The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-21T23:50:18Z Cvent Unveils 2019 List of Top 50 Meeting Hotels in APAC 2019-05-21T23:50:18Z cvent-unveils-2019-list-of-top-50-meeting-hotels-in-apac Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, today unveiled the results of its annual Top 50 Meeting Hotels in Asia Pacific (APAC). Hyatt Regency Sydney took the number one spot for the second year in a row. Australia properties made up more than 25 per cent of the top rankings with 13 hotels listed in the top 50. The list is compiled by analysing meeting and event booking activity through the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN), one of the world’s largest venue sourcing platforms. More than USD $16 billion and more than 42 million room nights were sourced through the CSN in 2018. Cvent’s Top Meeting Hotels lists rank venues based on group business performance according to criteria including total requests for proposals (RFPs) and conversion rate. The Hyatt Regency Sydney outranked top hotels from Singapore, Seoul and Hong Kong to secure the number one spot. “We’re thrilled to be recognised as the number one meeting hotel in Asia Pacific for the second year in a row,” said Malcolm Zancanaro, General Manager at Hyatt Regency Sydney. “In the last 12 months we’ve had the opportunity to welcome thousands of guests to our property for events both large and small, so this accolade is really a testament to our associates and their passion to deliver exceptional meetings every day.” Hotels in Sydney and Melbourne continue to demonstrate their market-leading efforts with InterContinental Sydney (ranked 6th), Hilton Sydney (ranked 12th) and Crown Melbourne (ranked 18th) all moving up in their respective positions on this year’s list. Chela Evans, Director of Sales, Cvent Australia said the results illustrate the key role Australian hotels play in attracting business events and supporting tourism growth in the region. “It is exciting to see an increased Australian presence in this year’s Top 50 Meeting Hotels in Asia Pacific. Meetings mean business, and the hotels featured on this year’s list are attracting top conferences and events to their venues by enhancing their group marketing efforts and expanding their offerings. After just two years in Melbourne, it’s been an honour collaborating with our hotel partners here in Australia to help them grow their group business and elevate their positioning within the global meetings and events marketplace.” Asia Pacific List Highlights Hyatt Regency Sydney retained its number one position as the Top Meeting Hotel in APAC for the second year in a row InterContinental Sydney ranked 6th moving up four places and Hilton Sydney ranked 12th moving up one place compared to 2018 Two Australian hotels are new to the Top 50: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour (ranked 20th) Sofitel Sydney Wentworth (ranked 37th) There are 17 new APAC properties in the Top 50 list including: Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, Millennium Seoul Hilton, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour Sydney, Resorts World Sentosa Singapore, and Grand Hyatt Tokyo among others. Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott are the top three hotel chains represented on the Top 50 list. Top 10 Hotels in APAC: 2019 Rank Hotel Name 1 Hyatt Regency Sydney 2 Grand Hyatt Singapore 3 Grand Hyatt Seoul 4 Grand Hyatt Hong Kong 5 Pan Pacific Singapore 6 InterContinental Sydney 7 Hilton Tokyo 8 Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore 9 ANA InterContinental Tokyo 10 Marina Bay Sands Singapore Top Hotels in Australia (Within Top 50 Hotel Properties in APAC): Final Rank (2019) Hotel Name City 1 Hyatt Regency Sydney Sydney 6 InterContinental Sydney Sydney 12 Hilton Sydney Sydney 18 Crown Melbourne Melbourne 19 Four Seasons Hotel Sydney Sydney 20 Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour Sydney 21 PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney Sydney 25 Shangri-la Hotel, Sydney Sydney 30 The Westin Sydney Sydney 32 Pullman Melbourne On The Park Melbourne 33 Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park Sydney 37 Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Sydney 38 Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay Sydney Top Australian Hotels Outside of Sydney and Melbourne (Within All Top Hotels in APAC): Final Rank (2019) Hotel Name City 62 Crown Perth Perth 79 Hilton Brisbane Brisbane 106 Hilton Adelaide Adelaide 119 Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach Gold Coast 179 Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Hunter Valley View the full 2019 list of Top 50 Meeting Hotels in APAC. -Ends- For media enquiries, please contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro +61 420 761 189 debbie@zadroagency.com.au Interviews with Chela Evans, Director of Sales, Cvent Australia are welcomed upon request. Notes to Editors: Cvent evaluated hotel properties that generated business through the Cvent Supplier Network from January 2018 through December 2018. The properties were ranked according to various criteria, including total requests for proposals (RFPs), awarded RFPs, total room nights, awarded room nights, major metropolitan area (MMA) market share, conversion rate, and the hotel's unique profile visits in the Cvent Supplier Network. The criteria are designed to provide the most accurate reflection of the top meeting hotels in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific regions. About the Cvent Supplier Network Featuring more than 260,000 hotels, resorts and special event venues, the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN) is one of the world's largest and most accurate databases