The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-15T23:00:00Z Interview Opportunities: Former White House Events Director to headline new B2B event industry conference 7-8 February 2019 2019-01-15T23:00:00Z interview-opportunities-former-white-house-events-director-to-headline-new-b2b-event-industry-conference-7-8-february-2019 INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES Former White House Events Director to headline new B2B event industry conference 7-8 February 2019 Dear {{ first_name | fallback:"Editor" }}, You’re invited to attend Australia’s newest events industry conference, The Business of Events, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February at the Sheraton Grand Hyde Park, Sydney. The Business of Events will present a bevy of industry heavyweights, offering middle to senior management professionals a wealth of latest findings, updates and in-depth discussions of how to capitalise on Australian events. The event will address global trends, identify market opportunities, showcase engaging event technology and help guide the development of your business. HIGHLIGHTS FOR MEDIA Event: The Business of Events When: 7-8 February 2019 Where: Sheraton Grand Hyde Park, Sydney By attending you will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. If you would like a complimentary media pass, please respond to this email with your name, title and publication. Please note, media passes are limited. Media Program Overview: Over 40 industry expert speakers 10 plenary keynote speakers The theme, Powering Growth, will explore how to identify new business, increase the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth Three flexible breakout sessions and panel discussions covering sales growth, event safety, event architecture, sponsorship, law/governance, business models, future business, professional development and marketing Conference expert speakers and interview opportunities: Thursday 7 February – 10:25am Friday 8 February – 2:40pm Laura Schwartz, Former White House Director of Events MC and international keynote speaker brings a wealth of experience, having produced over 1,000 events during her time at the White House including the Presidential Inauguration, one of the most coveted events in Washington. She will chronicle the positive and challenging moments that have shaped her life. She will demonstrate these are the same forces that influence powerful events no matter their size, budget, goal or purpose. Thursday 7 February – 11:35am Patrick Kidd, CEO, Invictus Games Patrick will tell the story of the Games, from the early stages of planning, winning the bid as well as planning and delivery of the Games. He will also talk to the challenges, of the rapid scale up and scale down, of the organising committee as well as the longer term impact of the Games. The royal touch was applied to the event earlier this year and is worth hearing about. Thursday 7 February – 1:00pm Craig James, Chief Economist, Commsec Craig will assess the economic landscape with particular focus on the current and prospective growth opportunities across sectors and regions. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from him on external factors and trends pressuring Australian business and prepare for the economic challenges ahead. Friday 8 February – 9:10am Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent Holly will explore best practice on leading changes and turning innovative ideas into action. She believes change is inevitable but growth is intentional. Research shows 90% of companies fail to execute their strategies due to poor execution. The business landscape is changing at a greater velocity and therefore we need to change the way we work and lead so we can continue to achieve excellence. Friday 8 February – 9:55am Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia-Pacific Natalie will discuss insights into MBFWA’s commercial growth strategy, examining major milestone and invaluable lessons learned along the event’s path to success. Fashion is a powerhouse industry that drives annual retail sales of over $9 billion and created value export opportunities for Australia. High-res images to be supplied by Exhibition & Trade Fairs. View the full program here. Free media passes available – simply reply to this email with your full name, position and publication title/s. Once your request is approved, you will receive an email. Bring photo ID with you to the registration desk upon entry to The Business of Events and they will supply you with a media pass and lanyard. Interviews with all organisers and speakers available before and during The Business of Events, please identify any speakers you’d like to interview and we will endeavour to schedule interview times. For more information and to register visit: www.thebusinessofevents.com.au Looking forward to hearing from you. Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au New Crestron Performance UI Empowers Integrators to Deliver Stunning User Experience on TSR-310 Remote 2019-01-10T01:48:42Z new-crestron-performance-ui-empowers-integrators-to-deliver-stunning-user-experience-on-tsr-310-remote SYDNEY, Australia – January 10, 2018 – Crestron, a global leader in advanced smart home technology, have announced the release of the Crestron Performance UI, a completely new and revolutionary user experience designed exclusively for the TSR-310 handheld touch screen remote. The Crestron Performance UI integrates natively with the Crestron Pyng® OS 2 operating system, giving residential integrators unprecedented power to deliver stunning user experiences never seen before in a handheld remote. Integrators will also appreciate how the Crestron Performance UI dramatically reduces deployment time, thanks to minimal programming requirements. Crestron integrators can download the latest Crestron Pyng OS 2 update now to see how the TSR-310 UI instantly updates to the Crestron Performance UI. “Crestron smart home automation is already renowned for ease of scalability, high performance, and unmatched reliability,” said Michael Short, Global Residential Marketing Manager at Crestron. “Now, with the Crestron Performance UI, our residential integrators can also deliver an incredible user experience that takes virtually no time to configure. It’s the full package.” More major new features and enhancements Among other new features, the Crestron Performance UI provides integrated media, lighting, shades, and climate control, along with quick actions. The user interface takes industry standard actions to an unprecedented new level, with smooth and stunning transitions and animations. The UI is pre-built, so no design tools are necessary. The voice command interface is built-in, as well, further simplifying configuration. Software support The Crestron Performance UI is supported in Crestron Pyng OS 2 via a simple OS update. About Crestron At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology. Our automation and control solutions for homes and buildings let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform. Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com. # # # All brand names, product names, and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Certain trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. ©2018 Crestron Electronics, Inc. Crestron Now Shipping Complete Portfolio of Crestron Flex Unified Communications & Collaboration Solutions 2019-01-10T01:45:35Z crestron-now-shipping-complete-portfolio-of-crestron-flex-unified-communications-collaboration-solutions SYDNEY, Australia – January 10, 2018 – Crestron, a global leader in workplace technology, announced it is now shipping its complete portfolio of Crestron Flex Unified Communications & Collaboration solutions. Crestron Flex clears the way to more productive, stress-free days by providing a simple, consistent user experience in all the places people work and meet, from desks to boardrooms. There’s no more time wasted trying to get the technology in different meeting spaces to work. Crestron Flex provides a native Microsoft Teams™, Skype® for Business, and Zoom Rooms™ software experience, including one-touch join. “We are pleased to elevate our long standing partnership with Crestron. The integration of the Crestron Flex portfolio of devices with Microsoft Teams delivers an impressive end-to-end portfolio for customers,” said Bob Davis, CVP, M365 Customer and Partner Experience at Microsoft Corporation. “We decided that Crestron Flex was the perfect solution for us,” says Bradley Wilbanks, Global AV Supervisor at Sealed Air, a Fortune 500® company that designs and manufactures unique and innovative packaging products. “In the past, we were always finding ourselves trying to force our customers to bend to our platform and codec. Crestron Flex allows us to be more flexible while offering a seamless experience; taking the technology out of the equation and letting us focus on doing our jobs.” Crestron Flex solutions come in several forms, but all deliver the same experience, regardless of the space in which they’re deployed: Crestron Flex P100 Series: Crestron’s first ever voice-over-IP desk phone, the P100 Series takes a new approach to the notoriously complex and disjointed world of telephony. It delivers the Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business experience to users of desktop phones. It features a large touch screen that provides convenient tools that connect you to your calendar and coworkers, right at your desk. Crestron Flex B100 Series: With a stunning, yet practical, wall-mount sound bar design, the B100 Series delivers crystal clear audio with a beam forming microphone array, an integrated 4K high-definition camera that provides auto-zoom, people counting, and lifelike image quality. A front of room solution for Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, or Zoom Rooms, the B100 Series pairs with a 10" touch screen to deliver a simple, intuitive in-room user experience. Crestron Flex M100 Series: The Crestron Flex M100 Series is a tabletop solution that provides everything you need to instantly and securely call, present, and videoconference using Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, or Zoom Rooms software. An included 4K high-definition camera provides auto-zoom, people-counting, and lifelike image. The premier audio performance is delivered via the incorporated four-microphone 360-degree array. Crestron Flex C100 Series: The Crestron Flex C100 Series is a flexible, integrated UC kit that brings one-touch join to even the most custom spaces. It natively supports Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, or Zoom Rooms, and includes an optional certified UC DSP and ceiling tile microphone array Centralised deployment and management Crestron Flex solutions benefit from zero-touch deployment via the Crestron XiO Cloud™ platform. The world’s leading companies are seeing up to 90% reductions in installation time, improvements in device uptime, and less strain on support resources. Crestron was awarded the prestigious 2018 Microsoft Global Partner of the Year Award for Internet of Things (IoT) in recognition of how Crestron XiO Cloud, built on the Microsoft® Azure® platform, has revolutionised provisioning and management of Crestron’s workplace solutions. Learn more Visit crestron.com/Flex to learn more about how Crestron Flex solutions are creating better meeting and collaboration experiences everywhere in the modern workplace. About Crestron At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology. Our automation and control solutions for homes and buildings let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform. Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com. # # # All brand names, product names, and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Certain trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. ©2018 Crestron Electronics, Inc. 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 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/ GoSeeAustralia and RMS Launch Industry's First Integrated Online Booking Channel and Website Solution 2018-10-16T01:51:36Z goseeaustralia-and-rms-launch-industry-s-first-integrated-online-booking-channel-and-website-solution SYDNEY, Australia – 16 October 2018 – Two leading Australian travel technology companies, GoSeeAustralia and RMS, have partnered to deliver Australia’s first integrated online booking channel and customised industry-specific website solution for the Australian Caravan and Camping Industry.   