Web­site in­no­va­tion for plan­ners

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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

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