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: www.thebusinessofevents.com.au Looking forward to hearing from you. Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au 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) www.businesseventscouncil.org.au To receive a copy of the BECA pre-election submission document, please contact: Felicity Zadro felicity@zadroagency.com.au 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 | felicity@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 GET in quick: Get Global launches 2019 Prospectus 2018-11-29T07:00:00Z get-in-quick-get-global-launches-2019-prospectus Media release: 29 November 2018 GET in quick: Get Global launches 2019 Prospectus Get Global, the one-day event exclusively showcasing international destinations for the Australian and New Zealand outbound business events market, launched its much anticipated 2019 Prospectus today, detailing new features of the event. The 2018 event sold out its exhibition space with 120 exhibitors, and attracted 300 highly qualified buyers; 80% of which had over $200,000 to spend in the following financial year. Over 80% of exhibitors said they met 20-50 new buyers at Get Global 2018, and the quality of buyers exceeded their expectations. Co-Founders and Directors, Gary Bender and Donna Kessler, said the continued success of Get Global is due to the event being designed and managed by people who buy outbound events. “Donna and I have been buyers and sellers in this industry for a long time; we know what people want, need and expect. “We have specifically made Get Global easy to engage with, and a great place to network, buy and sell. “With Get Global, exhibitors don’t need to spend weeks preparing their teams, don’t need to invest in an elaborate stand, don’t need to worry about appointments, and don’t need to adhere to conversation time limits set by others. “We’re all about building and growing international relationships – and every aspect of the event has that laser focus in mind,” said Mr Bender. Donna Kessler said working with their buyers and sellers closely is vital to the Get Global team. “We take all feedback seriously, have conducted extensive consultations, and made some additions to the event for both exhibitors and buyers,” said Ms Kessler. Listening to feedback from the exhibitors and buyers, changes to the show in 2019 include: A brand new exhibitor package that GETS you more exposure The buyer list will be shared with exhibitors BEFORE the show, so teams can prepare their sales pitches, ensuring targeted and valuable interactions Insurance is now included in all packages which makes exhibiting even easier. All you need is your favourite presentation device, Get Global do the rest Brand new floor plan New discounted price for additional exhibitor passes Updated sponsor opportunities Plus: More presentations in the GET Smart Corner More in-zone catering to connect buyers and sellers More opportunities to network “Every year our market is different, and so our show will evolve to reflect the needs and desires of people wanting to sell and buy international events. “It’s a fine balance to connect exhibitors with genuine buyers and also provide the right amount of networking and educational incentives, however, we feel we have a great format that will drive substantial ROI for all involved,” said Ms Kessler. Virginia McCarthy, Business Development Manager, Conference Venues and Booking Services, and Get Global Buyer said; “The exhibitors at Get Global were relevant to our business. I also learnt about new destinations who provided information and contacts for when the time comes for us to place business there. It was a very enjoyable and educational day.” With the launch of the 2019 Prospectus, Get Global demonstrates their ability to live their tagline and truly be ‘where the world meets’. View the full 2019 Prospectus here: http://www.getglobal.com.au/Prospectus2019F.pdf Get Global 2019 will be held on Friday 26 July 2019 at THE GALLERY, International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney. Visit www.getglobal.com.au for more information. -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): Gary Bender and Donna Kessler, Co-Founders and Directors, Get Global 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 have seen a gap in the market for an outbound industry tradeshow. Our mission is to provide 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 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. Bali tourist attraction goes green with renewable power 2018-11-22T00:47:21Z bali-tourist-attraction-goes-green-with-renewable-power Terregra Asia Energy Tbk has completed its first commercial solar project in Indonesia at the iconic Waterbom waterpark in Bali.   Thousands of Australians visit the Waterbom waterpark every year and the new rooftop solar project will help this major tourist attraction to run on clean, renewable power.   The project will operate under a business-to-business scheme and is owned and operated by Terregra Asia Energy – a leading hydro and solar renewable developer and the only publicly listed IPP in South East Asia.   Construction was completed less than three months after the signing of the contract and it will be operational for 20 years.   “This is our first commercial solar project in Indonesia but we have many more in development,” said Graham Pearson, Director of its Australian subsidiary Terregra Renewables.   “Beyond the commercial solar projects, we also intend to develop, build and operate more than 500MW of hydro projects in Indonesia over the next 5 years.”   But with plans to grow further, Terregra Asia Energy Tbk launched into the Australian market earlier in 2018 and established Terregra Renewables to develop, build and operate utility scale solar projects.   Their Mobilong Solar Farm, located near Murray Bridge in South Australia, recently received planning approval and construction is expected to start in the next few weeks.   “We have been overwhelmed by the support from the Rural City of Murray Bridge council and are pleased that we can now start work,” said Graham.   The 5MW project will include approximately 16,100 PV modules and two containerized inverters.   “The Mobilong Solar Farm will generate 40 jobs during the construction phase, and we expect to start work in December 2018 and reach full completion in April 2019.”   “Terregra Renewables intend to own and operate the project for its 30-year life so from the very start we’ve been focused on being good neighbours and bringing positive benefits to the community.”   “We consulted with the nearby landowners and specifically amended the site layout to address the feedback that we received.”   “Now that we’re moving into the construction phase our focus turns to engaging local businesses and employing tradespeople from the surrounding region wherever possible.”   Terregra Renewables expects to have at least 35MW of solar projects operational in 2019 and boasts a pipeline of projects that are near shovel-ready.    ENDS.     