A very busy past week for Corrie and Lisa who managed to catch up with a number of venue reps from around the country who happened to be in town... Most of them were reporting a ‘soft’ April period which isn’t surprising given there are school holidays and lots of public holidays / Easter in that month. However, quite a few venues have also come out with specials not only for April as a result, but also to take us through to the end of the financial year.

On Thursday Corrie also popped out to see the Lyall Hotel in South Yarra a boutique 5 star hotel, that until recently, hasn’t actively promoted the conference facilities except to local surrounding businesses. However, on doing an inspection, this venue would be ideal for those seeking somewhere small and intimate, for no up to around 20 delegates. The main conference room has lots of natural light plus the added bonus of a small courtyard area. Breaks can also occur in the small but functional dining area, or can be served in the conference room itself.  Accommodation rooms are spacious, airy, modern and have a real ‘home away from home’ feel. Definitely one we think should be put in the mix for our discerning clientele!

On Friday Ultimate Conferences + Events together with the Balgownie Estate Vineyard & Spa hosted a client venue familiarisation - a fantastic evening enjoyed immensely by all. We had promoted this night in our February newsletter and received a great response which was not surprising given what this venue had to offer.  A number of our clients with their partners (or friends/colleagues) from a diverse range of companies, joined us after work for a relaxed site inspection of this beautiful venue located in the heart of the Yarra Valley.  As a quick snapshot, Balgownie Estate boasts 69 stunning apartment style accommodation rooms (most with spa bathroom, balcony and separate lounge/dining area), four conference rooms (the largest of which can accommodate 320 guests cocktail style), Cellar Door, Health Club, Day Spa and expansive grounds with sweeping views out onto the vineyards and surrounding valley. The site inspection then led into dinner and overnight accommodation for all in luxurious King Spa Suites.  Everyone agreed what a fabulous venue it was and are hoping to include this in the mix for many of their upcoming conferences!  These informal evenings are a great opportunity for networking and ideal way to experience featured venues first hand, so please register your interest when you see opportunities to join us dropping into your inbox!

Lisa and Corrie have another busy week ahead of them in Sydney, pounding the pavement doing refresher site inspections at many venues, catching up with some of our Sydney based clients, as well as exhibiting for the first time at the EA Network Congress held at Luna Park in Sydney.  Looking forward to telling you all about it in our next update!”