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Mice Net : October 2009
82 mice.net THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN Bad behaviour on famils is most definitely the focus of this page this edition: From a mice.net reader... "To the hosted buyer from Melbourne who attended Meetings NZ and was continually on the hunt for more "freebies". The hosted buyers were generously provided airfares, accommodation and attendance at events each night. That was obviously not enough for one buyer who at the final gala dinner not only placed four bottles of wine from the table into her handbag, but decided this was an opportunity to show the younger industry members at the table that "this is how it's done". What a disgrace! Should there be a way to blacklist these buyers so that other generous hosts don't fall in the trap of inviting the wrong buyers to their events and to ensure these individuals don't reflect on the rest of the respected industry." And another one, on a different famil... "No names, no pack drills but people participating in a famil need to be reminded that they are representing their company and not going on a free holiday. Getting wasted after a function is over and not being in a fit state to participate the next day shows a complete lack of maturity and is an insult to effort and money spent by the organisers." A little bit of both in this one... "I understand you have a 'thumbs down' from one of my fellow hosted buyers to Meetings NZ. I won't add my voice to that rather loud roar of contempt we all hold for that particular hosted buyer (it's a shame she has to remain nameless -- her reputation in this industry always precedes her), however I'd like to add a 'thumbs up' to the show in general... A big 'thumbs up' to the team behind Meetings NZ -- in my opinion, one of the most professionally organised and delivered trade shows in our industry. The hosted buyer program is excellent, the information sent to us professional and timely, and the team onsite are a delight." From Ruth Lilian of L&R Contract Business Services... "On a Jetstar evening flight out of Launceston on Tuesday the 11th of August, after a lengthy delay of 30 minutes on board, and the crew walking up and down the aircraft asking if we could see a cover for a light in our seat pockets, we learned that on the flight into Launceston from Melbourne someone had vandalized one of the small lights and this would probably mean that the flight was going nowhere that night. Another 20 minutes later we were informed that we were definitely going nowhere as it would take too long to get an engineer across from Melbourne and then for the flight to be in Sydney prior to curfew. The captain apologised for the delay and the news and announced that we should be back at the airport in the morning for an 0800 flight departure. There was no other information provided. What happened to communication from the flight deck to all passengers? It would have smoothed a lot of ruffled feathers." 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. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre ha s rec eived a resounding 'thumbs up' from organisers of the 34th Inter national Ge ological Congress 2012. The 10 day congress will be one of the first to experience the centre's newly expanded convention facilities following the completion of Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) on Grey Street in early 2011. Inspecting early progress of the fast- paced groundworks of the new five level boutique de velopm ent, Inter national Geological Congress organising committee member Dave Mason and Carillon Conference Management directors, Ashley and Jon Gordon were excited by the benefits offered by the world-class facilities of the new boutique meetings and events venue. A major multi-million dollar redevelopment of Dockside Group's key Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour venues -- Dockside and L'Aqua - recently called for a party to introduce the newly-styled venues to Sydney's key business tourism players. And isn't that nice. Despite many companies shelving events -- even major anniversaries in the case of one neighbouring venue - Dockside pulled out all stops for this special event. The organisation even gave away a diamond to one lucky invitee. Congrats to Christopher Drivas and his team for forging ahead during tough economic times.