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Lisa Roberts

Lisa Roberts is the Owner/Director of Ultimate Conferences+Events, plus Founder of & Ultimate Performance+Recruitment.

Lisa (AKA "Lisa-Maree") has an extensive background sourcing appropriate venues & services for an incredibly diverse range of conference & event needs. Highly regarded by her loyal clientele & industry peers alike for her knowledge, insight, integrity & can-do approach - just some of the qualities which have ensured her forging an abundance of long-lasting relationships in the C&E sector.  

Possessing qualifications in Public Relations & Hotel Operations/Catering, Lisa hails from the hotel industry with experience in all facets of F&B, Front Office Supervision/Training, Conference/Events & Sales Management; with most recent industry positions as Director of Sales both within a global Hotel chain & independent more "dedicated conferencing" regional properties.

Most importantly, Lisa's passion for the industry & genuine interest in both matching appropriate solutions & helping people achieve is infectious - with an unwaivering commitment to providing the best possible service in support of your business needs from a meetings & events perspective. As a result, Lisa has developed an extensive network of contacts with strong relationships at all levels. 

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Visually virtulise your venue!

3D Virtual Tour hero image via Ultimate Conferences & - sample conference venue - Vibe Hotel MarysvilleShow off your spaces in immersive virtual reality!

3D Virtual Walk-through is a powerful tool that will certainly add dimension, engagement & that "WOW" factor to any venue. We Are VR features all the latest Virtual Reality & 3D Scanning Technology, so that anyone with a smart phone or laptop can step inside, look around & walk through a venue online with or without a VR headset.

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8 Tips - How to Host Effective Meetings

tips on how to have the most effective meeting - blog post by TheVenueShop.comThere are good meetings & there are “bad”. The bad drone on forever, never seem to get to the point, with you left wondering why you were even present. Effective ones will leave you energised, feeling you've really accomplished something. If you're responsible for meeting planning as part of your role, consider these tips for organising meetings participants actually value & look forward to.

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EA’s & PA’s - help is on the way! | Ultimate Conferences Brisbane Client Event on September 15 2016, co-hosted with Stamford Plaza Brisbane, The Styled Group and Be ChallengedAt the EAN Sydney Congress held at Luna Park last month, some of the team were excited to speak to you about how we can assist you when booking conferences, events and functions. We heard a number of times over the two days that the staff Christmas or EOY function is on your minds and the thought of having to research/contact venues can be a rather frustrating and time-consuming process.

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Tips for getting more balance in your life | Ultimate Conferences Brisbane Client Event on September 15 2016, co-hosted with Stamford Plaza Brisbane, The Styled Group and Be Challenged“Balance is not something you find, it's something you create” ― Jana Kingsford,

Maintaining a healthy balance in life is not only essential for well-being & happiness, but can be an enormous boost to your productivity, career or business success too. A well-balanced person has a far greater ability to focus their attention & energy on attaining their goals, taking productive actions & moving forward in a meaningful way.

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Are YOU ready to #BeBoldForChange in 2017 & beyond? BeBoldForChange Blog Post - written by Sadhana SmilesWith the IWD2017 theme "Be Bold for Change", so grateful to Sadhana Smiles, CEO of Harcourts Victoria & Founder of Links Fiji, for sharing this piece on the ways we all can strive to make a difference in 2017 & beyond.

*We were also very lucky to have Sadhana as one of our speakers at our Melbourne event on 8 March supporting this year's chosen charity, Wear For Success. (Some 2017 event pics HERE)

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The secret power of 'to do' lists

To-Do Lists blog post by Ultimate Conferences and TheVenueShop.comWhat is the secret power of to-do lists? Why are they so beneficial & how can you get the most out of them? Are to-do lists a thing of the past, or essential? Are they loved, loathed or misunderstood?

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7 tips for planning an awesome fundraising event

Tips for planning an awesome fundraising event on the blogWhen creating a checklist for your next fundraising event, it’s important to be organised & clear with your direction, time & audience. All successful events can include entertainment, delicious food, entertainment, raffle prizes & live charity auctions that can help to create high energy to excite your crowd - all while giving back to the community in a meaningful way...

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How to stay calm this Festive Season! | Ultimate Conferences blog - how to stay calm this festive seasonWhat a year 2016 has been! Christmas parties are upon us, Christmas Day is just around the croner and New Year’s Eve is fast approaching! Summer is now in full swing, so it’s easy to get caught up in the all the action. Here are a few simple tips to help you keep calm during this silly season.