Developed in response to today’s increasingly competitive digital environment, the GoSeeAustralia and RMS integrated booking and management solution will slash up to 34 percent on big global company OTA booking fees. Also, by using GoSeeAustralia as a lead generation and booking channel, fees for Parks will be up to 30-40 percent cheaper than those charged by global OTA’s. As a result of RMS’ existing partnership with the Commonwealth Bank, the solution will also offer all CommBank merchants reduced merchant fees of up to 16 percent, and up to a 52 percent reduction on all terminal transaction fees. “The partnership was developed to help businesses within the Australian Caravan and Camping Industry be more profitable and compete more effectively online and in digital marketplaces,” said Nick Baker, CEO of GoSeeAustralia. “Many businesses today are finding margins and profitability strangled by the ever-increasing commissions and fees being charged by, and paid to, overseas OTAs. “When you consider millions of dollars in commissions and fees are going offshore, it’s a negative outcome for Australian small business owners, the camping and caravanning industry, and the Australian economy. “This partnership is step one in a strategic vision to build an ecosystem of Australian technology travel companies that will collaborate to deliver significant value to the Australian industry and its hard-working stakeholders,” said Mr. Baker. “Our goal is twofold: to help deliver better value in booking costs, and to help significantly grow the audience for camping and caravanning holidays”. The offering has received strong endorsement from the country’s national industry body, the Caravan Industry Association of Australia. According to Stuart Lamont, CEO of the Caravan Industry Association, it is great to see the Australian caravanning and camping industry receive genuine alternatives to offshore OTA’s. “It is important that industry support such initiatives as not only are we seeing industry-specific technology solutions committed to growing the market, they also save caravan holiday parks money relative to these large offshore OTA’s that put nothing back into the caravanning and camping sector.” GoSeeAustralia is Australia’s only one-stop marketplace that allows adventure seekers, backpackers, road trippers, holiday makers and lovers of the great outdoors to plan, book and equip their travel and holiday experiences. RMS is the industry’s leading provider of innovative, quality and reliable park management software. A key feature of the integrated GoSeeAustralia and RMS solution is a fully-customisable website and webstore, powered by Marketplacers technology, that is built specifically for Parks. Integrated into RMS, GoSeeAustralia and onto other OTAs, it enables park owners and operators to grow their own digital channels and compete directly online for a simple monthly fee. The founder of RMS, Peter Buttigieg, said he is delighted with the stamp of approval from the Caravan Industry Association of Australia and to be a part of an ecosystem he knows will be of help and support to the industry. “The partnership with GoSeeAustralia is something we are extremely proud of for a number of reasons,” said Mr Buttigieg . “All Australian-based companies partnering to give the Park Industry a world-class solution, while creating enormous cost benefits in a space that is becoming increasingly expensive. It’s Australian-developed, industry endorsed and will unquestionably reduce the ever-increasing cost of transactions made with OTAs.” Adventure tourism is booming worldwide with the Global Adventure Tourism Market expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46 percent between 2016 – 2020[1]. In Australia, caravanning and camping nights have reached record numbers. According to Tourism Research Australia data released October 2018, national overnight camping/caravan/RV trips reaching 12.3 million for the year ending June 2018, marking the first time overnight trips have exceeded 12 million in a 12 month period. Total nights spent caravanning and camping around the country also increased by 6.5 percent to reach a record 52.8 million nights for year end June 2018[2]. - ENDS - About GoSeeAustraliaGoSeeAustralia (in collaboration with Outdoria) is a one stop marketplace for adventure planning, booking and equipping. Customers can research, plan, book and buy camping experiences, caravan park holidays, RV rentals, unique accommodation and outdoor adventure equipment via the marketplace or directly with the store or park. About RMSRMS has created and supported business information systems for the commercial accommodation industry since 1985. Since then the company has gained over 6,000 clients in 25 countries. Always at the forefront of technology, RMS was one of the first hospitality software companies to embrace cloud-based computing and still one of the few to boast a full featured, web-based property management system. RMS Hospitality Cloud allows customers to choose the elements they need to run their property including property management, online bookings, channel management, business intelligence, yield management and more. [1] Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/adventure-tourism-market-growing-at-nearly-46-cagr-to-2020-597059331.html [2] Source: https://www.caravanindustry.com.au/caravanning-and-camping-nights-reach-record-numbers     Crestron Partners with Microsoft to Deliver Simple, Consistent User Experience in all the Places People Work 2018-09-26T04:14:20Z crestron-partners-with-microsoft-to-deliver-simple-consistent-user-experience-in-all-the-places-people-work SYDNEY, Australia – September 26, 2018 – Crestron, a global leader in control and automation technology for the modern workplace, will welcome guests to booth #1707 at Microsoft Ignite® 2018 in Orlando, FL. From Sept. 24-27, guests will be able to see the debut of the Crestron Flex portfolio, the company’s new line of intelligent Communications & Collaboration solutions for the modern workplace with Microsoft Teams. “Crestron Flex has been developed with Microsoft to deliver a native Microsoft Teams user experience including one-touch join, in all the places people work; from the desk to meeting rooms of every shape and size including huddle rooms, meeting rooms, classrooms, auditoriums, and boardrooms,” said Fred Bargetzi, Chief Technology Officer at Crestron Electronics. “As the world moves to teamwork based collaboration, delivering Microsoft Teams across the Crestron Flex portfolio hits the mark for customer needs today and well into the future of intelligent communications.” “We are pleased to elevate our long standing partnership with Crestron. The integration of the Crestron Flex portfolio of devices with Microsoft Teams delivers an impressive end-to-end portfolio for customers,” said Bob Davis, CVP, M365 Customer and Partner Experience at Microsoft Corporation. Crestron Flex P100 Series Crestron’s first ever voice-over-IP desk phones, the P100 Series delivers the Microsoft Teams user experience to users of desktop phones. Also available for