 Industry Awards in Brisbane last night. Having also won the award last year, Co-Founders and Directors of Get Global, Gary Bender and Donna Kessler, are ecstatic about the accolade, and proud of the accomplishments the show has achieved in such a short time. “To win this esteemed award for a second time is phenomenal. The support and dedication shown by the industry, and the team who have helped us get the event off the ground, has been outstanding. “Donna and I took a risk when we started the show and it’s humbling to be validated by our peers. We look forward to seeing everyone in July,” said Mr Bender. Judges recognised Get Global’s growth year-on-year, the diversity of exhibitors with over 150 international products represented, and the extremely high NPS received from exhibitors and delegates. “Gary and I started Get Global out of a need to showcase more international product and to disrupt the regular cookie-cutter format of our industry shows. For Get Global to be recognised as ‘Exhibition of the Year’ twice is a monumental achievement. “We’re extremely happy with this result and will continue to lead the way,” said Ms Kessler. On Monday 1 April, Gary and Donna presented their insights and experience in setting up Get Global, in the session ‘Best Practice Case Study’ at MEA’s Evolve 2019 Conference. Get Global provides an opportunity for event and incentive organisers to spend one day meeting with new exhibitors from around the world, networking with peers, sharing knowledge and doing business. Get Global will be held in The Gallery, ICC Sydney, Friday 26 July 2019. The exhibitor spaces are selling fast, over 30 per cent of confirmed exhibitors attending Get Global are new to the show: http://www.getglobal.com.au/global_exhibitors.php?1 For more information and to register visit: www.getglobal.com.au/global_register.php -ends- Get Global targets Australian and New Zealand buyers who organise and influence decisions for meetings, events, conferences, incentives and retreats. 2019 will be the third edition of Get Global. Notes to Editors: Gary Bender and Donna Kessler are available for interviews, please request through the media contacts listed. Media Contacts: Jessica McLean, Senior Account Manager, Zadro | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director, Zadro | +61 411 201 354 | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Reymond Opens Sydney Office 2019-03-25T05:51:46Z reymond-opens-sydney-office Lifestyle PR agency Reymond Communications has expanded into Sydney with a Darlinghurst office. The Melbourne based firm manages local, national and international clients and is pleased to be able to support them further with the addition of the new location, while attracting new business. Managing Director Joanna Reymond-Burns says the expansion is a natural progression following six wonderful years in operation with strong growth. “As a business it is important to continue to evolve and strive, so as well as the Sydney move, we have refreshed our branding and launched a new website. “The team and I are excited by this new challenge and hope to see it benefit our existing business, while creating new opportunities.” Reymond-Burns will share her time between the Melbourne and Sydney offices, while Account Manager Isabella Donato has moved to Sydney to manage the new location on a day-to-day basis. Exciting growth within the agency has encouraged internal promotions as well as the appointment of Angeline Lewis as a Senior Account Manager. - Ends - Notes to editors About Reymond Communications Reymond Communications is a lifestyle PR agency passionate about sharing the dynamic stories aligned with the design, hospitality and travel industries. Melbourne: 131A Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181 Sydney: L2/223-225 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst www.reymond.com.au | @reymondcomms For media enquiry please contact: Joanna Reymond-Burns | Director | Reymond Communications E: joanna@reymond.com | T: +61 (0)3 9510 4124 | M: +61 (0)431 540 640 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T04:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE AT:www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 Adrenaline Pumping Gold Coast Holiday Activities From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-03-05T23:02:19Z adrenaline-pumping-gold-coast-holiday-activities-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland With holiday time almost here, thousands of Australians will be streaming to the Gold Coast. Some may just want to chill on the beaches or stroll through stores, but an increasing number are set on letting adrenaline pump out the cobwebs after a year at the office desk, according to Darryl Essington-Wilson, CEO of Gold Coast Family Car Rentals. He sees the Gold Coast adrenaline and extreme activities, already very popular, becoming increasingly so during the Gold Coast’s current tourism industry boom, and the venues and areas where they take place may well be the most visited destinations for those driving his rental cars this holiday season. Choosing the Hard Way Visitors can enjoy their holidays the hard way, or the easy way, says Darryl. They can take