Global Meetings Industry Day is tomorrow!

3 combination logosGlobal Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is a day that unites the entire business events industry across the world, bringing together leaders from the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions sectors to showcase the real impact that fact-to-face meetings have on people, business and communities. Meeting professionals from around the world participate in the international day of advocacy, with more than 120 events held across 6 continents in 2017.

This year’s tagline is “Real results, real impact, all around the world”.

Global Meetings

Communicating the value of business events
• The business events sector augments economic activity well beyond directly measurable metrics, underpinning knowledge creation and exchange, innovation and investment among other positive impacts (Deloitte Access Economics).
• International business events play a significant role in building a stronger, more productive and more diverse Australian economy (Deloitte Access Economics).
• Around the world, business events are being used as strategic tools for attracting trade and investment as well as global talent.
• For Australia, hosting international business events offers high yield and long-term benefits accruing from growth in the visitor and knowledge-based economies.

Show your support
Join the conversation online using the hashtag #GMID18 and tagging @pcoasn
Encourage your members and stakeholders to participate in sharing business events value story.

GMID Toolkit
Download the following social media images to share through your channels:
Business Events: delivering economic prosperity for Australia graphic
• Role of international business events in the Australian economy graphic
Ernst & Young BECA infographic

For information on the PCO Association click here

Eye Opening Experiences

InnesInez Kharouni – “I enjoy the diversity of my role, which allows me to experience and be trained within different parts of events on a day to day basis”

I was given the opportunity to complete an internship with Cornerstone Events whilst undertaking my university degree.  During this semester, I realised that the events industry was where I wanted to pursue my career. After completing a degree in Media and Communication and Journalism. I started at Cornerstone in September 2016, as their part-time Digital Marketing Coordinator to design and execute the rebranding initiative and also to establish and implement their social media pages.

After a year with Cornerstone Events, my scope has grown immensely, with much of my role now very event focused as I work closely with my colleagues on their events. Whilst my title is Digital Marketing Coordinator, my core responsibilities range from: coordinating Cornerstones social media pages and blog, assisting clients with their digital marketing and design work for specific events, sourcing and liaising with venues for clients, designing and creating incentive and conference proposal documents and also the running of onsite events.

I enjoy the diversity of my role, which allows me to experience and be trained within different parts of events on a day-to-day basis. Cornerstone has given me an amazing opportunity and allowed me to grow within the events industry. Coming from a digital marketing background it has been fantastic to utilise my creativity and digital technology skills to assist clients in the creation of their events. I also love the versatility between each event – working with Cornerstone, no two events or days are ever the same.

The events sector is constantly evolving and I am interested in understanding how digital marketing and new technologies can be utilised to assist and grow the event industry. I appreciate how the events industry is extremely involved in new and developing technologies, and utilising them to better their events. I also love the opportunities the events industry allows to travel and discover new venues around the world.

My biggest highlight in my short time in events would be going on my first famil – it was an awesome opportunity for me to experience and discover about the events we can create and offer to our clients – it was also great to get a feel for the industry first hand. This eye-opening experience was extremely influential in pushing me towards wanting to become an event professional as it allowed to appreciate the special and ‘wow’ factor moments we can create for our clients.

In the future, I plan to delve more into the events side of my role and would love to see myself designing and styling events and utilizing the latest digital technologies and trends to help our clients.

Manager’s comment:
“Having Ines join our team has bought a fresh approach to our business, and a real asset to working with our clients on their social media campaigns to boost delegate numbers. Ines has a maturity and poise well beyond her years, which enables her to blend in with our team, and importantly our broad customer base. We are excited to see her grow and achieve her career goals within our wonderful industry”

Karen Sainsbury
Managing Director
Cornerstone Events

PCO Association – Councillor NSW

February/March 2018 Micenet

Mantra at Sharks hotel – Opening in April 2018

Opening in April 2018, the all-new Mantra at Sharks hotel will provide a unique offering to Southport and the northern Gold Coast region. Catering for a wide range of guests, the hotel will offer conference delegates, expo visitors and business executives the option of staying at the property in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

Located just 10 minutes from Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and 45 minutes from Brisbane, the 120-room hotel will complement the existing Sharks Events Centre. A modern, multi-purpose events space, Sharks Events Centre boasts delicious and exciting menu selections, and award-winning service. Event organisers will find the flexible event spaces and adaptable rooms suitable for catering from 10 up to 1000 guests. Additionally, there are over 500 free car parks, a dedicated entrance point, and neighbouring green space – The Village Green.

The brand-new hotel creates an opportunity for multiple day conferences to be held in Sharks Events Centre while staying onsite, and offering delegates access to Southport Sharks facilities – two restaurants, six bars, a café, and fitness centre.

Southport Sharks Event Centre

Southport Sharks Event Centre

Sales and Events Centre Manager, Kristie Powell said the team is excited about the new facilities.
“The new Mantra at Sharks hotel is a game changer. Historically Southport Sharks has lacked genuine accommodation facilities to host multi-day conferences and events, often with delegates having to stay offsite. Now, conference and events guests can stay at the beautiful new hotel as well as experience everything Southport Sharks has to offer including fine dining, fitness classes and free entertainment every day of the week, all under the one roof,” said Ms Powell.

Conference guests will be able to sip on decadent cocktails, enjoy traditional Italian pizzas and sharing dishes at the exclusive Aviary Rooftop Bar, nestled six floors above ground – on top of the hotel. The rooftop bar is one of six bars at Southport Sharks and features sweeping skyline views of Surfers Paradise, a cinema and The Nest, a separate outdoor space available for private functions.

During breaks and relaxation periods, guests can choose from three distinct dining outlets. Frenzy’s features value lunches and a buffet dinner, seven nights a week. For guests seeking a decadent dining experience, Carmody’s is an award-winning restaurant renowned for high-quality, certified organic meats, and an extensive wine list, and The Café is the perfect meeting place for a coffee with a wide range of delicious meals and sweets.

Health conscious guests are welcome to utilise Southport Sharks Health and Fitness, one of Gold Coast’s largest health and wellbeing centres. The fitness centre features state-of-the-art equipment and over 110 group fitness classes each week, including cycle classes, as well as mediation, yoga and Pilates.

The Sharks offering is complete with live entertainment seven days a week, including tribute bands, solo artists, trivia and karaoke.

Sharks Events Centre’s friendly, talented, and dedicated team can cater for events of any size or style, customising the perfect package to suit your unique event needs. The highly professional and experienced event organisers will ensure your event is a success – simply convey your vision and they will take pride in bringing it to life.

Further information or photo opportunities please contact:
Nicole Newman