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Mice Net : August 2008
universities effortless affordable and ThaT’s The word on the street when it comes to conferencing in universities and colleges, with savvy organisations taking advantage of good venues and great deals. an all-time-high. But doing it with the bottom line in mind is what is making alternative venues, like universities and colleges, a very real and viable option to big-city facilities. Corporates are seeking more “bang for their buck” and universities and colleges can deliver in spades. Realising this, universities, colleges and some ancillary companies are jumping on the bandwagon, aiming to capitalise on the expected growth. One organisation that has seen the potential is Campus Living Villages (CLV) Smart Stays, which was officially launched in June this year. CLV Smart Stays is dedicated to sourcing and providing unique student accommodation, with rates starting at just $85 per person per night. CLV Smart Stays’ property at Sydney University Village now has accommodation available between November and February. The apartment-style living comprises sleek, clean, stylishly furnished studios and five-bedroom apartments. Facilities include a secure on-site business centre, conference venue and function rooms, café, bar and bistro, plus internet facilities, laundry services and 24-hour security. What CLV Smart Stays says is significant about Sydney University Village is access to the excellent sporting facilities at the adjacent university. Annual clients include the National Rugby League Rookie Camp, Australian Youth Olympics, Reserve Bank of Australia, Engineers Australia and the American Institute of Foreign Study. NRL Toyota Cup manager and former rugby league player, Michael Buettner, is quick to praise his organisation’s stay at Sydney University Village. B udgets are tightening in the conference and meetings market despite the fact that the sector continues to grow. In a world of increased connectivity the desire and need to meet is at MGSM EXECUTIVE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE ...WHERE FINDING THE RIGHT VENUE IS ACADEMIC Ideally located on the picturesque grounds of the Macquarie University Campus at North Ryde. MGSM’s modern purpose-built centre provides its guests with first class facilities including: 4 star executive style accommodation Tiered amphitheatres and flat-floor rooms Meeting rooms with natural light Dedicated breakout rooms State-of-the-art audio-visual equipment Lachlan’s à la carte restaurant Private function rooms MEA Meetings & Events Industry Awards Meeting Venue 150-500 delegates National Winner – 2001 NSW Winner – 2001 to 2005 MGSM Executive Hotel & Conference Centre 99 Talavera Road North Ryde NSW 2113 Telephone: 1800 800 803 Fax: (02) 9850 8595 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.hotel.mgsm.com.au mice.net 97