in dramatic views of scenic islands and beaches from hot air balloons as the sun rises or sets, or take scenic flights in seaplanes or helicopters. They can also go the kayaking route, take exhilarating hikes and participate in many other outdoor activities. However, more visitors are tending to go for the challenge of high speeds, scary heights or super physical activity, whether it’s on or in the water, up in the sky, on solid ground or somewhere in-between. And, according to Darryl, the Gold Coast is making sure that the toughest challenge for visitors will be in choosing which of the many options available to enjoy first. Up, Up and Away Rather than settling for a seaplane or balloon, those chasing the adrenaline buzz may choose to accept the challenge of tandem sky-diving (the first minute of which consists of free-fall) from 14,000ft above Kirra Beach at Coolangatta; or see what it’s like free-falling the whole way in an indoor wind tunnel at Surfers Paradise. For those who want to hang around between sky and ground, Darryl suggests heading for the trees. The Canyon Flyer guided tour at Mt Tamborine sees brave travellers suspended on zip lines 60m high above the Cedar Creek Canyon, and zipping along at speeds of up to 70km/h. The Tree Top Challenge at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary can occupy up to 3.5 hours of adrenaline pumping time for the adventurous ones in the family, whilst others spend their time enjoying the many animal encounters that the Sanctuary is famous for. Darryl says travellers can alsoget the feeling of being suspended in the air by going parasailing (tandem or alone) behind a powerful boat while surrounded by the views of Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast Islands. Hitting the Water A high-speed Jet-Boat ride will certainly add a splash of excitement to the day. It starts at Surfers Paradise and speeds along the Gold Coast Broadwater, complete with 360-degree spins and other adrenaline-inducing tricks. There’s also the chance to fly about 10m off the water and at a speed of up to 45km/h while powered by a jetpack or enjoy the jet-propelled Flyboard experience both on and above the water. Don’t Forget the Kids The Gold Coast has plenty of activities for kids, says Darryl. Many of the theme parks that are becoming synonymous with Gold Coast tourism, like Sea World, Movie World, Dreamworld, andWet‘n’Wild water world, and Game Over offer a selection of rides, thrills and activities both outdoors and indoors. Youngsters can also go whizzing around on wheels on dry ground; or walk, turn, run and slide across the water inside giant water balls at the Royal Pines Resort in Benowa, near Surfers Paradise. These adrenaline-pumping activities found at Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta and Mt Tamborine are all within easy reach of Gold Coast city in a rental car from Gold Coast Family Car Rentals, with travelling times of no more than 30 minutes. And booking one of Darryl’s cars is just as easy - To find one to travel in the Gold Coast area, and particularly from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise, and including the Gold Coast Airport, make sure to book onlinewith Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged. Syndicated by Baxton Media. NEW GRUFFALO AUGMENTED REALITY EXPERIENCE TAKES UP RESIDENCE AT CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY 2019-03-01T00:03:13Z new-gruffalo-augmented-reality-experience-takes-up-residence-at-currumbin-wildlife-sanctuary Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary General Manager Michael Kelly said this iconic character will bring joy to thousands of kids at the Sanctuary, in an Aussie-first, that utilises augmented reality (AR) technology in a natural environment. “We have been working with Magic Light Pictures to create our brand-new outdoor experience; one that will give kids the chance to see much-loved characters come to life in a new way. “This initiative sees us combining state-of-the art technology with nature, keeping the kids active and entertained at the same time.” The Gruffalo Trail is free with entry and families can download the complimentary Gruffalo Spotters app and follow clues through an interactive trail. For those wanting to step away from technology, there are heaps of fun interactive experiences along the trail to enjoy. “The self-led trail will be packed with fun facts about the characters from the book. Once you have spotted the characters, the app will bring them to life in 3D animation.” The app allows you to take photos next to the characters which are then automatically added to your gallery. This makes it easy to share your favourite pictures via social media using the hashtag #GruffaloSpotter. The Gruffalo picture book has sold more than 13.5 million copies worldwide, and has been portrayed on stage, in an Oscar nominated film and now in augmented reality. The much-loved children’s book celebrates 20 years this year. “We hope that families with young children will enjoy visiting the Sanctuary for an exciting adventure like no other, and one that they can only experience here on the Gold Coast,” Michael said. The Gruffalo licensing deal