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Make this Christmas the one that you put a smile on a stranger's face!

Christmas Wishing Tree - Stand 39 EAN Congress, Ultimate Conferences & at Sofitel Melbourne 29-30 November 2017 - Make a Stranger Smile campaign for Wear For SuccessPlease join our Christmas Wish project in the lead up to year end, each contribution can change a life!

Our team will be exhibiting at the final EAN congress for 2017 in Melbourne. We're setting up a "wishing tree" donation drop-off point - on expo Stand 39 at Sofitel on Collins, 29-30 November, but are certainly happy to coordinate individual collections too...

#MakeADifference #ConfidenceBeliefSuccess #ExecutiveAssistantNetwork #EAN #GiveWhereYouLive

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Join our upcoming CLIENT EVENT & overnight FAMIL

Seeking outstanding facilities, technology & room to think for your next conference or team retreat? Rediscover Aitken Hill with new management & a fresh new approach...

Bec & Lisa will be co-hosting an intimate, private group famil with activity, site tour, dinner (breakfast at leisure Sunday, partner or colleague welcome) overnight on Saturday 28 October 2017

This event will fill fast, get in quick to express your interest!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Need a break? Our picks: 4 Top City Hotel Spa retreats

Australian top 4 city hotel day spa retreats - via Ultimate Conferences & TheVenueShop.comFeeling weary, stressed & in need of a little pampering? A spa break could help you to make it through the upcoming silly season. For some valuable time on the massage table, we suggest you check out (or check into!) one of these fabulous CBD hotel retreats & chill out...

*PLUS, your chance to WIN a luxe escape! 

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Beating Work Stress (Part 3) Clean Eating

Clean-eating, de-stress - try this One&Only Wolgan Valley recipe at homeTaking time out to prepare a good meal another great way to revitalise your mind, body & soul.  Cooking as an activity in itself, can help us to "be mindful", add "balance" plus when done right, "look after our body" (see 8 Tips for Stress Fitness)

Eating well doesn't need to be complicated or take too much time for those already struggling to fit everything in. Our friends at ultra-luxury wellness resort, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley have shared a delicious dish to create. This Citrus & Fennel salad makes a perfect wholesome lunch, gorgeous side or starter when entertaining. 
PLUS for a chance to WIN a One&Only luxury wellness pamper package - request your Ultimate Events Guide & enter the draw

Enjoy this recipe plus click HERE to request a One&Only "Ultimate Events Guide" & enter the draw to win a luxury wellness pamper pack!

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Add this premium Melbourne event to your calendar


*Plus SUBSCRIBE for VIP updates, early-bird sales & chance to WIN tickets

Save the date - International Womens Day 2018

You can click HERE for photos of our 2017 event

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Beating work stress - before it damages your health (Part 2)

Rejuvenating your mind, body, soul!

Beating work stress - rejuvenate mind body & soul via Ultimate Conferences &

A little inspiration> "de-stress, refresh & reset" as one of our stunning NSW venue partners takes us on a journey... 

Put up your feet, take a breath & escape... PART 2 includes exclusive offers, plus chance to take home an Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley luxury gift pack to relax & enjoy!
#BeInItToWinIt #EAlife #Pampering #Wellness

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Beating work stress - before it damages your health (Part 1)

8 Tips for Stress Fitness - build your resilience!

Beating work stress - tips to build your stress fitness via Ultimate Conferences &

It is possible to build your resistance to the toxic pressures & demands life can throw at you, just as you would your physical fitness.

PLUS, for our EAs & meeting/event planners (among top most stressful jobs) ...Some inspiration for rejuvenating mind, body & soul via one of our stunning NSW venue partners.  

So, please relax for a few minutes with us over your favourite cuppa & make sure you read PART 2 for your chance also to WIN the most decadent pampering gift package to assist you de-stress!
#BeInItToWinIt #EAlife #Pampering #Wellness

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Fashionable FUNdraising

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Delivering on trend Themed Events & Christmas Parties

Delivering on trend themed events & Christmas parties - via - real venue comparisons, real advice, really FREE!