Skype for Business, the P100 Series features a large touchscreen that provides convenient tools that connect you to your calendar and coworkers, right at your desk. Crestron Flex B100 Series (More information here) Designed for use with Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business, the Crestron Flex B100 Series is a front of room solution in a wall-mount sound bar form factor. With a stunning practical design and world-class audio quality, the Flex B100 Series delivers crystal clear audio with a beam forming microphone array, an integrated 4K high-definition camera that provides auto-zoom, people-counting, and lifelike image quality. Crestron Flex B100 Series pairs with a 7" or 10" touch screen to deliver a consistent and intuitive in-room user experience. ` Crestron Flex M100 Series The Crestron Flex M100 Series is a tabletop solution that provides everything you need to instantly and securely call, present, and videoconference using Microsoft Teams or Skype® for Business software. An included 4K high-definition camera provides auto-zoom, people-counting, and lifelike image. The audio performance is delivered via the incorporated four-microphone 360-degree array. Centralised deployment and management Crestron Flex solutions benefit from zero-touch deployment via the Crestron XiO Cloud™ platform. Crestron was awarded the prestigious 2018 Microsoft Global Partner of the Year Award for Internet of Things (IoT) in recognition of how Crestron XiO Cloud, built on the Microsoft Azure® platform, has revolutionised provisioning and management of Crestron’s workplace solutions at the world’s leading companies. Using Crestron XiO Cloud, organisations are seeing up to 90% reductions in installation time, improvements in device uptime, and less strain on support resources. Learn more Visit Crestron booth #1707 at Microsoft Ignite 2018, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, Sept. 24-27 for a live demonstration Crestron Flex UC & Collaboration Solutions. Or visit crestron.com/Flex for full details on each of the above products. About Crestron At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology. Our automation and control solutions for homes and buildings let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform. Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com. *** All brand names, product names, and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Certain trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. ©2018 Crestron Electronics, Inc. Event royalty to share secrets at inaugural The Business of Events 2018-09-18T02:00:00Z event-royalty-to-share-secrets-at-inaugural-the-business-of-events The Business of Events has confirmed more high calibre speakers set to share their strategic advice and insights on how businesses can capitalise on Australian events. In Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019, the inaugural conference will host in-depth discussions around the theme, Powering Growth, and explore how to identify new business, increase the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth. Speakers, strategically invited from key sectors, will provide diverse, forward-thinking insights in a unique two-day program. Keynotes, plenaries and flexible break-out sessions will allow delegates to create a bespoke conference experience to maximise their investment. Alongside international keynote, Laura Schwartz, former White House Director of Events, newly confirmed speakers include: Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne Comedy Festival Senior event professionals will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. Customer-centricity, how to take advantage of Australia’s industry position, drive data sales and the changing face of event safety will feature on the program. Conference speaker, Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council, will help attendees better understand bilateral trade with China, which currently exceeds $183 billion per annum, and how it links with events. “Trade is increasingly powered by services rather than commodities, including education, healthcare, professional services and tourism. “Industry needs to understand Chinese tourists contribute way beyond the visitor economy, by spending three to four times more than other international travellers, looking for education opportunities for their children and business investment opportunities. “They travel to peak events like Chinese New Year, Golden Week, graduation season, and major sporting events such as the Spring Racing Carnival or Australian Open so understanding Chinese consumer behaviour is crucial when you consider 1.4 million Chinese tourists will visit Australia this year. By 2026, we expect 3.3 million.” Conference organiser, Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said speakers will share some insightful key learnings including what the market opportunities for Australia and Australian businesses are, what we can learn from overseas and how international companies are run. He said the optimum learning platforms will offer participants invaluable opportunities to upskill and power growth. “These speakers contribute to the Australian economy through major events and operate in international markets with different policies and jurisdictions, so they know what issues you can face in the international marketplace,” Mr Daly said. “Australia’s corporate leaders can’t afford to remain uninformed of strategic business advice from experts who can address global trends.” The Business of Events will share how to take advantage of Australia’s positioning within the global marketplace, how to capitalise on our aggressive event growth strategy and how to power growth.” Early bird tickets are still available for a limited time - save $220pp. Early bird rates end on 30 September. To purchase visit www.thebusinessofevents.com.au. The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019. -ENDS- Media Contacts: Zadro Sarah Campbell, Senior Account Manager sarah@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director sammy@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 Images: 1. Laura Schwartz, White House Director of Events during the Clinton Administration​ 2. Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council About Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is a full-service event organiser with over 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including renewable energy, automotive, business events, construction, oil and gas, entertainment technology, irrigation, manufacturing, travel and lifestyle. They have a long history of working collaboratively with organisations to produce innovative conferences and exhibitions to support their business objectives. They have become a trusted provider in their ability to contribute to organisations and the value of their events. They have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, however their teams are on the ground wherever the event is being planned, sold, marketed and delivered. They deliver conferences around the world. ETF’s motto is Experience, Expertise, Enthusiasm which reflects their approach to managing events and developing the relationships which underpin them. Josh.ai is Now an Official Crestron Integration Partner 2018-09-13T01:35:53Z josh-ai-is-now-an-official-crestron-integration-partner SYDNEY, Australia – September 13, 2018 – Crestron, the global leader in custom home automation and control technology, has announced that Josh.ai, a leading provider of luxury voice control, is now an official Crestron integration partner. The sleek Josh Micro device and app are easily set up and deployed via the Crestron Pyng® operating system, enabling Crestron residential integrators to add stunning voice control to their smart home designs. “With support for Josh.ai, our residential dealers can now take their system designs to yet another level,” said Michael Short, Global Residential Marketing Manager for Crestron. Easy does it The Crestron Pyng operating system enables simple integration with the Josh.ai modules  —  simply authorise the Hub and Josh.ai does the rest. Once enabled, Crestron smart homeowners can control everything using natural language voice commands such as, “Okay, Josh, set the thermostat to 71 degrees.” Josh.ai also supports integration with Crestron systems through SIMPL Windows software. Learn more State-of-the-art voice control of the most advanced homes in the world, Crestron smart homes, is here. To see how simple the integration truly is, visit the Crestron integrated partners page. About Crestron At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology. Our automation and control solutions for homes and buildings let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform. Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com. *** All brand names, product names, and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Certain trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. ©2018 Crestron Electronics, Inc. ENCORE SERVE UP A SENSORY FEAST 2018-09-12T02:00:32Z encore-serve-up-a-sensory-feast Encore Event Technologies invited corporate clients to ‘Experience Encore’, an evening of great food, wine and entertainment on Monday 10 September at the National Art School in Sydney’s Darlinghurst. Upon arrival, guests met in the courtyard of the Cell Block Theatre for cocktails and canapés before taking their seats. A spectacular table projection sequence set the scene, choreographed perfectly with the opening track. Popular culinary personality, TV host and author Justine Schofield, designed the amazing menu inspiring Encore’s production services team to develop a dreamlike sensory experience. The audience were transported on a culinary and sensory journey like no other, from kinetic lighting and custom table projection mapping to the food and entertainment. Encore Managing Director, Tony Chamberlain, and National Sales Director, Michael Magafa, opened the evening by thanking guests for their patronage and introduced Justine to present her exclusive menu. Each course had a uniquely themed kinetic light show; the ceviche entrée and matching wine saw tables transformed into a beautiful underwater wonderland. As the second course of sticky beef cheek was announced, the room transformed to reflect a rural kaleidoscope of foliage. The final dessert course was a delicious panna cotta, designed by Justine, aptly named, ‘Encore’. The dish ignited the final animation, a stunning soft pink and white design, wrapped up the culinary experience. Vickianne Lane, Principal, Flick It To Me Solutions, said the evening was a truly unique experience that showcased the skills of the Encore team. “I was taken on a sensory experience – the food, the immersive visuals, the music, all came together so seamlessly. It was wonderfully creative,” she said. Michael Magafa, Encore Event Technologies, said the evening was a great way for Encore to say thank you to their clients. “The event’s aim was to say thank you to our clients by offering a memorable experience in every aspect. I’m always so proud to showcase the creative concepts that our team deliver.” Menu: by Justine Schofield Catering: by Piquant Catering Entertainment: Party Rock People via Evoke Entertainment Venue: Cell Block Theatre, National Art School Darlinghurst Production: Encore Event Technologies – Production Services Photo credit: EventPix -ends- For media enquiries please contact: Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Tracey Hoffman, Account Coordinator, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | tracey@zadroagency.com.au Images: High resolution images available upon request. ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES Encore Event Technologies is a leading global provider of audiovisual, event technology and production services at over 460 hotels, resorts and convention centers worldwide. With roots in staging and production services, Encore delivers comprehensive and innovative audiovisual and staging services that cater to the unique needs of hotels, hotel-casinos and resorts across North America, including Mexico, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and is the premier one-stop shop for event planning, design and staging and production services. For more information, visit www.encore-anzpac.com. ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES IN ASIA Encore Event Technologies in Asia is on site at many of the premium hotels in China, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. The Beijing head office also services many major corporate clients and offers full event production services, from event design and production management to audiovisual, technical, video, creative and digital services. Our teams know how to convey your message and deliver the most compelling event solution possible. For more information visit www.encore-asia.com. ABOUT FREEMAN Freeman is the world’s leading brand experience company. We help our clients design and deliver immersive live experiences for their most important audiences. Through comprehensive offerings including strategy, creative, logistics, digital, and event technology, Freeman helps increase audience engagement and drive business results. What makes us different is our collaborative culture, intuitive knowledge, global perspective, and personalized approach, which we’ve gained from our 90 years as an industry leader. For more information, please visit https://www.freeman.com/. ABOUT THE FREEMAN COMPANY The Freeman Company helps create meaningful connections for global audiences. A family-owned organization, it is comprised of leading brand experience company, Freeman; venue-based audio-visual and production company, Encore Event Technologies; and Alford Media, a boutique event technology specialist. With more than 90 locations globally and over 7,000 employees we are dedicated to delivering the best experiences and business outcomes possible for our clients. For more information, visit https://www.freeman.com/. Ruby now shines brightly in the Surfers Paradise skyline 2018-08-29T04:55:50Z ruby-now-shines-brightly-in-the-surfers-paradise-skyline The Ruby Collection has now official staked its claim on the Gold Coast with the raising of it’s “Ruby” roof top sign, proudly sitting amongst the City’s evening lights on the first tower in the ‘billion-dollar game changer’ development – The Ruby Collection. “Since the 25th of November, 2015 when Mayor Tom Tate turned the first sod on the first stage of the development, we’ve been watching development every step of the way. “Now with only a month from being handed the keys and finalising the last fitout items and with 76 days from welcoming our first guests, seeing our brand finally lit up across the Gold Coast skyline is a massive highlight for the entire team, who have been working tirelessly towards this moment” said CEO David Brook. The fabulous Ruby red sign has been created by local company Creations Group and this gem now shines brightly in the skies and shines a light on the future development of the northern end of Surfers Paradise. Named after developer William O’Dwyer of The Ralan Groups daughter Ruby, the Ruby Apartments are set to change the way people holiday on the Gold Coast. Offering a new level of customer service, state of the art fitout and an exciting array of entertainment for all guests, the Ruby Apartments are setting a new level in Gold Coast apartment holidays. To be one of the first to stay at Ruby Collection, take advantage of the special 50% offer which is now on sale. 50% off Pre-Opening Sale To celebrate our opening this November save up to 50% off the daily rate plus receive a range of bonus extras. Inclusions: Start your day with a complimentary continental buffet breakfast in Stones Bar & Grill for all guests Unlimited access to the Waterpark One Kid Club session per child 3-12years per stay Complimentary Wifi throughout your stay Complimentary local calls from your in-room phone Complimentary daily housekeeping service Monday - Saturday; (Sundays available on request) Complimentary use of the cardio gym, sauna and steam room 24-hour check-in Access to a range of activities and entertainment Access to Ruby's 24/7 digital concierge All pre-opening packages are on sale for a limited time and available for travel from 5 November 2018 to 31 March, 2020 and can be booked online at www.therubycollection.com.au *Conditions apply Images can be downloaded from - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/elzx1z4qv3olvwu/AABxbL0djMkfIdTvY77QZNBza?dl=0 The Ruby Apartments – Tower 1 The first of four towers in the ‘billion-dollar game changer’ Ruby Collection development – the Ruby Apartments - is set to reshape visitor perceptions of what a family holiday experience is meant to be. Featuring 230 apartments and 13 ground floor villas, Ruby Apartments, will be launched to the public in November 2018, combining family appeal and 5-star facilities, with a sophisticated indulgence and cutting-edge features. Crystallised by the motto, ‘we don’t do ordinary’, the Ruby experience will stand apart from what visitors have come to expect from a Gold Coast stay with a new level in service and amenities that will knit together the northern Surfers Paradise precinct. Spanning 30 floors the stylish one, two and three-bedroom apartments and sky suites will provide a bird’s eye view of the Pacific Ocean or Gold Coast Hinterland and cater to the modern family with spacious living areas, full kitchen and laundry suitable for families of up to 8 to come together and enjoy all the comforts of home. In short, The Ruby Collection is a game changer. At Ruby, the traditional roles of customer service staff will be replaced with Ruby Ambassadors, whose roles will be multi-faceted, enabling them to better understand guests and offer a more personalised service. From the moment guests arrive, Ruby Ambassadors will assist with guests’ every need - from assisting at check-in, booking local tours and attractions, making a dinner reservation or just have a conversation over morning coffee. Ruby Ambassadors will simply know their guests better and offer a more personalised service while creating a fun casual atmosphere. Million Dollar Lunch breaks all records for children charity fundraising 2018-08-21T22:00:00Z million-dollar-lunch-breaks-all-records-for-children-charity-fundraising The Children’s Cancer Foundation Million Dollar Lunch soared to incredible new heights last week, raising a record $2.5m in 2018. A stellar line-up of over 600 celebrities, socialites and high-profile business leaders descended on Crown Melbourne for the glamorous luncheon and to make a difference for Australian children faced with cancer. Encore Event Technologies were responsible for the audio-visual, lighting and custom multimedia for this milestone event, as well as conceptualising and pitching to event organisers the visionary theme, galaxies, to create an astonishing experience from out of this world. Upon arrival at the world-class venue, guests were prepared for launch within the pre-function cocktail space, emulating the interior of an actual rocket ship, replete with boarding sounds and lighting simulations. The immersive theatrics continued after cocktails as the shuttle doors of the “rocket ship” cocktail space opened to reveal two tunnels, leading to the Palladium Ballroom. Thanks to the cunning use of fog jets and creative lighting, the experience was one of mystery, excitement and discovery. The VIP guests emerged from the mist to orbit a glamorous new world as the ultimate reveal of the beautifully-lit ballroom was