The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-25T04:51:46Z Reymond Opens Sydney Office 2019-03-25T04:51:46Z reymond-opens-sydney-office Lifestyle PR agency Reymond Communications has expanded into Sydney with a Darlinghurst office. The Melbourne based firm manages local, national and international clients and is pleased to be able to support them further with the addition of the new location, while attracting new business. Managing Director Joanna Reymond-Burns says the expansion is a natural progression following six wonderful years in operation with strong growth. “As a business it is important to continue to evolve and strive, so as well as the Sydney move, we have refreshed our branding and launched a new website. “The team and I are excited by this new challenge and hope to see it benefit our existing business, while creating new opportunities.” Reymond-Burns will share her time between the Melbourne and Sydney offices, while Account Manager Isabella Donato has moved to Sydney to manage the new location on a day-to-day basis. Exciting growth within the agency has encouraged internal promotions as well as the appointment of Angeline Lewis as a Senior Account Manager. - Ends - Notes to editors About Reymond Communications Reymond Communications is a lifestyle PR agency passionate about sharing the dynamic stories aligned with the design, hospitality and travel industries. Melbourne: 131A Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181 Sydney: L2/223-225 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst www.reymond.com.au | @reymondcomms For media enquiry please contact: Joanna Reymond-Burns | Director | Reymond Communications E: joanna@reymond.com | T: +61 (0)3 9510 4124 | M: +61 (0)431 540 640 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T03:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE AT:www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 Inaugural conference The Business of Events exceeds expectations 2019-02-18T22:24:06Z inaugural-conference-the-business-of-events-exceeds-expectations Media Release: 18 February 2019 Inaugural conference The Business of Events exceeds expectations Last week, The Business of Events conference, themed ‘Powering Growth’, took place at the Sheraton Grand Hyde Park, Sydney. The inaugural event was a great success, living up to its promise of being unlike any other conference in the industry. The conference covered key topics including international events; creating engagement; data security and business risk; and sales and marketing. Attendees walked away with invaluable insights and knowledge on the future of the events industry. Opening the event was former White House Director of Events and conference MC, Laura Schwartz, who started by saying; “Events are about creating an atmosphere for people to share challenges and search for solutions – while they eat, drink and succeed.” Following Laura’s opening address was the first panel session, ‘The Business of Making an Australian Event an International Success’, where she was joined by six industry stalwarts and experts to explore the changing role of the events industry and how this impacts the future of events. The panel also delved into the importance of building communities and looking to the future, setting the tone for the rest of the conference. ‘Industry Growth and the Big Picture’ presented by Craig James, Chief Economist, CommSec, gave attendees an overview of the global and domestic economic outlook, raising the question of how this will impact the events industry. Last year the global economy grew 3.7% and this year the forecast is 3%. This will likely impact company’s expenditure and may impact event sponsorship budgets, and companies wanting to hold events. Attendees were empowered and encouraged to voice their opinions with presenters, opening the floor to conversations that are typically hard to have in the events industry, but need to happen. Mitchell Turner, Hotel Manager, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, said he learnt a lot from the two days. “The structure, thought process, and execution of this event was cleverly considered and very professional. As a hotelier I understand how events should be run and have a keen eye for detail, and the event overall appeared seamless with lots of delegate engagement throughout. “The content and quality of the speakers was very impressive with CEOs and relevant associations of the events industry in attendance sharing their expertise. Overall the event was extremely insightful, enjoyable and a true reflection of Exhibition & Trade Fair’s understanding of what is needed by the industry and by their clientele,” said Mr Turner. Gary Daly, Managing Director of conference organiser, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said the hard conversations need to happen. “The events industry has changed, it’s all about growth and adapting, what we have been able to do is acknowledge these changes and actually provide some key insights into the global events landscape. The Business of Events presenters led fantastic discussions around the challenges and issues faced in the