Media enquiries: Graham Pearson Director - Terregra Renewables Phone: 0466 631 776 Email: graham@terregra.com Encore delivers a sweet treat at The Great Humpty Ball 2018-11-21T03:41:50Z encore-delivers-a-sweet-treat-at-the-great-humpty-ball Media release: 21 November 2018 Encore delivers a sweet treat at The Great Humpty Ball Immersive and unique staging and production by Encore Event Technologies recently transported 400 guests who attended the annual Great Humpty Ball back to their childhood. Hosted by the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, a children's charity that for more than 28 years has purchased life-saving medical equipment specifically requested by over 380 hospitals and health services across Australia, Encore delivered an imaginative, compelling and truly sweet Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired event at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. Every year Encore works closely with the Humpty Dumpty Foundation team to create an immersive gala dinner themed with fun, colour and technical magic to deliver on the charity’s vision. First impressions count. On arrival, guests entered the chocolate factory gates constructed of purple bricks and golden wrought iron gates with Humpty branded signage – a welcoming invitation fuelled with intrigue and wonder. The grass covered walk-way included boxes of Humpty branded chocolate bars, giant gobstoppers, colourful windmills, lollies and mushrooms. Purple trees decorated with lollipops and fairy lights framed the main doors of the hotel’s Ballroom. Guests were entertained by the Wonka inspired photobooth with giant windmill lollies in flower pots and Humpty signage all created to encourage guests to explore the decorated venue. The beautifully dressed tables were adorned by shiny purple cloths and Wonka inspired golden wrapper runners and two stunning centrepieces. The first, a magical garden, included intricate trees on a grassy knoll decorated with lollies, mushrooms, tea lights and miniature buckets of candy. The second included Willy Wonka’s red top hat, candy jars and colourful windmills on sticks. Mimicking the iconic “fizzy lifting” scene from the film, Encore created a bubble ceiling installation above the dance floor with long garlands of stunning sliver, white pearl and clear balloons that created the illusion of bubbles exploding out of an oversized fizzy soda bottle. Keeping to theme, the multimedia team created a chocolate river backdrop with the Humpty mascot image floating past the magical garden that transitioned into an evening scene with Humpty in a glass lift with a giant shimmering moon. The set was complimented by colourful mushrooms, gobstoppers, a lolly tree and the walls draped with sparkling star black cloth with themed Humpty gobo lighting. Complete with projections and staging, the Encore team delivered purple and gold themed lighting, matching both the Humpty branding and Wonka bars, which ensured guests at the event were reminded of a childhood full of imagination. Paul Francis OAM, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation commented on the night, “For each annual Great Humpty Ball we like to pick a theme that can take our generous supporters back to their childhood. Encore certainly helped us achieve this, creating a real wow factor when guests entered the Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom. As with each year we host this event, Encore did a great job ensuring our guests enjoyed a memorable evening”. -end- For media enquiries please contact: Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Brittany Rogers, Account Coordinator, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | brittany@zadroagency.com.au Images: High resolution images available upon request. 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. ABOUT FREEMAN Freeman is the world’s leading brand experience company. We help our clients design and deliver immersive live experiences for their most important audiences. Through comprehensive offerings including strategy, creative, logistics, digital, and event technology, Freeman helps increase audience engagement and drive business results. What makes us different is our collaborative culture, intuitive knowledge, global perspective, and personalized approach, which we’ve gained from our 90 years as an industry leader. For more information, please visit https://www.freeman.com/ ABOUT THE FREEMAN COMPANY The Freeman Company helps create meaningful connections for global audiences. A family-owned organization, it is comprised of leading brand experience company, Freeman; venue-based audio-visual and production company, Encore Event Technologies; and Alford Media, a boutique event technology specialist. With more than 90 locations globally and over 7,000 employees we are dedicated to delivering the best experiences and business outcomes possible for our clients. For more information, visit https://www.freeman.com/ ABOUT HUMPTY DUMPTY FOUNDATION Founder and Executive Chairman Paul Francis OAM began fundraising in 1990 and in 1996, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation was officially born. The Humpty Dumpty Foundation purchases life-saving medical equipment specifically requested by over 380 hospitals and health services across Australia. Each piece of medical equipment requested is stringently assessed by Humpty’s medical sub-committee. To date, Humpty has raised over $70m and in 2017, Humpty purchased close to 500 pieces of medical equipment for Paediatric Wards, Neonatal Units, Maternity and Emergency Departments. The Humpty Dumpty Foundation provides equipment for approximately 20,000 children (0- 18 years) who are in hospital on any given day. On average in Australia, 1 in 5 babies will need medical intervention at birth. In NSW, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation is the largest supplier of children’s medical equipment, behind the State Government, and is working hard with the community to ensue other states and the Northern Territory have the equipment they need. The charity relies heavily on the generosity of corporate and community donors who participate in our fundraising initiatives including the Good Egg lunch, Balmoral Burn, City2Surf and the Great Humpty Ball. The Humpty Dumpty Foundation has enjoyed long-time support from its Patron, television journalist Ray Martin AM, Olympian Jane Flemming OAM – Ambassador/Board Member and Wallaby great Phil Kearns AM - Ambassador and Founder of the Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn. Locals, community and business organisations interested in supporting the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and their local hospital, either by donating a piece of medical equipment or by making a donation, can visit www.humpty.com.au or contact the Humpty Dumpty Foundation on 02 9419 2410. www.facebook.com/humptydumptyfoundation www.twitter.com/HumptyDumpty www.instagram.com/humptydumptyfoundation ENCORE CREATES A VISUAL SPECTACULAR AT THE QHA AWARDS 2018-10-25T00:09:07Z encore-creates-a-visual-spectacular-at-the-qha-awards Media release: 25 October 2018 ENCORE CREATES A VISUAL SPECTACULAR AT THE QHA AWARDS The Queensland Hotels Association (QHA) held their Awards for Excellence Gala Presentation on 8 October 2018 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, engaging long-term partner, Encore Event Technologies to delight the 1,100 guests. Encore were tasked with creating the atmosphere of a modern summer sun-soaked beer garden, indoors. This was achieved through combining an impressive custom stage set, unique multimedia, engaging digital services and stunning creative styling. Guests were welcomed by lush turf running through a traditional