WORLD CHAMPIONS TO CONTEST BRISBANE

WORLD CHAMPIONS TO CONTEST BRISBANE

BRISBANE International has secured a record eight Grand Slam champions for this summer’s tournament, the highest number in the event’s six-year history.

Five of the world’s top 11 men will battle it out for the 2015 title, presented by Suncorp, as well as eight of the world’s top 20 women. 

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BACK IN FULL SWING

BACK IN FULL SWING

THE BRISBANE International will be in full swing again this January with a stellar line-up of global superstars.

Tournament director and CEO of Tennis Queensland, Cameron Pearson, says the tournament has gone from strength to strength over the years thanks to a draw of big names and great sporting atmosphere at the Pat Rafter Arena.

A vari...

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SUCCESS 'ALWAYS LEAVES A GAP TO FILL'

SUCCESS 'ALWAYS LEAVES A GAP TO FILL'

NO MATTER how successful, lucrative or innovative a business might be, there is always an identifiable gap to fill, says corporate strategist Daniel Want. “The most powerful things in the world are usually the most simple,” says Want, whose talent lies in finding modern solutions for age-old business problems including exit st...

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NEW OWNERS BOOST LINKS HOPE ISLAND

NEW OWNERS BOOST LINKS HOPE ISLAND

LINKS Hope Island, the Gold Coast’s premier golf course, continues to blossom under its new owners. The acquisition was made by Golden Horse Nine Dragon Lake Holdings Limited the owner and developer of the 45 hole Dragon Lake Golf Resort in Guangzhou, China, host of the prestigious PGA event, The Royal Trophy, an Asia vs Europe vers...

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QHA NAMES BEST FOOD AND BEVERAGE EMPLOYEE

QHA NAMES BEST FOOD AND BEVERAGE EMPLOYEE

MON KOMO Hotel’s functions and events manager has landed an award for Best Food and Beverage Employee at the 2014 Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence. Amanda Melville (pictured left) was honoured to be named as best in the category in Queensland. “A team is only as strong as its leader and I hope to encoura...

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ROYAL PINES SWEEPS AWARDS

ROYAL PINES SWEEPS AWARDS

RACV Royal Pines Resort has taken home a swag of awards at the Queensland Hotel Association Awards for Excellence in Brisbane last week. The tourism operator was awarded best redeveloped accommodation, best functions/operations facility, best environmental practice and best restaurant for Videre. The 2014 awards received more than 300 ...

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MARRIOTT RESTAURANT RECOGNISED FOR EXCELLENCE

MARRIOTT RESTAURANT RECOGNISED FOR EXCELLENCE

Marriott Hotel’s signature restaurant Critique has been awarded Best Informal Seafood Restaurant in South East Queensland. More than 230 eateries and caterers were judged in various categories at the prestigious Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence 2014. Marriott Australia’s multi prope...

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HOTEL DUO FOR BRISBANE AIRPORT

HOTEL DUO FOR BRISBANE AIRPORT

A BIG brand hotelier has announced two big-ticket projects for the Brisbane Airport precinct as part of a job-boosting $150 million development.

Australia’s largest hotel operator, Accor, will develop a new Pullman and ibis hotel in the Domestic Terminal Precinct at Brisbane Airport.

Pullman will operate as a 5-star hotel and ibis ho...

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EMPOWERING WOMEN IN BUSINESS

EMPOWERING WOMEN IN BUSINESS

THE SUCCESS Women’s Network launched in Brisbane on Wednesday night, to inspire, motivate and celebrate the success of women in Queensland. The launch is intended to help connect strong local business and career driven women to improve business operations, generate leads, inform, educate and have fun, all of which are imperative aspect...

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NEW RESTAURANT FLAGGED FOR SOUTHPORT

NEW RESTAURANT FLAGGED FOR SOUTHPORT

COUNCIL is accepting tenders for a fresh and unconventional restaurant idea, for a site overlooking the Broadwater Parklands. Acting Mayor Donna Gates says they are looking for an experienced restaurateur to deliver high quality dining at the Southport location. “We want something that pops and piques the city’s imagination, bec...