international marketplace. We’ve had great feedback and the conference was a success,” said Mr Daly. The Business of Events exceeded expectations and delivered the next ‘must attend’ conference in the events industry. For more information visit: www.thebusinessofevents.com.au -ends- Media Contact: Zadro Jessica McLean, Senior Account Manager jessica@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director felicity@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 Images: 1. Laura Schwartz, Former White House Director of Events 2. Panel discussion with (L-R) Laura Schwartz, Former White House Director of Events Andrew Stark, General Manager, World Surf League Australia Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 3. Panel discussion with (L-R) Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia 4. Laura Schwartz, Former White House Director of Events, Opening Address 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. Cvent Brings Global ‘Event Evolution Model’ to AIME 2019-02-06T04:21:58Z cvent-brings-global-event-evolution-model-to-aime Benchmarking against more than 10,000 events, APAC event planners can compare and re-invent their events using Cvent’s new analysis tool Cvent, a market leader in meetings, events, and hospitality technology, will launch its Event Evolution Model at the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) in Melbourne on 18 – 20 February 2019. This innovative tool offers event professionals an easy way to gauge the maturity of their organisation’s events program. Based on an analysis of more than 10,000 events, the Event Evolution Model assesses the maturity of an event program by looking at four Centres of Performance: Event Strategy: How to develop a purposeful, measurable, and data-informed meetings and events program that aligns with organisational goals. Event Execution: How to execute a defined Event Strategy efficiently and effectively across the entirety of a meetings and events program. Attendee Experience: How to deliver a seamless, personalised event experience to attendees, as well as the ability to capture attendee buying signals and feedback. Measurement & Optimisation: How to translate event and attendee data points into provable value for the organisation and attendees, as well as to optimise an event program based on data-driven insights. Event planners are invited to assess their event within the Event Evolution Model by answering a set number of questions which will gauge their program’s current state. Based on the user’s responses, an overall event program maturity score is determined and categorised as Emergent, Elevated, Evolved or Expert. Users receive a personalised roadmap with actionable recommendations for improving their current meetings and events practices to increase their overall program impact and embrace global best practice. Speaking of Cvent’s upcoming showcase at AIME in 2019, Jack Ukil, Director of Sales said, “After more than a decade of exhibiting, we’re thrilled to be able to bring this new innovation and unique insight model to our Asia-Pacific audiences. We know event technology works best in combination with a personalised and human approach, which is why this year we’re hosting an ‘exchange hub’ on our stand to foster collaboration in the industry.” Attendees at AIME are invited to bring their Event Evolution Model benchmarking report to Cvent’s Stand #C22 to receive a FREE one-on-one expert consultation and a personalised roadmap. To book an appointment, visit: https://www.cvent.com/au/ Click HERE to explore the Event Evolution Model and assessment tool. -ENDS- About Cvent, Inc. Cvent, Inc. is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality software company with more than 3,700 employees, 25,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. The Cvent Event Cloud offers software solutions to event planners and marketers for online event registration, venue selection, event management and marketing, onsite solutions, and attendee engagement. Cvent’s suite of products automate and simplify the planning process to maximise the impact of events. The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive group and corporate travel business. Hotels use the Cvent Hospitality Cloud’s digital marketing tools and software solutions to win business through Cvent’s sourcing platforms and to service their customers directly, efficiently and profitably – helping them grow and own their business. Cvent solutions optimise the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. For more information, please visit Cvent.