5 Ideas for Healthy Meetings & Events in Australia

5 Ideas for Healthy Meetings & Events in Australia Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection

As businesses are starting to open up again, let’s go beyond the screen and connect with your teams and clients in a clean and inspiring environment. Marriott has implemented elevated cleanliness standards in multiple event touch points to help you organize a healthy and memorable event. Here are 5 ideas for your next meetings and events in the beautiful land of Australia.


1)Host hybrid meetings

Docklands Room 2 and 3 - Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands
Onsite AV services - Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast
Kalk Boardroom - Melbourne Marriott Hotel
Innovate Room - Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane
The Conservatory - Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection

Hybrid meetings are becoming more popular among event planners. When it’s not possible to bring all the teams together in one place due to travel and budget limitations, hybrid meetings allow you to maintain control of the event experience with guests attending both online and offline. This type of meeting style can be adapted to any sort of business meetings and events. 

For cross-region team meetings, try bringing the local team together in a meeting room in the different regions and connect them online. Having an offsite meeting away from the office promotes better concentration, productivity, and creative thinking while enjoying Marriott’s attentive hospitality with thoughtful services and delicious catering. 

For larger events and conferences, you can invite distinguished speakers to the event space and let the audience join online. This allows you to control any IT issues and the agenda. With Marriott’s professional onsite technical assistance, you can focus on the event agenda and experience.

Take advantage of Marriott’s virtual meeting package and keep your teams and audience connected across multiple locations  Enjoy cutting edge technology and attentive services so that you can focus on your business priorities. A half-day room rental and AV package is set for AUD$1,150 while a full day room rental and AV package is AUD$1,450. You can also add $55 or $65 per person for catering services. 


2) Set up meetings with a view

Westin Ballroom - The Westin Brisbane
Horizons Room - Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection
Level 5 Terrace - Element Melbourne Richmond

Being surrounded by the peace and quiet of nature has the amazing ability to not only instill a sense of peace, reduce stress, and increase positive emotions, but also enhance creativity and productivity. Visit the Westin Ballroom at The Westin Brisbane and admire the floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the space with natural light or host a reception at the Element Melbourne Richmond’s outdoor Level 5 Terrace for stunning views across Melbourne. You can also consider the Horizon Room at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast so that guests can absorb and breathe in the spectacular seascape, sparkling lagoons, and relaxing beachfront. Capture the classic Sydney Harbour Bridge as a  backdrop for your event at Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection or the vibrant Melbourne skyline at the upcoming W Melbourne to wow your attendees. Host meetings, brainstorming sessions, training courses, and presentations in spaces that stimulate your attendees, rejuvenate the senses and encourage innovative thinking with its beautiful views. 


3) Take your meetings and events outdoor

Bridge Marquee - Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection
Banksia Room attached with the Banksia Terrace Meeting Room - The Westin Perth
Ballroom and Rooftop Terrace - Aloft Perth
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas

Immerse your attendees in a revitalizing outdoor event. Outdoor venues provide natural lighting, open space and fresh air that stimulate creative thoughts and encourage networking. Choose outdoor or well-ventilated semi-outdoor spaces like the Ballroom & Rooftop Terrace at Aloft Perth, the Banksia Terrace Meeting Room at The Westin Perth, or the Bridge Marquee at Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection. To create unforgettable meeting experiences, event planners can consider combining business with pleasure by organizing golf outings and meetings in Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas


4) Utilize big and flexible meeting rooms

Great Room - W Brisbane
Cabaret conference set-up in the Full Docklands Room - Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands
Grand Ballroom at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel

Choose a big event space which allows you to be creative and transform the meeting space in ways that meet specific meeting needs and goals. Carefully plan your event set up to maintain physical distancing. For example, increasing the space between tables, having alternate seating in U-shape/boardroom setting, and reducing the number of people in cabaret/half-moon settings. In a spacious pre-event space, you can set up multiple registration tables and F&B stations to prevent queuing. 


5) Break up meetings in smaller rooms

The Conservatory at the Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection
Boardroom at The Westin Perth
Innovate and Design at Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane
Strategy Room in the W Brisbane

Avoid too many people in one place by breaking up your single large meeting into smaller meetings in different rooms. When there are too many people in one meeting, individuals can become disengaged and distracted. Hosting more breakout sessions and smaller meetings can result in more productive discussions as they can be tailored to the specific expertise and area of interest. In addition, smaller groups encourage participants to speak their minds and offer innovative ideas as they take away the fear of speaking in front of a large crowd. 

With all these different options, event planners can rest easy and continue to host meetings and events that are healthy and inspiring. We believe by bringing people together, it widens our perspective, enriches us and inspires us. We look forward to welcoming you.