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Mice Net : June 2009
Brisbane Unique Venues Association unique putting the you in STORY BY Johanna Mc Kinnon WE’VE pUT THE SpOTligHT on the Brisbane Unique Venues Association. 22 members who all share a common trait by offering one-of-a-kind function spaces. The association was started in 2005 and provides event planners with a range of special venues that are bound to leave your clients and guests impressed. Many of BUVA’s members offer venues that require little, if any, theming, and include historical museums, galleries, heritage-listed spaces and art houses. The association is designed to increase public awareness to the wide array of unique venues and locations available in and around Brisbane. And according to BUVA president Michele Badcock, there’s a host of benefits for venues who are members, including the invaluable referral network it provides. In the current economic environment, BUVA’s members have reported on having an edge. “Our industry members have commented that there is more negotiation occurring due to reduced budgets, limiting numbers for events. Our venues benefit as they often require minimal theming so this provides a saving to the event organisers,” she said. B risbane is dense with unique venues and so it’s no surprise that this destination is home to its own association. The Brisbane Unique Venues Association (BUVA) is made up of Members can also benefit from subsidised listing costs with Brisbane Marketing within the Brisbane Unique Venue Guide, as well as sales leads through the BUVA website and representation at local tradeshows. Ms Badcock said sales leads from the tradeshow Event Conneqion have really assisted smaller organisations who have limited marketing budgets and don’t have the funds to have a stand at the show. “This year we had 225+ sales leads from the two days at the Event Conneqion show,” she said. So what’s the next step for BUVA? “Our vision is to grow and develop BUVA so that it becomes a stronger entity similar to Sydney and London but on a smaller scale. We are currently updating our website and have just finished our new branding,” she said. So whether you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind venue that is bound to leave a long lasting impression, or you’re a venue looking for a way to get your name out there, BUVA offers a huge range of benefits. For more information go to www.buva.com.au. ABOVE: Victorian Long Bar at Hillstone St Lucia. CUSTOMS HOUSE Customs House, one of Brisbane’s heritage icons, is located on the river in the CBD. The spectacular building is owned and operated by The University of Queensland as a cultural, educational and heritage facility. Behind the grand Corinthian columns can be found exquisite boardrooms, a stunning ballroom, seminar rooms and a licensed restaurant. The unique function facilities cater for six to 300 persons for meetings, seminars, private dinners, formal receptions and large presentations. The prestigious Queen Street location, service and facilities match the best Brisbane has to offer. Take a virtual tour of Customs House at www.customshouse.com.au. Address: 399 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000 Phone: 07 3365 8999 Fax: 07 3365 8900 make your next event a truly memorable experience