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Beyond Dream is offering a special price for a 14 days holiday package to Sri Lanka 2019-02-06T04:21:58Z beyond-dream-is-offering-a-special-price-for-a-14-days-holiday-package-to-sri-lanka Melbourne, Victoria - Tuesday February 5, 2019 - Beyond Dream Travels, a Melbourne based travel agency, is offering a special price for its Splendid Discovery Sri Lanka holiday package at just AUD 3299* per person. The 14 days 13 nights package gives visitors to Sri Lanka a taste of the country's best beaches, wildlife, history and culture such as the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the Ramayana sites, Negombo and Kandy Cities, Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary and Hiriwaduna Village Tour. Elizabeth Fernando, Managing Director of Beyond Dream Travels said that the holiday package would include return flights from Melbourne, 12 nights' accommodation, return airport transfers, fully guided tours, luxury air-conditioned transportation, entrance fees to Unesco Heritage Site of Sigiriya, Minneryia National Park, Village Tour, Kandy Temple, Cultural dance and Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary, Hakgala gardens and all breakfast and one lunch meal. "Sri Lanka is such an enchanting and amazing country that offers so much for everyone. There are beautiful beaches, ancient temples and delicious Sri Lankan cuisine to savour. We have custom-made this tour to cater to most people, including solo travellers, seniors and even groups of friends. There will be some local sightseeing to do on some days and a bit of relaxation on other days. It won't be one of those tours where you are always on the go all the time," she explained, adding that they will be visiting tea plantations and factory where Sri Lanka's tea is famous for. Fernando explained one of the highlights of the tour would be visiting the Ramayana sites. "Ramayana is an epic story of how Lord Rama's wife Sita was captured by King Ravana and held captive. Rama then enlist the help of monkeys and bears to find his wife. A battle ensues between King Ravana and the animals where the King gets killed and Sita is set free. We will be taking you to places that are connected to the Ramayana story such as Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, Divurumpola Temple and Sita Amman Temple," she added. The tour will also take visitors to a local village to experience the culture and get a glimpse of Sri Lanka village life. "Hiriwaduna Village is an adventure that gets every nature lover excited. Our guide will take you to ride a bullock cart which is Sri Lanka’s oldest form of transportation on an unpaved trail riding through the fields and bushland," Fernando said. Tour departs Melbourne on 15th March 2019*, 29th March-2019*, 20th April 2019, 4th May 2019, 15th November 2019*, 6th December 2019*, 18th January 2020*, 15th February 2020*, 18th March 2020*. All tours need to be booked by Tuesday 6th March 2019 to be eligible for the offer. To book or to find out more, call Beyond Dream Travels at 1300 691 496 or visit www.beyonddreamtravels.com.au *Terms and conditions apply. About Beyond Dream Travels Beyond Dream Travels is a wholesale and retail tour agent & operator based in Australia, specialising in crafting unique luxury holidays to Sri Lanka & Maldives for small to large groups. For over 40 years, travellers have sought Beyond Dream Travels's knowledge and expertise in helping them find the ultimate holiday experience in Sri Lanka. The company offers free travel advice for flights, accommodation, customised tours and personalised holiday activities. For more information, please call Beyond Dream Travels at 1300 691 496 or visit www.beyonddreamtravels.com.au -ENDS- PR Contact: Joanne Low - Bright Owl Marketing Mobile: 0491 105 859 Phone: 1300 720 845 Email:joanne@brightowlmarketing.com.au Photos can be accessed at https://www.dropbox.com/home/Beyond%20Dreams%20PR%20Folder/Beyond%20Dreams%20PR%20photos%20-%20Splendid%20Tour Inaugural event The Business of Events takes place next week 2019-01-31T05:00:00Z inaugural-event-the-business-of-events-takes-place-next-week Media Release: Thursday, 31 January 2019 Inaugural event The Business of Events takes place next week The economic opportunities in the events industry are significant in Australia, next week the inaugural event, The Business of Events, will explore the changed role of the events industry and the impact it’s having on the economy, from 7-8 February, at the Sheraton Grand Sydney. With a focus on business and the growth of the industry, The Business of Events, provides senior event professionals insights on Australia’s position within the global marketplace, strategies, international expectations, global trends, and innovative business solutions to deliver ROI. Among the high calibre of speakers is Peter Jones AM, Managing Director, Peter Jones Special Events, one of Australia’s leading event producers, who has won over 25 industry awards and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for outstanding service to the major events industry. His session, ‘Creating Memorable Experiences and Unexpected Moments’, takes an inside look at what makes an event special, memorable and successful, and how to face the biggest challenges and major change happening in the industry. “The biggest changes to the industry will be the rise of risk, virtual experiences, brand strategy, customer satisfaction and social media. Will we get to the stage where you don’t even have to be there in person? Whatever happens, it’s all about being relevant,” said Mr Jones. International keynote, Laura Schwartz, former White House Director of Events, will MC and headline