Please note - this section is currently undergoing a significant refresh!


In the interim, feel free to explore past blogs posted to our online resource, for various conference & event planning hints, tips, inspiration & more...


Alternatively, CONTACT one of our Ultimate Consulting team for a personal catch up on all things Venues, Meetings, Events, or to address any of your current challenges or requirements for Career Development, Talent Retention or Aquisition in our vibrant industy. 
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Erin Livingston

Digital/Marketing, Communications & Client Events 

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A very warm welcome to Erin who joins our expanding team in March 2015.
With her over 12 years’ experience in travel & the real estate industry, Erin has managed both travel arrangements & an extensive array of corporate events & training of all types & sizes. She has completed a Certificate IV in Tourism (with her first full time role as a Travel Consultant) plus in more recent years also completed her Advanced Diploma in Event Management.  
Suffice it to say, Erin has certainly paid her dues as a PA assisting an incredibly well-known MD for a large franchise group, the stepping stone for her career into event management.  Plus like most Aussies, been well & truly bitten by the travel bug over the years.    
Our team at Ultimate were first introduced to Erin in 2009, whilst working at an industry body for the real estate industry. Here she was looking after the entire Victorian members events calendar including everything from their smaller networking events & briefings, regular industry training workshops, through to the biggest event on the real estate calendar - the annual 'Awards for Excellence' with 1,200 people in attendance (literally rivalling the Brownlow in production scale!) 
Years later & here we are with Erin excited to join us at Utimate & 1300theVenueShop - now applying her extensive personal experiences in eensuring our client communications & events are a success!  It certainly feels an seamless transition moving her to "this side of the desk" having worked as such close partners regarding venue-finding needs for so long together already.  Erin certainly brings a valued perspective & sense of balance to our tight-knit team.


@TheVenueShop connects meeting & event planners with 1,000s of venues & services, Australia-wide & overseas...

  • 5-star hotels, country retreats, luxurious resorts or training rooms
  • A unique event space with that elusive "wow" factor, or, practical meeting facilities handy to the office or airport
  • Bringing the team together with an eco-experience, team-building escape or networking drinks
  • From the most intimate board meeting or private dinner, to conventions, exhibitions & managed accommodation blocks for 100’s-1,000s
  • Or, for those keen to “give back”, hold your conferences/events with a “conscience” – request recommendations for non-profit/community based venues or those hotels & venues with demonstrated commitment to the environment or "giving back"

So many venues & suppliers to choose from, not sure where to start?

Best of all! You can rely on the expertise & extra (FREE) assistance of a friendly, knowledgeable, professional team of independent industry consultants to help pinpoint the best possible options - save even more time & ensure each & every business event is a success!


Introducing to all bookers of business events, our latest venture - the VenueShop is now online!

WE'VE BEEN LISTENING to you over the past few years & our team are pretty proud of what we've come up with so far... Quite a few features you've found lacking elsewhere, we've certainly tackled here.

Excited to keep moving forward & not ones to rest on our laurels, we're developing further features in the background too, so please check back regularly.

In the meantime, we look forward to lots of enquiries & your ongoing feedback, plus your peers can't wait to hear your venue reviews - whilst we will continue to add more content & even more options to consider daily, with the aim of making your job a lot easier when you need to find the right venue for your next event.

Cheers & thanks to all for your support to date...
Happy searching!


Corrie Stathis, Managing Director of Melbourne based venue-finding service CVBS Victoria, is delighted to announce their new company - Ultimate Conferences + Events. The new name will be launched on Monday, 14 February 2011, just in time for AIME being held in Melbourne on 15 and 16 February.

Given the rapid growth of the Melbourne team over the past 18 months, Corrie said: “There were several variables contributing to the decision to break away from the CVBS brand.

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