Australia and New Zealand Event News – October 2018


QT Perth opens

Continuing its hotel boom, Perth has welcomed the opening of QT Perth. With a focus on stories of the west, the lobby is filled with local cacti and jarrah floors. Staying true to Western Australia the hotel will serve WA wines and produce as well as include distinctive local touches like local wildflowers. QT’s signature black and gold pallet can be found throughout, especially in the Santini bar and grill.


ICC Sydney to host RoboCup

With the success of the recent 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) will host the 2019 RoboCup, its fully autonomous robot counterpart. Up to thirty football pitches will be built at the venue to accommodate 2,000 participants from around the world. The event is also expected to draw in an estimated 20,000 spectators during the competition from 1-9 July 2019.


HSW event space to open in November

The opening of the Howard Smith Wharves events venue, Howard Hall. has been confirmed for November 2018. The 1,100m2 heritage-listed space situated along the iconic Brisbane River offers panoramic views of the Story Bridge down to New Farm. Its developers say it will hold up to 1200 standing guests with an option to extend its outdoor spaces as required. And already has bookings until 2022.


Pan Pacific Melbourne opens

Pan Pacific Hotels Group has opened its second Australian property after a 12-month refurbishment of the former Hilton South Wharf Melbourne. The newly rebranded Pan Pacific Melbourne boasts an impressive facelift to most of the existing features and direct access to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, making it a leading choice for event and leisure travel.


Huge win for Brisbane conventions

The Brisbane Convention Bureau has secured three conferences in the coming years worth over 2.1 million in partnership with the University of Queensland’s School of Languages and Cultures. The Sunshine State will host the 9th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication in June 2020, the 6th Biennial Colloquium of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities in November 2021, and finally the 6th International Conference on Conversation Analysis in July 2022. Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, said the trifecta would deliver huge economic benefits for the city while bringing academics and researchers from around the world together across 11 event days.

New events conference for 2019

Sydney will host a new events industry gathering early next year with the launch of the Business of Events conference. The event will feature the latest industry findings and updates from 7-8 February 2019. Ex-White House events director Laura Schwartz is confirmed as the keynote speaker.


Gold Coast wins major international event

The Gold Coast has won the rights to host the SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit in May 2019. The summit will bring more than 150 international travellers from up to 100 countries to the city for five days. The event will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.


World first for Australian venues

The Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) have achieved a significant industry milestone as the world’s first venues to achieve the coveted EarthCheck Platinum Certification. The certification recognises 10 years of sustainable practices by both venues and shows a commitment to ongoing environmentally-friendly initiatives.


Melbourne wins at World Travel Awards 2018

Melbourne won two awards at the World Travel Awards 2018. At the Asia and Australasia Gala Ceremony in Hong Kong, Melbourne was voted Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination for the fifth time. The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) was named Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre for the seventh consecutive year.


Mantra inks lucrative entertainment deal

Mantra Hotels has partnered with UK-based Nestival for the upcoming 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival. In the agreement, artists and comedians performing at the major festivals will be hosted in properties under the Mantra Hotels and Serviced Apartments brand, bringing huge exposure along with the talents under its roofs.


Tourism Australia and China Southern Airlines team up for business travel

Tourism Australia and China Southern Airlines have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding to promote the domestic business travel industry to visitors from China. The agreement follows several similar initiatives intended to showcase the potential of Australia as a destination for travel to our largest source of inbound visitors.


The Chen opens in Melbourne

Art Series has opened its eighth hotel, The Chen, in Melbourne’s Box Hill suburb. The art inspired property takes its name from Chinese-Australian Artist Zhong Chen and marks the final step in one of the biggest portfolio acquisitions of the year. The hotel boasts 100 luxury self-contained open-planned and apartment-style suites, two dining options as well as meeting and event facilities.


New Zealand

SO/ Sofitel Auckland to open next month

AccorHotels’ luxury lifestyle brand SO/ Sofitel will make its highly anticipated Auckland debut in November 2018. The hotel is located in the former Reserve Bank building offering a rooftop bar, French restaurant, a cafe, Club Signature lounge, spa, gym and indoor heated pool and 130 premium rooms for its guests.


Sebel Auckland Manukau Hotel opens

South Auckland’s Manukau area has received its long-awaited Sebel hotel. The hotel features guest studio and apartment style rooms and the contemporary ORA Bistro, all close to the Vodafone Events Centre. The Mount Smart Stadium is only a short drive away making it accessible for fans of the Warriors rugby league team.

TECNZ 2019 coming to Christchurch

The annual Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ) Tourism Conference will be held in Christchurch next year for the first time in 20 years. The event will take place from 14-15 August 2019 and is expected to demonstrate strong confidence in the region’s tourism industry to international visitors.


IHG flagship in Auckland

In 2022, New Zealand will open its second InterContinental- branded flagship hotel. Headlining the $1 billion Commercial Bay retail and lifestyle mix-use precinct, the InterContinental Auckland will feature 244 rooms. There will also be a 39-storey office tower and a wide range of high-end retail and dining options throughout the waterfront development.


EENZ and Eventbrite announce new partnership

Global ticketing and event technology platform Eventbrite has been appointed as the provider for some of Exhibitions and Events New Zealand’s most popular industry events. EENZ is New Zealand’s top consumer exhibition organiser known for its innovating and exciting events.


Auckland to get second Travelodge in 2020

A much-needed mid-tier accommodation offering will be added to Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter in mid-2020 with the development of a new Travelodge Hotel, managed by TFE Hotels. The hotelier has partnered with investor Infratil to bring the proposed 6 storey, L-shaped property to the corner of Pakenham Street West and Halsey Streets. It will be the second Travelodge Hotel in New Zealand, expanding on the brand’s “Refreshingly Simple” promise.