the two-day program. Other speakers include: Andrew Stark, General Manager, World Surf League Australia Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia-Pacific Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne International Comedy Festival Carmen Bekker, Partner, Customer Brand and Marketing Advisory, KPMG Australia Peter Jones AM, Managing Director, Peter Jones Special Events Gary Daly, Managing Director of organiser Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said the evolving business events landscape influenced the speakers secured for this event. “Exhibitions & Trade Fairs is proud to bring experienced professionals to Sydney to share their insights with key decision makers. The Business of Events provides a platform to lead discussions around the challenges for events and issues faced in the international marketplace,” said Mr Daly. The Business of Events, themed ‘Powering Growth’, is a must-attend conference for senior event professionals and managers working within B2B events, providing knowledge and expertise on a diverse range of topics including event design, architecture and technology; professional development opportunities; using data to drive to operations, sales and marketing; sponsorship, law/governance, business modelling and security, both cyber and human. For more information – including the program overview, speakers, presentations and panel discussions visit: www.thebusinessofevents.com.au/program To secure a ticket, visit www.thebusinessofevents.com.au/register The Business of Events is happening at Sheraton Grand Hyde Park, Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019. -ends- Media Contact: Zadro Jessica McLean, Senior Account Manager jessica@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director felicity@zadroagency.com.au | +61 9212 7867 Images: 1. Peter Jones AM, Peter Jones Special Events 2. Laura Schwartz, Former White House Director of Events 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. Excitement builds as the official program to the world’s largest melon festival – the Chinchilla Melon Festival is released. 2019-01-29T20:00:00Z excitement-builds-as-the-official-program-to-the-worlds-largest-melon-festival-the-chinchilla-melon-festival-is-released There is sure to be a rush of excitement from melon and festival fans alike when the official program to the world’s largest melon festival is released online today. For those looking for the ultimate summer weekend getaway, that’s full of activities and entertainment the whole family can enjoy, look no further than the Chinchilla Melon Festival held from Thursday, 14 to Sunday, 17 February 2019. The Chinchilla Melon Festival provides a safe, happy and inclusive environment for families to visit and enjoy with exciting new events added to the festival program this year. The Chinchilla Melon Festival will offer more family fun than ever before with an abundance of new events and experiences for families of all sizes and children of all ages, including a peddle-powered smoothie experience, rocky roll race, big melon weigh-in for kids, extra melon ski runs and many more. Chinchilla Melon Festival Vice President, Darryl O’Leary says: “This year’s Festival is the 14th to be held and also celebrates a remarkable 25 years since first starting in 1994. If you’re looking to entertain the kids over the summer be sure to add the Chinchilla Melon Festival to the list. There’ll be plenty of fun for the grown-ups as well!” More than 15,000 visitors from around the globe visit the biannual Chinchilla Melon Festival. Every two years, Chinchilla transforms into a melon mecca drawing local, national and international crowds to experience one of the country’s most distinctive festivals. Some of the top attractions include market stalls, street entertainment, kids movie night, dash for cash, classic car show, melon skiing, melon pip spitting, melon tug-o-war, FMX stunt show, a concert and a laser light show. “This iconic Australian festival is one of regional QLD’s biggest events and 2019 will be no exception with the festival set to attract visitors from far and wide, putting more heads on hotel beds and diners in restaurants, all driving the local economy,” Mr O’Leary said. “I encourage festival fans across Australia to start planning their visit to Chinchilla next month for an outstanding country QLD event.” To view the official Festival program and for more information on the Chinchilla Melon Festival visit www.melonfest.com.au — Ends — Media Contact: Kate Munsie kate.munsie@c7even.com.au 0421 935 843 Photo Captions: Chinchilla Melon Festival Melon Skiing Chinchilla Melon Festival Street Entertainment Ruby Apartments WINS the Alluxia BEST FAMILY GETAWAY award 2019-01-29T03:46:51Z ruby-apartments-wins-the-alluxia-best-family-getaway-award The annual Alluxia awards celebrate the best of the best in each of the Alluxia getaway inspiration collections and Ruby have been named Best Family Getaway. Ruby was in great company and honoured to be recognised along with luxury brands including Elements of Byron, Jackalope Hotel and Spicers Tamarind, who took out wins in their categories. Full