timber arbour dressed in Edison bulb drops and fresh greenery with QHA branding. With the stage being the focal point for the awards, Encore created a unique custom set which included a 5.7m projection circle along with two large rounded projection screens either side. The full projection surface totalled 26.5m wide x 5.7m high, while 6m delay screens positioned in the back half of the room ensured full room coverage. “Having worked on the QHA Awards for many years, the challenge is always how to outdo the previous years’ event. “Our client had a clear vision for this year’s awards and I’m proud to say our team exceeded their expectations,” commented Stacey Buckley, Event Manager – Encore Event Technologies. Two winding, foliage trusses framed either side of the stage while oversized curved circular trusses covered with foliage and beautiful festoon lighting, hung over the stage and dance floor. Continuing the styling, a stunning ceiling feature complete with oversized hanging foliage and Edison bulb drops caught guests’ eyes and was perfectly positioned above the second awards presentation area. Along with incorporating creative and production services, Encore also provided live digital technology via Event Feed social integration. The skin design of the social media feed was also designed to complement the overall theme to complete the experience. Encore’s latest edition, the Disguise media server, ensured the announcement of the awards ran smoothly, managing 196 cues, live multi-camera switching, audio stings and entertainment tracks. All of this was pre-programmed the week before the event by Encore’s Head of Production Andrew Priddle and Technical Director Tim Stewart. Kelly-Anne Mott, Events and Partnerships Officer from Queensland Hotels Association was thrilled with Encore’s work. “We are absolutely delighted with how spectacular the event was. Encore once again delivered, from the custom circular screen and stage set, to the stunning furniture and styling, to the content and digital services. “Another superb event that addressed our brief beautifully: a modern Queensland beer garden,” said Ms Mott. -end- For media enquiries please contact: Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Brittany Rogers, Account Coordinator, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | brittany@zadroagency.com.au Images: High resolution images available upon request. 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. ABOUT FREEMAN Freeman is the world’s leading brand experience company. We help our clients design and deliver immersive live experiences for their most important audiences. Through comprehensive offerings including strategy, creative, logistics, digital, and event technology, Freeman helps increase audience engagement and drive business results. What makes us different is our collaborative culture, intuitive knowledge, global perspective, and personalized approach, which we’ve gained from our 90 years as an industry leader. For more information, please visit https://www.freeman.com/ . ABOUT THE FREEMAN COMPANY The Freeman Company helps create meaningful connections for global audiences. A family-owned organization, it is comprised of leading brand experience company, Freeman; venue-based audio-visual and production company, Encore Event Technologies; and Alford Media, a boutique event technology specialist. With more than 90 locations globally and over 7,000 employees we are dedicated to delivering the best experiences and business outcomes possible for our clients. For more information, visit https://www.freeman.com/ Invictus and Fashion in the mix for The Business of Events 2018-10-17T01:11:08Z invictus-and-fashion-in-the-mix-for-the-business-of-events Invictus Games, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA), and the Australian Grand Prix will share the secrets to their success at The Business of Events to be held in Sydney next year. Professional advice about the return on investment using demonstrated business solutions, will be shared by an impressive range of successful and experienced strategy and planning experts when they come together at this in augural event. Among the high calibre speakers will be Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific, Natalie Xenita who will reveal the strategy and role MBFWA plays, fuelling the multi-billion-dollar fashion industry. “Fashion is a powerhouse industry that drives annual retail sales of over $9 billion and employs some 77,000 people in New South Wales alone. There is much to share from our approach and I look forward to presenting our story at The Business of Events,” Ms. Xenita said. “MBFWA’s successful growth strategy has helped boost commercial significance of the fashion industry, aiding both national and local economies, and extending audience reach beyond the event. What’s more, all stakeholders enjoy a strong return on investment.” Ms. Xenita said over 23 years, MBFWA has emerged as the preeminent fashion event in Asia-Pacific – but success didn’t happen overnight. “After heavy investment by IMG to elevate the overall experience, from sponsorship activations to designer selection and global audience engagement, I’m proud to share our model of success at The Business of Events.” Conference organiser Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said harnessing how Australia’s biggest and best events are successfully managed by the specialists who drive business growth, from planning through to execution, will be the cornerstone of The Business of Events. “Key solutions will be on offer from the experts who sit in the hot seats of Australian’s most recognised events,” Mr Daly said. “Global attention from the business world will be on Sydney, as the Invictus Games kick off this week. This is the result of a significant amount of high-level business planning and execution. The Business of Events, will be where the Invictus Games CEO, Patrick Kidd, can share his learnings from the success of the games from a global and local perspective.” The inaugural conference, The Business of Events, will take place in Sydney on 7-8 February 2019, will host in-depth discussions around the theme, Powering Growth, exploring how to identify new business, increasing the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth. Keynotes, plenaries and flexible break-out sessions will allow delegates to create a bespoke conference experience to maximise their investment. Speakers, strategically invited from key sectors, will provide diverse, forward-thinking insights in a unique two-day program. Alongside international keynote, Laura Schwartz, former White House Director of Events, high-calibre confirmed speakers include: Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific Patrick Kidd, CEO Invictus Games, Sydney 2018 Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne Comedy Festival Senior event professionals will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. Conference organiser, Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said speakers will share some insightful key learnings including the market potential for Australia and opportunities for Australian businesses, what we can learn from our international counterparts. He said the optimum learning platforms will offer participants invaluable opportunities to upskill and power growth. “These speakers contribute to the Australian economy through major events and operate in international markets with different policies and jurisdictions, so they know what issues you can face in the international marketplace,” Mr Daly said. The Business of Events will share how to take advantage of Australia’s position within the global marketplace, how to capitalise on an aggressive event strategy and how to power growth.” To purchase tickets, visit www.thebusinessofevents.com.au. The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019. Images: 1. Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific About Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is a full-service event organiser with over 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including renewable energy, automotive, business events, construction, oil and gas, entertainment technology, irrigation, manufacturing, travel and lifestyle. They have a long history of working collaboratively with organisations to produce innovative conferences and exhibitions to support their business objectives. They have become a trusted provider in their ability to contribute to organisations and the value of their events. They have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, however their teams are on the ground wherever the event is being planned, sold, marketed and delivered. They deliver conferences around the world. ETF’s motto is Experience, Expertise, Enthusiasm which reflects their approach to managing events and developing the relationships which underpin them. -ENDS- Event royalty to share secrets at inaugural The Business of Events 2018-09-18T02:00:00Z event-royalty-to-share-secrets-at-inaugural-the-business-of-events The Business of Events has confirmed more high calibre speakers set to share their strategic advice and insights on how businesses can capitalise on Australian events. In Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019, the inaugural conference will host in-depth discussions around the theme, Powering Growth, and explore how to identify new business, increase the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth. Speakers, strategically invited from key sectors, will provide diverse, forward-thinking insights in a unique two-day program. Keynotes, plenaries and flexible break-out sessions will allow delegates to create a bespoke conference experience to maximise their investment. Alongside international keynote, Laura Schwartz, former White House Director of Events, newly confirmed speakers include: Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne Comedy Festival Senior event professionals will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. Customer-centricity, how to take advantage of Australia’s industry position, drive data sales and the changing face of event safety will feature on the program. Conference speaker, Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council, will help attendees better understand bilateral trade with China, which currently exceeds $183 billion per annum, and how it links with events. “Trade is increasingly powered by services rather than commodities, including education, healthcare, professional services and tourism. “Industry needs to understand Chinese tourists contribute way beyond the visitor economy, by spending three to four times more than other international travellers, looking for education opportunities for their children and business investment opportunities. “They travel to peak events like Chinese New Year, Golden Week, graduation season, and major sporting events such as the Spring Racing Carnival or Australian Open so understanding Chinese consumer behaviour is crucial when you consider 1.4 million Chinese tourists will visit Australia this year. By 2026, we expect 3.3 million.” Conference organiser, Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said speakers will share some insightful key learnings including what the market opportunities for Australia and Australian businesses are, what we can learn from overseas and how international companies are run. He said the optimum learning platforms will offer participants invaluable opportunities to upskill and power growth. “These speakers contribute to the Australian economy through major events and operate in international markets with different policies and jurisdictions, so they know what issues you can face in the international marketplace,” Mr Daly said. “Australia’s corporate leaders can’t afford to remain uninformed of strategic business advice from experts who can address global trends.” The Business of Events will share how to take advantage of Australia’s positioning within the global marketplace, how to capitalise on our aggressive event growth strategy and how to power growth.” Early bird tickets are still available for a limited time - save $220pp. Early bird rates end on 30 September. To purchase visit www.thebusinessofevents.com.au. The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019. -ENDS- Media Contacts: Zadro Sarah Campbell, Senior Account Manager sarah@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director sammy@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 Images: 1. Laura Schwartz, White House Director of Events during the Clinton Administration​ 2. Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council About Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is a full-service event organiser with over 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including renewable energy, automotive, business events, construction, oil and gas, entertainment technology, irrigation, manufacturing, travel and lifestyle. They have a long history of working collaboratively with organisations to produce innovative conferences and exhibitions to support their business objectives. They have become a trusted provider in their ability to contribute to organisations and the value of their events. They have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, however their teams are on the ground wherever the event is being planned, sold, marketed and delivered. They deliver conferences around the world. ETF’s motto is Experience, Expertise, Enthusiasm which reflects their approach to managing events and developing the relationships which underpin them. ENCORE SERVE UP A SENSORY FEAST 2018-09-12T02:00:32Z encore-serve-up-a-sensory-feast Encore Event Technologies invited corporate clients to ‘Experience Encore’, an evening of great food, wine and entertainment on Monday 10 September at the National Art School in Sydney’s Darlinghurst. Upon arrival, guests met in the courtyard of the Cell Block Theatre for cocktails and canapés before taking their seats. A spectacular table projection sequence set the scene, choreographed perfectly with the opening track. Popular culinary personality, TV host and author Justine Schofield, designed the amazing menu inspiring Encore’s production services team to develop a dreamlike sensory experience. The audience were transported on a culinary and sensory journey like no other, from kinetic lighting and custom table projection mapping to the food and entertainment. Encore Managing Director, Tony Chamberlain, and National Sales Director, Michael Magafa, opened the evening by thanking guests for their patronage and introduced Justine to present her exclusive menu. Each course had a uniquely themed kinetic light show; the ceviche entrée and matching wine saw