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Mice Net : August 2008
upfront A group of pirates recently descended on Sydney harbour on a hunt for some hidden treasure. The buccaneers were the first group to experience the Pirates on Sydney Harbour package which was launched last month by The Observatory Hotel and EastSail. The pirates kicked-off their treasure hunt at EastSail D’Albora Marinas in Rushcutters Bay and boarded their vessels for an afternoon of sea shanty stories and adventure. After sailing the seas of Sydney Harbour to find the clues to locate the missing treasure of Captain Blackbeard, it was time for weary sailors to rest their shaky sea legs and enjoy a pirate feast at The Observatory Hotel. ABOVE: Pirate crew with Julian Bowker, EastSail’s Pirate Skipper. Photo courtesy of Oneill Photographics Chairman of the Adelaide Convention Tourism Authority (ACTA), Phil Paker, recently announced that Damien Kitto has been appointed as the company’s new chief executive. Mr Kitto previously headed up business development in the major events arm of the South Australian Tourism Commission and has an impressive background in senior management, sales, marketing and outstanding success in promoting South Australia as an events destination. The Meeting Planners (TMP) launched its new branding strategy at a function for their clients co-hosted by the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau Three cheers for newcasTle Newcastle’s credentials as a successful conference and events destination was showcased in Sydney recently. More than 120 meeting planners and conference organisers from the corporate, association and government sectors attended the annual event, which is now in its fifth year. The showcase culminated in an exciting performance by three of the original ‘Tap Dogs’ – one of Newcastle’s world-famous performance groups. Conventions manager at the Newcastle Visitor & Convention Bureau, Ruth Appleby said she was overwhelmed by the level of interest from the Sydney buyers and had to close registrations one week out from the event. “Many of the registrants were representatives of companies who have indicated they have either just opened an office in Newcastle or are about to open an office here. This is a very encouraging sign for the general health of the local economy,” she said. “Sydney has long been the source of a significant part of the conference and meetings business. ABOVE: Ruth Appleby, Matthew Vanderwall and Samantha Bullen from the Newcastle Visitor & Convention Bureau (MCVB) at the MCEC recently. The strategy reflects the culture of TMP and, introducing the new logo, Karine Bulger emphasised the TMP commitment to “providing clients with creative, inspiring solutions to exceed their goals”. Following a company purchase two years ago, Karine Bulger has focused on rebuilding the team and streamlining processes to deliver a successful new formula for conference management with a user- friendly approach. The new branding was devised to highlight the new management style which has the strength of tried and tested systems and processes behind a flexible attitude to achieve client goals. Jetstar is set to launch its third international route from Perth with daily services to Singapore from December 2008. This follows the announcement by Jetstar to establish a base at Perth airport and launch flights to Bali and Jakarta. Jetstar said the Singapore route would further strengthen its links with sister carriers. 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. mice.net 15