list of award winners at http://www.alluxia.com/blog/entry/alluxia-awards-2018. CEO David Brook who oversees the management of The Ruby Apartments is absolutely delighted with the win. “For the past 8 years, our sister property Paradise Resort has won the Holidays with Kids - Best Family Holiday Resort category. “Our aim with The Ruby Apartments was to keep all the good things that were working at Paradise Resort, along with enhancing the family offer to the next level by creating a luxurious family friendly holiday destination that ticked the boxes for every family member. “To be honoured with the Best Family Getaway title by luxury travel brand Alluxia only weeks after opening, means that we may have got it right,” said David. The Ruby Apartments were at full capacity over the Christmas and New Year period and in the past two months have already welcomed over 600 families, couples and even corporate travellers. Feedback has been very positive from guests and in particularly families and it’s easy to see why. From themed 3-bedroom Sky Suites with bunk beds, play desk, board games and brightly coloured fit out; to the brand-new Junior kids’ club, the 3-story high water park, interactive splash zone; and Ruby’s resident Rockstar’s Ruby Rocket and William the Bear; families were at the forefront in the planning of this incredible new resort. While parents are taking some much-needed time out, kids will be kept busy with movie nights, dance parties and a myriad of fun activities and workshops. There are also many other family activities and facilities on offer at neighbouring Paradise Resort. * Kids will enjoy hours of fun on Dusty’s Playground, Jungle Gym or Rock-Climbing wall and can even hang out at the coolest place at Paradise Resort - Planet Chill Ice Skating Rink. They’ll also be able to take part in some of the Resort’s fun activities including cupcake making, jelly eating, cartoon trivia, sand art, laser tag, lip sync competitions and more. Ruby have just opened the Ruby Junior Kids Club which caters to babies 0-2years and are able to access the award-winning kids club at Paradise Resort for children 3-12years. For a limited time… Book your stay at Alluxia’s ‘Best Family Getaway’ winning resort and receive complimentary breakfast and car-parking when you stay 2 nights or more plus much more. Inclusions: Start your day with a complimentary continental buffet breakfast in Stones Bar & Grill for all guests Complimentary parking for one vehicle Complimentary Wifi throughout your stay Complimentary local calls from your in-room phone 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 family packages are on sale for a limited time and available for travel on selected dates until 24 December 2019 and can be booked online at https://www.therubycollection.com.au/special-offers *Conditions apply 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 Thriving Singapore MICE Market Continues Impressive Growth According to Cvent 2018-12-16T23:38:52Z thriving-singapore-mice-market-continues-impressive-growth-according-to-cvent Media Announcement: 17 December 2018 Thriving Singapore MICE Market Continues Impressive Growth According to Cvent Singapore hotels and venues saw a 12% year-on-year increase in requests for meetings equating to $82m in additional revenue opportunity according to sourcing data from the Cvent Supplier Network Cvent, a market leader in meetings, events, and hospitality technology, released a report highlighting the thriving Singapore MICE industry and strong demand for technology solutions to help support and drive additional growth. The proprietary data, compiled from activity within the Cvent Supplier Network, along with Singapore’s recent recognition as a Top Meeting Destination in Asia Pacific, reinforce its position as an ideal destination for organising exceptional meetings, conventions and exhibitions. Venues in Asia using the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN), the world’s largest database for venue information, saw a 32% year-on-year increase in unique Request for Proposal (RFP) volume and a 20% year-on-year increase in unique room night requests. Singapore saw a 12% increase for unique RFPs. These growth rates translate into more than $379m of additional unique RFP value for the Asian market and approximately $82m for the Singapore market specifically. To support this growth, hoteliers in the region have embraced the adoption of event management solutions to help streamline manual processes and drive MICE business. Leading organisations, including the World Travel Awards, have brought additional awareness to the event technology industry by highlighting platforms that are making an impact on the global travel and tourism industries. Cvent was recently named ‘Asia's Leading Travel Technology Provider 2018’ by the World Travel Awards. Will Kataria, Director of Sales, APAC at Cvent, commented on Cvent’s success in helping to drive MICE and transient business in the Singapore and Asia regions. “Hotels and venues that truly embrace event management technology and utilise our suite of solutions as additional marketing and sales tools typically