tables transformed into a beautiful underwater wonderland. As the second course of sticky beef cheek was announced, the room transformed to reflect a rural kaleidoscope of foliage. The final dessert course was a delicious panna cotta, designed by Justine, aptly named, ‘Encore’. The dish ignited the final animation, a stunning soft pink and white design, wrapped up the culinary experience. Vickianne Lane, Principal, Flick It To Me Solutions, said the evening was a truly unique experience that showcased the skills of the Encore team. “I was taken on a sensory experience – the food, the immersive visuals, the music, all came together so seamlessly. It was wonderfully creative,” she said. Michael Magafa, Encore Event Technologies, said the evening was a great way for Encore to say thank you to their clients. “The event’s aim was to say thank you to our clients by offering a memorable experience in every aspect. I’m always so proud to showcase the creative concepts that our team deliver.” Menu: by Justine Schofield Catering: by Piquant Catering Entertainment: Party Rock People via Evoke Entertainment Venue: Cell Block Theatre, National Art School Darlinghurst Production: Encore Event Technologies – Production Services Photo credit: EventPix -ends- For media enquiries please contact: Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Tracey Hoffman, Account Coordinator, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | tracey@zadroagency.com.au Images: High resolution images available upon request. ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES Encore Event Technologies is a leading global provider of audiovisual, 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 audiovisual 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. ABOUT FREEMAN Freeman is the world’s leading brand experience company. We help our clients design and deliver immersive live experiences for their most important audiences. Through comprehensive offerings including strategy, creative, logistics, digital, and event technology, Freeman helps increase audience engagement and drive business results. What makes us different is our collaborative culture, intuitive knowledge, global perspective, and personalized approach, which we’ve gained from our 90 years as an industry leader. For more information, please visit https://www.freeman.com/. ABOUT THE FREEMAN COMPANY The Freeman Company helps create meaningful connections for global audiences. A family-owned organization, it is comprised of leading brand experience company, Freeman; venue-based audio-visual and production company, Encore Event Technologies; and Alford Media, a boutique event technology specialist. With more than 90 locations globally and over 7,000 employees we are dedicated to delivering the best experiences and business outcomes possible for our clients. For more information, visit https://www.freeman.com/. Ruby now shines brightly in the Surfers Paradise skyline 2018-08-29T04:55:50Z ruby-now-shines-brightly-in-the-surfers-paradise-skyline The Ruby Collection has now official staked its claim on the Gold Coast with the raising of it’s “Ruby” roof top sign, proudly sitting amongst the City’s evening lights on the first tower in the ‘billion-dollar game changer’ development – The Ruby Collection. “Since the 25th of November, 2015 when Mayor Tom Tate turned the first sod on the first stage of the development, we’ve been watching development every step of the way. “Now with only a month from being handed the keys and finalising the last fitout items and with 76 days from welcoming our first guests, seeing our brand finally lit up across the Gold Coast skyline is a massive highlight for the entire team, who have been working tirelessly towards this moment” said CEO David Brook. The fabulous Ruby red sign has been created by local company Creations Group and this gem now shines brightly in the skies and shines a light on the future development of the northern end of Surfers Paradise. Named after developer William O’Dwyer of The Ralan Groups daughter Ruby, the Ruby Apartments are set to change the way people holiday on the Gold Coast. Offering a new level of customer service, state of the art fitout and an exciting array of entertainment for all guests, the Ruby Apartments are setting a new level in Gold Coast apartment holidays. To be one of the first to stay at Ruby Collection, take advantage of the special 50% offer which is now on sale. 50% off Pre-Opening Sale To celebrate our opening this November save up to 50% off the daily rate plus receive a range of bonus extras. Inclusions: Start your day with a complimentary continental buffet breakfast in Stones Bar & Grill for all guests Unlimited access to the Waterpark One Kid Club session per child 3-12years per stay Complimentary Wifi throughout your stay Complimentary local calls from your in-room phone Complimentary daily housekeeping service Monday - Saturday; (Sundays available on request) Complimentary use of the cardio gym, sauna and steam room 24-hour check-in Access to a range of activities and entertainment Access to Ruby's 24/7 digital concierge All pre-opening packages are on sale for a limited time and available for travel from 5 November 2018 to 31 March, 2020 and can be booked online at www.therubycollection.com.au *Conditions apply Images can be downloaded from - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/elzx1z4qv3olvwu/AABxbL0djMkfIdTvY77QZNBza?dl=0 The Ruby Apartments – Tower 1 The first of four towers in the ‘billion-dollar game changer’ Ruby Collection development – the Ruby Apartments - is set to reshape visitor perceptions of what a family holiday experience is meant to be. Featuring 230 apartments and 13 ground floor villas, Ruby Apartments, will be launched to the public in November 2018, combining family appeal and 5-star facilities, with a sophisticated indulgence and cutting-edge features. Crystallised by the motto, ‘we don’t do ordinary’, the Ruby experience will stand apart from what visitors have come to expect from a Gold Coast stay with a new level in service and amenities that will knit together the northern Surfers Paradise precinct. Spanning 30 floors the stylish one, two and three-bedroom apartments and sky suites will provide a bird’s eye view of the Pacific Ocean or Gold Coast Hinterland and cater to the modern family with spacious living areas, full kitchen and laundry suitable for families of up to 8 to come together and enjoy all the comforts of home. In short, The Ruby Collection is a game changer. At Ruby, the traditional roles of customer service staff will be replaced with Ruby Ambassadors, whose roles will be multi-faceted, enabling them to better understand guests and offer a more personalised service. From the moment guests arrive, Ruby Ambassadors will assist with guests’ every need - from assisting at check-in, booking local tours and attractions, making a dinner reservation or just have a conversation over morning coffee. Ruby Ambassadors will simply know their guests better and offer a more personalised service while creating a fun casual atmosphere. Rome2rio co-founders Bernie Tschirren and Michael Cameron win the 2018 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award 2018-08-29T02:29:44Z rome2rio-co-founders-bernie-tschirren-and-michael-cameron-win-the-2018-victorian-pearcey-entrepreneur-award The Pearcey Foundation today announced Rome2rio