Centre Dominates at MEA Awards

first_imgThe Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre has dominated Australia’s leading events industry awards, winning a best-ever four categories in last night’s Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) National Awards.The Centre won the top awards for Meeting Venue – 500 delegates or more, Banquet and Catering, In-House AV services and Corporate Social Responsibility, announced at MEA’s annual awards gala in Brisbane.Centre Chief Executive Ton van Amerongen said the four awards provided a welcome endorsement of the Centre’s standing as Australia’s leading conference venue.“The Centre has placed a very strong emphasis on innovation and creativity,” Mr van Amerongen said. “Our ambition has always been to offer not just a first-class facility in one of the world’s most enviable locations, but also an extremely high level of in-house expertise. “We’re especially pleased to be recognised in areas like catering and audio visual services, because these are some of the fields in which the Centre has strived to provide standards and skills that simply aren’t available elsewhere,” he said.  “And being named Australia’s best large-scale venue is a great honour given the effort and investment we’ve put into constant improvement and renewal at the Centre.”  The MEA awards come one month after the Centre was given the same honours in the association’s NSW awards.  They were based on detailed submissions outlining the Centre’s business processes, innovations and demonstrated excellence within the business events sector.   Using case studies of various events, the submissions highlighted the Centre’s role in assisting organisers to reach their objectives, through flexible meeting spaces, creative technical production and design, innovative menus and environmental initiatives to make events more sustainable.The MEA award for Corporate Social Responsibility was awarded jointly to the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau. Source = Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centrelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Scenic Luxury Cruises

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterScenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has just confirmed the first sailing date for Scenic Eclipse has been pushed back until 15 August 2019. Cumulatively, the delays have put the ship nearly 12 months behind its original launch date of 31 August 2018.“We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience these delays to the launch of Scenic Eclipse have caused our guests. As a company we have done everything possible to complete the ship within the time limits that were set previously, but a series of events that are outside our control have put us in a position where we must delay,” stated a company spokesperson.Ongoing financial challenges faced by Uljanik Shipyard, where Scenic Eclipse is being built, have caused a range of ongoing impacts, the Australian company said.“Shipyard workers have not been paid full salaries since August 2018, which has led to strikes and manpower shortages as well as several other shipyard disruptions, resulting in months of lost production. To keep the build moving as quickly as possible in these challenging circumstances Scenic has expanded the team within the shipyard by employing Cruise Ship specialists from Finland, Italy, the UK and Norway.“The expanded Scenic team took over the lead role in completing the ship, with in excess of 115 directly employed specialists in cooperation with the shipyard’s remaining management team and more than 500 subcontractors,” Scenic added.There is, however, a silver lining. Scenic has said a “very positive development” for the Scenic Eclipse build – and the Uljanik Group – was a partnership between the Croatian DIV Group and Italian shipyard Fincantieri. This consortium was confirmed as the new owner of Uljanik on 7 February 2019.Scenic said it is now “confident that these new owners will bring stability and focus to current and future ship builds.”Accordingly, the Scenic Group has signed a letter of intent with the new consortium that will lead the shipyard to set up a new Discovery Yacht division within the restructured Uljanik group. This new joint venture will be fully focused on completing Scenic Eclipse and on expediting the build of the second Scenic Eclipse, as well as progressing development of the next generations of Scenic’s Discovery Yachts.Guests impacted by the latest delay are being offered a full refund for the cost of their Scenic Eclipse cruise and consideration of any other reasonable associated costs incurred with their travel plans. In addition, Scenic will provide all guests who rebook a Scenic Eclipse voyage a future cruise credit to the value of 25% of the cost of their rebooked cruise.Scenic has established a dedicated phone number for guests and has begun reaching out to all guests and travel agents to provide details on the process of refunding and offering an opportunity to apply the 25% discount to other voyages.Lead image: Scenic Eclipse as of January 2019 at the Uljanik Shipyard.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more