Website innovation for planners
A PORT Douglas local is the mastermind of a new innovative website which shows event planners destination information for conferences nationally.
Event Planners Network (EPN) is a business-to-business marketplace, networking and research platform specifically designed to simplify the process of pitching and planning events in Australia.
With 17 years of tourism and event management experience, Nicole Wayman said she developed the website to help her meet tight deadlines.
“I was working at MAD and we organised conferences all over Australia and there was a definite need for speed for finding information,” she said.
“I use to spend hours searching websites for things to do with conference groups so I decided to develop a national website.
“My vision is for the site to become the most comprehensive, informative and ideas-rich platform available nationally for event planners and managers researching a destination for a meeting, incentive, conference or event.”
The concept is the first onestop website designed to save valuable hours of research time by providing information for meetings and incentives as well as a conferences ideas corner, a forum, job board, news desk, great deals page and event and familiarisations noticeboard.
“Instead of wasting time researching website after website of different product, we do it for you and share all event options available in each destination - be they concepts, tours, ideas, team building activities, dining themes or conferences, incentive and partner programs,” Ms Wayman said.
“It offers a unique opportunity for suppliers of the industry and destination as a whole to really showcase what they can offer corporate groups in a creative way.”
Locals can benefit from the site by having access to a comprehensive directory of suppliers, an insight into unique venues that include private residences and properties, a members’ review for products and services and a home page spotlight on an individual.
Event Planners Network is free to join and has membership benefits including great deals from advertising partners, site updates and e-newsletters.
“I suggest that for any local tour operators that work well with other operators or their products complement each other, that they work together and create a unique tour for inclusion in our ideas corner,” Mrs Wayman said.
Locals who are interested in signing up can visit www. eventplannersnetwork.com.au.
Bright idea: entrepreneur Nicole Wayman