Village Roadshow Theme Parks – announces first Australian Topgolf venue

Village roadshowVillage Roadshow Theme Parks is excited to announce that construction on Australia’s first Topgolf venue has started, with the attraction set to open adjacent to Warner Bros. Movie World in mid-2018.

Through the premium experience of play, food and music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Guests can enjoy point-scoring golf games using microchipped balls that instantly score themselves, showing players the accuracy and distance of their shots instantly on a TV screen in their hitting bay.

village road show2Topgolf also features an outstanding chef-driven menu, top-shelf drinks, big screen TVs and music in climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort. Year-round programming includes events for kids and families, social leagues, golf tournaments, golf instruction and more.

In Australia, the business will be a joint-venture between Village Roadshow and Topgolf with Village Roadshow Theme Parks managing day-to-day operations and utilising Topgolf’s state-of-the-art technology and operating systems.

“Bringing Topgolf to Australia is a key component of our growth strategy going forward and it will offer guests an extraordinary leisure experience,” Village Roadshow Theme Parks CEO, Clark Kirby said.

village raodshow 3“Topgolf is an exciting sports entertainment experience and our research indicates that while the concept is hugely appealing to golfers, the majority of guests will be non-golfers who enjoy the social and interactive ambience and we can’t wait to welcome them to the facility when it opens next year.

“Topgolf will also employ approximately 400-500 people with recruitment commencing from early next year and we hope people will see this as an exciting career opportunity to join our team.”

“As we enter this new market, the Village Roadshow team will offer invaluable expertise so that we can enhance the signature Topgolf experience with local character,” Topgolf International COO, Zach Shor said.

“This deal is a major step forward in executing our wide-reaching international expansion strategy as we grow our global community of Topgolf fans,” said Shor.

To learn more and view exclusive digital content, follow @Topgolf or visit

Sea World Resort & Water Theme Park are an PCO Association Business Partner

PCO ASSOCIATION – Apply for Membership

3 combination logosIndividual membership of the PCO Association is available to conference and event managers, coordinators, producers and encompassing corporate in-house event managers.

Who can join?
Eligibility for Membership shall be determined by the Management Committee as follows:

Directors/Owners of Independent Conference & Event Management Companies
Employees of Independent Conference & Event Management Companies
Corporate In-house Conference & Event Managers & Coordinators
Association In-house Conference & Event Managers & Coordinators
In-house Government Conference & Event Managers & Coordinators
Conference & Event Management Educators
Any person whose core responsibility is the coordinator and/or management of conferences, meetings and events

Member Benefits
Use of PCOA member logo
Online learning – join our 30 minute knowledge sharing webinars
Accreditation program for individuals and companies
Connect on our social media platforms
Sign up for our blogs sharing the latest on industry trends
Regular e-newsletters and member offers
Discounted registration fees at our annual industry Conference
Opportunity to have a voice on issues that affect your business, position or career
Collaborate with event planners in Special Industry Groups
Networking opportunity with other industry professionals
Conference & exhibition insurance rebate with H2 Insurance Solutions
Access to a request for proposal (RFP) document developed by PCOA accommodation subcommittee with the support of our accommodation business partners.
Opportunity to advertise a position vacant on the PCO website at a discount rate (Job must be within the Meeting & Events Industry)
Providing a voice for Members on the (BECA) Business Events Council of Australia board

Membership Fees
The annual membership fee is AUD $120.00 (inc GST), and is valid from 1st January to 31st December.

Industry Association membership is tax deductible.

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Global Industry Insights

As the meetings world continues to change at pace, PCOs are inundated with new ideas on meeting design, learning styles, the latest tech tools and predictions of the ‘next big thing’.

Jan Tonkin 11397_120Jan Tonkin’s presentation at PCOA17 focused on how we can keep up with current shifts, and how to decide where we should invest our time and energy.

Jan said the greatest need that she hears about facing our industry across the globe is known as the war for talent.

It’s about attracting people into our business who can deliver conferences with a difference.

Only by getting these right can we deliver true value for our clients – and keep our own businesses relevant for the future.

Jan shares her thoughts in a post conference interview published on the PCO Association website home page

Jan Tonkin is the Managing Director of the Conference Company with offices in Australia and NZ and President of IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organisers).

Published in Business Events News, 15 January 2018