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Australian British Chamber of Commerce: Regional Prosperity Through Corporate Travel and Tourism Event Review

By Business

This week the Australian British Chamber of Commerce partnered with Quest Apartment Hotels to present a panel discussion on Regional Travel and Tourism.


The discussions were started with some opening remarks from Joanne Freeman, the Director of Trade for Australia and New Zealand with the UK Department of International Trade. Joanne reflected on the growth in regional areas, such as Bendigo and Ballarat, comparing their growth to the growth of regional cities in the UK.  It was fascinating to hear the similarities between Victoria and the UK, specifically in regards to the regionalisation of business and tourism.


The panel consisted of three members, Danielle Green MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Tourism & Major Events, Paul Constaninou, Executive Chairman from Quest Apartment Hotels and Paul Matthew, Visit Victoria’s Head of Regional Tourism and Strategy. The panel was mediated by Dr. Jeff Jarvis, Director of the Graduate Tourism Program.


There was a great deal of discussion in regards to the continued development of regional centers in Victoria. It was interesting to hear about the planned development of cultural destinations in major regional centers, including the development of Arts Centers in both Ballarat and Shepparton.


I also learned a great deal about Quest Apartment Hotels, as the event was put on in partnership with Quest. I spoke with Franchise Owners from Mount Waverly and Hawthorn.


The food on offer was very tasty, with a selection of finger food, ranging from Blue Cheese and Fig Tarts to Sliders and Sausage Rolls. A definite crowd pleaser was the Arancini, with Mushroom and Cheese!


All in all the discussions had at this event provided a great deal of insight into the travel and tourism trends within Victoria, as well as a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the regional development projects being undertaken by the Federal Government, Victorian Government and regional cities. I would definitely attend events held by the Australian British Chamber or Commerce in the future.


Things to Note:

  • Location: Quest Apartment Hotels, Level 2, 390 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
  • Highlight: Fantastic insight into Regional Developments, both current and future
  • Cost: $40
  • Hot Tip: Try the sausage rolls.



  • Venue: 4/5
  • Catering: 4.5/5
  • Speakers: 4/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 2.5/5

Total: 15/20

Australian British Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook 2018 & Beyond

By Business

I attended the Australian British Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook 2018 & beyond event.

The event was held at Zinc in Federation Square. We are a member of the Chamber through our parent brand Syneka. The event was set out over lunch with the main meal and dessert provided.

When I got to the event it was raining heavily. The entrance to Zinc was blocked off by some construction work so I had to wade my way though mud and water to get there. Attendees at this event were mainly corporate organisations. There were many tables where people form the same organisation sat together.

I was put onto a table where the majority of attendees were from the University of Melbourne. Often with sit down events this can happen. If you are ever at an event such as this I would recommend that you contact the event organiser and arrange to be put on a table with a mix of businesses – otherwise it can be quite a lonely experience.

The speakers at the event included Richard Yetsenga from ANZ, Grant King from BCA, Louise Lovering from KPMG and Patrick Durkin from the Australian Financial Review. They spoke about the impact of the 2018 budget. There were a diverse range of opinions about the topic from the speakers and the discussion was highly intellectual. Having come from an accounting background I was able to keep up with the conversation, however, I do think that it would have been difficult for someone with another focus.

After the panel spoke there was a business card draw which I was fortunate enough to win!

Things to Note:

Location: International Chamber House, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Highlight: The round table discussion – very robust and intellectual

Cost: Member rate

Hot Tip: Arrive early so that you have time for networking


Venue: 4/5

Catering: 4/5

Speakers: 3/5

Networking Opportunity: 1/5

Total: 12/20