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Published on : Monday, February 2, 2015
The Conference Shop – a new free website service that can save meeting planners up to 15 hours of research – has been launched with the aim of making it easy for corporate Australia to plan a meeting in regional destinations that are often overlooked.
Launched by experienced conference industry figure, Carla Offord, who previously ran Southern Highlands Corporate Events, The Conference Shop is a one-stop-shop destinational marketing service that showcases regional areas and allows event organisers to do all their planning and research for events from one simple, easy-to-use portal.
The website covers venues and MICE operators in the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Southern Highlands, Canberra, Wollongong, NSW South Coast and the Far South Coast. Greater Sydney areas such a Macarthur, the Hawkesbury and western suburbs and Sydney’s Beaches from Manly to Palm Beach and Bondi to Cronulla are also included. There are plans to span all regional NSW by the end of 2015, with expansion to interstate regions also on the drawing board.
The free, regional conferencing solution allows conference organisers to select a region and add suppliers they like to a wish list before receiving all the suppliers’ details in a checklist format in their inbox. Organisers then contact each supplier directly, maintaining control of their event at all times. The seemless and streamlined process saves an estimated 10 to 15 hours of planning and research.