The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-15T23:00:00Z Interview Opportunities: Former White House Events Director to headline new B2B event industry conference 7-8 February 2019 2019-01-15T23:00:00Z interview-opportunities-former-white-house-events-director-to-headline-new-b2b-event-industry-conference-7-8-february-2019 INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES Former White House Events Director to headline new B2B event industry conference 7-8 February 2019 Dear {{ first_name | fallback:"Editor" }}, You’re invited to attend Australia’s newest events industry conference, The Business of Events, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February at the Sheraton Grand Hyde Park, Sydney. The Business of Events will present a bevy of industry heavyweights, offering middle to senior management professionals a wealth of latest findings, updates and in-depth discussions of how to capitalise on Australian events. The event will address global trends, identify market opportunities, showcase engaging event technology and help guide the development of your business. HIGHLIGHTS FOR MEDIA Event: The Business of Events When: 7-8 February 2019 Where: Sheraton Grand Hyde Park, Sydney By attending you will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. If you would like a complimentary media pass, please respond to this email with your name, title and publication. Please note, media passes are limited. Media Program Overview: Over 40 industry expert speakers 10 plenary keynote speakers The theme, Powering Growth, will explore how to identify new business, increase the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth Three flexible breakout sessions and panel discussions covering sales growth, event safety, event architecture, sponsorship, law/governance, business models, future business, professional development and marketing Conference expert speakers and interview opportunities: Thursday 7 February – 10:25am Friday 8 February – 2:40pm Laura Schwartz, Former White House Director of Events MC and international keynote speaker brings a wealth of experience, having produced over 1,000 events during her time at the White House including the Presidential Inauguration, one of the most coveted events in Washington. She will chronicle the positive and challenging moments that have shaped her life. She will demonstrate these are the same forces that influence powerful events no matter their size, budget, goal or purpose. Thursday 7 February – 11:35am Patrick Kidd, CEO, Invictus Games Patrick will tell the story of the Games, from the early stages of planning, winning the bid as well as planning and delivery of the Games. He will also talk to the challenges, of the rapid scale up and scale down, of the organising committee as well as the longer term impact of the Games. The royal touch was applied to the event earlier this year and is worth hearing about. Thursday 7 February – 1:00pm Craig James, Chief Economist, Commsec Craig will assess the economic landscape with particular focus on the current and prospective growth opportunities across sectors and regions. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from him on external factors and trends pressuring Australian business and prepare for the economic challenges ahead. Friday 8 February – 9:10am Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent Holly will explore best practice on leading changes and turning innovative ideas into action. She believes change is inevitable but growth is intentional. Research shows 90% of companies fail to execute their strategies due to poor execution. The business landscape is changing at a greater velocity and therefore we need to change the way we work and lead so we can continue to achieve excellence. Friday 8 February – 9:55am Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia-Pacific Natalie will discuss insights into MBFWA’s commercial growth strategy, examining major milestone and invaluable lessons learned along the event’s path to success. Fashion is a powerhouse industry that drives annual retail sales of over $9 billion and created value export opportunities for Australia. High-res images to be supplied by Exhibition & Trade Fairs. View the full program here. Free media passes available – simply reply to this email with your full name, position and publication title/s. Once your request is approved, you will receive an email. Bring photo ID with you to the registration desk upon entry to The Business of Events and they will supply you with a media pass and lanyard. Interviews with all organisers and speakers available before and during The Business of Events, please identify any speakers you’d like to interview and we will endeavour to schedule interview times. For more information and to register visit: Looking forward to hearing from you. Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | New Tourism Venture For The Kimberley And Horizontal Falls 2018-11-30T21:48:04Z new-tourism-venture-for-the-kimberley-and-horizontal-falls A new tourism operator in Western Australia aims to showcase the spectacular Kimberley region and the iconic Horizontal Falls in a novel way that delves deep into the living history of this ancient land. Paradise Point Adventures -partners with established operator, Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures and Jilinya Cultural Adventures and gives visitors greater flexibility in accessing the Horizontal Falls as well as creating opportunities for them to gain a unique cultural perspective from the land’s original custodians. “Storytelling runs deep into Australia’s earliest history,” said Kristy Bailey, co-owner of Paradise Point Adventures, “and visitors now have an opportunity to learn the fascinating story of the ancient, yet still living, culture of this magnificent landscape as well as witness its incredible natural beauty and iconic attractions.  “Our two new full-day tours to Horizontal Falls (or Garranngaddim as it is known in the Aboriginal language) give visitors the flexibility of departing from either Cape Leveque or Broome, plus they include a cultural tour hosted by members of the Dambimangari people who tell the deeply personal story of their ancestral country,” Bailey added.   Both Horizontal Falls tours include a scenic seaplane flight from Paradise Point to Talbot Bay with water landings.  