Auckland Convention Bureau

Destinations

REVEALED: The plan to transform Sydney’s Cockatoo Island

The plan would see the iconic island restored with added art, retail, dining and educational spaces. No word on whether the cockatoos would get a better choice of seeds and berries, however.

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The Big Cheese

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Aiden Darling Harbour’s Nicolas Chen

This week, we grilled the owner of the new Aiden Darling Harbour. Well, it wasn’t really a grilling … more like a gentle pan-frying.

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Conferences

Melbourne to host MEA’s Evolve 2021 conference

After going completely virtual last year, Evolve is getting ready to welcome more than 500 elbow-bumping event professionals in July.

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Meetings

Senator caught driving while tuning in to Zoom meeting

This senator’s meeting gaffe gives new meaning to the phrase “Zooming around town”.

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Hotels

The Star lobs merger offer at rival Crown to create $12bn tourism and entertainment giant

by Huntley Mitchell

The Star faces some competition, however, from a private equity firm that wants to take over Crown (which, FYI, has also just hired a new CEO).

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Events

Viral Facebook message leads to mass gathering of people named Josh

A social media joke has manifested into a gathering of hundreds of Joshs, who engaged in an epic battle using pool noodles.

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Destinations

Canberra Convention Bureau appoints two new execs, with GM set to depart

Canberra Convention Bureau has shaken up (but not stirred) its executive leadership team.

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Hotels

IHG signs two Sydney properties, announces major revamp for InterContinental Adelaide

IHG has had a very busy week, announcing a $32 million refurb, a new build and the Australian debut of one of its iconic brands.

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Business

EEAA calls for “urgent” extension of government’s Business Events Grants Program

EEAA chief Claudia Sagripanti has called on ScoMo and Josh to loosen the government’s purse strings and dish out any leftover money from the funding program.

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Business

Amex GBT to acquire Expedia Group’s corporate travel arm

It’s understood talk about where Egencia’s staff will sit has already kicked off around the Amex GBT office following this big news.

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Venues

Business Events Geelong partners with Aussie TV personality Nicky Buckley for virtual site visits

Business Events Geelong has enlisted some star power in Nicky Buckley to promote its many gems, and it looks like she enjoyed a few wines in the process.

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Aviation

Virgin and Rex offer $39 Sydney-Melbourne flights, while Jetstar goes even cheaper

Greyhound will have to start looking at attaching wings or rocket boosters to its bus fleet, with the airlines now beating it on price between the two capitals.

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