co-founders Bernie Tschirren and Michael Cameron as the joint winners of the 2018 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award. The award was presented last night by Victoria’s Lead Scientist Dr Amanda Caples at Pearcey Day, an event held as part of the Victorian Government’s Digital Innovation Festival (‘DIF’) which showcases and celebrates excellence across the Victorian digital and tech ecosystem. Rome2rio is the world’s biggest multi-modal online travel planning and booking service. Users can enter any town, address or landmark as their destination and Rome2rio will instantly display flight, train, bus, ferry, car-share and driving options to connect them door-to-door, with estimated travel times and fares. Founded in Melbourne in 2011, today the Rome2rio site attracts over 600,000 unique visitors a day, and has had more than 100 million unique visitors in the last 12 months, making it one of the top travel planning sites in the world. The site supports around a million routes from 5,000 transit operators giving access to most countries in the world. Bernie Tschirren and Michael Cameron first met at a drinks event for Australian expats while working in Redmond as software developers for Microsoft in 2007. In 2010 they moved home to Australia to build a global technology business with Melbourne as its base, and first established Rome2rio while working out of Michael’s parent’s lounge room. Taking the ‘cockroach’ rather than the ‘unicorn’ approach to their startup, Bernie and Michael moved into the Inspire9 co-working space in Richmond and built up the business gradually over the next eight years, finally outgrowing Inspire9 in December 2017, with a team of more than 40 people moving into its new global headquarters next door in part of the same Australian Knitting Mills complex. Rome2rio currently employs an additional 30 staff around the world in its global content team. “Bernie and Michael epitomise the values of the Pearcey Award. They took a risk to start a technology company to change the world, then decided to go further and base themselves in Melbourne at a time when the startup ecosystem here was still being established. They have had the bravery and good sense to do things in a way that works for them, rather than following some default model. What they have achieved over the past eight years with very little fanfare or publicity is a testament to their individuality and strength of character, which has inspired those who have had the privilege of sharing the experience with them,” said Jordan Green, an award judge and Pearcey National Committee member. Michael Cameron has a PhD in Mathematics from RMIT and was a lead software engineer in Microsoft’s Bing Search team. As well as driving Rome2rio’s search capabilities, he also took on the business leadership role at the company. Bernie Tschirren is a Computer Scientist from Curtin University who was a senior software developer at Microsoft, working on architecture and design tools that shipped in Visual Studio 2005, 2008 and 2010. At Rome2rio Bernie has focused his efforts on the technology infrastructure and driving strategic development projects. The Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award presentation featured as part of the agenda of the 2018 Pearcey Day, based on the theme of ‘Celebrating the Past; Informing the Present; Inspiring the Future’. Topics explored during the event included a panel discussion on current ICT heritage collections, moderated by Dr Peter Thorne, the former Head of Computer Science at the University of Melbourne who initiated the project that resulted in the restoration of CSIRAC, which is now on display at Scienceworks. The Pearcey Foundation was established in honour of Dr Trevor Pearcey, who led the team that built CSIRAC, now the oldest surviving stored program electronic computer in the world. The event also featured former Chief Digital Officer of the Australian Government and digital transformation expert Paul Shetler delivering the annual Pearcey Oration. The Pearcey Oration is presented each year by an eminent Australian reflecting on critical contemporary issues impacting our nation that are driven by the introduction of advanced technologies into our society. Mr Shetler’s broad-ranging presentation discussed digital transformation in Australia in terms of its impact on both the public and private sector, government policies, some of the barriers and challenges we are facing in adopting technology change, and what’s happening in other parts of the world. Pearcey Day was held as part of the Victorian Government’s DIF (#DIFvic), which brings together and promotes a range of digital innovation and technology events across the State. The festival features more than 350 events and activities scheduled up until DIF concludes on 7 September 2018. “It’s an honour to host Pearcey Day as part of our Digital Innovation Festival and I send my congratulations to the founders and team at Rome2rio on winning such a prestigious award,” said Victorian Government Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, Philip Dalidakis. “Rome2rio is a great example of how a global tech business can not only start in Melbourne, but can also be nurtured and supported here. As Australia’s top ‘tech city’, Melbourne offers the infrastructure, business environment, talent pool and lifestyle for companies like Rome2rio to thrive and succeed – not just locally, but on the world stage.” For more information about the Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Awards, go to https://pearcey.org.au/vic. Other State Awards ACT: to be presented in conjunction with the ACS Canberra 25th Annual Conference on 4 September. NSW: to be presented in conjunction with ACS NSW at Sydney Startup Hub on 1 November. QLD: to be presented at a gala dinner in conjunction with ACS, AIPM, AISA, APSco, ICSC, IIBA, ISACA, ITFGC, ITSMF, SIBA and WiT on 10 October. Event details to be confirmed. SA: presented to Tony Clark of Rising Star Pictures during the ACS SA Branch Forum on 28 September. TAS: to be announced in conjunction with ACS and Tasmanian Disruptor Award finalists. Event details to be finalised shortly. WA: awarded to Dr Mark Andrich as part of the WAITTA Incite Awards on 15 June. -- About the Pearcey Foundation The Pearcey Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organisation established in 1998 to raise the profile of the Australian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry and profession. It was created in the memory of one of the greatest pioneers of the Australian ICT industry, Dr Trevor Pearcey. By celebrating the heroes in our industry, past present and future, the Foundation is looking to attract and encourage young Australians into this most exciting of global high technology sectors of our nation. Web: www.pearcey.org.au Twitter: @Pearcey_org #pearceyawards #DIFvic LinkedIn: Pearcey Foundation #pearceyawards #DIFvic Media Contact: Martin Aungle Explore Communications e: maungle@explorecomms.com.au t: 02 4872 4981 m: 0415 917 381 This Luxury Travel Company is Shaking up the Industry with Supercars & Michelin Stars 2018-08-23T06:29:43Z this-luxury-travel-company-is-shaking-up-the-industry-with-supercars-michelin-stars From jetting to exotic islands, finding tranquility on luxury cruises, to adrenalin filled adventure tours across Europe to the Americas, my wife and I had started to believe that we had seen the best of everything. That was until we heard about an exclusive event held by Ultimate Driving Tours – called Beautiful Cars & Michelin Stars. Boasting a fleet of supercars, an adventure on the backroads of France, esteemed culinary experiences at Michelin Star restaurants and accommodation at lavish, luxury hotels, I thought to myself “what a glamourous way to explore France’s best wine regions – time to fly and experience the amazing!”