The seaplanes are owned and operated by Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures, one of the region’s most experienced tourism operators with a string of national awards to its name.   The company also offers a full-day Thousand Island Adventure cruise and cultural tour which takes guests on a luxury boat trip from Cape Leveque through the spectacular bays and islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago.   A cultural tour with Jilinya Adventures is also included. “These new tours will be a welcome addition to Kimberley tourism as they give people different and more flexible options for getting to the iconic Horizontal Falls, plus they open up fresh perspectives on the story behind the story.  We’re very excited about the future of tourism in Western Australia and are looking forward to showing off this magnificent region to a wider market,” Bailey said. For more information on Paradise Point Adventures Horizontal Falls tours or their Thousand Island Adventure cruise, please get in touch on 08 9192 1172 or visit Eat Your Way Through the 12 Days of Christmas 2018-11-21T02:57:58Z eat-your-way-through-the-12-days-of-christmas It’s the must go to dining destination in Potts Point – Lot. One and it’s everything you could imagine and so much more. The Australian-fusion eatery Lot One sees food that is injected with fresh combinations of classic clean flavours. With Christmas just around the corner, Lot. One Potts Point has announced a special Twelve Days of Christmas degustation. The degustation will take place on the 9th of December as part of a partnership with Youth Off the Streets. This charity collaboration will see $5 from every ticket sold donated to the foundation to support those affected through the Christmas period. Youth Off The Streets helps young people to prepare for a brighter future. This means they assist in helping young people gain a high school education and have a job in hand. It also means helping them live free from drugs with skills to face the world, all in all, a charity very worthwhile supporting. The menu for the degustation is based off the twelve days of Christmas with each meal designed specifically around each of these days. As an added element, customers will be able to guess which meal is based of which of the twelve days of Christmas as part of a competition. Each course will be matched with a cocktail for added sophistication. Don’t miss out on this magical Christmas lunch. For tickets to this joy-filled event please see Eventbrite - For more information, please contact Cassandra- 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 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 | +61 2 9212 7867 Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director | +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. Former White House Events Director headlines new B2B event industry conference 2018-08-13T23:00:00Z former-white-house-events-director-headlines-new-b2b-event-industry-conference Australia’s newest events industry conference, The Business of Events, will present a bevy of industry heavyweights offering middle to senior management professionals a wealth of the latest findings, updates and in-depth discussions in Sydney from 7-8 February 2019. Laura Schwartz, White House Director of Events during the Clinton Administration, will be MC and keynote speaker at the debut two-day event. Schwartz 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. Ms Schwartz said, “I am excited to share the tips and ‘insider tricks’ I learned first-hand from my experiences leading the State Dinners, press conferences, NATO’s 50th anniversary, and more. “This knowledge applies no matter the size of the event and I look forward to passing this on to others in the events industry.” The conference will focus on the theme ‘Powering Growth’, providing attendees with invaluable opportunities to maximise their own potential and performance with tangible takeaways from international and domestic speakers. With events playing an increasing role in the growth of the Australian economy, along with investment in critical infrastructure around Sydney such as a new airport, redevelopment of stadia, hotel and venues; the industry is on an upward trajectory. In fact, the business events sector is forecast to rise to $31 billion by 2020¹. Gary Daly, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs’ Managing Director, believes there is no better time for a high-quality conference specifically created to provide strategic advice for senior managers. “Market research identified that the events industry needed a conference to address these market opportunities and global trends. It is important to have a platform where senior professionals can learn about global developments and participate in an exchange of knowledge. “Delegates will be able to identify new market opportunities and hear the latest findings, including the future of event technology, tourism and aviation, safety and security, sales and marketing growth and changing business models. “Every event has its challenges and coordinating the White House’s annual event calendar was no different. Drawing on her experience, Ms Schwartz will share her years of lessons learnt, delving into how cultural sensitivities, cross-border politics and conflicting stakeholder interests impact an event’s design. “This won’t be specific to ‘big budget events’ either; Ms Schwartz will show delegates how they can bring her learnings from the White House to their own ‘house’. We’re looking forward to Ms Schwartz’s Australian visit.” Mr Daly concluded; “Through best-practice case studies and hearing industry leaders, attendees will leave ‘The Business of Events’ knowing how to power their organisation’s growth. This inaugural conference will be unmissable for professionals, whatever their speciality in events.” The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, from 7-8 February 2019. Early bird registration is now open. To purchase your conference pass visit -ENDS- [1] Media Contacts: Zadro Tracey Hoffman, Account Coordinator | +61 2 9212 7867 Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director | +61 2 9212 7867 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. Double success for CILOYALTY winning two IMA Awards 2018-07-26T00:00:00Z double-success-for-ciloyalty-winning-two-ima-awards