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ancing sequined cane toads.
Ceramic Chiko Rolls. A golden
pineapple the size of a
caravan. Where on earth could
this eccentric hotchpotch possibly make
sense together? W Hotel Brisbane, of
course. And come together it did, at the
venue’s enchanting ‘All that Glitters is
Golden’ premiere party.
On September 6, more than 800 suit and
gown-clad celebrities, influencers and media
representatives brandished golden tickets for
admission to the lavish soiree, which was
held to mark the W brand’s re-entry into the
Prior to its June 1 opening, Brisbane
hadn’t seen a new five-star hotel since 1998,
and Australia was without a W hotel since the
re-brand of W Sydney in 2004.
According to W Brisbane’s general
manager Haldon Philip, the river-side city was
the perfect spot for the brand synonymous
with bold innovation to make its much-
“Brisbane is a developing city, and there’s some exciting things happening in Brisbane in the
future, and that’s exactly what W likes to do... get into markets which are growing, and
establish something new and exciting.”
Lending credence to his claim is the hotel itself, which, over 34 levels, 312 rooms and suites
and a versatile collection of meeting areas is the very embodiment of boundary-pushing design.
Some of its Brisbane-inspired decor includes neon beetles emblazoned onto the lifts, colour-
shifting wallpaper to reflect the city’s floods and serpents woven into the carpet.
The ‘Down Under’ narrative continues through the hotel’s 1100 square metres of event
space, including the Great Room, which can cater for up to 700 delegates and boasts a ceiling
that can morph into a starry sky, and the five 70-pax meeting rooms which offer river views.
Anyway, onto the party. At 7pm, guests made their high-heeled way to the hotel’s restaurant,
Three Blue Ducks, for some of its signature health-focused canapés. With an oyster in one
hand and martini in the other, we proceeded to meander through the set-up: an
Instagrammer’s playground of tinsel-draped archways, walls etched with Aussie lingo and
sartorially metallic entertainers.
The fan-girl scream of every millennial in attendance beckoned us to an adjoining stage room
where we were treated to a performance from Brisbane-born pop duo The Veronicas.
After half an hour of partying like it was 2005, we were off again, this time to the level four
WET deck: a 200-capacity destination pool bar oft-frequented by the locals.
Here we were greeted by yet another smorgasbord of eye-treats, including a mood-lit pool,
monochromatically patterned surfaces and acrobatic zorb performers.
When I called it a night at 11:30 pm, the party was still going strong. Given how much of a
bang it went off with, I’ll be hanging out for a golden ticket to the launch of W Sydney next year,
and W Melbourne the following. m
In 1988, the New Kids on the Block sang about ‘the right stuff ’. Here, Laura
Bradley writes about the new kid on Brisbane’s block, W Hotel Brisbane.
BRISBANE | LAURA BRADLEY
WEIRD, WACKY, WONDERFUL:
W HOTEL BRISBANE
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securing the rights to host one
of the world’s largest sport and
business summits – the
SportAccord World Sport and Business
Summit. This event, managed by Tourism
Australia, was made possible through
the assistance of the Coalition
Government’s Boosting Business Events
Bid Fund Program.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and
Investment Simon Birmingham said the
summit would bring more than 1500
international travellers from up to 100
countries to the Gold Coast next May.
“These types of events inject millions into the local economy and also support local
businesses, create local jobs and will ultimately help enhance the Gold Coast’s reputation
internationally as a must-visit destination,” he said.
The average business events visitor spends on average at least twice as much as a leisure
visitor. In 2017, business events visitors spent $4.75 billion in Australia.
Another of the Gold Coast’s bid wins – the 18th Australian Space Research Conference
(ARSC) - saw experts from the space research community convene on the Gold Coast last
month (September 24-26) at Mantra on View.
It was jointly sponsored and organised by the National Committee for Space and Radio
Science (NCSRS) and the National Space Society of Australia (NSSA), with the support of the
Mars Society of Australia (MSA).
The conference hosted around 200 space scientists, engineers, educators and
representatives from across the university, industry and government arms of the space sector.
The Gold Coast may be a major holiday destination but with
some spectacular facilities it is now increasingly attracting
business event delegates from near and far.
GOLD COAST | JILL VARLEY
SPOT ON FOR EVENTS
A glamorous night at Movieworld.
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