Bali - the perfect holiday destination for Tweens & Teens

Want a great holiday destination for Tweens & Teens? Read on... Destination: Bali When: December 2009 Adult:child ratio = 1:4 Ages: 48, 16, 14, 13 & 10!!! Prediction: Holiday from hell Outcome: Faaaaantastic!! Accommodation: Location, location, location! We stayed at Melasti Beach Hotel, Legian. This is the perfect spot if you are staying in the touristy south Bali area. Not as busy as Kuta,notas priceyas Seminyak, yetwith easy access toboth areas. It also lacks thebusy road runningalong the beachfront which means the kids can safelywalk to the beach on their own. The hotel isa basic 3 star property with all the facilities. Albeitsomewhat tired.The big plus was the room, which was VAST and easily sleptthe five of us in king singles with plenty of space left over forcopious amounts of shopping. Dining: How great to travel as a large family andonly payaround $35 - $50 for a meal for five. Accordingto my travelling companions,we ate in 28 different restaurants...andI still came back with money in my bank account! We always ate at the local "warungs" andthe food & service was unbelievable. All offered both Indonesian and Western menus. Bali Belly..not an issue! Shopping: Needless to say, travelling with teenagers, shopping wasone of our main events.The streets of Bali are safe andthe kids were free to wander and shop alone withoutdanger or worries asthe local folkare all friendly and helpful.The street hawkerscan be annoying though. However they got great bargaining experience and only occasionallyripped off (and even then the biggest "rip" was still a bargain!)

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Date posted: 2010-01-15 | Comments(0)

Twitter for Event Managers

In my eyes, the latter half of 2009 saw another element to a day in the life of an event manager, especially for those event managers who are involved in looking after IT savvy events Events on Twitter. There are positives and negatives to any change. The risk of creating a hashtag or a Twitter account for an event is that you can see raw feedback about the event. So if everything is running like clockwork it can create a great buzz around the event. But what does one do when they start seeing delegates making negative comments about a certain aspect of the event? Yes, if there arent enough muffins out for morning tea, the event manager can quickly ask food & beverage to jump on it straight away and fix the problem. Two years ago you wouldnt have even known about the problem as it was very unlikely a shy delegate would come to registration to advise of this problem. This to me, as an event manager, has empowered our role, it is a great new tool to be able to identify a problem and resolve it before others even notice. But the problem I am yet to experience, and touch wood, what if the delegates start bagging out the exhibition or the entertainment or something even bigger that creates a terrible ambiance among the Twits, Tweeters and Twats? I would hate to see this new technology have a harming effect on future attendance numbers and success of the event. I guess time will tell

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Date posted: 2010-01-28 | Comments(0)

Happy New (Eventful) Year!

The festive season is officially over..or is it? Veritas is back from holidays, looking tanned and terrific and has hit the ground running, gearing up for another stellar year jam packed with exciting events, conferences and incentives. 2010 promises lots of new developments at Veritas so standby for a lot of new services and tools designed to cater for the evolving event market trends. Keep the band playing, the decorations hung and the festive spirit alive and we will see you at your next event!

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Date posted: 2010-01-06 | Comments(0)

Our Top Themed Restaurants in Sydney

Theres nothing I love more than a good themed restaurant and Sydney is teeming with them. Themed restaurants make a wonderful location for a corporate lunch, private group or Gala dinner as ambiance and dcor is already established. Almustafa Lebanese restaurant in Glebe is top on my list of fantastic themed restaurants. Every inch of the room is decorated in rich golds, vivid colours and an eclectic mix of artifacts. The upstairs cushion room is a great location for a private group dinner. The tables are low and patrons sit on comfortable cushions on the floor. Be sure to go Friday or Saturday and see the Belly Dancing show. ( I highly recommend you go there with a group of at least 6 and ordering the banquet menu. Mantra is an over the top Indian restaurant in Neutral Bay which I also visit frequently. Mantra drips with Bollywood glam and the air is filled with heady spices and traditional music. If you are with a largish group make sure you call ahead and book a private dining area which is curtained off by chiffon drapes that make you feel like you are Indian royalty. Again there is Belly Dancing on the weekends. ( Had to Happen Mexican restaurant in North Sydney ( is another good one. The dining area is painted in clashing colours and bright cactus plants with sombreros hung from them. The restaurant is often booked out for private events and parties. Bring your appetite with you and attempt to become a Had To Happen member by partaking in the fajita eating challenge! One of my colleagues nailed it at our last staff event! Machiavelli in the heart of Sydney is an Italian restaurant institution where the portions are large and the characters even larger! ( The room is designed to look like a typical Italian delicatessen however the clientele that frequent the restaurant are anything but typical. Machiavellis is listed on The Bulletins 100 Most Influential Australian dining locations and was recently mentioned on the 7.30 Report as the place the powerful and elite mix. Ham, salami and bread hang from the ceiling and photographs of celebrity patrons line the walls. You could be forgiven for forgetting to order your meal as you put names to the faces on the wall and scan the room searching for a glimpse of someone famous and important. If you have to organise a group dinner on a limited budget, I would chose Juju in Kings Cross. This is very authentic Japanese Izakaya style in food and ambience and has karaoke booths available for those who fancy themselves as sing stars. Juju is one of those places where you are transported to the country of origin with traditional sunken seating and ornate artwork. So next time you are planning a dinner event with a real WOW factor give one of the above a go - they never fail to impress.

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Date posted: 2010-02-01 | Comments(0)