see incredible incremental growth in both the volume and quality of MICE business that they attract and retain. Event planners and corporate travel managers will source more than $16 billion dollars in business through Cvent’s online platforms in 2018, and the Cvent Hospitality Cloud offers our clients direct access to these buyers,” said Kataria. “As a partner to many of the leading hotel chains in Singapore and the region, we look forward to continuing to support the thriving Asia MICE market and to provide hoteliers and venues with the solutions they need to grow and own their business,” concluded Kataria. For more information on Cvent, please visit the website: https://www.cvent.com/sg/ -ENDS- For media enquiries, please contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro | debbie@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 420 761 189 Image: Will Kataria, Cvent Singapore's Director of Sales About Hospitality Cloud The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive profitable MICE group and corporate travel business. Event planners and corporate travel managers source more than $16 billion dollars in business through Cvent’s online platforms each year and the Cvent Hospitality Cloud offers clients direct access to these buyers. Using Cvent digital marketing tools and software solutions, hoteliers attract valuable leads to grow their business, maximize the value of that business, and strengthen direct customer relationships. By connecting hotels with buyers and providing technology for winning and servicing customers, Cvent Hospitality Cloud helps hoteliers grow and own their group and corporate travel business. For more information regarding the Cvent Hospitality Cloud, visit: https://www.cvent.com/sg/hospitality-cloud/ About Cvent, Inc. Cvent, Inc. is a leading cloud-based event management company with more than 3,600 employees, 25,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. Cvent offers software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, email marketing, and web surveys. Cvent provides hoteliers with an integrated platform, enabling properties to increase group business demand through targeted advertising and improve conversion through proprietary demand management and business intelligence solutions. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. For more information, please visit Cvent.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. 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 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 Cvent revolutionises event website design and online registration with launch of ‘Registration Reimagined’ 2018-10-31T23:47:01Z cvent-revolutionises-event-website-design-and-online-registration-with-launch-of-registration-reimagined Media Announcement: 1st November 2018 Cvent revolutionises event website design and online registration with launch of ‘Registration Reimagined’ Redesign of its flagship event management product marks the largest technology investment in company’s history Cvent, the market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, has revolutionised event website design with the launch of their revamped website and registration solution. The new interface, described as ‘registration reimagined’, places complete design control in the hands of the user and combines flexible design capabilities with drag-and-drop usability. Australian event professionals and marketers can now create completely customisable registration pages and interactive websites that are simple to use, mobile-responsive, flexible and align with their specific event branding. Over the past year, the ground-breaking effort, referred to as Project Flex, has been in an early adopter phase in which more than 1,200 Cvent customers participated. David Quattrone, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Cvent emphasised this was a critical stage in the creation and design of the final product. “We are incredibly thankful to our customers who took the time to use the solution and provide their suggestions on how to improve and package the new technology. This was truly a team effort and the end result is a direct reflection of the feedback we received from those who matter most, our customers,” said Quattrone. Using this customer feedback, the new registration and website design solution has been revamped to cater to the needs of its users. The tool makes back-end design easy for the planners and marketers who are building event websites, and also enhances the external-facing experience for event attendees. “The ability to customise not only the look & feel, but also the flow of the registration experience is incredible. Also, the in-depth capabilities offered within the solution ensure planners and event marketers have the tools they need to create websites that stand out among the rest. My team and I are excited to bring this simple, yet powerful event solution to our Australian customers.” said Jack Ukil, Director of Sales, Cvent Australia about Cvent’s new user experience. The redesigned solution simplifies the website creation experience in the following areas: Build: The new