with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was brokered by Australia’s Merchantwise Licensing on behalf of Magic Light Pictures. The Gruffalo Trail and The Gruffalo Spotters app launches at National Trust Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on 5 April 2019. The Gruffalo Spotters app is free to download. For more information visit www.currumbinsanctuary.com.au/The-Gruffalo-Trail <ENDS> About The Gruffalo The Gruffalo was initially published in 1999 by Macmillan Children’s Books and this year celebrates its 20th Anniversary. The book was written by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, and tells the story of a mouse, the protagonist of the book, taking a walk in a European forest. The book has sold over 13.5 million copies, has won several prizes for children's literature, and has been developed into plays on both the West End and Broadway and even an Oscar nominated animated film by Magic Light Pictures. The Gruffalo is distributed in Australia by Macmillan. The Gruffalo Stage Show is also touring nationally with shows scheduled at HOTA Home of The Arts on March 7 & 8. About Magic Light Pictures. Founded in 2003 by producers Martin Pope and Michael Rose, Magic Light Pictures makes imaginative entertainment for audiences, families and children worldwide. The company creates high quality films and products and has built the wonderful Gruffalo brand based on the best-selling books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The company directly manages production, licensing, global distribution and marketing and runs an international merchandising programme with over 40 licensees and 350 products. Recent productions include Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning animated specials ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Room on the Broom’ and ‘Revolting Rhymes’. ‘Zog’ premiered on BBC1 at Christmas 2018. Magic Light is currently developing it’s first two animated series for pre-school, together with a slate of live action family dramas. All interview and photo opportunity enquiries: Karen Smith, M10 Collective | Ph: 0407 527 366 | email: karen@m10.com.au Amy Stalinescu, M10 Collective | Ph: 0411 789 195 | email: amy@m10.com.au Get Global wins NSW MEA ‘Exhibition of the Year’ Award for second year in a row 2019-02-28T05:15:00Z get-global-wins-nsw-mea-exhibition-of-the-year-award-for-second-year-in-a-row Get Global, the innovative event that brings together international destinations with local buyers, was once again crowned the winner of the hotly contested category ‘Exhibition of the Year’, at the NSW Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) 2018 Industry Awards. Get Global took out the state MEA win for ‘Exhibition of the Year’ after demonstrating how the show is setting new benchmarks for the business events industry. Gary Bender and Donna Kessler, Co-Founders and Directors of Get Global, said the win demonstrates the industry’s thirst for new and different ways of doing business. “We couldn’t be prouder of the show we’ve built and the direction we’re heading in. To be recognised for the innovation we have delivered, and the real outcomes for our customers is terrific. “As a new show, we’ve faced challenges and overcome hurdles, however, to have industry recognition for our team’s dedication and hard work is very encouraging and a clear sign that we are on the right track,” said Mr Bender. Get Global provides event and incentive organisers with an opportunity to meet with new exhibitors from around the world, network with peers, share knowledge and do business, all conveniently on one day. “We are busy people and so are our buyers, we bring unprecedented flexibility in a single day show. Our aim has always been to disrupt and exceed industry expectations, we are leading the way and are proud to be recognised for our efforts,” said Ms Kessler. The MEA award win has coincided with the opening of buyer registrations, and the announcement of the MC for Get Global 2019. Andrew Klein, one of Australia’s most engaging and sought-after professional master of ceremonies, will host Get Global in July. Andrew’s interactive approach and success at last year’s event, has led to his MC appointment again in 2019. Register via www.getglobal.com.au/global_register.php Get Global will be held in The Gallery, ICC Sydney, Friday 26 July 2019. -ends- Get Global targets Australian and New Zealand buyers who organise and influence decisions for meetings, events, conferences, incentives and retreats. 