CILOYALTY was last night announced as winners of two highly coveted Circle of Excellence Awards, presented by the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) in California, USA. CILOYALTY proudly accepted 2018 Recognition Program and 2018 Employee Recognition Program, in front guests at the black-tie Awards Dinner and Reception at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach. The prestigious awards, held as part of the annual IMA Summit in California, USA, identify and recognise outstanding examples of incentive programs designed and executed by its members around the world, and are centred around Overall Circle of Excellence, Recognition, and Social Responsibility. As shapers of inspirational programs transforming business performance through creative and targeted incentive marketing solutions, CILOYALTY are thrilled to share the achievement with their clients. The 2018 Recognition Program was awarded to the CILOYALTY team for their work on the Sanofi Consumer Healthcare program – Nosy Club – an education-based recognition and rewards program for selected Australian and New Zealand pharmacy assistants. Nosy Club engages with program participants to provide an interactive and user-friendly platform to seamlessly deliver information, recognise learning and reward participants. In 2017, Nosy Club solution by CILOYALTY delivered on all its objectives, increasing engagement across all areas and improving on user experience. The 2018 Employee Recognition Program award was a result of the team’s effort on Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific’s Star Rewards program. The exceptional program was developed to incorporate all incentive program and roles across Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars and Vans Dealerships in the region. Combining complex data, multiple access levels for end-users, and KPI calculations to ensure accurate performance, CILOYALTY managed to present a product with accurate and timely data management and seamless user experience for over 1,500 users. The Star Rewards program successfully included member registration, eLearning, auctions, rewards catalogue, newsfeeds, calendar of events, resource libraries, leaderboards and polling modules, exceeding the customer’s requirements and the brand’s high expectations. CILOYALTY, the sister brand of cievents, utilises the latest in technology to create solutions to connect businesses to their audience via strategic incentive, reward and recognition programs. A successful platform can inspire loyalty, build engagement, enhance company culture and deliver measurable results. -ends- Notes to editors: Flavia Kaucic at CILOYALTY is available for interviews on request. Images: About CILOYALTY CILOYALTY is a specialised team of professional behaviour shapers, who believe that loyalty should be rewarded. As agents of positive change, we are in the business of shaping inspirational programs to transform business performance through creative and targeted incentive marketing solutions. Solutions designed to connect your audience to your business via strategic incentive, reward and recognition programs that inspire loyalty, build engagement, enhance company culture and deliver measurable results. cievents partner with SolarBuddy to shine a light on energy poverty 2018-07-04T23:00:00Z cievents-partner-with-solarbuddy-to-shine-a-light-on-energy-poverty cievents have partnered with SolarBuddy to launch a global incentive to illuminate the futures of those living in energy poverty. SolarBuddy, an Australian-based charity, work to educate children about energy poverty, renewable energy and global citizenship as well as partnering with corporate organisations worldwide. Approximately 18% of the world’s population have no access to electricity which equates to 1.4 billion people living in the dark. This severely impacts education, health, the economy and the environment. SolarBuddy has delivered over 40,000 lights to 20 countries and partners with leading organisations across the globe. cievents have partnered with SolarBuddy with the aim to take whole communities from darkness to light. Hundreds of cievents staff, event and meetings clients and their delegates are encouraged to build SolarBuddy lights, creating an easy solution to contribute to the reduction of energy poverty. Solar lighting is a sustainable option that minimises the reliance on the burning of toxic kerosene, dangerous campfires, and expensive battery-powered torches, enabling children to do homework after dark, supports small businesses and improves safety and security of local communities. cievents are proud to combine their passion for creating events with a deeper purpose. The team’s goal is to build 10,000 lights through cievents’ meetings and events before 30 June 2019, fostering more meaningful experiences, increased engagement and inspiring others to contribute to the worthy cause. At the culmination of the incentive program, six staff members from around the globe will be chosen to accompany SolarBuddy on a trip to Cambodia to deliver the lights and witness the incredible impact the contribution has first hand. Natalie Simmons, Global General Manager, cievents, says the program is already having a positive effect on the team, “The impact of CSR is undeniable, and we are finding the experience just as valuable within our workplace as well as seeing the benefits in creating more meaningful connections with our clients. The opportunity to partner with SolarBuddy was a no-brainer.” Simon Doble, CEO of SolarBuddy and The Doble Group, agrees, “We are thrilled to be partnering with a global organisation in cievents, assisting us in achieving our mission to provide safe, reliable, effective and innovative solar energy solutions to communities who suffer from the limiting effects of energy poverty.” -ends- MELBOURNE ART WEEK ENLIVENS THE CITY IN AUGUST 2018 WITH EXCEPTIONAL WINTER PROGRAM 2018-06-13T03:51:14Z melbourne-art-week-enlivens-the-city-in-august-2018-with-exceptional-winter-program Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Art Foundation unveiled details of the Melbourne Art Week 2018 program which cumulates in the return of Melbourne Art Fair, 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) and the Visual Arts Awards on 4 August 2018. Over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries will come together in the staging of Melbourne Art Week; a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops that take place during the first week of August. Other highlights include programming from MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art; From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout and VCA Open Studios. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “Melbourne Art Week is set to take over our arts precinct with a celebration like no other. Through exhibitions, fairs, workshops, talks and performances, it will be an opportunity to deep dive into the best in contemporary art. Our Government is proud to support Melbourne Art Week. Events like this bring together some of our most exciting artists and organisations and showcase why Victoria is the creative state.” Melbourne Art Foundation continues to support contemporary art and living artists through its initiative Melbourne Art Week, and in 2018 has joined with Associate Partner, MLC Life Insurance to commission a new performative work from Japanese-born, Australian-based artist Hiromi Tango (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney). Performed on the streets of the Southbank Arts Precinct and incorporating Melbourne’s iconic cultural landmarks including ACCA, the 2018 home of Melbourne Art Fair, the work titled Lizard Tail (Dawn) has been embraced as the visual identity for the celebrated Melbourne Art Week. Susan Karson, Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer, MLC Life Insurance said, "We are delighted to partner with Melbourne Art Week in 2018 to support the commissioning of a new body of work by celebrated Japanese/Australian performance artist Hiromi Tango. Premised on the notion of interactivity, forging individual, social and cultural connections, Hiromi’s new work encapsulates the ethos of Melbourne Art Week in the bringing together of more than 50 cultural organisations to celebrate and support contemporary art and living artists.” MELBOURNE ART FAIR Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) as the anchor event of Melbourne Art Week, housed for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and across two venues alongside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. Melbourne Art Fair exhibition sectors Galleries and Accent present 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes through both solo presentations and group shows of closely related works. In 2018, the Fair will debut TIME, a site-specific video sector curated by Hannah Mathews (Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art) and Rachel Ciesla (Curator and Administrator Galleries and Programs, Melbourne Art Foundation). Unveiling a selection of new and recent works by Michaela Gleave (represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne), Jess Johnson (represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney) and Simon Ward, Sriwhana Spong (represented by Michael Lett, Auckland) and Angela Tiatia (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney), TIME joins with a growing number of organisations focusing their resources on the activities of female practitioners. TIME speaks to the power of the now and is presented across four sites including Melbourne Art Fair, Buxton Contemporary, Fed Square and QT Melbourne. Michaela Gleave's A Galaxy of Suns (2018) transposes what is perhaps the most epic measure of time for humanity: the distance between earth and the universe, questioning the relationship to time, matter and space. The work takes the form of a highly ambient field of colour and sound presented for an intimate audience via QT Melbourne's inhouse entertainment system. New Zealand artist, Jess Johnson and animator Simon Ward’s new video Webwurld (2017) offers a glimpse into a hallucinatory netherworld. Presented at scale on Federation Square’s iconic Big Screen, the work materialises a dark portal into a dimensional world whose activities may be taking place simultaneously to our own. London-based, New Zealand artist Sriwhana Spong’s 2016 video This Creature provides a sensorial travel through time and place. Presented in Melbourne Art Fair and within the Riding Hall and historic surrounds of the former Mounted Police Stables, the work channels female medieval mystic Margery Kempe (known for writing the first recorded western autobiography) through a walk undertaken by the artist through London’s Hyde Park. New Zealand born multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia, explores contemporary culture by drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Screened at the street entrance to the newly opened Buxton Contemporary, Tiatia's The Fall collapses conventional structures of time in a deceivingly lush portrait of human consumption and greed. Projects Rooms, presented by Four Pillars and supported by the Melbourne Art Foundation, returns as a non-profit platform for cutting edge art spaces presenting experimental work within the context of a major visual arts event. The 2018 Project Rooms take place within Melbourne Art Fair and will feature presentations from the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne) and The Physics Room (Christchurch). Gertrude Contemporary’s Anxious Bodies for Unstable Environments is a project that reflects upon the current state of global instability. Curated by Mark Feary, the project will present new, recent and context specific works of sculpture, performance, video and robotics, by artists Deanne Butterworth, Mathieu Briand, Kate Daw, Kuba Dorabialski, Jason Maling and Mark Shorter. Ryan Presley brings performance and exchange in his exhibition Prosperity produced by the Institute of Modern Art, which centres on his ongoing project, Blood Money (2010 - present), in which he reimagines Australian banknotes’ figureheads as the heroes and warriors of Aboriginal history. Blak Dot Gallery will present new work by four Melbourne based artists Kirsten Lyttle who is of Māori descent, Lisa Hilli who was born in Raboul - PNG, New Zealand-born Tongan woman Frances Tapueluelu, and local Aboriginal artist Vicki Couzens. All four women explore their own traditional cultural and often matriarchal influences or issues to create discourse and examine identity. The Blak Dot Project Room will create an empowered and empowering space for both the artists and the viewer. The Physics