Micenet magazine

Australia / NZ / Asia
  1. What do you get when you combine the Sunshine Coast’s finest local produce with the best chefs in Australia and the world? Four-day destination food festival The Curated Plate, that’s what. Taking place between August 8 and 11, 2019, the event will span the Sunshine Coast region and bring to life sustainable practices, artisan culture, health and wellness. Tourism industry development minister Kate Jones hopes the festival will showcase the region as a foodie destination.
  2. In the twelve months to June 30, 2018, the Gold Coast secured a record 158 national and international business events. Director of global business events Anna Case attributes the surge to a combination of infrastructure following the 2018 Commonwealth Games and appeal for the region’s beaches, experiences and dining options. “Decision makers appreciate the ease of organising a conference in a city that offers acclaimed venues, high service standards and accommodation quality [in an] easily accessible beachside destination.”
  3. Over the next five years, Auckland will expand its hotel room offering by more than 4000. The additions will be rolled out across the Four Points by Sheraton, Ritz Carlton, Park Hyatt, SO Sofitel and Hotel Indigo brands, and will accommodate the city’s growing visitor intake, which is predicted to reach four million by 2025. Head of the Auckland Convention Bureau Anna Hayward said the expansion, as well as the opening of the New Zealand ICC, will ensure the city remains competitive.
  4. Hear ye, hear ye. The Shakespeare Group has announced its commitment to open a purpose-built convention centre in the Sunshine Coast next April. The $8 million convention centre will be located within Novotel Twin Water Resort, which was purchased by the group last month, and offer four meeting and event spaces spanning 1600 square metres. The centre will be seamlessly attached to the 1200-pax Wandiny Pavilion, an existing conference space located on the site.
  5. It’s not often we report news out of Canada, eh? Well, when we heard about LOT185, Vancouver Convention Centre’s new café and wine bar, we figured it was aboot time. LOT185 spans two levels, and has been designed to reflect the coastline on which it sits. Up to 80 delegates can enjoy freshly baked goods courtesy of executive pastry chef Maurisio Persichino, and/or a wine or craft beer while looking out to Stanley Park and Vancouver Harbour.
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