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WIN VIP tickets to IWD2017

International Womens Day Luncheon 2017In recognition of women who lead, inspire & overcome the most extreme adversity, is offering you the chance to WIN 2x VIP tickets, including flights if interstate to join our International Women’s Day #Accelerate2017 #BeBoldForChange event.

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Facts & figures of Melbourne Cup Day

Flemington Racecourse - MelbourneIt’s arguably Australia’s biggest sporting event bringing together history, horse racing, fashion and hospitality. As the official caterers at the VRC, Peter Rowland will be serving, pouring and delighting hundreds of thousands of people across the four race days.

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NEW accommodation rooms at Stamford Plaza Melbourne

Stamford Plaza Melbourne - Melbourne Function Venue, Melbourne Conference Venue, Melbourne Event Venue, Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne AccommodationStamford Plaza Melbourne has just revealed its brand new superior rooms. The additional 26 rooms takes the hotel’s room inventory up to 308 rooms and suites.

The $4.4 million project which commenced in April saw the new superior hotel rooms added to the East tower of the hotel, located on 111 Little Collins Street at the popular Paris end of town.

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BRISBANE networking event | Ultimate Conferences Brisbane Client Event on September 15 2016, co-hosted with Stamford Plaza Brisbane, The Styled Group and Be ChallengedJoin us on September 15th at the Brisbane Plaza Stamford...

Are you responsible for booking or organising your company conferences, business events, training workshops, perhaps even occasional off-site team-building or the annual Christmas function...?  

Appreciate a little support & inspiration... 

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Organised or attended a business event recently? - 5 ways to win a luxe stay, review to winWIN a Luxe Stay!

A reminder our team are here to look after you… & what EA doesn’t deserve a little pampering?

So this quarter, each time you SUBMIT any venue review via or review our service on facebook, you will receive an entry to win a luxury stay at your choice of Melbourne, Sydney or Hong Kong!  ENTER here via 5 Ways To Win to maximise your chances by following the prompts to answer a simple question, share with colleagues & more...

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The Stars align for a VIP celebration

Our Erin recently forced to overcome her nerves, was whisked away by helicopter to a top secret event in the Yarra Valley 

15 special guests representing highly regarded meeting & event companies enjoyed the elaborate VIP event, hosted by The Star Entertainment Group on 23 February 2016, in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) 

The red-carpet rolled out, guests dined on a 5 course degustation menu at ezard, Levantine Hill... a gastronomic partnership between hatted chef Teage Ezard and Levantine Hill Estate.

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International Women's Day Lunch Event: move forward, ignite your sense of passion & purpose!

International Women's Day Lunch Event with Turia Pitt, Panellists, Prize, Charity Auction & more - Peninsula, Docklands Melbourne Venue

Melbourne, 8 March 2016 

Join us for a celebration of women who lead, inspire & who have overcome the most extreme adversity. Savvy, sophisticated & extraordinary! 

READ MORE for tickets, corporate tables or sponsor opportunities: event proceeds to benefit m.a.d.woman foundation "making a difference" 

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Our story... your Event Success!

Not just a resource, your ultimate support & "events" best friend...

Your choice of conference or function space sets the mood & tone before your guests even step inside!
Q. What's key to the most successful corporate or private events? The added value & expert insight from those "in the know", there to truly support you on all aspects of venue & supplier selection... 
We've been there, we care:  join in our story...

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Summer Cocktails

TheVenueShop Blog Post - Summer Cocktails - 18 December 2015It is really heating up in Australia & cocktails are always a summer favourite. So here are some of the most popular recipes from our friends at Peter Rowland Catering.

– Wishing you a very merry festive season, summer holidays & New Year!

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Your Meeting+Event Success is a sure bet @theVenueShop

TheVenueShop #AccorCasinoRoyale exclusive BONUS conference & event venue booking offersCash in on #VenueShopper BONUS exclusive* rewards

WIN • EARN • CLAIM •  into 2016...
#AccorCasinoRoyale #ProjectSuccess event guests are not the only winners as 2015 nears its end. The Ultimate Conferences | TheVenueShop team celebrate with fabulous offers available now & for 2016 events too! Learn more & start booking to accrue your rewards

It all starts here... with our unrivalled connections! 

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An end of year extravaganza... Casino Royale style

AccorCasinoRoyale TheVenueShop Ultimate EOY client eventThe colour, the glamour, winners...
PLUS, continuing the fun & excitement for #VenueShoppers!!!