Room, (Un)conditional Part 3 is a two-person exhibition of specifically-commissioned work by New Zealand artists Ayesha Green and Cushla Donaldson, which examine the conditions—unspoken and assumed—under which things are given and received, and how, in the shadows, agency can be leveraged or subverted. TALKS Melbourne Art Week will commence with the Keynote address by Philip Tinari, Director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) at Deakin Edge, Fed Square on 31 July 2018 at 6.30pm, co-presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, University of Melbourne and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by Fed Square. The Keynote headlines the Talks program, which is presented in association with the University of Melbourne, Learning Partner of Melbourne Art Week. Designed to promote discussion, education and interest in contemporary art practice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, the free for the public Talks 2018: Space of Friendship takes place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 August at Federation Hall at the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS The city will come alive during Melbourne Art Week with live performance and creative workshops taking place at a range of venues and spaces across the Southbank Arts Precinct. The program includes Phillip Adams BalletLab's Metamorphosen, a performance installation created in a response to composer Richard Strauss Metamorphosen (1945). Adams situates a continues rolling of body bags arriving one after the other onto a giant 18 metre inflatable designed by artist David Cross. Described as a Mondrian pop art grave yard of dripping paints the body bags roll continuously in long drawn out adagio representation of grief and trauma but of great upheaval in response to romantic musical climaxes in the score. Weaving Workshops: Bush Toys and Baskets, presented by ACCA and the Melbourne Art Foundation, is a hands-on workshop with senior weavers from the Victorian Aboriginal Weaving Collective to be held on Sunday 5 August. Art lovers of all ages are encouraged to join Gunditjmara weaver Bronwyn Razem and Yorta Yorta weaver Donna Blackall to explore traditional and contemporary weaving practices. Spaces are limited and registration is essential. Other workshop highlights include NEW YORK! NEW YORK! Coinciding with 2018’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, NGV Kids presents a large–scale participatory installation that will showcase New York City. Featuring interactive displays, multimedia projections and hands-on activities, this free exhibition will introduce children to the vibrancy of New York. Melbourne’s leading contemporary dance company Chunky Move will offer public contemporary dance classes for participants ages 18+ on Wednesday 1 August and Saturday 3 August, with a special Dance Party on Friday 2 August. Sessions take place in Chunky Move's purpose built, state-of-the-art dance studios, located in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct and a short stroll from Melbourne Art Fair. Melbourne Art Week is supported by major partners the Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Owned and presented by Melbourne Art Foundation, a not for profit organisation established in 2003, Melbourne Art Week will run from 30 July-5 August 2018 and Melbourne Art Fair from 2-5 August 2018. For further details please visit Ends Media Contact Rhiannon Broomfield, Senior Publicist,, +61 410 596 021 Media pack including imagery: Video of Hiromi Tango performance: About Melbourne Art Week | 500 + Artists | 50 + Events | 30 + Venues Melbourne Art Foundation has joined with over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries to stage Melbourne Art Week (30 July-5 August 2018); a dynamic winter program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops. Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage, 1 August) as the flagship event of Art Week and will take place for the first time across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Other highlights of Art Week include the Visual Arts Awards (Saturday 2 August), From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout, VCA Open Studios + more. About Melbourne Art Foundation Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation established in 2003 to promote contemporary art and living Australian artists. Melbourne Art Foundation produces the biennial Melbourne Art Week, and flagship events Melbourne Art Fair and the Awards for the Visual Arts. Melbourne Art Foundation sponsors a range of programs during Melbourne Art Week for the benefit of living artists, to facilitate public discussion and develop new audiences for contemporary art. They include major commissions, project rooms featuring emerging and independent artists and art spaces, public talks, collector programs, guided tours and the celebrated opening night; Vernissage. About Melbourne Art Fair Melbourne Art Fair is the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week, taking place for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Showcasing a curated selection of 40 galleries, the Fair will present some of the newest and most respected artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region. Beginning in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair was founded by galleries from Australia, and has fired the enthusiasm of discerning collectors and an informed public for 30 years. Over its extensive history, the Fair has been instrumental in stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists, presenting a rich and diverse cross-section of the region’s visual art scene. Melbourne Art Fair 2018 is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors over 5-days, from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August (Vernissage Wednesday 1 August). Tickets now on sale: Melbourne Art Fair Event Details Melbourne Art Fair runs from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August 2018 (Vernissage, Wednesday 1 August) in the Southbank Arts Precinct alongside ACCA, 111 Sturt Street Southbank VIC | Collector Preview Wednesday 1 August, 2pm-5pm Vernissage Wednesday 1 August, 5pm-9pm Collector View Thursday 2 August, 10am-12pm Public Opening Thursday 2 August, 12pm-5pm Friday 3 August, 10am-9pm (Friday Up Late) Saturday 4 August, 10am-6pm Sunday 