The latest news on meeting in Western Australia WINTER 2010

Local talent and areas of excellence bring the world to Western Australia

PCB Client Newsletter
City of Perth category scholarship winner, Associate Professor Judith Fordham (centre) with Deputy Mayor John Tognolini and PCB Managing Director Christine McLean
Eleven Perth university academics shared $60,000 in professional development scholarships awarded by the Perth Convention Bureau this month.

Each of the winners plans to use their scholarship to attend international conferences or symposia in subjects ranging from engineering and preventative medicine to law and geology. Several will lodge bids for future conventions while the others will canvass support for Perth to be a future meeting destination.

PCB Managing Director said that this year's program had identified potential convention business worth more than $55.60 million in estimated direct delegate expenditure.

"The collaborative scholarship program assists our academic community to attend overseas conferences, to forge relationships with their international peers, showcase their cutting edge research and strengthen Perth and Western Australia's case to bring these conventions here.

"Our aim is to secure business events that align with Western Australia's many industry strengths such as health, mining, resources, agriculture and education, enabling us to make a solid contribution to the global knowledge exchange," Ms McLean said.

New small bars add to Perth's vibrant heart

PCB Client Newsletter

The heart of Perth's central business district is quietly becoming a hip destination. A myriad of new small bars, funky eateries and eclectic retail shops have sprung up in laneways and nooks all over Perth's city centre. Cool new bars such as the Spanish tapas bar Andaluz and the tucked away Helvetica which has more than 80 types of whisky from around the world to choose from are adding depth to Perth's nightlife options.

The Greenhouse, a new bar restaurant, provides a welcome contrast to busy St Georges Terrace. Made entirely from recycled materials and featuring exterior 'living walls' lined with hundreds of strawberry plants the rooftop bar and vegetable garden can be used for private functions.

New retail ventures offer a diverse range of fashion, art and gifts from the latest runway creations of West Australian designers to the stars, vintage records and music memorabilia to stunning strings of lustrous Broome pearls.

To learn more about Perth's creative spaces see the new guide 15 Blocks produced by Perth arts organisation FORM.

Official CHOGM dates released

The Federal Government of Australia and Commonwealth Secretary—General Kamalesh Sharma have announced that the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held in Perth from 28 to 30 October 2011 at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre.

Western Australia's profile as a business destination has increased significantly over the last few years and the decision to hold the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting here in 2011 is testament to our reputation for delivering world class events.

It is expected that Perth's hotels and service providers will be in high demand during this time however no confirmed business events have been displaced.

Exciting changes as Perth hotels upgrade

PCB Client Newsletter
Intercontinental Perth Burswood just one of the Perth hotels upgrading their product
InterContinental Perth Burswood, Perth's 5 star resort casino, is rolling out a multi—million dollar refurbishment project across all rooms and floors of the hotel. Guest rooms will feature lush new décor and furniture and new dining options are being developed.

The lobby's Atrium Restaurant is being refurbished and is set to redefine the buffet experience, with live cooking stages adding a theatrical dimension to dining. The Atrium and a new lobby bar will open this December. Also among the exciting changes planned is the launch of a new signature restaurant in early 2011. Internationally renowned Australian chef Neil Perry will open the third of his famed Rockpool Bar & Grill restaurants at the hotel.

Meanwhile, Hyatt Regency Perth's $9 million room refurbishment continues, The Richardson Hotel & Spa has opened a new guest lounge and extended their wine cellar, Holiday Inn Burswood has updated their guest rooms and lobby, Rendezvous Observation City has completed a soft refurbishment of its main conference venues and Duxton Hotel Perth has just approved its biggest refurbishment in the hotel's 14 year history set to begin in August.

Island idyll: micro—destination Rottnest Island

PCB Client Newsletter
For conferences and corporate events that need room to breathe, only 25 minutes by ferry from Perth, lies Rottnest Island.

Rottnest offers a relaxing atmosphere, pristine natural environment, and a seaside village charm that makes for the perfect destination to work, stay and play.

Conference, restaurant and accommodation facilities on the island have recently undergone significant rejuvenation including the renovation of the Rottnest Island Country Club and Conference Centre, the stunning transformation of the historic Governors residence now known as Hotel Rottnest and the opening of a new restaurant, Aristos Waterfront Rottnest. For more information visit the Rottnest Island Authority website.

Sacre Bleu! Perth tops Paris' livability

PCB Client Newsletter
Perth has been voted the 21st most livable city in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey 2010.

Perth was one of six Australian cities on the list and followed Sydney which came in at number 10 and Melbourne which was number 18. Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane all fell after Perth at 26, 32 and 36 respectively.

Austria's Vienna won the top spot with Zurich and Geneva coming in second and third most livable. Auckland and Vancouver were tied at number four most livable cities.

Other well—known cities on the list are San Francisco at 32nd, Paris at 34th, London at 39th,
New York at 49th and Rio de Janeiro at 116th.

