Brisbane Insider: March 2019
We’re starting off with some fantastic results from this year’s Australian Tourism Awards, which saw two Brisbane Marketing members take out highly coveted national tourism prizes.
Brisbane-based tourism operator Fun Over Fifty, took out Gold in the hotly contested Ecotourism category, demonstrating that Brisbane can match it with the best in delivering quality experiences. The award acknowledges their vision to be recognised as the most sustainable tour operator in Australia through a range of expansive tours.
Our other recipient needs no introduction. The Irwin family were named winners of the Australian Tourism Legend Award, which recognises the extraordinary achievements from the family and the team at Australia Zoo, and their contribution to the Australian tourism industry.
Congratulations to both Fun Over Fifty and the Irwin Family for your awards and for the contribution you make to Greater Brisbane’s tourism industry.
Brisbane shines to secure Queensland Meetings awards
Brisbane’s meetings industry continues to shine as a range of members have taken out awards at the Meetings Events Australia (MEA) Queensland Award ceremony.
Absolute Events & Marketing - Professional Conference Organisation category
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre - Banqueting & Catering and Meeting, Exhibition or Event Venue Capacity more than 500 categories.
ICMS Australasia - Association Event of the Year category
NW Group - Audio Visual Services category
There were also some great individual results, with Susan Harris from Absolute Events & Marketing taking out the Event Manager of the Year and Ashleigh Duggan from Arinex winning the MEA Future Leader award and Jack Edwards from Pullman and Mercure King George Square securing the Ungerboeck Young Professional Scholarship.
Brisbane’s winners take on the rest of Australia’s winners, with the national winners set to be announced at MEA EVOLVE2019 on 2 April at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Be spellbound by NRL Magic Round
For the first time in NRL history, a full round of NRL matches will be held at the one ground in May. Grab a ticket for all eight games and make your way to Suncorp Stadium to experience the thrill of NRL Magic Round. Tickets are on sale now.
Brisbane secures Federation Cup Semi Final
Fed Cup tennis action will return to Brisbane for the first time since 2016, with Australia’s semi-final tie against Belarus to be played at Pat Rafter Arena in April. Tennis fans will have the chance to see the sport’s top talent right here in Brisbane for the largest annual international team competition in women's sport. Tickets are on sale now.
World Science Festival puts Brisbane under the microscope
March is shaping up to be a huge month for science in Brisbane, with the World Science Festival and its incredible line-up of speakers and events. Whether its international physicist Professor Brian Greene on our future on Mars or Australian icon Dr Karl and his extreme moments of science, the WSF program has something for everyone. View the full program here.
BCEC names David Pugh as new Executive Chef
Leading Australian Chef and one of the architects of Brisbane’s fine dining scene, David Pugh, has been appointed Executive Chef at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) to continue the Centre’s strong reputation in venue catering and special events.
Storytime Ballet – Coppelia arrives at The Powerhosue
The Australian Ballet's latest school holiday production, Storytime Ballet – Coppélia has arrived at The Powerhouse, with a spellbinding adventure that the whole family will love. The show features dazzling costumes, superb dancing and interactive storytelling that will make kids feel like they're part of the show. Get your tickets here.
Can you solve the Baedeker Murder Mystery?
Immerse yourself in an illustrious evening filled with scandalous revelations, rivalries and makeshift murder with Baedeker Murder Mystery. Set against the glamorous backdrop of 1930s high society, Cluedo, this interactive game is a night filled with melodrama and mystery in a theatrical re-imagining of the classic board game. Book your tickets here.