5 August, 11am-4pm About MLC Life Insurance MLC Life Insurance is a specialised life insurance business. It represents a landmark strategic partnership between National Australia Bank (NAB) and Nippon Life Insurance under which NAB retain 20% shareholding and Nippon Life hold a majority 80% of the shares in MLC Limited, the entity which operates the MLC Life Insurance business. The Australian-led and managed business aims to leverage Nippon Life’s global presence, built over 128 years, alongside MLC Life Insurance’s significant experience in understanding and meeting the insurance needs of everyday Australians since 1886. For more information on MLC Life Insurance, visit AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK TAKES PLACE ONBOARD A MEGALINER DOCKED IN SYDNEY HARBOUR 2018-02-18T05:06:59Z australias-biggest-game-of-hide-and-seek-takes-place-onboard-a-megaliner-docked-in-sydney-harbour 18 February 2018: Australia’s biggest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, today hosted Australia’s Biggest Game of Hide and Seek, with Ben Harrison, age 26, from Hornsby NSW, taking home the AUD$10,000 prize, and a family cruise for four, all thanks to his stealthy hiding techniques. In an Australian first, Aussies aged eight and over boarded the megaship docked in Sydney Harbour to play a huge version of the iconic childhood game, as part of a unique competition to celebrate 10 years of Royal Caribbean sailing Down Under. “What an amazing day it was. The first ever official game of Hide and Seek on any ship in Australia, and I think it was a massive triumph”, said Ovation of the Seas’ Cruise Director, Joff Eaton. “Ovation of the Seas is the biggest, newest and most modern cruise ship ever to sail Australian waters, and with features like bumper cars, a Bionic Bar, rock-climbing wall, iFly sky-diving tunnel, FlowRider surf simulator and the North Star viewing capsule, she really was the ultimate location for this supersized game,” continued Joff. Two games were held – one for adults aged 15 and over and another for kids aged 8-14. Competitors came from far and wide; NSW, QLD, NT, SA, WA, VIC - to seek out the best hiding spots onboard in an attempt to outwit the “Seekers”, Australia’s national Hide & Seek team The Nascondingos, who competed in the 2017 annual World Championships in Italy. 12-year-old Ryan S from Kincup in regional QLD took home the kids’ prize which was a family cruise for four, after hiding from the Nascondingos under a couch. Runner up Benjamin H from NSW is also taking his family on a holiday. Winner of the adults’ game, Ben Harrison aka ‘Big Red’ used sheer distance as his tactic, attempting to get as far away from home base as he could in the allocated hiding time. He chose curtains to hide under in rounds one and two, and in the third – his winning spot – Ben managed to squeeze underneath a table that was concealed by a curtain. After being awarded his novelty size check, Ben said “It’s a pretty big accomplishment. I am very surprised, I still have butterflies in my stomach. I’m very very happy”. He and fiancé Jess will be putting the $10,000 towards their wedding at the end of the year, and will use the cruise for their honeymoon. The Nascondingos have heralded it their hardest game yet, “There was just a lot of ground to cover. We’re short twitch athletes and we’re used to five-minute rounds. These 20 minute rounds covering eight football fields really put us under pressure. It was far more challenging than we thought it would be. Curtain and couch hiding were the most popular spots” said Alan Jones, Nascondingo’s Captain. From attempts to host unofficial games in a certain Swedish furniture store, to a campaign for Hide and Seek to appear as an official exhibition sport in Tokyo in 2020, the event took place as the game gains traction as a serious sport among people of all ages. MC for the day, TV personality Jason Dundas said of the frivolity; “I’ve been travelling the world filming Getaway from over 100 countries for 11 years and I’ve never been on a cooler ship and had more of a fun experience onboard in my life”. With the ship almost to themselves – minus nearly 5000 guests –the unique competition encapsulates the spirit of Royal Caribbean’s new “Come Seek” brand campaign, inviting Australians to re-consider everything they think they know about cruising – and to come onboard and see for themselves. ENDS RCL Cruises Ltd Australiacommenced operation in December 2008 as the Australian arm of global cruise holiday company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The company offers three cruise brands in Australia and New Zealand: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. In the 2017/2018 cruise season Royal Caribbean International retains its position as the largest cruise brand in Australia, with a fleet of four incredible ships sailing in the region including Australia’s biggest, newest and most modern cruise ship, US$1 billion Ovation of the Seas, South Pacific sisters Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and culinary favourite Radiance of the Seas home porting in Sydney. Australia’s highest rated cruise ship Celebrity Solstice will also sail her sixth local season out of Sydney, while Azamara Club Cruises’ boutique Azamara Journey will return for a second season, visiting the west coast of Australia for the first time. RCL Cruises contacts for media: Frank PR Anna Bathgate T: 02 8202 0555 T: 02 9937 5491 E: E: FIJI AIRWAYS LAUNCHES FIJI HOLIDAYS 2018-02-14T23:13:38Z fiji-airways-launches-fiji-holidays FIJI AIRWAYS LAUNCHES FIJI HOLIDAYS Thursday 15th February, 2018: Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, today announced their latest offering for Australians and New Zealanders with the launch of their online holiday packages platform, Fiji Holidays. Fiji Holidays allows holidaymakers to book a complete getaway to the tropical paradise through the Fiji Airways website including flights, accommodation, transfers and a full range of local excursions and activities. Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO, Mr Andre Viljoen says: “We are delighted to now give international travellers the option to book their next Fiji escape directly on our website. We live, breathe and love Fiji and are pleased we can now share our expertise on where to stay, what to do and how to get there. By offering this new way of booking entire holiday packages, we hope to enhance their Fiji experience and ensure every guest has the best experience, from start to finish with the confidence that they’re getting the best deal because no one knows our home like we do.” Launch specials include great deals on package holidays with Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Uprising Beach Resort, with five nights starting from as little as AUD$1,060 with a number of added benefits*. Fiji Holidays has launch deals for Australia and New Zealand with 12 leading properties in Fiji with more properties and outstanding packages coming soon. Fiji Holidays offers instant confirmation and secure payment options with 24/7 online booking and assistance. Say “Welcome to Your Holiday” by clicking here and book your complete Fijian holiday. -ENDS- *Terms and conditions apply. Inclusions vary. Some blackout periods apply. See website for more details. Note to editors – launch specials include: Australia 5 nights package at the Sofitel Resort & Spa Denarau Island from AUD $1221 5 nights package at Shangri-La Fijian Resort from AUD $1358 5 nights package at the Uprising Beach Resort from AUD $1142 5 nights package at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort from AUD $1242 New Zealand 5 nights package at the Sofitel Resort & Spa Denarau Island from NZD $1333 5 nights package at Shangri-La Fijian Resort from NZD $1485 5 nights package at the Uprising Beach Resort from NZD $1243 5 nights package at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort from NZD $1356 ### About Fiji Airways: Founded in 1951, Fiji Airways Group comprises of Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline and its subsidiaries: Fiji Link, its domestic and regional carrier, Pacific Call Comm Ltd, and a 38.75% stake in the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island, Nadi. From its hubs at Nadi and Suva International Airports, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link serve 69 destinations in 15 countries (including code-share). Destinations include Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. The Fiji Airways Group brings in 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, employs over 1000 employees, and earns revenues of over FJD$815 million (USD $390m). Fiji Airways rebranded from Air Pacific in June 2013. Visit for more information. For further information please contact Frank PR Amy Biddlecombe E: P: 02 8202 0555 WeChat's powerful ecosystem enables local merchants to connect with Chinese users 2017-11-02T01:52:18Z wechats-powerful-ecosystem-enables-local-merchants-to-connect-with-chinese-users Sydney 02 November, 2017: WeChat has taken a major step through its first series of WeChat Connect events in Sydney and Melbourne to showcase its all-encompassing mobile ecosystem tailored for Australian merchants serving the Chinese community. As of June 2017, Weixin and WeChat have a combined reach of over 963 million monthly active users in China. This translates to a vast opportunity for businesses catering to the Chinese community and visitors in Australia. At the WeChat Connect event, the WeChat team together with their Australian partners demonstrated the innovative uses of the platform for various businesses to better connect with the booming Chinese market. Operating on a single platform, WeChat allows Chinese users to explore, connect and experience Australia all within one app. The WeChat ecosystem includes a number of functionalities including the WeChat Mini Program, a feature that allows users to experience various services without the need to download or install, WeChat Official Accounts for businesses and a mobile payment platform, WeChat Pay. Connecting Chinese users and businesses with WeChat Pay and Mini Program As the outbound travel segment continues to grow in China, more Chinese travellers purchase internationally and prefer to use mobile payment. WeChat Pay offers huge potential to serve as a payment bridge between travellers and Australian businesses. Chinese travellers are commonly looking for fast and convenient payment while shopping abroad. WeChat Pay, a payment feature integrated into the WeChat platform, allows users to complete payments quickly and easily with their smartphones. The WeChat Wallet features Quick Pay, QR Code Payments, In-App Web-Based Payments and Native In-App Payments. The use of WeChat Pay will solve many issues for Chinese users when they shop in Australia, and local merchants are able to leverage the large user base to gain loyalty and become even more competitive. Additionally, businesses are able to tap WeChat Mini Programs to engage users and build their brand and influence with the Chinese community. Mini Programs can be discovered in many ways, such as scanning offline Mini Program code, recommending by friends, clicking through Official Accounts or Discover tab, etc. Through Mini Programs, brands and merchants can offer loyalty programs, virtual gift cards and more. A new way to experience Australian cities WeChat also unveiled the WeChat City Experience Sydney Mini Program, a new way tourists can connect with a city through the app. The tool, previewed in partnership with Tourism Australia and Destination New South Wales, will offer Chinese tourists a different way to experience the popular destination through a self-guided interface that navigates key places of interest, all without leaving their everyday go-to app. “We know that Chinese tastes in tourism are maturing and their interests are increasingly focused on individual, experiential travel. It is great that as an industry, we can tap into the potential of the largest social mobile app in China to deliver more destination information on demand to high-value Chinese fully independent travellers,” said Tourism Australia’s Andy Jiang, Country Manager, China. This year the government announced that 2017 is the year of China Tourism, in an effort to drive continued growth in what is Australia’s most valuable tourism market. Last year, 1.2 million Chinese tourists visited Australia and by 2020 the sector has the potential to be worth more than $13 billion. “The WeChat Connect event offered a fascinating insight into China’s biggest social media platform. Chinese tourists, visitors, students, migrants, investors are pivotal in Melbourne’s growth story and it is