unveiled. Under a draped ceiling covered in twinkling, starry lights, returning MCs Edwina Bartholomew and Hamish McLachlan enchanted the audience and introduced a touching story from beneficiaries of the Children’s Cancer Foundation. With heartfelt sincerity and firsthand experience, the parents shared insight into the emotional turmoil each family with a sick child feels; echoing some of the audience’s own personal experiences. Behind the hosts stood 14 hexagonal screens and a “3D-effect” diamond outlined in LED lights to reflect the windows of a spaceship. The backdrop radiated with the out-of-this-world performance by the LED dancing troupe, which relaunched the room’s energy, providing balance and flow for the day’s event. After a delectable three-course lunch, specially-designed by renowned Crown chefs to complement the theme, was the main event: The Grand Auction and Volvo Premium Raffle. The electrifying auction went off with a bang, and auctioneer, Peter Heagney, could barely keep up with the fast-paced bidding from all corners of the Palladium Ballroom. Ten once-in-a-lifetime experiences were auctioned, from luxury holiday escapes to world-class curated dining events. Along with the raffle items, the Million Dollar Lunch exceeded its name, ultimately raising a record-breaking $2,503,350. To keep up the tempo, Australian singer-songwriter and popstar, Samantha Jade, brought the house down with a stellar performance to cap off the extraordinary occasion. Mark Holmes, Executive General Manager – Food & Beverage, Crown Melbourne, spoke about the event’s success, “Encore Event Technologies were once again able to deliver and ensure the event was a success! As a valued partner they contribute in terms of every aspect of the event from the initial concept, to design, to flow and of course the content - once again a memorable event was delivered – thank you. The entire luncheon was seamless and remained true to our objectives, while contributing to a very worthy cause.” -ends- For media enquiries please contact: Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Tracey Hoffman, Account Coordinator, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | tracey@zadroagency.com.au Images: High resolution images available upon request. ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES Encore Event Technologies is a leading global provider of audiovisual, event technology and production services at over 460 hotels, resorts and convention centers worldwide. With roots in staging and production services, Encore delivers comprehensive and innovative audiovisual and staging services that cater to the unique needs of hotels, hotel-casinos and resorts across North America, including Mexico, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and is the premier one-stop shop for event planning, design and staging and production services. For more information, visit www.encore-anzpac.com ABOUT ENCORE EVENT TECHNOLOGIES IN ASIA Encore Event Technologies in Asia is on site at many of the premium hotels in China, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. The Beijing head office also services many major corporate clients and offers full event production services, from event design and production management to audiovisual, technical, video, creative and digital services. Our teams know how to convey your message and deliver the most compelling event solution possible. For more information visit www.encore-asia.com ABOUT FREEMAN Freeman is the world’s leading brand experience company. We help our clients design and deliver immersive live experiences for their most important audiences. Through comprehensive offerings including strategy, creative, logistics, digital, and event technology, Freeman helps increase audience engagement and drive business results. What makes us different is our collaborative culture, intuitive knowledge, global perspective, and personalized approach, which we’ve gained from our 90 years as an industry leader. For more information, please visit https://www.freeman.com/ ABOUT THE FREEMAN COMPANY The Freeman Company helps create meaningful connections for global audiences. A family-owned organization, it is comprised of leading brand experience company, Freeman; venue-based audio-visual and production company, Encore Event Technologies; and Alford Media, a boutique event technology specialist. With more than 90 locations globally and over 7,000 employees we are dedicated to delivering the best experiences and business outcomes possible for our clients. For more information, visit https://www.freeman.com/ Encore envision futuristic ZEISS UVProtect launch 2018-08-15T00:59:22Z encore-envision-futuristic-zeiss-uvprotect-launch One of the world’s leading manufacturers of eyeglass lenses, ZEISS, launched their latest innovation at a spectacular two-day event in Adelaide last month. Privileged guests were treated to an exciting journey through the ZEISS Australia brand headquarters to celebrate its newest technology, UVProtect. Clients from around Australia experienced a day of ‘ZEISS through the ages’, with an intimate, first-hand look at product conceptualisation and development of the world-class ZEISS technologies over the years. Their capstone exhibit, an exclusive glimpse of the newest product to market, UVProtect, was revealed with Managing Director, Hilke Fitzsimons. To mark the occasion, Encore Event Technologies worked closely with Event Manager, Victoria Clements, to envision an immersive experience with an abundance of tech and futuristic design; a portal for guests to enter an alternate reality through the eyes of ZEISS. The Encore team conjured a custom 30m x 3m tunnel to create a dramatic entrance to the Tonsley Main Assembly Building in Adelaide, the walls of which were covered with bespoke ZEISS artwork and projected ZEISS animated graphics and roving laser lights, enshrouding guests in a fantastic, modernistic new world. Once through the tunnel, all were ushered into a ‘waiting area’ surrounded by black curtains, unaware of what was to come. The contingent was kept in suspense as they listened to the Welcome Address, and on cue, a Kabuki Drop revealed the wider venue to astonishment and delight of those in attendance. Moving deeper within this crafted world of ZEISS, guests’ attention was ever-captive, thanks to stirring performances from Japanese drummers and a theatrical Teppanyaki lunch prepared by two skilled Teppanyaki chefs. This was followed by an exclusive product information session with ZEISS Australia representatives to learn about