Event News: October 2019

Crowne-Plaza-Terrigal-Pacific upgradeThe Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific reveals new event space

The Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific has launched it’s newly renovated events space, the first full renovation for the property in the last 10 years. The conference space upgrade includes an upgraded bar and coffee facilities, carpets and interiors, along with state-of-the-art visual equipment. The conference space is among the largest on the Central Coast, with capacity for up to 450 guests.


MEETINGS 2021 ChristchurchMEETINGS 2021 confirmed for Christchurch

The 2021 instalment of MEETINGS, New Zealand’s annual business events showcase, will be held in Christchurch for the first time in 13 years. MEETINGS 2021 will take place at the city’s new convention centre, Te Pae Christchurch, from 12-14 May 2021 following a welcome function at Christchurch Town Hall hosted by Vbase. Meanwhile, the 2020 showcase has been confirmed for Auckland next April with potential exhibitors already demonstrating strong advance interest.


The State Library VictoriaThe State Library Victoria redevelopment nearing completion 

The State Library Victoria is nearing the completion of its $88.1 million redevelopments, and as a result, is now taking bookings for events. The location features 11 venue spaces that can be utilised for a variety of purposes, including state-of-the-art conferencing spaces, heritage reading rooms and a world-class gallery. One of the signature spaces is The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, which has been closed to the public since 1993.


wELLINGTON cecWork begins on Wellington centre

Construction has begun on the brand new Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre (WCEC). The centre combines public space with a public exhibition gallery and cafes. The three-storey purpose-built venue will provide around 17,750 sqm of floor space, and is expected to be completed by 2022. Figures released by WellingtonNZ say the convention centre in its current form will attract 272,000 people, deliver an annual $44.6m benefit to the city and a $30.2m benefit to the wider region every year.


Darwin Convention Centre introduces indigenous menuDarwin Convention Centre introduces Indigenous menu

The Darwin Convention Centre has launched a new Seven Seasons menu inspired by the Larrakia traditional owners of the Darwin region. The 7-course degustation and 3-course banquet combining local fresh produce and traditional Indigenous food on a culinary journey inspired by the Gulumoerrgin (Larrakia) Seasons. The experience can also be accompanied by audio and visual packages during each course giving delegates a deeper experience and understanding of the distinctive weather patterns, changes in plant and animal activity, each with their own special purpose.


CventCvent officially announces a new partnership

Event technology provider Cvent has officially announced its partnership with the New Zealand Events Association following the provision of solutions to simplify and streamline event registrations for the popular NZEA seminar series since the beginning of the year.


Crowne Plaza Coogee BeachCrowne Plaza Coogee Beach refurbishment refurbishment

Set to be operational in June 2020, Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach is undergoing a full refurbishment. The refurb will see the addition of ten new hotel rooms and a redesign of the 209 existing rooms. The meeting rooms will also see a technology upgrade. Operations will remain as normal throughout the refurbishment, with hotel facilities limited in their opening hours in order to minimise disturbance to guests.


Oaks Toowoomba for Queensland expansionOaks Toowoomba for Queensland expansion

Toowoomba has been announced as the next location for the Oaks Hotel network. The nine-storey complex will house 102-rooms and will further progress Toowoomba’s CBD modernisation. It is expected to be open to guests from the first quarter of 2020. The rooms will be self-contained with a kitchenette, along with access to a lap swimming pool, fitness centre, café and ample meeting facilities.


Mantra Epping opensMantra Epping opens

The new $80 million, Mantra-branded hotel has opened, just 18km north of the Melbourne CBD and 15 minutes from the airport. Offering 214 contemporary rooms has opened in Epping, guests can choose from spacious one-bedroom apartments with kitchen facilities, European laundry and the flexibility to adjoin with a hotel room to create a spacious two-bedroom. The hotel also provides several onsite food and beverage amenities including the Trader Café, Restaurant and Bar and the Beer Republic brewhouse. Business travellers can enjoy state-of-the-art conference and meeting facilities, a fully-equipped gym and 24-hour reception with open-air secure car parking.


