Home' micenet eMag : micenet AUSTRALIA February March 2015 Contents DARLING HARBOUR SHINES
Don’t miss our Darling Harbour feature this
edition starting on page 57.
For more than 25 years Darling Harbour has been Sydney’s premier
precinct for business events, and it’s only going to get better.
“When we managed the first international congress at SCEC in
1988 it was obvious that the standard of the meeting venues in
Sydney had been raised dramatically. The new ICC Sydney will
raise the bar even higher, and importantly, this new Darling Harbour
development will be integrated into the business, academic and
cultural hubs of the city.”
- Bryan Holliday, managing director, ICMS Australasia
“The Darling Harbour precinct was a wonderful way to showcase
international meetings and exhibitions to Australians and the world.
It was a terrific concept and proved to be so successful the
demand outgrew it. Its ease of access to the whole city is an am
azing asset and its views of the harbour and the city are
spectacular. Our vision for our key convention and exhibition centre
has always been to see it grow in size to attract either bigger events
or more events side by side whilst still taking advance of its
outstanding location. With good competition within Australia and
abroad, the centre requires a competitive edge to outshine others
and we eagerly await to see what this will be.”
- Roslyn McLeod, managing director, arinex
“Darling Harbour has been the home of our convention centre
precinct for over 25 years. Not only was Darling Harbour home to
many of Tourism Australia’s international events but it was also in
close proximity to our Sydney headquarters for a number of years
and the team would get a buzz seeing the delegates, with their
lanyards swinging, walking to SCEC amongst the bustle of activity
that represents the area. With the development of ICC Sydney, a
truly international centre in the heart of Sydney run by AEG Ogden
– t he buzz continues around Darling Harbour.”
- Penny Lion, manager, Business Events Australia
“What I have liked about Darling Harbour over the 25 years of its
existence is that it was a place where Sydney and the world came
together. To me it’s always been a dynamic and vibrant precinct
sitting proudly on the edge of the city and by the harbour. Darling
Harbour is a very special place and will continue to be so as it
transforms into a vibrant revitalised precinct. The new International
Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) will bring new opportunity,
new energy and new events. Its operators, AEG Ogden will bring
their own flavour and global expertise to the operations of the
facility. We will be in very good hands.”
- Joyce DiMascio, chief executive, Exhibition and Event Association of
employees a list of preferred airlines. And despite much of their focus
being on the bottom line, safety over price is very often the top priority.
Ms Puceta says that from a meetings perspective in particular,
American Express recommend planners remain informed about
security updates in the countries in which they are holding events.
“In countries where unrest or other political issues may be a factor,
ensure there is a strong ‘force majeure’ clause in your contract so you
can cancel the meeting without penalty, should a security issue arise.
“In addition, be sure to ask the venue about their policies and
procedures for medical situations, and ideally meet with hotel security
during a site inspection prior to the event. If that isn’t possible, talk to
hotel security to ask about contingency plans for situations such as
natural disasters, medical issues, political unrest and strikes.”
Carlson Wagonlit Travel Australia and New Zealand MD, Lisa
Akeroyd, says from their experience companies have for some time
included within their travel policy restrictions on the number of
employees travelling together in the one aircraft and/or not travelling
to banned destinations.
“I see increasingly sophisticated forms of traveller tracking
becoming the norm for businesses in the future as companies place
greater importance on knowing where travellers are at all times.” m
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