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Mice Net : June 2009
THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN From one of our readers... A leading Image courtesy of eventpix.com.au Brisbane hotel has circulated a letter to all audio-visual companies across Australia stating that as of July 1 a charge of $75 per hour will be placed on all external suppliers for the use of electricity, elevators, loading dock and even vacuuming of the carpets whilst they are working in the property. This, says our livid reader, is “yet another financial restriction on the end-user to deter them from using their preferred audio-visual provider.” Nice touch Tourism Porfolio’s Donna Kessler was understandably chuffed when she won the Sales and Marketing Person of the Year category of the MEA 2008 Meetings & Events Industry Awards. And her joy didn’t stop there. When she returned to Sydney she received a framed photograph of herself and the award compliments of the Adelaide Convention Centre which hosted the awards night. It was even inscribed with a note of congratulations from the centre. No doubt the host venue sent similar mementos to all award winners. Now isn’t that nice! The level of participation at the MEA conference in Adelaide – a record number of delegates and attendees – goes a long way to showing not only the support the association has but the importance of industry gatherings in times of uncertainty. who came onboard to check passengers before we were allowed off. We also had to fill in Health Declaration forms but when we got to passport control no-one knew what they were or who was supposed to be collecting them, so they had a wee meeting and decided since we’d marked no to all the questions we’d be okay to go. There was a sensor system set up on the concourse checking people’s temps as well. Then there was the nightmare of the queuing to have the baggage scanned at customs – that took forever, and we only had hand luggage!” Our kiwi visitor said they were looking forward to the outcome of a meeting with the NZ Prime Minister John Key and Kevin Rudd in August where some of the discussion will be on the establishment of domestic-style border controls for Australian and New Zealand travellers travelling between each country. We may have mentioned the state of the “arrivals” area at Sydney International Airport in this area previously, but we couldn’t resist telling readers about the latest experience of a mice.net reader visiting from New Zealand. “Our Jetstar flight was greeted in Sydney by mask-wearing health authority people Sydney winning the mega Amway incentive for 2011 is a major coup for the city and country. The event, valued at $60 million, was secured following a combined effort by Business Events Sydney and Tourism Australia. And wasn’t it nice that NSW Premier Nathan Rees made the announcement to the press... www.sydneywideconferences.com.au is a comprehensive directory of venues, accommodation, team building activities, conference and exhibition services in Greater Sydney. Log on as we can help you plan your next conference, exhibition or event. 26 mice.net