TheVenueShop|UltimateConferences+Events' team celebrated 2015 at their #AccorCasinoRoyale #ProjectSuccess event on 19 November. The thought into every detail did not go unnoticed by their guests, who enjoyed vibrant networking, delectable catering, creative cocktails, working the gaming tables & completing a serious of "missions" as they vied for a host of amazing prizes!

Read on for more pics, event partner details & your chance to "cash in your chips"  with BONUS offers to celebrate well into 2016!

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#ProjectSuccess fundraiser major prize winner announced!

Ultimate Conferences & Events | TheVenueShop ProjectSuccess Wear for Success fundraiser - prizewinner

TheVenueShop helps the unemployed: whilst calling for continued corporate & events industry support...

Amanda from Wesley College was presented with a package including accommodation, flights & even $1,000 spending money to enjoy at QT Sydney.

The inaugural #ProjectSuccess  raffle was launched at an Ultimate Conferences & TheVenueShop event where the team brought together a number of their corporate clients at premium Melbourne venue - The Waiting Room at Crown Towers on 29 September 2015.  

TheVenueShop hosted the fundraiser, organised a clothing drive & presented Wear for Success staff with a donation of newly purchased suits for their employment program - in addition to the raffle prize valued at $2,500 - as part of their commitment to their #ProjectSuccess fundraising goals for the coming year. 

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Clarion Hotel on Canterbury

A huge success... and lunch was amazing!!

Clarion Hotel on Canterbury Thankyou for making our Planning Day a huge success. The team loved the venue and the lunch was amazing!! A very enjoyable day. I will definitely be recommending your venue to all my colleagues - the experience was fantastic!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley

We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley "Wanted to say thank you so much for the great service and your patience with all our changes throughout. We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect! (Well maybe the coffee machine struggled to keep up with us, but overall, everything was great). The venue set up and lunch was great - the buffet really enjoyable, especially the variety of catering offered.

Fudge by Rich

Absolutely delicious, beautifully packaged...

Fudge by Rich As always, absolutely delicious with amazing feedback from all who tried the product! Beautifully packaged up for us, delivery process fast and reliable, and Nicole couldn't have been more helpful in turning around such a large order on such short notice ensuring we had everything needed for the trade show... Think I have a new favourite flavour too, the Rocky Road is to die for!!

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach

What a professional events team...

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach "The events team at Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach are truly professionals at what they do. The organisation in particular of the banquets team - always so helpful and ensure that our seminars run smoothly. The only minor suggestion that I would make is more labels to indicate the types salads and sandwiches that are on offer on lunch buffets."

Rydges Bankstown

Suited our brief perfectly... staff could not do enough for us!

Rydges Bankstown "Rydges Bankstown suited our brief perfectly: close to our sites, an abundance of parking and a great function room with natural lighting. The staff were very friendly and could not do enough for us, I am sure we will use this venue again."


An absolute blast - can't wait to try another amazing VictorsFood experience!

VictorsFood “VictorsFood made our event a truly memorable one. Every one of our team members had an absolute blast making pizzas together with the fun and enthusiastic chefs… We can’t wait to try another one of VictorsFoods' amazing experiences!”

Mantra Bell City

I really appreciated the attention to detail & communication...

Mantra Bell City "Whilst I do not attend these meetings to see the room in person, I certainly had no complaints from any of my management team (no news good news!) The communication from the event co-ordinator in particular was excellent prior to our meeting. It was organised at short notice and she showed such high attention to detail which I really appreciated."

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne

Really good quality & great value... best external meeting venue in a while!

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne "The room was appropriately presented, with everything we had requested already in place. Morning tea and lunch were more than ample, and was 'yummy'! Really good quality and great value for money. One of the managers even said it’s been the best external meeting venue he’s been to in a while."


The venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none!

Dockside "We held our Staff Christmas party at Dockside this year - the venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none. From the moment I booked the venue, the service was fantastic. The event organiser kept in contact throughout the year, reminding when things needed to be done. Everything went smoothly on the night of the party, the food was amazing, the staff were excellent & the event manager on the night bent over backwards to help with...

Yarra Valley Estate

Excellent food, fantastic spaces to relax & network, country hospitality - we'll definitely be back again!

Yarra Valley Estate Our team really enjoyed the time spent at Yarra Valley Conference Centre. The staff were friendly and accommodating, the food was excellent and the spaces for the group to relax and network after a hard day's conferencing were fantastic and very well utilised!