You’ve survived another EOFY & now it’s time to finalise your team’s end of year events… How to recognise or reward staff & set the tone for the coming year, or perhaps arrange a celebration with your clients as a thankyou for their support. We appreciate it’s no easy task to create impact year-on-year & make the right impression on your guests.

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5 Ways to WIN a Luxury Stay Review a conference venue or function space with Gleam for chance to win - Sydney Melbourne or Hong Kong


Check out your chance to win an overnight stay, with choice of 3 iconic cosmopolitan destinations. If you ever arrange or attend business events, then you qualify to enter (and as many times as you like)

What are you waiting for? Let us know your preferred city getaway if the chosen winner, then hop to it... you must be in it to win it!  Follow the instructions to complete your entry HERE & best of luck!

*With 4 prizes to draw, maximise your chances & get in early...

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So easy! Christmas Nutella Pie | Ultimate Conference RECIPE - Nutella Christmas Tree

Christmas is a time for sharing... so after exchanging recipe ideas with recent visitors to (Patrick & Veronica from Rydges Hotel Group), accompanied by 2 of the cutest "Nutella loving" elves yet to grace our office, the elves put this festive recipe we found for a Nutella Christmas tree to the test.

We think they did an absolutely fab job! What a wonderful activity with the kids or last minute inspiration for a showstopping festive dessert. Check out pics & full recipe in today's blog. What a scrummy, oh so simple recipe - just the way we like it at Christmas!

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EA Networking Event (MELBOURNE) Tuesday, 12 May 2016

Shake it up with & Ultimate Conferences team - Executive Assistant Network event, 12 May 2016: Plaza Ballroom, Vibe Savoy Hotel MelbourneBring out your inner "Cocktail Queen"! 

Responsible for organising your conferences, staff team-building or client networking events? Always looking for new ideas to inject into your events - whether in-house or off-site?

Come "meet, mix & mingle" with other EA's: share in the fun, prizes & networking at this highly interactive event. Enjoy your exotic creations & access resources sure to be invaluable to your future event planning needs...

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3 Tips for More Focus and Less Stress

3 tips for more focus and less stressSimple ways to get the most from every day... & yourself as well! 

Did you know? Researchers have recently named Event Planning as the 5th most stressful occupation?

The vast majority of us are under some sort of stress. Make no mistake. Part of the problem is that we've become so used to it - it doesn't seem like a big deal.

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Have a ball - make a difference! 14 May 2016

m.a.d.woman foundation gala fundraiser

So grateful to those who joined in our International Women's Day Luncheon on 8 March 2016 to benefit m.a.d.woman foundation. To further help support vulnerable & needy Australian children, we encourage you to please now join their gala fundraiser, on Saturday 14 May 2016 at St Kilda Town Hall...

m.a.d.woman foundation gala - 14 May 2016, St Kilda Town Hall


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Pledge For Parity 2016 close are we to parity in 2016?

So grateful to welcome CEO of Harcourts & Founder of Links Fiji as a panellist/speaker at our International Women's Day Event in Melbourne on 8 March 2016 supporting m.a.d.woman foundation (you can read all about the amazing fundraising results achieved, plus view pics from the event HERE!)

Given the IWD2016 theme"Pledge for Parity", Sadhana Smiles shares an excerpt on the subject of parity for us all to consider... how can you "make a difference?"

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Let nothing stand in your way this IWD2016!

Win 2 Tickets to our International Women's Day luncheon event with Turia Pitt & more in support of m.a.d.woman foundationLike to join Turia Pitt for lunch on 8 March?

Your chance to WIN 2 tickets on us! Lunch/beverages, keynote, insightful panellists, networking... goodie bags, door prizes, incredible items to bid for with entertaining live auction format... & more!

Purchase tickets, corporate tables or make a donation: event proceeds to benefit m.a.d.woman foundation "making a difference" 

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Research Conference 2016 Accommodation


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Like to WIN an ArtSeries accommodation package?

REVIEW & win with Ultimate Conferences & TheVenueShop

Attended or organised a conference or event recently?

If so, check out this VenueShop exclusive opportunity. You could WIN an accommodation package+ with ArtSeries Hotels just for sharing your feedback!! 

One entry per review* on any function venue, hotel, resort... right around Australia/New Zealand

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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!