Daydream Island Resort – A conference, events and incentive destination with a difference

Daydream IslandDaydream Island in the Whitsundays is currently underway with an extensive $100m redevelopment with the resort due to re-open in early 2019.

The 4.5 Star resort will offer 277 well-appointed accommodation rooms & suites along with comprehensive conference facilities all complemented by sparkling bays, secluded beaches, and an array of activities that combine to stimulate and inspire delegates. The resort is easily reached with direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane through the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island, or Whitsunday Coast Airport at Proserpine, and is an ideal destination for conferences, events, meetings, trade shows, product launches and organisational incentive or team building activities.

Enjoy the abundance of unique outdoor venues ideal for truly memorable events including a casual poolside gathering, a formal dinner at Lovers Cove or an exciting awards ceremony at the 44ft Open Air Cinema.

Daydream Island is the perfect location to offer an idyllic and intimate conference or incentive where you can also choose to book the entire island for sole use. It is big enough to host major events for up to 250 delegates (more with sole use) and yet small enough to provide a personal touch.

Event bookings will be taken from May 2019 onwards

For more information on conference and incentive bookings please contact;
Jayson Heron, Director of Sales & Marketing
Wendy Byrne, Business Development Manager MICE
Daydream Island Resort Sales Team on 02 9474 7400 or via

Daydream Island Resort is a PCO Association business partner

Get Involved in the Fast Case Studies Session at PCOA18

Case SharingWe are seeking 5 PCO’s or In-house Event Managers to share a short case study (approx 10 mins) as part of a session at the PCOA Conference & Exhibition in December.

We are looking specifically for examples where you have tried something new at a conference that worked beyond expectations. You will need to outline it, then give a couple of the tactics your team used to achieve it. If you prefer, a couple of slides can be used.

Small things can make a big difference, little things can have a big impact. That’s what the ‘Fast Case Studies’ session is all about.

This session is not about the ‘big picture overall case studies’ but about that one amazing thing that you changed, tweaked or implemented that made a huge difference to your budget, client, delegates or business!

Connecting with others, sharing ideas is where innovation can come to life.

We are taking applications from the PCOA community to participate in this session – the top 5 submissions will be included in the program and will also win 12 months free PCOA membership.

Applications are open to PCO’s and In-house Event Managers only and close on Monday 8th October 2018.

Submit your application here

Join us for the 11th Annual PCOA Conference and Exhibition, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 9 – 11 December 2018

Keeping your Flagship Fresh

Nesrene-OConnell_-Headshot-SMLJoin us for Nesrene O’Connell’s presentation – Same Same? How to Keep Your Flagship Events Fresh at the annual 11th PCOA18 conference.

Do you run an annual conference? Do you fear people will walk in and say, oh, it’s the same as last year! Do you NEED and WANT to keep it fresh Year on Year? This session covers some of the strategies on planning annual conferences.

Q. – Nes, can you tell us a little about your position as Head of ANZ Event Marketing and APJ Event Strategy

A. – I lead the Event Experience Marketing team to deliver Cisco’s award-winning face-to-face experiences in Australia and New Zealand, including the flagship customer engagement program, Cisco Live. In addition, I work with the region in Asia Pacific and Japan on Cisco’s customer and partner event strategy.

Q. – Why did you accept to speak at PCOA18?

A – I have been in the industry for nearly 20 years and I have learnt most of what I know through practice and those willing to share their experiences.

Q. -How will your presentation – Same Same? How to Keep Your Flagship Events Fresh, resonate with the PCOA18 conference theme, Embracing Change’ – How Agile Are You?’

A – I believe Events are really an experience – taking your attendees on a journey. Each journey needs to be unique and have an element of surprise. To achieve that, you have to be agile and research the next best thing!

Q. – What are the three key messages delegates will take away from your presentation?

A. – Innovation and Creativity, The Attendee Experience and Keeping it Current

Q – What advise can you give to those entering the ever-changing events industry?

A – Event Management is a rollercoaster. There are lots of ups and downs, however the job satisfaction piece is incredibly high. Stand back and take in all you achieve. AND…most importantly, comfortable shoes are a MUST, lots of them! Switch 2-3 times throughout the day. You can’t afford to miss Australia’s leading Meetings Industry Conference.

Nes is passionate about the impact events have on Cisco’s brand and growth objectives and the powerful platform of connecting like-minded individuals to create unforgettable experiences.

Join us for the 11th Annual PCOA Conference and Exhibition at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, between 9 and 11 December 2018

For more information on the PCOA18 conference click here