of detailed venue information. Cvent sourced more than USD $16 billion in meetings and events through its marketplace and more than 42 million room nights in 2018. The CSN contains listings of hotels and other venues in more than 175 countries that can be searched and filtered based on approximately 200 meetings and events attributes. The CSN is part of the Cvent Hospitality Cloud, which partners with hotels and venues to help them drive group and corporate travel business. To find venues, request quotes, and book event space on the Cvent Supplier Network, visit www.cvent.com/venues. About Cvent Cvent is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider with more than 4,000 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 event 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/au, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. AMWAY CHINA 2019: ENCORE PRODUCE NATURE INSPIRED LEADERSHIP SEMINAR FOR 6,000 IN CAIRNS 2019-05-19T23:37:34Z amway-china-2019-encore-produce-nature-inspired-leadership-seminar-for-6-000-in-cairns Media release: 20 May 2019 AMWAY CHINA 2019: ENCORE PRODUCE NATURE INSPIRED LEADERSHIP SEMINAR FOR 6,000 IN CAIRNS SEVEN WAVES OF GUESTS TREATED TO AN EVENT SPECTACULAR IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND Amway China returned to Australia for the sixth time with more than 6,000 guests for their annual 2019 Leadership Seminar, this time held in Cairns. Seven waves of guests attended the seminar and incentive program between 21 March – 15 April. Designed and organised by Encore Event Technologies, the guests were treated to a spectacular experience including artificial reality, multimedia and robotics show, choreographed dancers and a live concert for the main act. Encore designed an immersive environment for the Gala Program. The design included a 270-degree giant screen that wrapped around the inside of the venue, table-theming which incorporated lighting design, customised soundscapes and roaming performers. All elements came together to take the delegates on a journey through the dinner theme: ‘From the Rainforest to the Reef’. The Gala Dinner Opening sequence featured the edgy Million Volt Man. The entertainment also included the artistic and beautiful Fabric Ballet and an augmented reality act incorporating a choreographed performer attached to a robotic arm. A major highlight was the ‘underwater section’ of the evening’s journey. The ‘Fish Medley’ act included a singing and dancing animated multimedia fish on computer controlled Robotic LED screens that moved with the music. Custom designed tropical reef inspired centrepieces decorated the tables, each individually lit with both intelligent pin-spotting and wireless dmx battery powered lighting. In addition, illuminous head dresses were supplied to delegates, so that they could feel part of the theming for the event. At the completion of the four performance segments, delegates were treated to an amazing high energy performance by The Voice China star Uni Yeh performing with a live band and a team of local dancers. “The guests were blown away by the 270-degree multimedia projection, holographic projection and synchronized robotics. The creative event design was matched with cutting-edge use of technology to create an amazing experience for guests,” said Encore’s Show Producer Andrew MacColl. Amway chose to enhance the attendee experience by selecting a new and unusual venue for the event and the newly constructed wing of the Australian Artillery and Armoury Museum (AAAM) was perfect for both the Gala Dinner and Business Sessions. The venue is the largest military vehicle museum on the southern hemisphere. The delegates were treated to a specially created Tank Show in the parklands behind the museum featuring some of the best of these rare and historical vehicles, including dramatic gun blasts and explosions created with pyrotechnics. However, this unique venue presented major challenges as an event venue; it came without rated rigging points, three-phase power, guest Wi-Fi facilities and air-conditioning. “Working in such a unique venue had its challenges, but also many benefits in that it allowed our team the opportunity to maximise their creativity to bring to life a blank canvas. Special Event Director, John Schryver designed a truly unique and immersive experience which will undoubtedly be remembered long after the event. The team bought his design to life and delivered the series of events flawlessly” said Mr Magafa. Tony Chamberlain, Managing Director, Encore, said it was an honour to work with Amway China again especially in such an iconic and unique Australian location. “The team have been engaged in meticulous planning for months after winning the bid to manage this event. On-site we managed 20 days of install and rehearsals. Then the team delivered both Business Sessions and the Gala Dinner for each of the seven waves. “Our goal was to create an event that showcased the beauty of Far North Queensland while also demonstrating what is possible for a creative business event. Our talented team achieved all this and more, in a challenging venue. This event will go down in Encore history as one of the best,” said Mr Chamberlain. -ends- For media enquiries and interviews with featured Encore team members, please contact: Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro P: +61 2 9212 7867 | M: +61 404 009 384 | felicity@zadroagency.com.au Brittany Rogers, Account Coordinator, Zadro P: +61 2 9212 7867 | M: +61 481 464 823 | brittany@zadroagency.com.au Images: High resolution images available upon request to Brittany Rogers or click here. The set up for the Gala Dinner Tank display at the Australian Artillery and Armoury Museum (AAAM) The Million Volt