5 Ways to WIN a Luxury Stay

TheVenueShop.com.au Review a conference venue or function space with Gleam for chance to win - Sydney Melbourne or Hong Kong

SYDNEY ~ MELBOURNE ~ 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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How to create an effective media wall

Ultimate Conferences | TheVenueShop.com blog post - how to create an effective media wallFrom glamorous 'red carpet' photo opportunities to bold, eye-catching backdrops, media walls are an essential element of any sponsored event. When well designed, they are a great marketing tool: allowing for event branding, enhancing event themeing, encouraging photo opportunities & most importantly, promoting sponsors with ease. All this without detracting from the event & guests. Sounds simple right? hmmm... wrong! 

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5 tips on keeping your attendees engaged

Five tips on keeping attendees engaged blog post by Ultimate Conferences and Events and TheVenueShop.comWe’ve booked thousands of conferences, meetings and events over the years, and there’s nothing worse than watching attendees check out early as a result of utter boredom. These 5 tips will help ensure your next conference, meeting or event is an engaging and memorable experience for all your attendees.

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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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The new seating style of 2016: The Lounge Zone

New seating style for event planners - TheVenueShop BlogShake things up in 2016! Conferences, gala dinners & sales incentives of yesteryear typically seated guests in a formal style. Banquet rounds, cabaret, theatre, U-shape... usually only one seating type for the event duration. To encourage networking & a refreshed vibe, planners have a new arrangement in the mix: introducing the "Lounge Zone'

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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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6 Conference Trends You Need To Know

1300TheVenueShop - Staging Connections 6 conferences trends you need to knowIf you haven’t been to a conference in a few years, then you are in for a big surprise. These once stiff, white-collared, corporate events are changing, and have seriously raised the bar on everything from styling to attendee engagement.

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Big is back for end of year celebrations - Part 4: Northern Lights

1300TheVeneuShop - Northern Lights Event ThemeThe final part of the Staging Connections four-part blog series on this year's event theme trends for end of years parties, this week it is all about embracing sleek and sophisticated Scandinavian design.

As you would have read from the previous weeks' predictions, this year, immersive events are hotly tipped to be the way to give your guests an exciting and memorable celebration and importantly, to end the year with a bang! Some event themes are classic and will always inspire, while others trend alongside popular culture.

This year though, Christmas event styling is focusing on creating immersive events that ‘tell a story’ with festive flair. Immersive events are all about going above and beyond your typical styling treasure trove to embracing audio visual solutions that will transform your venue. We want to give you a taste of what is hot this year in event styling and what the top tips are for really bringing your theme to life!

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5 Ways to Ruin your Christmas Function

1300TheVenueShop - Office Christmas PartyAs the Christmas season is fast approaching, it's time to start organising, planning, and most of all remembering what NOT to do.

Two team members, Jaime and Sarah, from Showtime Events Centre and Cargo Hall,  share their insights...

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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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How to plan the perfect outdoor event, safely: Part 2

There’s no setting for an event that can compete with nature itself!

In the spirit of welcoming the Winter chills, we thought it only fitting to reflect on the glorious outdoor events that the long and sun-filled days that Summer allows us. To honour this, we have compiled a quick list of outdoor event essentials to help you plan properly for next season. Last month we shared part one of this blog post - which concentrated on having the right people for the job, styling for outdoor events, and ensuring your equipment is weather-proof.

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How to plan the perfect outdoor event, safely: Part 1

With winter well and truly on its way, and summery corporate outdoor events drawing to a close we have taken some time to reflect and compile a list of essentials to guide you in planning for your next Spring/Summer corporate event.

There is no setting for an event that can compete with nature itself!

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Event Styling for Colour Events & Intimate Dinners

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Event Styling Profile: Carnivale & Mad Hatters Tea Party Themes


As 2014 ended, our friends at Staging Connections saw the installation and execution of two very colourful events - a Carnivale themed corporate function at The Westin Sydney and a Mad Hatters Tea Party themed Christmas Party in the Sun Room of Ivy

The brief for the Mad Hatters Tea Party was for a fun-filled room with props and teapots to create a Mad Hatter environment. As the guests were going to be dressed in theme, it allowed the Staging Connections styling team to get really creative with the quirky side of the Alice in Wonderland story. The client also expanded the brief, allowing them to style further into the space than what was originally planned, really allowing them to immerse every area of this quaint venue. 

Take a closer look into this week's Event Styling Profile brought to you by Event Stylist, Felicity Webb...

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Conference & Event Styling Trends for 2015

Conference & Event Styling Trends 2015

Each year we see the effect of what’s "hot" in Hollywood washing up here on our own shores. So to most of us, it would be no surprise to see that the event themes of last year so dominated by the much loved Great Gatsby. Pop culture has influence over almost every facet of society, and of course, events are no exception. Wondering what may be in store for event themes in 2015? We suspect it will be more than "a few of shades of grey!" The stylists at Staging Connections have it all covered - from brilliant blues to florals and metallics - 2015 is certainly looking to be one exciting year on the event styling front!

Take a closer look with the talented Georgia Strachan - a Queensland based Event Stylist, reveals more on what we can expect to see on the event circuit throughout 2015...

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7 Lighting Tips for your Events

Staging Connections provide 7 Lighting Tips for your Conferences, Conventions & Events

Lighting your event is so fundamental and yet so often overlooked. Attention to detail makes the difference between an average event and an extraordinary one. Lighting is so much more than just putting a spotlight on your performer, it creates ambience, displays video content and can be used to in conjunction with architectural elements and dynamic fixtures to build a visual experience that will leave your guests in awe.

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Staging Connections wins 2014 SafeWork Award

Luke Sullivan, Principal Advisor Health Safety & Environment (HSE) at Staging Connections, has taken home the trophy, winning 'Best individual contribution to workplace health & safety’ at the NSW Government 2014 SafeWork Awards, 30 October 2014. 

Luke has been instrumental in rolling out numerous campaigns across Staging Connections’ national workforce with a focus on the safety of employees, on site & on the road. The overarching program of safety at Staging Connections is Stagesafe, the first risk management system designed specifically for the events industry.

In addition to a robust system, key to Stagesafe is a mobile app, allowing workers on site to access the system any time & any place. 

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Ultimate checklist - choosing Conference or Event Venues

TheVenueShop.com - the choice of conference or function venue sets the mood and tone before your guests event step inside

Your choice of event venue sets the mood & tone before your audience even steps inside...

Both geographical location & reputation convey meaning to your invited guests before they even RSVP. The process of getting there starts shaping your attendee’s experience before they’ve experienced your message. Then add a myriad of practical considerations such as seating capacity, economic factors like equipment inclusions, speakers/entertainments, plus the intangibles such as quality of service from administration through to delivery. With so much to take into account, where do you start?

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NEW VENUE!!! Design Revealed - Hunter Valley

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To open 30 Jan 2015


Artist impressions of the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Conference & Events Centre were recently released along with news that the venue is on target for their planned opening earlier 2015.

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The art of SHOWcraft introducing the WOW at your events

StagingConnections Sydney Event Director, Chris Lewis, talks SHOWcraft for events. How you can introduce extra WOW factor through living environments, live screen interaction, impressive presentation content and more... 

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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."

VictorsFood

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."

Dockside

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!