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Mice Net : October 2008
thumbs up-down THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN Singapore Airlines announced it was reducing its fuel surcharge for flights between Australia and Singapore following a fall in the cost of aircraft fuel. It was only a small drop but a fall nonetheless. At the time of going to press no other airline had made similar announcements but like the banks, it was predicted that others would follow. We’re not saying that this is a thumbs down or a thumbs up, it’s just the way it is... The best hotel rates now appear to come via the internet on websites including www.wotif.com. One of our staffers arranging for a hotel stay for a Father’s Day gift checked out the price on www.wotif.com and then called the hotel direct in the hope of getting a better rate. The hotelier informed them that the best rate they could give was the one on the website. Not long ago the average punter could have booked direct and received a 10 per cent discount – or whatever the hotelier is paying the website operator - on the website’s advertised price. Such is the power of the internet now in the hotel accommodation sector. Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park invited members of the travel media to a weekend familiarisation of the Homebush property complete with a fun mini-Olympics, dinner and optional activities – everything from cycling around the precinct to archery, swimming, golf lessons and more. A few Olympians even came along for the ride including swimmer Geoff Huegill. What was more exciting for many was that the weekend was family friendly. Now there’s a change for the books, and a welcome one by those who attend such events solo for the majority of the time. What is it with some people on destination and venue familiarisations? Sure you are taking time out of your busy schedule to attend, but you are a guest of the host destination and venues and as such you should respect the efforts that they have gone to to showcase their region or property. We heard on the grapevine that this wasn’t the case on a recent famil where one delegate from one company – that shall remain nameless – acted unprofessionally to the extreme. This kind of behaviour taints the entire industry as a bunch of freeloaders which most definitely isn’t the case. Perhaps bureaux and venue operators should start a “blacklist” of unprofessional individuals to stop this once and for all. The Meeting Planners pulled out all stops for the XXII International Congress of The Transplantation Society in Sydney recently, with the event exceeding expectations. The pressure was on because the event was held in Sydney in 1988. This time around there was more than double the number of delegates, which swelled to 4500 delegates. Congratulations to The Meeting Planners and others who were involved. AWARDS & REWARDS | PROGRAMS & EVENTS Staff Rewards Awards Launches Gala Dinners Incentives Events as outstanding as the people you wish to acknowledge 14 mice.net Motivational Events Sales Team Recognition Executive Celebrations Offi ce Parties contact us for a free initial consultation on 1300 88 22 59. www.awardsabsolute.com