. Driving the most spectacular and renowned roads of the Beaujolais, Burgundy and Champagne regions, we experienceding the best offerings from Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes and many other famous marques. Each night we would stop at ornate chateaus, or luxury hotels and swap the car keys for champagne, before an unforgettable Michelin Starred meal. One day we were in a striking 12-century castle, the next we were in one of the finest luxury residences in Paris. We felt like royalty! We began in Lyon, where food meets culture at Paul Bocuse’s iconic 3 Michelin Star L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges. From there we indulged in some of France's most celebrated restaurants, concluding with the Alain Ducasse’s signature 3 Michelin Star restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee,. in Paris. Taking this tour experience to the next level, we were spoilt with exclusive and private day tours around the drive experience. From one of the world’sOne day we were exploring the one of the most renowned gastronomy capitals - Lyon, to tours ofand the next we were immersed in the history and productions of prestigious Champagne houses around Reims and Epernay, including Ruinart and Pommery. At the conclusion of the event we also enjoyed a and a dazzling night to remember of cabaret, magic and champagne at the famed Crazy Horse Burlesque Show in Paris. Ultimate Driving Tours left me speechless and then turned me into a storyteller. When I tell friends about the tour is experience they don’t believe what we experienced over the week, nor how much I paid I paid. It was not cheap, but reflecting on the remarkable unforgettable experiences that we had, and the fantastic people we met, undoubtably, we could not have asked for better value for money! This travel company turned a dream into reality. We built memories that will last a lifetime and made life-long friends from all over the world. We can't wait to enjoy another event together. Hosted by Ultimate Driving Tours this seven eight day, six seven night experience is one you can tick off of your bucket-list today. Does a gourmet driving tour through France sound like your dream experience? Limited places still remain on the September tour - check out the full details here. Join the Ultimate Driving Tours family and experience the best of all things motor-related, coupled with the finer things in life. For the past 10 years, the team have been helping people from around the world tick off their motoring bucket-list with incredible driving, motorsport and luxury travel experiences. Ultimate Driving Tours was born from a passion for all things motor-related. That, and an appreciation for the finer things in life. From Europe to the Americas and Australasia, for the last ten years, we’ve created bucket-list motoring tours and events, as part of an all-encompassing luxury travel experience. Don’t miss out – live your trip of a lifetime today! Million Dollar Lunch breaks all records for children charity fundraising 2018-08-21T22:00:00Z million-dollar-lunch-breaks-all-records-for-children-charity-fundraising The Children’s Cancer Foundation Million Dollar Lunch soared to incredible new heights last week, raising a record $2.5m in 2018. A stellar line-up of over 600 celebrities, socialites and high-profile business leaders descended on Crown Melbourne for the glamorous luncheon and to make a difference for Australian children faced with cancer. Encore Event Technologies were responsible for the audio-visual, lighting and custom multimedia for this milestone event, as well as conceptualising and pitching to event organisers the visionary theme, galaxies, to create an astonishing experience from out of this world. Upon arrival at the world-class venue, guests were prepared for launch within the pre-function cocktail space, emulating the interior of an actual rocket ship, replete with boarding sounds and lighting simulations. The immersive theatrics continued after cocktails as the shuttle doors of the “rocket ship” cocktail space opened to reveal two tunnels, leading to the Palladium Ballroom. Thanks to the cunning use of fog jets and creative lighting, the experience was one of mystery, excitement and discovery. The VIP guests emerged from the mist to orbit a glamorous new world as the ultimate reveal of the beautifully-lit ballroom was unveiled. Under a draped ceiling covered in twinkling, starry lights, returning MCs Edwina Bartholomew and Hamish McLachlan enchanted the audience and introduced a touching story from beneficiaries of the Children’s Cancer Foundation. With heartfelt sincerity and firsthand experience, the parents shared insight into the emotional turmoil each family with a sick child feels; echoing some of the audience’s own personal experiences. Behind the hosts stood 14 hexagonal screens and a “3D-effect” diamond outlined in LED lights to reflect the windows of a spaceship. The backdrop radiated with the out-of-this-world performance by the LED dancing troupe, which relaunched the room’s energy, providing balance and flow for the day’s event. After a delectable three-course lunch, specially-designed by renowned Crown chefs to complement the theme, was the main event: The Grand Auction and Volvo Premium Raffle. The electrifying auction went off with a bang, and auctioneer, Peter Heagney, could barely keep up with the fast-paced bidding from all corners of the Palladium Ballroom. Ten once-in-a-lifetime experiences were auctioned, from luxury holiday escapes to world-class curated dining events. Along with the raffle items, the Million Dollar Lunch exceeded its name, ultimately raising a record-breaking $2,503,350. To keep up the tempo, Australian singer-songwriter and popstar, Samantha Jade, brought the house down with a stellar performance to cap off the extraordinary occasion. Mark Holmes, Executive General Manager – Food & Beverage, Crown Melbourne, spoke about the event’s success, “Encore Event Technologies were once again able to deliver and ensure the event was a success! As a valued partner they contribute in terms of every aspect of the event from the initial concept, to design, to flow and of course the content - once again a memorable event was delivered – thank you. The entire luncheon was seamless and remained true to our objectives, while contributing to a very worthy cause.” -ends- For media enquiries please contact: Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Tracey Hoffman, Account Coordinator, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | tracey@zadroagency.com.au Images: High resolution images available upon request. ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES Encore Event Technologies is a leading global provider of audiovisual, 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 audiovisual 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 ABOUT FREEMAN Freeman is the world’s leading brand experience company. We help our clients design and deliver immersive live experiences for their most important audiences. Through comprehensive offerings including strategy, creative, logistics, digital, and event technology, Freeman helps increase audience engagement and drive business results. What makes us different is our collaborative culture, intuitive knowledge, global perspective, and personalized approach, which we’ve gained from our 90 years as an industry leader. For more information, please visit https://www.freeman.com/ ABOUT THE FREEMAN COMPANY The Freeman Company helps create meaningful connections for global audiences. A family-owned organization, it is comprised of leading brand experience company, Freeman; venue-based audio-visual and production company, Encore Event Technologies; and Alford Media, a boutique event technology specialist. With more than 90 locations globally and over 7,000 employees we are dedicated to delivering the best experiences and business outcomes possible for our clients. For more information, visit https://www.freeman.com/ Booking Accomodations in Papua New Guinea Online Now Easy with PNGbooking.com 2018-08-16T05:00:44Z booking-accomodations-in-papua-new-guinea-online-now-easy-with-pngbooking-com PNGbooking.com, the first online website to easily, quickly and securely book all accomodation types in Port Moresby and all provinces of Papua New Guinea. Hotels, motels, lodges, guesthouses, transit houses, resorts and other accommodations. It has always been an issue to book accomodations in Papua New Guinea, both for local travelers as well as foreigners. And with a fast growing industry, both from local and international travelers, some local entrepreneurs have just started to develop the first and only online platform in PNG to solve that problem. From 105,000 international arrivals in 2007, PNG has received just under 200,000 international arrivals in 2017, mainly coming for Business, Tourism and Employment reasons in the country. With only a few accommodations bookable online in main towns such as Port Moresby, Lae and some others, Papua New Guinea has been waiting for a long time for a first unique and wide booking platform. The travel and tourism industry is already directly and indirectly about 2% of the whole PNG economy, a little bit more than 1 billion kinas in 2017. The forecast is also very positive, ranking PNG 48th above 185 countries for the 2017-2027 long-term growth, on the World Travel & Tourism Council last report. The platform is now in its beta phase, with more than 300 subscribers already, and more than 1,500 followers on its Facebook page already (facebook.com/pngentrepreneuracademy). “For local travelers in PNG, it is extremely frustrating to search and find affordable lodges and motels. And the problem is not because they aren't enough lodges, motels and transit homes. The problem is that there is no information available in one place to search, find, compare and book accommodation in anywhere around PNG.” as explained Ian Hetri, the CEO of PNGbooking.com. The first version of the platform is about to be released in August, including online payment capabilities with local banks and more than a hundred local accommodations. Ian Hetri, CEO of PNGbooking.com will also speak at one of the next APEC 2018 events in Port Moresby on Tuesday 14 August about challenges faced by local entrepreneurs in doing business in the digital space in Papua New Guinea. Encore envision futuristic ZEISS UVProtect launch 2018-08-15T00:59:22Z encore-envision-futuristic-zeiss-uvprotect-launch One of the world’s leading manufacturers of eyeglass lenses, ZEISS, launched their latest innovation at a spectacular two-day event in Adelaide last month. Privileged guests were treated to an exciting journey through the ZEISS Australia brand headquarters to celebrate its newest technology, UVProtect. Clients from around Australia experienced a day of ‘ZEISS through the ages’, with an intimate, first-hand look at product conceptualisation and development of the world-class ZEISS technologies over the years. Their capstone exhibit, an exclusive glimpse of the newest product to market, UVProtect, was revealed with Managing Director, Hilke Fitzsimons. To mark the occasion, Encore Event Technologies worked closely with Event Manager, Victoria Clements, to envision an immersive experience with an abundance of tech and futuristic design; a portal for guests to enter an alternate reality through the eyes of ZEISS. The Encore team conjured a custom 30m x 3m tunnel to create a dramatic entrance to the Tonsley Main Assembly Building in Adelaide, the walls of which were covered with bespoke ZEISS artwork and projected ZEISS animated graphics and roving laser lights, enshrouding guests in a fantastic, modernistic new world. Once through the tunnel, all were ushered into a ‘waiting area’ surrounded by black curtains, unaware of what was to come. The contingent was kept in suspense as they listened to the Welcome Address, and on cue, a Kabuki Drop revealed the wider venue to astonishment and delight of those in attendance. Moving deeper within this crafted world of ZEISS, guests’ attention was ever-captive, thanks to stirring performances from Japanese drummers and a theatrical Teppanyaki lunch prepared by two skilled Teppanyaki chefs. This was followed by an exclusive product information session with ZEISS Australia representatives to learn about UVProtect. Around the unique space, the theme was further enhanced by 15 decorative metal sheets, sourced specifically to suit the architecture and history of the Tonsley Innovation District – with Jupiur Scenic Panels suspended from the ceiling, enlivened by colourful LEDs to segment the industrial, contemporary space. Attendee’s names were included as a quirky, surprise feature in the stage backdrop as part of the panelled artwork on the internal building windows, providing fantastic photo opportunities and creating a great ice-breaker. These were updated to reflect guests’ names attending on day two. To conclude the educational element of the day, guests were whisked away to local Wirra Wirra Winery for a well-deserved evening of wining, dining and networking. An after-party was held at the Stamford Grand Adelaide Hotel which lasted long into the night. The Encore Event Technologies team celebrated in crafting a new, engaging way for clients’ guests to experience a brand story through creative technical production. The local team at Renewal SA were vital to the execution of the design element of the event, assisting Encore in bringing this ambitious vision to life. Melissa Roberts, Carl Zeiss Pty Ltd, added, “taking advantage of 3D render technology during the design process enabled all stakeholders to visualise the moving parts before execution, streamlining the process.” “We could not have asked for more from our Encore AV team. Ever accommodating, innovative and invested, they were genuinely excited about what we were creating together, and it showed in their commitment. We truly gave our guests a unique experience to remember.” -ends- For media enquiries please contact: Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Tracey Hoffman, Account Coordinator, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | tracey@zadroagency.com.au Images: High resolution images available upon request. Image credit: ASB Creative.