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Mice Net : October 2009
mice.net 125 ises ISES IS NOT an Egyptian Goddess, but she's cropped up at a few ISES themed events! And you can now read all about ISES in mice.net. MEG FISHER MANAGER EVENTS AND PROTOCOL LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SHIRES ASSOCIATION OF NSW ISES stands for the International Special Events Society and becoming a member means you will be part of a global grouping of event experts representing creativity, worldwide options and connectivity! ISES is connected into events in the USA, London, Canada and Asia. ISES Australasia has chapters in Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney and Hong Kong and individual members across Asia; we host monthly networking and educational meetings, an interactive website representation, focus on national interests and have fun! But it is the creative edge and ethics that set us apart. In conjunction with BT Publishing and EventConnect.com we will be bringing readers regular articles and opinion pieces on what's hot, what's not, what's happening, what we think and what you think. So ring us and find out how ISES can help you, and to learn what it takes to become a member. If you work in corporate events, public events, and events in general you need to know about ISES. And for events worldwide go to www.ises.org.au. Sydney In August, ISES Sydney ran a sell-out event at the Museum of Contemporary Art which showcased the recent VIVID festival in Sydney. Guests heard from the executive producer, Brendan Kewley and lighting designer Mary-Anne Kyriakou, creator of the Light Walk, about how VIVID has shone a light on the local events industry. Brendan described how he went from 'livid' to 'vivid' with great panache. Rachel Hurley from Events NSW updated the 100-strong crowd to the upcoming tempting delights of CRAVE. September's ISES CONNECT event saw guests sailing full steam ahead at the National Maritime Museum where they focused on work-life balance. "Stop swabbing the decks and start enjoying the wind in your hair." Melbourne In September, ISES met at the Sandringham Yacht Club where members were part of an interactive live demonstration of the ways in which you can now play with the new Australasian Affiliate web site. What you get, what you gain and how you can use it to better market your business. Visitors met with the web designer himself Andy Fox from Fox Digital Media. Looking ahead to October, ISES Melbourne will be co-ordinating its annual breakfast at the famous Atheneum Club, a Melbourne landmark not to be missed. Queensland ISES QLD recently held a great 'Behind the Scenes' look at Cats the Musical including the stage set, props and production, and a presentation by the Queensland Performing Arts Centre general manager John Kotzas on the venue's renovations and the driving reasons behind them. In September ISES QLD held a fantastic Two for One event which was an intimate viewing of the Da Vinci Machines Exhibition and an insider's look at the planning and production of Tourism Queensland's World's Greatest Job campaign. Andrew Cameron-Smith, the producer behind the event, took guests through the interesting details of the event that caught the imagination of the world's media. Hong Kong In August, ISES Hong Kong met in McSorley's Ale House, an unpretentious and down-to-earth traditional British style pub offering great food and great beer. The downstairs floor which is open to the street was great for people watching and checking out the action going by in SOHO. ISES HK has been raising the bar for the special events and MICE industry in Asia since September 2000 when ISES members 'at large' Robert Rogers, Sam Shei and Hamson Wai got together with the idea to create the first ISES chapter in Asia. ISES Hong Kong is new but growing and changing as rapidly as Asia itself. ISES HK may be the first of many chapters in Asia but certainly not the last. News from London The UK has seen a huge drop in corporate events in the current recession, but public event attendance is up on previous years due to less people taking their traditional foreign holiday. Paul Edwards from the ISES UK Chapter also reports that hospitality and sponsorship are down. While some corporate companies can't be seen to be spending on staff, client incentives or entertainment, if they have an environmental and social angle then apparently the media are less critical and positive publicity can follow. If they can prove the sustainable angle will save money, then they are way ahead of their competitors. To learn more about ISES visit www.ises.org.au. new partnership