UVProtect. Around the unique space, the theme was further enhanced by 15 decorative metal sheets, sourced specifically to suit the architecture and history of the Tonsley Innovation District – with Jupiur Scenic Panels suspended from the ceiling, enlivened by colourful LEDs to segment the industrial, contemporary space. Attendee’s names were included as a quirky, surprise feature in the stage backdrop as part of the panelled artwork on the internal building windows, providing fantastic photo opportunities and creating a great ice-breaker. These were updated to reflect guests’ names attending on day two. To conclude the educational element of the day, guests were whisked away to local Wirra Wirra Winery for a well-deserved evening of wining, dining and networking. An after-party was held at the Stamford Grand Adelaide Hotel which lasted long into the night. The Encore Event Technologies team celebrated in crafting a new, engaging way for clients’ guests to experience a brand story through creative technical production. The local team at Renewal SA were vital to the execution of the design element of the event, assisting Encore in bringing this ambitious vision to life. Melissa Roberts, Carl Zeiss Pty Ltd, added, “taking advantage of 3D render technology during the design process enabled all stakeholders to visualise the moving parts before execution, streamlining the process.” “We could not have asked for more from our Encore AV team. Ever accommodating, innovative and invested, they were genuinely excited about what we were creating together, and it showed in their commitment. We truly gave our guests a unique experience to remember.” -ends- For media enquiries please contact: Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Tracey Hoffman, Account Coordinator, Zadro 02 9212 7867 | tracey@zadroagency.com.au Images: High resolution images available upon request. Image credit: ASB Creative. Former White House Events Director headlines new B2B event industry conference 2018-08-13T23:00:00Z former-white-house-events-director-headlines-new-b2b-event-industry-conference Australia’s newest events industry conference, The Business of Events, will present a bevy of industry heavyweights offering middle to senior management professionals a wealth of the latest findings, updates and in-depth discussions in Sydney from 7-8 February 2019. Laura Schwartz, White House Director of Events during the Clinton Administration, will be MC and keynote speaker at the debut two-day event. Schwartz brings a wealth of experience, having produced over 1,000 events during her time at the White House including the Presidential Inauguration, one of the most coveted events in Washington. Ms Schwartz said, “I am excited to share the tips and ‘insider tricks’ I learned first-hand from my experiences leading the State Dinners, press conferences, NATO’s 50th anniversary, and more. “This knowledge applies no matter the size of the event and I look forward to passing this on to others in the events industry.” The conference will focus on the theme ‘Powering Growth’, providing attendees with invaluable opportunities to maximise their own potential and performance with tangible takeaways from international and domestic speakers. With events playing an increasing role in the growth of the Australian economy, along with investment in critical infrastructure around Sydney such as a new airport, redevelopment of stadia, hotel and venues; the industry is on an upward trajectory. In fact, the business events sector is forecast to rise to $31 billion by 2020¹. Gary Daly, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs’ Managing Director, believes there is no better time for a high-quality conference specifically created to provide strategic advice for senior managers. “Market research identified that the events industry needed a conference to address these market opportunities and global trends. It is important to have a platform where senior professionals can learn about global developments and participate in an exchange of knowledge. “Delegates will be able to identify new market opportunities and hear the latest findings, including the future of event technology, tourism and aviation, safety and security, sales and marketing growth and changing business models. “Every event has its challenges and coordinating the White House’s annual event calendar was no different. Drawing on her experience, Ms Schwartz will share her years of lessons learnt, delving into how cultural sensitivities, cross-border politics and conflicting stakeholder interests impact an event’s design. “This won’t be specific to ‘big budget events’ either; Ms Schwartz will show delegates how they can bring her learnings from the White House to their own ‘house’. We’re looking forward to Ms Schwartz’s Australian visit.” Mr Daly concluded; “Through best-practice case studies and hearing industry leaders, attendees will leave ‘The Business of Events’ knowing how to power their organisation’s growth. This inaugural conference will be unmissable for professionals, whatever their speciality in events.” The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, from 7-8 February 2019. Early bird registration is now open. To purchase your conference pass visit www.thebusinessofevents.com.au. -ENDS- [1] http://www.ttf.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/TTF-Value-of-Business-Events-2013.pdf Media Contacts: Zadro Tracey Hoffman, Account Coordinator tracey@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 Sammy Dalglish, Group Account Director sammy@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 About Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is a full-service event organiser with over 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including renewable energy, automotive, business events, construction, oil and gas, entertainment technology, irrigation, manufacturing, travel and lifestyle. They have a long history of working collaboratively with organisations to produce innovative conferences and exhibitions to support their business objectives. They have become a trusted provider in their ability to contribute to organisations and the value of their events. They have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, however their teams are on the ground wherever the event is being planned, sold, marketed and delivered. They deliver conferences around the world. ETF’s motto is Experience, Expertise, Enthusiasm which reflects their approach to managing events and developing the relationships which underpin them.