Man Uni Yeh performing with The Voice China star Z Chen Dancers performing during the underwater section of the night ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES Encore Event Technologies is a leading global provider of audio visual, event technology and production services at over 460 hotels, resorts and convention centres worldwide. With roots in staging and production services, Encore delivers comprehensive and innovative audio visual and staging services that cater to the unique needs of hotels, hotel-casinos and resorts across North America, including Mexico, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and is the premier one-stop shop for event planning, design and staging and production services. For more information, visit www.encore-anzpac.com ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES IN ASIA Encore Event Technologies in Asia is on site at many of the premium hotels in China, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. The Beijing head office also services many major corporate clients and offers full event production services, from event design and production management to audiovisual, technical, video, creative and digital services. Our teams know how to convey your message and deliver the most compelling event solution possible. For more information visit www.encore-asia.com Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: https://event.synology.com/en-global/solutionexhibition_2019 If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at shazana.roseli@taurusmarketing.com.au, John Wanna at john.wanna@taurusmarketing.com.au or Stacey Toskas at stacey.toskas@taurusmarketing.com.au +61 029415 4528 ‘School pressure, family life, digital identity, increased expectations’: the reason Girl Guides exists today 2019-04-30T22:43:54Z school-pressure-family-life-digital-identity-increased-expectations-the-reason-girl-guides-exists-today Girl Guides NSW & ACT will focus on the role Guiding plays in supporting young girls navigate school pressures, family life, digital identity and raised expectations with the launch of a new campaign called A Place To Grow to coincide with May - Girl Guides Month. This vital piece of communication to young girls, their families and thousands of active and potential volunteers, will highlight the diverse experiences on offer and its relevance for the young girls of today. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner said that Girl Guides provides a place for young people to feel secure. “We come together over a variety of activities, build confidence and resilience which makes our young people better able to cope with their lives. “We encourage our girls to build life skills, and have the freedom to be adventurous, learn strong communication skills, laugh, and make life-long friendships,” said Commissioner Neill. Ella Ezergailis, aged 12, was inspired to join Girl Guides after hearing her mother’s stories of Guiding and wanted her share of adventure and fun. In 2018, Ella became the youngest Girl Guide to take part in ‘Girl Takeover Parliament’ event, in which she watched Question Time in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. Disgusted by the behaviour, Ella wrote a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison telling him so. “I decided to write to the Prime Minister and ask him to change the culture in Parliament House. I told him he should visit my school to learn how to behave respectfully. “My letter was shared around the world on social media and was reported by news outlets. “Girl Guides has given me the confidence to do such a thing, however the result made me feel that a 12-year-old girl’s voice was important, and girls do have the power to change the world,” said Ella. Now in its 99th year, Girl Guides in NSW & ACT has 7,400 members across 540 Units. Comissioner Neill said recent research revealed that 90% of girls joined the organisation before the age of 11 and stayed because it provided the perfect antidote to the complex and pressured lives of young people. “Our research showed that young girls join for the things they need most at this stage of their lives: fun, meeting friends outside of school and developing new skills. “Parents said they wanted their daughters to join to help them build their confidence, meet new friends and have a community orientation to their life. “Our programs offer a connection to experiences and community that schools and busy families can’t. “We have large scale events and the traditional jamboree, but mostly girls choose their own activities to complete, from creative pursuits to sailing, coding to cooking, orientation to fundraising,” said Commissioner Neill. A Place To Grow will use the 540 Units of Girl Guides NSW & ACT, to promote the stories of resilience, confidence building and friendship it encourages, through social media, local press, local events such as school fetes and Girl Guides own Come and Try nights. Helen White, CEO said, the grass-roots approach is what Girl Guides excel at. “Over 1,000,000 Australians are or have been a Girl Guide. We work at the local level, in communities and across regions supporting and empowering the women of tomorrow. “There is a resurgence of interest in Girl Guides, as young people and their families look at ways to combat the pressures of busy and digital lives. We’re all about supporting someone to find their own path, to build resilience, and life skills to take them wherever they wish,” said Ms White. However, is Girl Guides still relevant for the girls of today? Ella says that it is. “Girl Guides is even more relevant to young people growing up with a digital life. “Girl Guides teaches you how to interact socially, be a responsible citizen, how to deal with emergency