2019 will be the third edition of Get Global. Notes to Editors: Gary Bender and Donna Kessler are available for interviews, please request through the media contacts listed. Media Contacts: Jessica McLean, Senior Account Manager, Zadro | +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director, Zadro | +61 2 9212 7867 elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Images (High-Res available upon request): Images from Get Global 2018 ABOUT GET GLOBAL | 26 July 2019, International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney www.getglobal.com.au Get Global is a joint venture between two passionate industry professionals who identified a gap in the market for an outbound industry tradeshow. The show is an innovative and efficient business platform for international suppliers to connect with corporate meeting planners, incentive houses, PCO's, travel companies and anyone else that has international group business from Australia. Get Global, launched in 2017, was hailed a huge success by exhibitors and buyers alike. This innovative format for doing business is an intensive one day exhibition with 100% international product and is NOT your typical tradeshow. Get Global now heading into its third year in 2019, promises more exhibitors (Go Getters), more buyers and more countries represented. Get Global is the largest event of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. In 2017, Get Global was awarded ‘Exhibition of the Year’ at the National Meetings and Events Australia Awards. GET ACQUAINTED Gary Bender, Managing Director, World Corporate Travel. Gary has had 36 years' experience creating global corporate conferences, meetings and experiences for some of Australia's leading corporations. Beginning his career in travel back in 1982 in the UK for Thomas Cook, he has been in the business ever since. Now owner and Managing Director of World Corporate Travel (WCT) based in Sydney; a successful PCO and Corporate Travel Agency that has delivered incentive programs and conferences in Australia and all over the world. Donna Kessler, Founder and Director, Tourism Portfolio. Since the company's inception in 2002, Donna has represented high quality destinations, venues, resorts and event suppliers to the meetings, incentives and tourism markets. With almost three decades of experience in all aspects of tourism and the corporate industry, Donna has also held positions at the InterContinental Sydney and Hilton International Australia and has won the acclaimed Meetings & Events Australia State and National Sales and Marketing Person of the Year Award in 2005 and 2008 and now supports these awards in a judging capacity. Cutting Gold Coast Holiday Costs From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-02-27T23:40:44Z cutting-gold-coast-holiday-costs-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland Visitors holidaying on the Gold Coast needn’t look at paying in gold nuggets. All it takes, according to Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson, is a bit of careful budgeting for travellers to be able to enjoy a gold star trip on a silver or bronze budget. He says visitors should include in their planning a list of priorities aimed at a gold star experience that will fund memories for a long time, rather than result in red figures on the bank balance when they get home. And these priorities should be considered with regard to how they get to the Gold Coast; what they do, eat, and buy while there; and the rental car they use in order to do these things. In most instances, getting anywhere in Australia involves flying, because of the distances involved. Saving money on flights involves conscious planning in terms of when’s best to book, and when is best to fly, as well as keeping a sharp eye on any special deals, according to Darryl. Departure points, as well as flexibility about flying dates and days of the week, can also save a few dollars. And when they consider rental car options, they should be sure to take into account all the costs involved in hiring a car, including insurance excesses and fees for added extras like child seats, and not just consider the basic rental fee when budgeting on rental car costs. Location, Location, Location As most tourists are drawn to the Gold Coast by its beaches, the surf and those that ride it, Surfers Paradise is often the first choice for accommodation and attractions. However, Darryl points out that the Gold Coast has 52 km of pristine beaches within an easy drive of Surfers Paradise and the attractions there. These include Broadbeach (11minutes), Main Beach (12min), Burleigh Heads (17minutes), and Coolangatta (30mins), all of which offer cheaper accommodation and a better family holiday environment than Surfers Paradise, according to Darryl. All have beautiful beaches, and their own day and night entertainment. He adds that visitors should also remember that the length of stay can also make a difference. Short one or two-night stops may work out more expensive per night, while a free night or two may be included when the stay is longer. Putting Money Where the Mouth is While wonderful dinners and tasty lunches are readily available on the Gold Coast, Darryl mentions that this could see holidaymakers literally putting too much money where their mouths are. Sandwich bars, food from street markets, store-bought supplies for some meals, or having an Australian-style beach barbeque using the free BBQs at many of the beaches, might make both visitors and their bank balances more comfortable about enjoying a dinner on the town now and then. Holidaymakers can take home-packed picnic lunches on outings, including trips to Theme Parks. Money-saving Tips for Going Out and About The Gold Coast and its hinterland offer a wide range of experiences which cost nothing at all, like the views, the beaches, the rainforests, and the streams. In some cases, a blend of paid