Home' micenet eMag : micenet February 2016 Contents partner, founded thankyouTM water, with a large percentage of sales used for water projects in
underdeveloped regions around the world. To date they have raised $3.3 million.
Tim took on the big retail chains and brands and has come out a winner, and the company is
now developing 14 other brands in areas ranging from breakfast cereals to body care.
He reminded delegates that “if you don’t change the game, someone else will.”
Another inspirational presenter was New Zealander Stu Robertson who, after running a
successful company which has event management and catering at its core – The Orange Group
– has embarked on a new adventure called Peace in 10,000 Hands TM which has received
Stu has appeared on Sixty Minutes, with the project seeing him with more than 100,000
followers on Facebook.
“Crazy things happen when you do what you want to do,” he said.
“You need one thing that defines you and your brand – work out what that is.”
The other big keynote presentation was from another young entrepreneur, Tasmanian Brad
Smith, who at 18 years of age and with plenty of ambition founded his own motorcycle
The themes were again centred around the fact that you didn’t have to be big to make a
difference. Often the opposite is true, with small companies more nimble than their larger
Rounding out the plenary sessions was a presentation by “behaviour change expert” Marty
Wilson, who offered plenty of laughs to the group.
Interspersed between the keynotes were workshops ranging from what was new in event
production, lessons from event managers, the outlook for hotels in Australia in 2016, and the
dos and don’ts of social media for events.
Industry elite recognised
Long-time industry members Francis Child and Jenifer Dwyer Slee were recognised with
Lifetime Achievement awards by the PCO Association in Adelaide for their service and
commitment to the industry.
The presentation at Adelaide Oval was held on the second night of the conference. m
NEW ZEALAND HIGH
WISHLISTS AT PCOA
Delegates to this week’s Professional
Conference Organisers Association (PCOA)
Conference are putting New Zealand high on
their wishlists for the coming year, says
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand
(CINZ) Australia Manager, Sharon Auld.
Two lucky visitors to the 100% Pure New
Zealand stand received special gifts. Shari Carr
from Aura Events (NSW), was gifted an authentic
piece of New Zealand Pounamu (greenstone)
from Destination Rotorua Business Events, and
Denise Raven from Access Events (SA) won a
gift pack of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc.
Sharon Auld says PCOA delegates
experienced a real sense of New Zealand’s
unique cultural qualities, and discovered more
about the ease of access, hospitality, scenery
and value for money New Zealand offers
Australians conferencing here.
“You can fly direct to New Zealand from seven
different Australian airports including Adelaide
and Perth, arrive to state-of-the-art facilities,
world-class cuisine, and a range of activities
and accommodation options that won’t cost
the earth,” she says.
Delegates took to the conference app to praise
the Kiwi hospitality (manaakitanga) which
included hosted breakfast each morning, and
drinks on the second day featuring a popular
Feijoa Vodka Christmas cocktail.
Suppliers from eight key New Zealand conference
destinations - Auckland, Hamilton/Waikato,
Rotorua, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch,
Queenstown and Dunedin – updated delegates
on the latest from their regions.
CINZ was also there to talk MEETINGS 2016,
with strong support from Air New Zealand and
Tourism New Zealand. At the conference the Air
New Zealand team learned it had again scooped
the title of Airline of the Year by world leading
airline safety and product rating review website
AirlineRatings.com for the third consecutive year.
Winner Shari Carr responded to the New
Zealand postcard posers by posting: Where are
you? PCOA15 How are you? Brilliant. When will
you be back? Yes I will!
Daniel Flynn gave an
inspiring presentation on
founding thankyouTM water.
Time to network.
Fun Futurist Tim Longhurst.
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