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Mice Net : December 2008
upfront international New eveNts CeNtre for DeNarau IslaND, fIjI Denarau Island welcomed a new events centre in November. Developed as part of Sheraton Fiji Resort’s extensive refurbishment project (completed at a cost of US$22 million), the Tagimoucia Events Centre, located adjacent to the Sheraton resort, is the largest meeting and events venue on Denarau Island. Spanning 1000 square metres, the addition of the new Tagimoucia Centre to Sheraton and Westin Fiji’s existing meeting facilities will set the resorts apart as among the leading and most innovative conference, incentive and events venues in the South Pacific. The Tagimoucia Events Centre’s versatile design enables it to accommodate a variety of styles and themed events - from awards ceremonies, to gala dinners, cocktail parties, and large conferences. Meanwhile Sheraton’s ongoing commitment to provide modern technology and state-of-the-art facilities invites a meeting of the minds, and wireless / high speed internet access points allows delegates to stay connected when on the road. As one of Fiji’s largest and most experienced conference venues, the Sheraton and Westin Resorts on Denarau Island provide an array of versatile indoor and outdoor venues to cater for any set-up along with some of the most amazing themes to make every event a hit. For more information or to receive a quote for your next event at the new Tagimoucia Events Centre and Sheraton Fiji Resort contact the resort direct on +679 675 0777, the Fiji Resorts Sydney Sales team on +61 2 9373 3158 or visit www.sheraton.com/fiji. After four years of having Australian companies write and record their own songs in a different style of team-building experience, Song Division has set up shop in New York because, according to marketing manager Marsha Fahir, there’s nothing else like them in the U.S. In the US Song Division has created an “all star band” with members including guitarist Earle Slick who has played with David Bowie and John Lennon, drummer Carmine Appice, and Grammy Award-winning producer, Mark Hudson (Aerosmith and Ringo Starr), to name a few. Marsha said the Australian division is continuing strongly, and plans are afoot to set up a business in the UK shortly. Visit www.songdivision.com.au for further details. Cape Town and South Africa’s Western Cape region has secured eight major world conferences in recent times, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention 22 mice.net Centre during 2011 and 2014. This will be the first time the majority of the organisations are holding their conferences in Africa. While three of the conferences are related to health - Wound Healing, Occupational Health and Dental Research among them - the majority are connected to the sciences. Between them, over a combined 41 days, the eight conferences will bring in approximately R129 million (US$11.8 million) and roughly 9650 delegates. Etihad Airways has increased from seven to 11 the number of services from Sydney to its home base in Abu Dhabi. The increase is part of the airline’s ambitious growth plans for Australia with new services from Melbourne launching in March 2009 to add to its existing Sydney and Brisbane routes. Etihad Airways GM, Lindsay White, said Sydney has been one of Etihad’s most successful route launches in the company’s five year history and is an important destination their global network. “Abu Dhabi’s central geographic location makes it ideal as a gateway for air travellers from Australia to connect to Europe, Africa and throughout the Middle East.” Passengers heading to Europe can now choose from an afternoon or evening departure from Sydney. All Sydney flights are operated by the new Airbus A340-600 series of aircraft which provides 12 seats in first-class; 30 in business-class and 244 in economy-class. First and business-class customers can take advantage of Etihad’s free chauffer drive service, which aims to eliminate the stresses of getting to and from Kingsford Smith airport. The new flights will operate from Sydney on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. For details visit www.etihadairways.com. “I’m ready to take on the world again” said David Grant following his Beijing Olympics experience, announcing he has re-established the company’s DGSE Inc