Hyatt Regency AdelaideHyatt Regency Adelaide to open

The Hyatt name will be returning to South Australia through a new management agreement signed between Hyatt Hotels and CES Pirie Hotel (SA) Pty Ltd. Construction on the new 295-room Hyatt Regency Adelaide, located on the iconic Pirie Street, will begin early 2020 with a view to open in 2023. In addition to a swimming pool, fitness facilities and a rooftop bar, the property will also offer a Market Café, Regency Club, and 750 square metres of event space in the heart of the Adelaide CBD.


Mercure Sydney Rouse HillMercure Sydney Rouse Hill opens

Accor has opened its latest Mercure in Sydney’s north-western suburb of Rouse Hill, cementing its ongoing push into suburban regions of major cities. The newbuild 78-room property is located 45 minutes from Sydney International Airport and Sydney CBD along Windsor Road. It is also directly adjacent to The Fiddler – one of the area’s most established and popular dining and entertainment venues – dating back to the 19th century. The property offers a mix of Deluxe, Family Rooms and Suites along with four accessible rooms over its four floors. Guest can also take advantage of the onsite fitness centre, swimming pool, conference and event spaces, with dining provided by The Fiddler next door.


Oaks WellingtonOaks Wellington opened

The newest property within the Oaks Hotels and Resorts’ portfolio has opened in Wellington. The newbuild, nine-storey property will feature 226 rooms with guest facilities including a fitness centre, meeting rooms, restaurant and bar. This opening takes the total New Zealand portfolio to five, in addition to the two properties currently in operation in both Auckland and Queenstown.


Atura Adelaide AirportAtura’s Adelaide Airport to open 

Adelaide Airport will be the first Australian airport to welcome the Atura Hotel brand, the property will feature 165 guest rooms and will integrate seamlessly with the airport plaza and terminal. There is a business centre as well as eight flexible function and meeting spaces, plus a passageway for guest drop off and collection


The HiveAccor’s dual-branded, The Hive begins construction

Construction has broken ground for Melbourne Airport‘s first hotel since 2002 with a dual-branded Accor hotel. The property will offer 248 rooms under the four-star Novotel Hotels brand and 216 marketed as the three-star Ibis Styles in an L-shape building, conveniently located within a brand new precinct known as ‘The Hive’ near Terminal 4. The hotel will also provide conference and meeting rooms, café, bar and combined restaurant facilities once open in early 2021.


Holiday Inn Express Sydney AirportHoliday Inn Express Sydney Airport

Located in Mascot, the brand-new Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport is conveniently located on the doorstep of Sydney’s Domestic Terminals and only minutes away from Sydney’s International Terminal. The Sydney CBD is just two quick train stops away. The property has 247 rooms with 6 room categories as well as two flexible meeting rooms, free business centre and 24-hour reception. Take advantage of Express Start Buffet Breakfast or Grab & Go option, stay connected with free high-speed Wi-Fi and sleep easy with comfy beds and a choice of pillows.


crowne-plaza-sydneyCrowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour 

Enviably located on the corner of Sussex and Bathurst Streets, the newly built Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour is host to 152 modern guest rooms and suites, just a 5-minute stroll to Sydney’s ferries. Take advantage of the range of world-class flexible meetings and events facilities including a 300m² Ballroom, three meeting rooms, an executive boardroom and an outdoor poolside space.


Accor expands Peppers and Sebel in MelbourneAccor expands Peppers and Sebel in Melbourne 

Accor has been signed to oversee the management of two new hotels in Melbourne. Peppers Melbourne Richmond will be the third Peppers label in the city, hosting 83-rooms and offering a restaurant, bar and fitness centre around 1km from the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Sebel Melbourne Ringwood serviced apartment complex will consist of 103 apartments across a seven-storey property. This will include 48 studio apartments, 48 one-bedroom apartments and seven with two-bedrooms. The facilities include a fitness centre, two meeting rooms, a restaurant and lobby bar/cafe.