Article source: Emily Morgan, WA Business News, June 2010

East Coast meeting planners connect with regional WA

PCB Client Newsletter
Buyer workshops at the Melbourne event

PCB Client Newsletter
Thomas Hill and Andrew McEvoy, Tourism Australia draw the lucky winner
The 'Space to Connect' Roadshow took place last week in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with 60 corporate and association meeting buyers in attendance. Champagne breakfast style workshops were held in each city promoting regional WA product and experiences from Australia's South West, Australia's Coral Coast and Australia's North West.

The Western Australian suppliers participating in the initiative included Abbey Beach Resort, Australia's South West, Broome & The Kimberley Holidays, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Cape Lodge, Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat, Eco Retreat Karijini, Home Valley Station, Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and Virgin Blue. The event was supported by PCB and Business Events Australia.

Tanya de Groot of Event Alliance International Sydney was the lucky winner of the 7 day holiday for two to Broome and Margaret River drawn by Andrew McEvoy, Managing Director Tourism Australia.

Here is what some of the buyers had to say about the roadshow:

"Wonderful opportunity to be introduced to the fabulous properties and activities of WA"

"WOW what a wonderful part of the world. Can't wait to sell the destination"

For more information on the diversity, accessibility and freedom of WA for business events connect with the team at PCB.

Meeting Planner Guide on iPad

PCB Client Newsletter
Following the much awaited launch of the Apple iPad in Australia last month we are pleased to announce that the Perth and Western Australia Meeting Planners Guide can now be read on the device.

Through digital publishers Realview, who created the online version of the guide which can be viewed via the PCB website, the publication can now be read by meeting planners anywhere, anytime using the iPad.

Warm welcome for international delegates

PCB Client Newsletter
Now from the moment your delegates touchdown in Perth they will receive the warm welcome that Western Australia is famous for. Your delegates can be greeted by an electronic sign with your own tailored message displayed when they exit the arrivals hall at Perth International Airport. Email PCB's Convention Services department to book this free service for your upcoming event.

Perth meetings industry focus on green

PCB Client Newsletter
Perth has long been perceived as a clean and environmentally friendly city with its endless blue skies, pristine beaches, green parklands and modern infrastructure. On closer inspection it is evident that positive steps are being made to match this image with solid environmental credentials.

PCB is hosting a 'Green Forum' for its members next month focusing on environmental imperatives in the business events industry with presenters from Earthcheck, Carbon Conscious and Perth Zoo, and already Western Australia's venues and operators are achieving new environmental standards, with many undertaking green accreditation processes and carbon reducing programs in line with world's best practice.

See us at Associations Forum 2010

Perth Convention Bureau will once again be exhibiting at the Associations Forum National Conference in Melbourne on 27 — 28 July. Visit our stand to hear about the latest developments in the destination and talk to representatives from Perth's largest meeting venues, Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Burswood Entertainment Complex and Esplanade Hotel Fremantle.

Upcoming conferences

Australian Historical Association Biennial Conference 2010
5 — 9 July 2010

The 5th Asia—Pacific Conference of Transducers and Micro—Nano Technology
6 — 9 July 2010

13th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors 2010
11 — 14 July 2010

Australian College of Health Service Executives National Congress 2010
14 — 16 July 2010

Cancer Nurses Society of Australia 13th Winter Congress 2010
29 — 31 July 2010

National Marine Safety Conference 2010
22 — 24 August 2010

For a full list of conferences coming to WA visit the PCB website
Please note that the details of corporate events are not made public.

Public events

City of Perth Winter Arts Festival
Now — 31 August 2010
The Winter Arts Season offers a stunning program of theatre, music and visual arts. For three months Perth's pre—eminent arts organisations and venues work together to produce a festival that attracts thousands of visitors.

A Day in Pompeii
Now — 5 September 2010
This extraordinary exhibition tells the fascinating story of Pompeii, following the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. See more than 250 exquisite objects from the ancient city including marble sculpture and gold jewellery and experience the dramatic eruption in an immersive 3D theatre.

2010 WA Truffle season now open
Now — late August 2010
Now is the best time of year for groups to participate in the excitement of a live truffle hunt. The Wine & Truffle Company in Manjimup is one of the few truffiéres in the world where guided hunts for the rare and wondrous black truffle can be arranged.

Revelation Perth International Film Festival
8 — 17 July 2010
The Revelation Perth International Film Festival held at the historic Astor Theatre in Mount Lawley will feature more than 100 signature works from around the world.

Shinju Matsuri Festival
27 August — 5 September 2010
Meaning 'Festival of the Pearl' in Japanese, Shinju Matsuri is Broome's premier art and cultural event and this year celebrates its 40th anniversary. Ten days of festivity and a spectacular fireworks finale rekindle the excitement and romance of Broome's early days and the prosperous pearl industry.

Art Gallery WA attracts Guggenheim collection
9 October 2010 — 31 January 2011
Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice is the first in a series of annual Spring exhibitions to be held in Perth from internationally celebrated institutions. The exhibition has been organised by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

For a list of other exciting events being held in Perth and Western Australia visit the City of Perth and Tourism WA event calendars.

Click Here to Email PCB
Click Here to Visit the PCB Website

Subscribe to the PCB Client Newsletter
Unsubscribe to the PCB Client Newsletter

Forward this PCB Client Newsletter to a Friend