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Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour receives full Chinese accreditation

Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour has strengthened its commitment to meeting the unique needs of the Chinese market, and has become the second hotel in New South Wales to achieve Accor Optimum Service Standard Accreditations for the China market. Accor is the first hotel group in Australia to implement a dedicated Chinese accreditation in conjunction with the China National Tourist Council.

The hotel has earned this exclusive accreditation through the implementation of services and facilities designed specifically for Chinese guests. From Mandarin speaking staff at check-in to Chinese food options on the breakfast buffet, complimentary green tea in the room and chopsticks in the restaurant, guests are provided with comforts and amenities to make their visit to the harbour city a positive experience.

The hotel is located in China Town and offers guests access to a great range of Chinese restaurants, Paddy’s Markets, Market City, Darling Harbour and transport to Sydney’s top attractions.


Doltone House Corporate Open Day

On Monday 5 March 2012, the Doltone House Corporate Open Day (10 am - 6 pm) allows you to explore both the Darling Island and Jones Bay Wharf venues. A personalised tour with the team will help you to decide whether your business event is more suited to the harbourside, green-star rated event space and meeting rooms at the Darling Island location or the recently refurbished heritage venue situated on the historic Jones Bay Wharf.

With a reputation as a leading corporate events provider in Sydney, Doltone House will walk you through what the team can offer your next corporate event. Recent accolades include the Winner of the 2011 Restaurant and Catering Award for Excellence in Function/Convention Centre Catering and the 2011 reader’s choice award.

Booking are essential, so register now to secure your place to sample the Doltone house famous catering and explore the award-winning venues.


Merivale Corporate Open Day a huge success

On Wednesday 1 February, Merivale hosted its first Corporate Open Day of 2012, showcasing Sydney’s iconic specialty venues at Establishment, including Main Bar, Ballroom and Room I, II and III; and Ivy, including Penthouse, the Ivy Room and the Sun Room.

Over 350 event planners joined the tours, led by the sales and events team, to view Merivale’s event spaces and experienced the quality food, beverage and service on offer. Guests were treated to BBQ canapés and a paella station, followed by afternoon tea delights.

That evening, a further 250 qualified buyers joined the Merivale team for a three-course dinner in the Ivy Room. Australia’s Got Talent singing sensation, Jack Vidgen, entertained guests. The dinner was prepared by Executive Chef of Events, David O’Brien, and featured citrus-cured ocean trout and grilled sea scallops to start, 18 hour slow-cooked lamb and roast chicken for mains and rich chocolate cake with figs and cherries to finish.

If that has whet your appetite, then contact the AccessNSW team to arrange your own site inspection of the fantastic event spaces at the Merivale properties.


Arinex Events launched for corporate clients

Arinex has renewed its focus on the corporate market with the launch of Arinex Events, a brand under the Arinex umbrella, that will focus exclusively on delivering meetings, incentives and events for the corporate sector. With close to 40 years of experience in the international conference industry, Arinex Events will leverage the company's existing professional networks and expertise to work with corporate clients both within Australia and offshore.

“Arinex Events has evolved from our existing work in the corporate space, which has been primarily through our destination management, sponsorship and exhibition management teams,” said Roslyn McLeod, Managing Director of Arinex. “Our renewed focus on the corporate market will see us delivering an end-to-end meetings, incentives and events management service through a specialised and personal approach. Clients will be offered unparalleled resources through the support of our dedicated in-house business units to execute their corporate meetings and events.”

Arinex Events will operate out of all four of Arinex’s offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to provide on-the-ground support and local destination knowledge.


Dockside Deals website launch – offering a new level of restaurant and venue value to customers

Dockside Group has launched a new deals website, offering deals from Dockisde Group restaurants and venues around Sydney.

The website, which will work in a similar format to the popular Living Social, Spreets, Scoupon and Groupon deal sites, will offer a range of weekly deals across Dockside Group’s restaurants, wedding and formal packages and business events at the Group’s ever-popular harbour front restaurants and venue. Weekly offers will be released each Wednesday.

“We have introduced the Dockside Deals website for the benefit of our clients. We want them to access special deals in the most direct way without trawling through our main websites searching for them. We have received a lot of feedback from our loyal clients stating that the current market appreciates rate transparency and value-for-money deals like those seen on We took on their comments, researched and produced this user-friendly website. Dockside Group continues to uphold its reputation for offering value-for-money deals and delivering food, beverage and service that aim to exceed our clients’ expectations” said El Kwang, Director of Marketing and Sales at Dockside Group.

This exciting new site will be officially launched at the AIME tradeshow on the 21-22 of February 2011 at the Melbourne Convention centre and deals will continue throughout 2012.

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Merivale Corporate Open Day
Over 350 event planners joined the tours, led by the sales and events team, to view Merivale’s event spaces and experienced the quality food, beverage and service on offer. Guests were treated to BBQ canapés and a paella station, followed by afternoon tea delights.