crucial to educate local users and businesses on how to engage with this market. We look forward to future collaborations that will enhance Melbourne’s reputation as a Smart City and the most livable city in the world,” commented Councillor Philip Le Liu, City of Melbourne. Reymond Communications client wins 2017-09-26T23:44:12Z reymond-communications-client-wins Reymond Communications is delighted to welcome Bar Carolina, Yagiz, Bacash, A Girl called Jayne and Piccolina Gelateria to its hospitality portfolio, alongside luxurious French oven and cooking range manufacturer La Cornue. The team is also now working with Hip V.Hype, an entrepreneurial firm using design thinking and sustainability to create a better living. Cruising ahead with CLIA’s Cruise Month Travel Agent ToolKit 2017-09-18T01:00:25Z cruising-ahead-with-clia-s-cruise-month-travel-agent-toolkit Sydney, Australia - 18 September 2017 – In preparation for its annual Plan a Cruise Month Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia launched its digital Travel Agent ToolKit for its travel agent members. The Travel Agent ToolKit consists of a comprehensive collection of marketing materials which agents can use to develop promotional material targeting local media, their email database of clients (and prospective clients) and their social media followers. Resources include adaptable media releases, social media posts, email headers and messaging for e-newsletters, logos and much more. “With Plan a Cruise Month coming up, we want to assist our member agents in leveraging this campaign and are providing them with the tools and resources to promote cruise holidays to new and current clients while also highlighting the expertise of CLIA accredited travel agents as the best port of call for holidaymakers wanting to take a holiday at sea,” said Joel Katz, Managing Director CLIA Australasia & Asia.  “Plan a Cruise Month will provide the perfect platform for travel agents, cruise lines and industry partners to showcase the many attributes of a cruise holiday and underline that there is a cruise for everyone.” As an added bonus, CLIA agent members who participate in the Plan a Cruise Month campaign will have a chance to win several prizes. For cruise bookings made in October, agent members will be in the running to win a weekly prize including cruises and four double passes to the 2018 CLIA Cruise Industry Awards. CLIA will also reward its agent members who share their most creative Cruise Month initiative on Facebook and/or Twitter and include #CruiseMonth, providing them with a chance to win a $1000 marketing co-op fund.   CLIA cruise lines have also released exclusive deals and promotion, accessible for member agents via the new member hub. The ToolKit and cruise line deals will be refreshed throughout Plan a Cruise Month, so agents are encouraged to log on through October for the latest information. For further information about Plan a Cruise Month, visit:   Travel agents who are not yet a CLIA member and would like to participate in PACM are advised to visit and learn more about how to become a member.   Record breaking Cruise360 Conference 2017-08-24T23:02:56Z record-breaking-cruise360-conference A record number of delegates will be attending Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia’s Cruise360 conference, with nearly 600 travel industry professionals expected at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney today. Cruise360 will also welcome 56 delegates from New Zealand, as well as the strongest line up of international speakers, with Larry Pimentel, President & CEO Azamara Club Cruises and Terry Thornton, SVP Commercial Port Operations & International for Carnival Cruise Line delivering key-note addresses. Cruise360 is the biggest cruise conference in the southern hemisphere. In addition to the key-notes and interactive State of the Industry panel discussion, this year’s conference also includes four Masterclasses delivering valuable insights on selling river cruising, driving loyalty, up-selling (luxury and expedition) and how to build a marketing campaign to maximise the benefits of CLIA’s upcoming Plan a Cruise Month. The Cruise360 trade show features a record number of participants with 45 companies presenting their products and services. Joel Katz, Managing Director CLIA Australasia said, “Cruise360 has more than doubled in size since we started four years ago, which is testament to the unprecedented growth of the cruise industry in this region. “Cruise360 is the must-attend event for travel agents looking to gain a competitive edge and learn from the market leaders,” said Mr Katz. “This year the program features the largest ever line up of international and local cruise line executives, agency leaders and agents sharing valuable insights and tools to help cruise agents grow their business. “With Cruise360 sold out and a waiting list of delegates wanting to attend, we are already starting to plan the 2018 Cruise360 to be able to accommodate the strong demand”. For the first time, Cruise360 includes an optional ship inspection of the Pacific Explorer, and the chance to participate in a familiarisation trip. Agents attending Cruise360 will accrue 40 points towards their CLIA accreditation, and will also have the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes, including seven cruises. CLIA Appoints New Operations Manager 2017-07-12T05:29:19Z clia-appoints-new-operations-manager Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has announced the appointment of Melissa Juelich as their Membership Operations Manager. With almost 15 years’ experience in the travel industry, Juelich will be responsible for membership administration, and will also support membership engagement activities. Juelich joins the organisation after a short stint at Helloworld, however she is no stranger to CLIA, as she worked for the organisation last year in a temporary capacity. Juelich has previously held positions at Emirates, South Africa Tourism, AFTA and United Travel New Zealand.   CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz said: “We are delighted to have Melissa back on board to support our members as we continue to grow our membership activities and engagement in both Australia and New Zealand.” Juelich replaces Amanda Rixon who left CLIA Australasia earlier this month after 5 years of service.