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Mice Net : August 2008
event award winners There were plenTy of happy faces at the rsVp sydney 08 after-party following the announcement of winners at the inaugural BT publishing e-awards for excellence in special events. T he awards were judged independently with winners announced following day 1 of the RSVP 08 exhibition at Darling Harbour. Results were as follows: EVENT PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR WINNER: George P. Johnson (APEC) FINALIST: The Showcorp Group SPONSOR: Millennium Hotels and Resorts LAUNCH EVENT OF THE YEAR WINNER: Think Creative Events (ninemsn.com.au re-launch) FINALIST: National Breast Cancer Foundation SPONSOR: Stamford Hotels & Resorts EVENT VENUE OF THE YEAR WINNER: Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove SPONSOR: EventConnect.com SPORTING EVENT OF THE YEAR WINNER: Rhumbline Marketing (Skandia Geelong Week) FINALIST: Qantas Running Club SPONSOR: Australian Institute of Sport CORPORATE EVENT OF THE YEAR WINNER: George P. Johnson (IBM, Kick-off Managers Event 2007) FINALISTS: Hunter Regional Tourism Organisation, Tour Hosts Destination Management, Tour Hosts Corporate Special Events, Off-Site Connections. SPONSOR: Staging Connections AWARDS NIGHT EVENT OF THE YEAR WINNER: Verve Creative (Australian Engineering Excellence Awards 2007) FINALISTS: Tourism Victoria, The Forum Group SPONSOR: Awards Absolute EVENT CATERER OF THE YEAR WINNER: Freshcatering (Pacific Life Incentive by Tour Hosts) SPONSOR: Bartier Perry 16 mice.net EVENT ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR WINNER: Music Theatre Australia (Pot Pourri) SPONSOR: Chronology Arts FESTIVAL EVENT OF THE YEAR WINNER: Rhumbline Marketing (Skandia Geelong Week) FINALIST: Frankston City Council SPONSOR: Mirvac Hotels and Resorts CHARITY EVENT OF THE YEAR WINNERS: Leishman Associates (Choice Aggregation Services, Make a Wish Charity Auction), and National Breast Cancer Foundation (Global Illumination for Breast Cancer) FINALIST: Hunter Medical Research Institute SPONSOR: Certain Software Commenting on the judging of the awards, one of the three judges, David Grant of David Grant Special Events, said he was looking for what the event organisers had done differently. David said it was a given, for example, that event organisers could put on an awards night, but how they set it apart and made it different was what he was looking for during the judging process. BT Publishing managing director, Helen Batt-Rawden, said the awards were created in an effort to raise the profile of the special events industry in Australia. “Savvy marketers, registered charities, experienced special event practitioners and even Government recognise the value effectively managed and executed events can have, but there are still plenty of corporates out there who don’t,” she said. “We want to help raise the profile of the events industry in Australia and at the same time recognise excellence in this segment.” Winners now have the opportunity to display the e-awards 2007 logo on their marketing collateral, including their website. Winners and runners’ up in each category will have their events profiled in an upcoming edition of mice.net magazine. ABOVE: Photo courtesy of Oneill Photographics