International Productions – Platinum Sponsor of the 2017 Conference

Internat ProdInternational Productions is a visual content company that works as an extension of your business to produce customised and innovative, multi and blend-screen content that transforms the conference experience.

Driven by the best in the industry, International Productions combines expert knowledge, creative thinking and cutting-edge technology to deliver compelling original content.

International Productions is the Platinum Sponsor of this year’s 10th Annual PCOA Conference & Exhibition. Take the opportunity to come and see their professionalism at work during the conference.

Contact Content Director, Gavin Walters, to discuss content solutions for your next conference.
Phone: +61 2 9659 8855
Email: gavin.walters@internationalproductions.com

Join us for the 10th Annual PCOA Conference and Exhibition, to be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, between 26 – 28 November 2017

RACV Cape Schanck Resort’s unparalleled redevelopment on the Mornington Peninsula

Cape ShankIt’s a challenge to visualise exactly what a venue will be like before it’s even opened. But RACV is using the latest technology to show prospective clients exactly what its Cape Schanck redevelopment will offer when it opens next year.

RACV Cape Schanck Resort’s extensive conference and event facilities, due to open in April 2018, will include spectacular and flexible meeting rooms and break-out areas, all providing views and an abundance of natural light with a capacity to hold 450 for conferences.

To give event organisers an idea of the scale of the multi-million dollar redevelopment, RACV has created a Virtual Reality tour of the venue, available online. You can experience it here. But, if you’d like to go old-school, they also offer ‘Hard Hat’ tours onsite to let you see exactly what you can expect from Victoria’s newest conference location.

Just a leisurely 75 minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, the latest step in RACV’s ever-expanding range of conference venues, will offer state-of-the-art facilities for all kinds of events. From small and intimate gatherings to meetings involving hundreds of guests.

RACV Cape Schanck Resort is positioned high on a headland overlooking Bass Strait and hedged by the spectacular Mornington Peninsula National Park. With breathtaking views, and over 200 accommodation rooms in total, the choice, quality and comfort of the accommodation options are second-to-none. Premium Resort Rooms, 2 & 3 bedroom villas, suites and ocean view rooms ensure your accommodation needs are surpassed at RACV’s Cape Schanck Resort.

The redevelopment of RACV Cape Schanck will offer a rare combination of flexible meeting spaces, excellent catering and dining options, and a range of recreation and team building activities. Executive Chef, Josh Pelham, brings his years of experience working at Michelin-star restaurants in the UK and some of Melbourne’s best eateries, to create extraordinary dishes at the resort’s restaurants, utilising the best of local ingredients.

When it comes to providing opportunities to break up meetings with an unexpected recreational activity, Cape Schanck is hard to beat. Of course, golf is first among these. Cape Schanck’s magnificent par 70 championship golf course is consistently rated amongst Australia’s best 100 courses. The driving range, putting green and practice areas also offer the chance to create tailored competitions that are excellent bonding exercises.

Naturally, the resort offers a range of other ways to break up the business side of an event. A 25-metre indoor pool, sauna and steam room are also available for use. A fully-equipped gym, floodlit tennis courts and shore-line walking tracks give guests an opportunity to stay physical. While the resort’s day spa provides 8 treatment rooms and 2 hydrotherapy pools in which to experience a range of relaxing therapies from massage to Turkish Hammam.

Beyond the resort itself, a variety of other activities are available on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Perhaps a tour of a nearby winery. A walk to the lighthouse. A visit to the Peninsula Hot Springs. Or a ride on the Arthurs Seat Skylift.

The expanded RACV Cape Schanck Resort will open in April, and is taking bookings now for events. But you can experience a virtual tour today by visiting here. Or, if you’d like to see the breadth of facilities in person, you can contact the RACV National Sales Manager on email Cherie_ferris@racv.com.au to register for the next ‘Hard Hat’ tour.

Jodie Parker shares why Accreditation does matter

Over the coming months the PCO Association will be profiling one of the association’s Certified Event Companies (CEC) by way of a Q & A.

In this interview, Jodie Parker from Iceberg Events answers our questions on what it means to be a Certified Event Company (CEC) with the PCO Association.

Iceberg Events Icebergis a full service conference management company, founded in 1996.

We specialise in project management for conferences and meetings, both within Australia and off-shore. We also have our Travel arm, Iceberg Travel, which specialises in moving groups of people for conferences – around Australia or around the world. We are also soon to launch our Submissions Portal – a fantastic on line tool for the Call for Papers process.

With three event management teams, an in house graphic designer, our travel agency and now the Submission Portal, we have got it all covered.

Q: Jodie, how many years have you been trading as an Event Management Company?

A: We recently celebrated our 21st birthday! We had a fabulous event at Eat Street Northshore with clients, suppliers and current and former Icebergers and of course, friends. I really can’t believe that it’s been that long. Things have changed in the industry so much in that time.

Q: So what does being a Certified Event Company (CEC) mean to your business?

A: The CEC process gives me a framework to benchmark against – to make sure that we are maintaining, and hopefully exceeding, the standard practices in the industry.

Q: Can you tell us what were some of the challenges you faced when applying for your CEC?

A: I’m not someone who likes filling in forms and ticking boxes – that takes some stamina. I did enjoy, however, getting testimonials to use from clients and especially suppliers.

Q: Jodie, can you give us three key reasons why an Event Company should be accredited

A:
1. To generally strengthen the reputation of the industry.
2. To benchmark against others
3. To get your systems down pat

Accreditation provides both clients and industry with an assurance that the event management business they are or could be dealing with is committed to the highest quality event management business practices, consistency and reliability in the delivery of services, professional standards and dedication to continuous improvement.

The PCO Association CEC Program is independently audited.

For a company to be awarded CEC accreditation it must have a minimum of one Certified Event Manager (CEM) employed in the business and additionally satisfy criteria that is audited by an independent certified practicing (CPA) accountant.

Accreditation is valid for a period of three years, after which time the business needs to apply again to maintain their accreditation

The 10th Annual PCOA Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre between 26 – 28 November 2017