5 tips for keeping your attendees engaged

We’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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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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Top 10 conference food trends for 2015

Top 10 food trends at conferencesEveryone knows food can make or break an event, so it’s essential to nail the brief.

The International Association of Conference Centres has released its report into food trends for 2015 that are influencing meeting planners when it comes to catering for conferences across the globe.

IACC’s CEO Mark Cooper said it’s no longer enough just to provide the basics.

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How do you display multiple content on screen?

Each week, Staging Connections aims to demystify the world of AV equipment and event services lingo to reveal exactly what those techs are talking about! In this weeks #TechieTuesday it is explained what on earth 'PIP' means - a feature that allows you to display multiple video feeds into one screen!

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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

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley 1

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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NEW VENUE!! Sydney - InterContinental Double Bay

Stillery gin bar - InterContinental Sydney Double BayOpen 6 Nov 2014

The much anticipated opening of the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is ahead of schedule, welcoming guests to the 140-room 5 star property from Thursday, 6 November

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What is "Speakers Prep" & why do I need it for my conference or event?

From a technical point of view, "Speakers Prep" is a service which helps your conference run smoothly by looking after all your speaker needs before, during and after the event.

Before a conference or function starts, speakers can be provided with a unique email so they can provide their presentations ahead of the event direct to the organiser/venue/technicians running the conference...

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HINTS & TIPS: Choosing the Best Seating Style for your Conference/Event Audience

So you have found the perfect venue for your next event, now you need to start to think about the room layout and in particular the seating style for your audience.

You have invited your audience to communicate a message, so it’s important that your audience is seated in the best way to achieve the maximum impact for your message!

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RECIPE: "Foolproof" Scones from guest contributor, Patrick Scheiber (Rydges Hotels & Resorts)

Patrick's Perfect Foolproof Scones - TheVenueShop
This week we welcome a contribution from our National Key Account Manager at Rydges Hotels & Resorts - the most entertaining Patrick Scheiber, who no doubt will be well known to many regular #VenueShoppers.

Patrick shares his own recipe for the ideal winter tea break. In keeping with our philosophy @TheVenueShop & Ultimate Conferences to keep things as simple & easy as possible, he assures us this recipe is "fool proof!"

Donning his apron to whip up a perfect batch, what will his team make of them?

Read more for the recipe for these “fabulous” scones... Perfect to serve with your latte, hot chocolate or tea of choice this winter... 

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Thanks to all the “early adopters” already embracing our NEW resource

Thanks to all the “early adopters” already embracing our NEW resource – theVenueShop  

Our mission? To become one of the most comprehensive, credible & invaluable sites available for sourcing & booking business event venues (hotels, resorts, conference centres, unique venues), team building, speakers/entertainment, theming & more...

Our clients, hoteliers, venue contacts & industry partners/suppliers alike can all benefit, as there's something for everyone - whether it be:

  • Our first of its kind Loyalty REWARDS Program for ALL venueshop clients
  • A place to provide relevant, reliable VENUE REVIEWS - in context with business events
  • Our free, time-saving venue/supplier sourcing & booking services
  • Or as a fantastic vehicle for promoting your venue or service - in numerous ways where other sites fall short

…Just as a small snapshot!

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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!