interface is widget-based with a drag and drop style system taking away the need to use HTML or CSS. This new system makes it easy to place and edit content while being able to see changes live as you make them. Design: Event planners and marketers now have more freedom to create event and registration pages that are on brand. The solution enables page builders to change design elements, including typography, borders, backgrounds, and more. Registration Management: With full control over the registration process, event planners and marketers can customise the registration path based on their business or industry needs. It can be as simple as a one-page form, or it can be built to accommodate multiple attendee types and profiles. Experience: Project Flex is a complete reimagining of the registration process, website build, design and management. Registration sites are often boring, but this new solution offered within the Cvent event management platform, is making them fun, dynamic and easy to use. Responsiveness: Events built within the solution automatically adjust to the screen size of any device they’re being viewed on. For more information, visit: https://www.cvent.com/flex For more information on Cvent Australia, please visit the website: https://www.cvent.com/au/ -ENDS- For media enquiries, please contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro | debbie@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 420 761 189 About Cvent, Inc. Cvent, Inc. is a leading cloud-based event management company with more than 3,600 employees, 25,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. Cvent offers software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, email marketing, and web surveys. Cvent provides hoteliers with an integrated platform, enabling properties to increase group business demand through targeted advertising and improve conversion through proprietary demand management and business intelligence solutions. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. For more information, please visit Cvent.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. 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/ Textile designer produces thought-provoking collection inspired by the built environment 2018-09-27T07:17:19Z textile-designer-produces-thought-provoking-collection-inspired-by-the-built-environment-1 Media Release: 27 September 2018 Textile designer produces thought-provoking collection inspired by the built environment Tappeti launches new collection – GEO Leading textile design firm Tappeti have again pushed the envelope with their authentic, truly unique and masterful new collection - GEO, inspired by the architectural forms of the built environment. The GEO collection playfully explores exciting combinations of colour, shape, line and form, in part due to the exceptional design talent from Tappeti, and the meticulous handwork techniques they employ to craft their floor art. This standard of quality has been underscored by material integrity that is suitable for commercial wear and tear, and a keen eye watching out for the perfect balance of style and functionality. Karinna Gobbo, Tappeti’s Founder and CEO, said GEO is a juxtaposition of the ancient traditions of handmaking rugs, with the powerful forms of the modern world. “Marrying commercial grade quality and sought-after manufacturing techniques, with the best quality materials has resulted in a delightful celebration of individuality and sophistication. “Each GEO piece uses hand-dyed New Zealand Wool with shimmers of art silk, and uses traditional handcraft techniques of carving, looping, raised pile and fringing. “The GEO collection rugs are handmade in India based on designs refined in our studios in Australia and Singapore and are built to withstand commercial environments or become an heirloom in residential spaces. “When interiors are full of mass production and ‘seen-it-all-before’ designs, GEO stands out as a breath of fresh air offering the highest level of quality, adding complexity and depth to all environments,” said Ms Gobbo. Consistent with Tappeti‘s offering, a range of customisation options complement the GEO range. Endless design configurations are on offer due to the choice of a variety of rug pile heights, various shapes and sizes depending on application, and Tappeti‘s vibrant selection of custom distinctive colours. This unrivalled degree of design flexibility also extends to finishes, which include fringe details, tapered edges and carved lines. Tappeti launched GEO on Thursday 27 September in Sydney. www.tappeti.com.au Notes to editors All images are available in high resolution upon request. For more information and interviews with Karinna Gobbo please contact: Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro | felicity@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 About Tappeti Tappeti has collaborated with some of the most illustrious firms in Australian design including Bates Smart, HASSELL, Woods Bagot and FJMT. Each collection is handcrafted using the highest quality materials that have the ability to amplify any design statement. www.tappeti.com.au