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CONVENTION CENTRE GRABS BEST VENUE GONG

CONVENTION CENTRE GRABS BEST VENUE GONG

THE Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has been awarded Best Meeting Venue in Australia at the Meetings and Events Australia National awards. FY12 was the centre’s most successful year since opening in 2004, contributing to a strong $284 million injection in to the Queensland economy. Boosting the Gold Coast’s leisur...

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CELEBRATE AT THE ULTIMATE NETWORKING EVENT

CELEBRATE AT THE ULTIMATE NETWORKING EVENT

IT IS the chance to meet the new generation of business achievers at one of the city’s trendiest locations. The 2012 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards gala luncheon will be held on Friday, November 9 at the spectacular Cloudland ‘urban oasis’ (pictured) in Fortitude Valley. The venue is set among 5000 different plants with a r...

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AN ENDURING DESTINATION

AN ENDURING DESTINATION

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat hasn’t rested on its laurels as one of the most respected institutions in Queensland tourism.

The third-generation family business has invested heavily back into its own product and is taking an innovative approach to surviving tough times for the tourism industry.

“We have gone into corpora...

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CELEBRATE A YEAR TO REMEMBER

CELEBRATE A YEAR TO REMEMBER

AS ANOTHER hectic working year draws to a close, Brisbane’s top event planners say the city provides many options to celebrate 2012. Bustling with innovation, industry, research and development, Brisbane offers a strong proposition for corporate events, networking and forging long-term relationships with clients and contacts. Brisbane Mark...

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LEARN ABOUT WINE AS YOU NETWORK

LEARN ABOUT WINE AS YOU NETWORK

HEAD to the Kedron-Wavell Services Club on June 27 as Tempus Two winemaker Scott Comyns (pictured) plans to take palates on a vinous journey. He will educate on five Tempus Two wines and provide food-pairing suggestions, specially prepared for the night by the executive chef of Kedron Wavell Services Club. Comyns’ passion for wine was infl...

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SUPER-SIZED SCREEN UPGRADE FOR GCCEC

SUPER-SIZED SCREEN UPGRADE FOR GCCEC

PICTURE yourself on this . . .

A screen that’s 27m wide and 5.5m high will get pride of place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) as part of a $500,000 upgrade of the audiovisual capacity at the popular venue.

The super-screen is part of the centre’s energised plans to maintain competitiveness in a challenging ...

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MANAGE CHANGE MORE EFFICIENTLY TO SUCCEED

MANAGE CHANGE MORE EFFICIENTLY TO SUCCEED

INCREASED global competition and the rapid rate of technological advances have shown the need to manage change in order to succeed in business. Queensland Urban Utilities CEO Ian Maynard (pictured) will appear at the Griffith Business School’s Global Insights Series on April 27 in the Sebel & Citigate, sharing how he successfully led m...

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DENTIST SEMINAR HAS ECONOMIC BITE

DENTIST SEMINAR HAS ECONOMIC BITE

MORE than 120 dentists will converge on the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre for the acclaimed Economics of Life in Dentistry seminar in May. The Dental Solution Australia presentation is sponsored by Dental Partners and will feature Dr Omer Reed (pictured). Currently serving in the faculty at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dent...

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CORPORATE EVENTS POWER INTO 2012

CORPORATE EVENTS POWER INTO 2012

THE city’s business events sector is booming. In 2010-11 it hosted 103 more meetings than the previous financial year – a 9 per cent increase. Tourism brings $4 billion to the Gold Coast’s economy each year, with $3.1 billion coming from the leisure sector, while $350 million was contributed by business expenditure in 2011. Gol...

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BRISBANE AIMS TO BECOME CORPORATE EVENTS CAPITAL

BRISBANE AIMS TO BECOME CORPORATE EVENTS CAPITAL

WITH numerous world-class facilities and a thriving, accessible domestic and international airport, Events Queensland CEO John O’Sullivan believes Brisbane could become the nation’s corporate events capital. Already regarded as one of Australia’s top three corporate destinations, the city could overtake Sydney and Melbourne to ...

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