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Mice Net : August 2008
thumbs up-down THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN Pope Benedict XVI and 500 of his closest friends were treated to a harbour cruise aboard Captain Cook’s MV Sydney 2000. The success of World Youth Day 08 from a marketing perspective shouldn’t be underestimated. Coverage of parts of the event have been shown the world over, and that has to be good news for the business events community at large. The fact that the event appeared seamless, with transport particularly working effectively, is another feather in the cap of Sydney and Australia’s expertise in the management of large- scale events. Perhaps our hard-working bureau folk should think about initiating youth days for the many other religious denominations practiced throughout the world. It seems that we here at mice.net made an error in our last edition when we referred to Hartleys Crocodile Adventures in tropical north Queensland as Hartleys Creek Crocodile Adventures. Let it be known to all and sundry that Hartleys Crocodile Adventures is the correct name. To learn more about this attraction visit www. crocodileadventures.com. A big “thumbs up” to the Atlantic Group V and the team at Peninsula A at Central Pier, Docklands, Melbourne says one mice.net reader. The group apparently did a fantastic job accommodating additional guests for a recent association conference dinner at the venue. The registration system apparently hiccupped at some 22 mice.net stage, with a number of bookings for dinner, including sponsor’s tables, not being calculated in the registration system. Nothing seemed too much trouble for the venue, and an additional 50 people were seated with tables set and food organised all within 35 minutes of guests being seated. The other 450 delegates didn’t even know there had been a problem. In writing up the various overviews of the business event tradeshows that have been held in Sydney and Melbourne in recent months we came across quite a number of people who complained about so-called “visitors” trying to sell their services. As most people probably realise, this is why you buy space at these tradeshows. People who go to these shows and hand out their business cards or brochures to hard- working exhibitors who are paying damn good money to exhibit should be black-banned from future shows by organisers. It’s just not cricket! To all those mice.net readers who provided us with those fun stories for our sealed section this edition we thank you for your efforts. If you thought about it but didn’t get around to it, then please email brad@mice. net.au if you think you’ve got a story that fits the bill. We’ll be doing another one this time next year and can always keep a few up our sleeve until then.