Got to Love Those Venues

As a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) we all see and experience many venues across the country either by ‘famil’ or by personal use.  I often call myself a ‘hotel junkie’.  Just cannot walk past one without checking out the lobby and the conference rooms.

Here are my picks for 2019:

Best Conference Venue – Crown Perth

Best Conference Dinner Venue – Optus Stadium Perth

Best Resort Accommodation – Intercontinental Hayman Island

Best Event I Attended – Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Here are my picks for the 2018 year:

Best site inspection for unique venues (as hosted March 2018) – Barossa Valley South Australia including Seppeltsfield and Jacobs Creek

Best large conference space – Adelaide Convention Centre

Best small conference space – Noahs on the Beach, Newcastle NSW

Best hotel room (I have stayed in) – Crown Perth (Australia) and Intercontinental Wellington (New Zealand)

Best walkable city for conference delegates – Wellington, New Zealand

Best restaurant experience – Rustica at Newcastle Beach, NSW

Best conference dinner experience – National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide SA

Here are my picks for 2017:

Best Large Conference Space – Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

Best Small Function Space – Melbourne Town Hall, Portico Room and Balcony

Best Tour Experience – Peppermint Bay Day Cruise, Hobart Tasmania

Best Site Inspection for Unique Venues – Hamilton Island

Best Accommodation (I stayed in) – Yacht Club Villas at Hamilton Island

Here are my picks for 2016:

Best Large Conference Space – Doltone House, Pyrmont Sydney

Best Conference Dinner Destination – Movie World on the Gold Coast

Best Travel Option – Virgin Australia Business Class

Best Restaurant Meal – The Fireplace at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove

Best Hotel Room – Grand Hyatt Melbourne (as hosted in Feb 2016)

Best ‘Famil’ experience – Business Events Tasmania (as hosted May 2016)

Here are my picks for 2015:

Best Conference Destination – Queenstown, New Zealand

Best Conference Dinner Food – Skyline Gondola/Restaurant in Queenstown

Best Catering – Regional – Savouries with a Twist, Coffs Harbour

Best Dining Experience – Kobe Cuisine Japanese Restaurant, Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, NZ

Best Refurbished Hotel – QT Gold Coast (as seen on famil)

Best Hotel Room – St Moritz Hotel, Queenstown, NZ

Here are my picks for 2014:

Best Hotel Room (as seen on Famil) – Millbrook Resort in Queenstown

Best Hotel (I stayed in) – Sofitel Melbourne Collins Street or The Pullman in Auckland

Best View from my hotel room – St Moritz Hotel Queenstown with views over lake.

Best Flight Experience – Air New Zealand, Auckland to Sydney on large Airbus service

Best Destination Experience 2014 – Queenstown, New Zealand

Here is my pick for 2013.

Best Dinner Venue – Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Jim Stynes Room

Best Hotel Room (as seen on famil) – RACV Club in Melbourne

Best Hotel Room (I have stayed in) – The Grand Hotel, Melbourne

Best View from my hotel room – Novotel Manly Pacific Hotel

Best Restaurant Experience – walk along Lygon St in Carlton, Melbourne

Best Catering – Mary and Steve, The Caterers, Carlton, Melbourne

Best Flight Experience – Business Class on Virgin Australia

Best Destination Experience 2013 – Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, Victoria

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