situations and gives you the courage to accept challenges. “I even went on camp for a week without my phone, and I survived.” More information: www.aplacetogrow.org.au New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. New TCEB campaign attracts 4,000 business events travellers to Thailand 2019-04-16T04:29:18Z new-tceb-campaign-attracts-4-000-business-events-travellers-to-thailand Over 4,000 business event travellers will potentially attend an event in Thailand within the next four years as a result of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s (TCEB) recent roadshow held in Sydney and Melbourne. Thailand recently announced a new campaign which provides site visit support for meeting and incentive organisers of events with upwards of 80 guests and more flexibility around financial support. This significant uplift in interest was evident from the 64 buyers representing PCO’s, meeting planners, event managers and EAs who attended the roadshows where they met with 14 Thai suppliers and had over 270 business conversations. TCEB’s representative Nicole Tingey, Director of Clockwise Consulting said the new campaign has completely changed how event buyers view Thailand as a destination for their business events. “The feedback was clear, they were impressed by the generosity of TCEB and they felt having the opportunity to see the event venues in person would give them the assurance to proceed with a booking. “Whilst Thailand enjoys fantastic leisure market awareness, asking people to send hundreds of people for a business conference requires more education. “Most felt they would find selling Thailand as a business events destination to their clients and colleagues much easier after a TCEB sponsored site visit. “TCEB, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways International and the Royal Thai Consulate-General, Sydney are working together to provide real support to develop Thailand as a successful business events destination for Australian buyers. “Having this coordinated support and investment from Thailand, further makes the destination an exceptional place to meet,” said Ms Tingey. -ends- NOTES TO EDITORS Thailand dramatically shifted its policy on providing supported site inspections for Australian meeting and incentive organisers. Buyers for events with upwards of 80 guests are now eligible to apply for financial support, DMC services and ground transport to conduct a tailored inspection. This support was previously only available to organisers of large conventions. INTERVIEWS Interviews with Clockwise Consulting are available. Please contact: Felicity Zadro: felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 The full list of companies involved in the TCEB Roadshow events are: • Angsana Laguna Phuket • Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park • Banyan Tree Bangkok • Buffalo Tours Ltd • Centara Grand at CentralWorld • Conrad Bangkok • JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa • Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 • Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach • Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit • Stream Events Asia Ltd. • Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach • The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok • Thai Airways International (partner) TCEB is exclusively represented by Clockwise Consulting in Australia. Clockwise Consulting works across Australia and New Zealand, with representatives experienced in team development and coaching, as well as the hands-on application of operations, marketing and sales within the hospitality, events and tourism industry. They represent: • Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) • LA Tourism & Convention Board (LATCB) • Pullman Nadi Bay Resort & Spa • Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa • Penrith Panthers Events Centre & Mercure Penrith • Big4 Holiday Park For more information: www.clockwiseconsulting.com.au Love and Desire, the main course at Top Secret 2019 Dinner 2019-04-08T02:46:59Z love-and-desire-the-main-course-at-top-secret-2019-dinner Media release: 8 April 2019 Love and Desire, the main course at Top Secret 2019 Dinner Encore partners with National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC) and Canberra Convention Bureau (CCB) to deliver a night of art Encore Event Technologies (Encore) served up an incredible holographic-like experience for some of Australia’s leading event industry professionals, at the “Love and Desire” themed Top Secret 2019 Dinner on Friday 22 March hosted by the National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC), for the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). This dinner was part of a 3-day program run by the Canberra Convention Bureau (CCB). The program consists of a series of individualised experiences for an exclusive group of national meeting planners. Showcasing business event product and services, the program allowed the Canberra’s events community to demonstrate the calibre of events in our nation’s capital. The hero of the night was Encore’s expert use of a holographic mesh screen, highlighting the venue as a premium event space and showcasing the technology available when holding an event at the NCCC in conjunction with Encore. Using Holographic mesh screen, Encore created animated content such as a hot air balloon that floated through the air. Known for their innovation, Encore really broke the mould for the Top Secret 2019 Dinner bringing Stephen Wood, General Manager of the National Convention Centre Canberra into the room as a hologram. Guests watched Mr Wood stand onstage, interviewing himself as if there were actually two of him. The use of holographic mesh screens is usually