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Mice Net : October 2008
upfront briefs planners to earn up to 120,000 bonus points From now until December 31, 2008, Priority Club Meeting Rewards is offering double Priority Club points for meetings booked across the Asia Pacific, giving bookers the opportunity to earn up to 120,000 Priority Club points. Double points will be awarded for meetings held at participating InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in Australia, China, Korea, New Zealand, Southern Asia and South Pacific. Senior vice president of IHG Asia Pacific, Gary Rosen, says Priority Club Rewards is one of the world’s most popular hotel loyalty programs, with more than 38 million members worldwide. “While our fantastic resources to help simplify the event planning process remain the same, we’ve taken the existing benefits even further for the second half of 2008 by rewarding meeting planners with double the rewards,” he said. Known for the flexibility on how and when members can redeem their points, Priority Club Meetings Rewards points can be redeemed for hundreds of rewards. For 120,000 Priority Club points you can redeem for: • $600 at David Jones, Coles Group, Myer, Westfield and Farmers; or • Four nights at any Crowne Plaza globally with a $100 hotel credit voucher; or • Four nights at InterContinental Burswood or InterContinental Wellington; or • Three nights at InterContinental Sydney, InterContinental Hong Kong or InterContinental Thalasso Resort and Spa Bora Bora; or • 24,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer or Velocity points For bookings, information on participating hotels or free enrolment in Priority Club Meeting Rewards visit www.priorityclub.com/pcmrdouble. Terms and conditions apply. [v] as Function Centre Caterer of the Year. It capped off what has been an amazing year for the Atlantic Group[v] opening its doors officially on August 18, 2007. The group’s stylish event spaces were once dilapidated and dusty cargo sheds 9 and 14, built in 1914. Videoplus CEO, Bob Dewstow, recently announced the acquisition of Showcorp, the company’s latest addition and one that starts to redefine the ‘plus’ in Videoplus. Following no less than six months of discrete negotiations, all three established Showcorp divisions, Showcorp Video Solutions (SVS), Showcorp Production Services, and The Great Outdoor Lighting Company now join Videoplus to form the expanded and extremely capable Videoplus Group. Videoplus was the first audio visual specialists to provide the Australian hotel industry with professional in-house AV services. Over the last two years, several new event and conference venues have been added, bringing the total to 20. “The Videoplus Group’s philosophy will as always remain focussed on meeting 20 mice.net our customer’s needs with an ever-expanded suite of event services,” Mr Dewstow said. In an industry renowned for high staff turnover, 27 team members at Sea World Resort challenged the status quo by celebrating 10 or more years of service recently. Gathering for the inaugural `10 Year Club’ luncheon, the room represented a cross- section of careers from assistant executive housekeeper, Gillian Perkins celebrating 10 years to general manager, Ernst Pfister, who at 20 years was the longest- serving team member and general manager at any hotel in Queensland. Team members were treated to a special three-course luncheon at the resort’s Melrose Restaurant and enjoyed live entertainment plus a special presentation ceremony attended by John Menzies, CEO of Warner Village Theme Parks. In his speech, Mr Pfister praised the loyalty and dedication of his team saying the most important asset of any hotel “and more importantly this hotel, are its people. Everyone in this room today is personally responsible for the success that Sea World Resort has enjoyed and will continue to enjoy. For that I thank you.” Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics won the Silver Jupiter at the International Des Feux Loto- Quebec held in La Rhonde, Montréal, Canada recently. Up against the who’s who of the world pyrotechnic wizards, Howard & Sons’ powerful pyromusical titled ‘Evolve’ lit up the Six Flags theme park in a way rarely seen over the last quarter century that the competition has been held in Montréal. At a special grand finale ceremony, the Australian consulate official Peter Evans, accepted on behalf of Howard & Sons, the jury’s award of the Silver Jupiter which is the highest level of achievement for an Australian pyrotechnics firm at the competition. Competing against teams of 10 from the USA and China with 11 technicians, it was a superb achievement for the hardworking Australian team. The Gold Jupiter was won by USA who produced a very grand pyromusical titled ‘Rock Loves’ and the Bronze Jupiter was won by China with their traditional tale titled, ‘Forever Love’.