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Mice Net : October 2008
upfront international Platform 08 is the new and improved Reachout half-day seminar program devised by the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre and Business Events Sydney (formerly the Sydney Convention & Visitors Bureau) that aims to entice association executives to bid for their international meeting. Held at the centre recently it paints an exciting picture to those who are considering putting their hand up to host an international event tied to their specific discipline. Speakers at this year’s Platform 08 seminar included (l to r): Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre chief executive Ton van Amerongen, World Congress on Audiology Bid Committee representative, Monica Persson; GRG 18 Organising Committee representative Dr Susan Scott; Obesity Congress Committee representative Professor Ian Caterson and Business Events Sydney MD Jon Hutchison. Turn to page 82 for details. Business Events Australia has made some new appointments in Sydney and New Zealand. Lara Wolski has been appointed business events marketing manager, Tom Hill has been appointed business events trade programs manager, and Wayne Lee has been appointed distribution development manager, New Zealand. Ms Wolski has been the business events senior account manager at M&C Saatchi and played a key role in the development of the new brand for Business Events Australia. She joined the team in Sydney at the end of August, taking over from Pippa McCreery who is embarking upon her new career in the fitness industry. Tom Hill is a seasoned government, C&I operator from the Hilton Sydney and will bring tremendous commercial experience to the team. Wayne Lee will manage Tourism Australia’s business events agenda in New Zealand encouraging corporate clients to hold conferences, incentives and corporate meetings in Australia. His recent role at The Edge, Auckland’s Convention Centre equips him very well for the role. He has more than 15 years’ of experience in business events, account management, business administration and project management. Award-winning Queensland-based promotional products company, Execugifts, continues to go from strength to strength with the recent establishment of a direct supply source in China. This new arrangement forms part of a joint- venture with high profile UK-based conference merchandise company, Nexus Collections, and enables both companies to obtain access to an even greater range of promotional products at competitive prices. Nexus Collections have undertaken significant research into sourcing and producing the world’s greenest range of conference bags and Execugifts now has sole rights for distribution of these products in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region. An iconic conference venue where everyone has a view At Heritage Hotels we turn exciting locations into unforgettable events and our new Icon Conference Centre in Queenstown is no exception. With stunning lake and mountain views, rooftop terrace, vehicle access and a dedicated on-site conference team, this is the perfect venue for meetings, product launches and elaborate events for up to 200 delegates. Hold your next conference somewhere truly special. Contact Rachel Brian on +64 3 442 4563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.heritagehotels.co.nz mice.net 21 P29/13262