only seen at big budget events such as Eurovision and the Grammys, or on television. However, Encore were able to demonstrate to event managers how this technology is possible at their events with the right team and the right venue. Mr Wood commented, “We love working with Encore, they always manage to outdo themselves with their innovation and creativity, and this event was no exception.” The theme for the three-day familiarisation was “Love and Desire”, based on the current exhibition on display at the National Gallery of Australia. On each table were large 2D Scenic Panels on custom frames, designed to look like garden lattices in the shape of hearts as a nod to pre-Raphaelite theme of the “Love and Desire” exhibition. Directly above the tables were 20 LED Kinetic Lights, programmed to move with the music and change colour throughout the night, creating a truly spectacular lighting display. Also taking inspiration from the “Love and Desire” theme was the night’s entertainment. During the event, two actors from the Shakespeare by the Lake performance rose up after being hidden as guests and began to perform some of the Bard’s most famous sonnets. Continuing the surprises, instead of using one main screen, Encore set up four 60-inch televisions across one truss structure on the main stage. They displayed the animated logos of Encore, NCCC, CCB and IHG in front of scrolling panoramic shots of Canberra spread across the four screens as a single wide screen image, showcasing the beauty of the city. “This was a truly sophisticated and memorable event. The National Convention Centre Canberra and guests were delighted with the outcome, and we can’t thank Encore enough,” said Mr Wood. -ends- For media enquiries please contact: Brittany Rogers, Account Coordinator, Zadro P: +61 2 9212 7867 | brittany@zadroagency.com.au Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro P: +61 2 9212 7867 | M: +61 404 009 384 | felicity@zadroagency.com.au Images: High resolution images available upon request. Stage set at the Top Secret dinner The Top Secret dinner Stephen Wood, General Manager of the National Convention Centre, interviewing a hologram of himself ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES Encore Event Technologies is a leading global provider of audio visual, event technology and production services at over 460 hotels, resorts and convention centers worldwide. With roots in staging and production services, Encore delivers comprehensive and innovative audio visual and staging services that cater to the unique needs of hotels, hotel-casinos and resorts across North America, including Mexico, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and is the premier one-stop shop for event planning, design and staging and production services. For more information, visit www.encore-anzpac.com ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES IN ASIA Encore Event Technologies in Asia is on site at many of the premium hotels in China, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. The Beijing head office also services many major corporate clients and offers full event production services, from event design and production management to audiovisual, technical, video, creative and digital services. Our teams know how to convey your message and deliver the most compelling event solution possible. For more information visit www.encore-asia.com Reymond Opens Sydney Office 2019-03-25T05:51:46Z reymond-opens-sydney-office Lifestyle PR agency Reymond Communications has expanded into Sydney with a Darlinghurst office. The Melbourne based firm manages local, national and international clients and is pleased to be able to support them further with the addition of the new location, while attracting new business. Managing Director Joanna Reymond-Burns says the expansion is a natural progression following six wonderful years in operation with strong growth. “As a business it is important to continue to evolve and strive, so as well as the Sydney move, we have refreshed our branding and launched a new website. “The team and I are excited by this new challenge and hope to see it benefit our existing business, while creating new opportunities.” Reymond-Burns will share her time between the Melbourne and Sydney offices, while Account Manager Isabella Donato has moved to Sydney to manage the new location on a day-to-day basis. Exciting growth within the agency has encouraged internal promotions as well as the appointment of Angeline Lewis as a Senior Account Manager. - Ends - Notes to editors About Reymond Communications Reymond Communications is a lifestyle PR agency passionate about sharing the dynamic stories aligned with the design, hospitality and travel industries. Melbourne: 131A Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181 Sydney: L2/223-225 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst www.reymond.com.au | @reymondcomms For media enquiry please contact: Joanna Reymond-Burns | Director | Reymond Communications E: joanna@reymond.com | T: +61 (0)3 9510 4124 | M: +61 (0)431 540 640 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T04:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE AT:www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 Inaugural conference The Business of Events exceeds expectations 2019-02-18T23:24:06Z 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 2019-02-06T05:21:58Z 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 2019-02-06T05:21:58Z 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 2019-01-31T06:00:00Z 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. 2019-01-29T21:00:00Z 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 2019-01-29T04:46:51Z 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