entry and free options balance out to a good value for money outing, according to Darryl. Currumbin, less than half an hour away from Surfers Paradise, offers visitors the chance to stroll on the beach at Currumbin, splash around in rock pools in the Currumbin Valley, enjoy markets, feed the birds at the Bird Sanctuary, and appreciate wildlife, or take to the treetops in Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Much of this is free and admittance fees at the Wildlife Sanctuary are sometimes governed by deals or membership options which reduce that cost. Similarly, special passes are available online for access to theme park “worlds” like Dreamworld, Wet ‘n' Wild, Movieworld, Seaworld, and White Water World, all of which offer multiple activities like rides and slides. Some offer multiple park access, while others allow for return visits to one, grant early entry, or sanction queue skipping. Once inside, visitors may find other savings, like buying refillable drinks, or bring their own water. Visitors looking to hire a rental car on the Gold Coast with a value for money guarantee, pickup and drop-off at the airport, free child seats and concessionary rates on other holiday add-ons, can book onlinewith Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Last Minute Planning Tips for a Gold Coast Holiday Trip From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-02-27T09:33:07Z last-minute-planning-tips-for-a-gold-coast-holiday-trip-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland For thousands of holidaymakers, the countdown is on for the forthcoming school holidays and festive season. For many of them, the destination will be the Gold Coast, Australia’s favourite holiday destination, and their arrival is just around the corner. And whether they’ve got tickets and bookings in hand, or are still trying to organise a last-minute trip, it’s time for some heavy-duty last-minute planning, according to Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO, Darryl Essington-Wilson. While early planning for a trip to a city like Gold Coast, is certainly a wise move, Darryl believes not all doors are closed to those still wanting to make a visit this season. And the unclosed doors include those on the car rentals they will need in order to enjoy the scenic beauty and entertainment available on the Gold Coast. Flexibility and Perseverance However, he says access to the three basic requirements of any Gold Coast holiday - how to get to there, where to stay, and how to get around while there – is becoming more limited with each passing day. This might mean that last-minute holidaymakers need to show greater flexibility with regards to dates of arrival and departure, and perseverance when it comes to finding suitable flights and accommodation. Once these aspects have been researched, investigated and booked, both the early birds and late planners can get onto the fun side of things, like deciding what to do and see while staying on the Gold Coast, and finding the right rental car to hire, says Darryl. Last Minute Checklist But it doesn’t stop there - further planning is necessary to ensure a happy holiday, and no nasty shocks on returning home. Darryl’s advice on getting ready to travel starts with packing wisely by choosing clothing to suit the summer weather and planned activities, including suntan lotions, sunglasses and sufficient quantities of any prescribed medication, and being sure to take relevant documents, wallets, cell phones and cameras. However, he also recommends taking steps to ensure the security and safety of their home. To avoid possible electrical problems arising as a result of equipment failure, floods, or fire while they are away, Darryl recommends that, at the very least, holidaymakers turn off TVs, bedside lights, kettles and other appliances which won’t be used while they are away. These should be switched off at the wall socket, and removed from the socket where possible, as inline toggle switches, auto-offs and standbys on electrical goods can prove dangerous. If possible, fridges should be left free of perishable items, bins emptied and freezers cleared to prevent nasty (and smelly) homecomings should the power fail. Ensuring the Safety of the Home Even better, Darryl says, would be to turn off the trip switches at the distribution board for circuits that will not be used, like the hot water unit, stove, dishwasher and washing machine, as well as unnecessary lights. However, care must be taken to leave active those circuits powering security systems like the alarm and security lights, as well as the fridge and freezer, unless both are empty. Switching gas off at the cylinder, and water at the mains would also be a wise move in case of any leaks. Darryl, who moved to the Gold Coast and opened his family car rentals operation there 17 years ago, has handed rental car keys to many holidaymakers over the years. To take advantage of his best-value-guaranteed service in the Gold Coast area, and particularly from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise, and including the Gold Coast Airport, make sure to book onlinewith Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged. Syndicated by Baxton Media.