Sunday, January 16, 2011

Two weeks more till Chinese New Year!Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Ancient Chinese New Year is a reflection on how the people behaved and what they believed in the most.

Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, such as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore,Taiwan, Vietnam, and also in Chinatowns elsewhere. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the new year celebrations of its geographic neighbors, as well as cultures with whom the Chinese have had extensive interaction. These include Koreans (Seollal), Tibetans and Bhutanese (Losar), Mongolians (Tsagaan Sar), Vietnamese (Tết), and the Japanese before 1873 (Oshogatsu).

In countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States, although Chinese New Year is not an official holiday, many ethnic Chinese hold large celebrations and Australia Post, Canada Post, and the US Postal Service issue New Year's themed stamps.

Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. People will pour out their money to buy presents, decoration, material, food, and clothing. It is also the tradition that every family thoroughly cleans the house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity". On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families. Food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is a great way to reconcile; forgetting all grudges, and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.

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Best Events specialises in making your party extraordinary. We can completely transform a room using theme props, lighting and state of the art technology. Using a specialised crew we can create a party theme to suit any idea, whether it be a Monopoly party theme, 1920's party theme or a Pirate themed event to name a few. You may of course have your own ideas and opt for something completely new.

At Best Events we like to make everything as easy and convenient as possible for you, so we can supply the complete party theme package. Alongside your theming, we can include a sound system that plays music relevant to the themed event, live acts, intelligent lighting, meet and greet staff in costume and everything you need to compliment the theme and of course photography and videography to capture special moments.

Party Themes Tailored For You

Whatever your budget, we can tailor a party theme to suit and always aim to be one better than the competition.

Our magazine will start featuring some of the party themes available to give you a headstart in choosing the right theme for your event be it for a corporate or private affair, or wedding.

This month we will write about the popular Hollywood theme & adventurous Pirate theme.


The minute your guests arrive at the glitzy Hollywood party they will feel like they have become stars for the night!

They will enter the party over a plush red carpet with chrome posts and red silk rails.

The entrance to the function suite will be adorned with authentic looking props relating to the early film industry including directors chairs, 3D MGM camera on a stand, 2D vintage cars and Hollywood star cut-outs. Topiary trees with twinkling lights will add to the feel of a night amongst the stars!

As soon as guests have entered the function suite, they will be inspired by the opulent ambience. Intelligent lighting will be programmed by computer to sweep Hollywood gobos around the room creating a spectacular effect.

Tables will be dressed with black table slips, elegant floral arrangement and candles. The black and white dance floor with stone effect pillars and overhead trellis will transform the dancing area into what feels like a set from a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers classic film.


Celebrate Ye Ol' Talk Like a Scurvy Pirate Day!

Guests step over the bamboo walkthrough party theme entrance observed by Blackbeards crew onto a moonlit beach. You can hear the sea lapping away in the background together with sword fighting.

All around are articles from Blackbeards ship carried ashore to aid in the celebrations which will go on into the early hours.

The sea view is spectacular. palm trees surrounded by fireflies enclose the area, and a treasure chest displaying Blackbeards wealth is on show, celebrating the latest success in capturing unsuspecting cargo ships.

Hollywood & Pirate Party Themes

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Favorite Trends of 2010

1.Sustainable corporate gifts. Dual-purpose items with meaning: jump drives, recyclable event/grocery bags, eco-friendly personal items.

2.Using an iPad to replace all the paper for event managers and producers, including while checking in guests. No more bulky binders!

3.Advanced contemporary color combinations. As clients and the general public become savvy about color through advertising and merchandising, more are willing to explore new color combinations, like ochre and steel gray or nude and black.

4.The increased use of dining options other than a 72-inch round and banquet chairs. We have seen people use a captain’s table, create booth seating with sofas and ottomans, and opt for a square table or even a triangle. Many people are using club chairs for table ends and choosing linenless options for tables.”

5.Food and dessert trucks that can be used post-event.

6.Creating custom marketing programs that communicate the brand using advanced formats to distribute information. For example, utilizing new technology applications involving touch, gesture and spatial perception, projection, or holography. Marketing is becoming more multi-faceted through interactive methods; installations that do not simply illustrate but involve the consumer."

Worst Trends of 2010

1.Cupcakes. Unless it is a children’s event, they’ve worn out their welcome. There are so many other creative dessert options.

2.Designers and sales people trying too hard to make and sell a ‘green’ event. Some spend so much time and effort—along with countless emails and paperwork that also use natural resources—spent to make an event ‘look green.’ Compare the imprint of those resources to the imprint of the original event concept. Sometimes, thinking smart and efficient can make the planning process more green than the event.

3.No more white Plexiglas bars! Every event starts to look the same, and there are ways to custom-design these bars to create a much more interesting effect. Create an interesting wallpaper effect out of decals, insert a beautiful natural wood element, or mirror the front side to add more interest.

4.Companies going out of their way for a celebrity endorsement at all costs, especially when getting them to attend results in a missing event concept or inferior aesthetics.

5.Cheap acrylic furniture and anything inflatable.


2010's Best and Worst Event Trends

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Major events are an important part of tourism. Whether it be events conferences or conventions, sporting events or religious rallies, major events impact almost every area of a tourism industry. Major events mean hotel occupancy, shopping at local retail establishments, food being purchased for and at the event, and an increase in restaurant and entertainment revenue. Major events also offer the local community a non-haphazard approach to tourism planning.

While the leisure tourism market is open to economic ups and downs due to anything from a change in weather conditions to an act of violence, major events produce a much more stable population. In the world of major events, most financial outlays have been made well in advance, and as such, the event is less subject to market fluctuations. On the other hand, there is stiff competition between locales for the major event business, and in some cases, such as in some forms of sport championship games, it is the winning team that determines who will be the host community.

Events cover a wide range of fields, from fundraising dinners to political rallies, from sports events to school reunions, from professional and academic conferences to family reunions or religious experiences, all are events and all add to a community’s economic health. To help you get the best meetings and special events for your community, consider some of the following.

If you are attempting to attract a new special event, study every aspect of the event prior to bidding for it. Often communities competing for special events simply do not do their homework. Before speaking with an event specialist, make sure that you know the basics: what are this event’s demographics? What are its special needs? What do they not want? How do their dates match yours? For example, if you are going after a religious convention or special event, you may want to consider what drinks to serve and what you need to avoid.

To get the best competitive advantage, consider your strengths and weaknesses. Doing a good assessment of what your community has to offer an event is essential. Ask questions such as: How do you stack up against others in your price range? Are your employees multilingual? What do potential customers think about what you have to offer and about what others are offering?

Make sure that you know the answers to what in English are called the basic “w” questions – Who, Why, When, and What. These are the essential questions that produce not only successful events but create positive word-of-mouth advertising. Make sure that you can answer fully: Who is holding the event and for whom is it targeted? Why are they holding this event? When will the event take place? Where do they want to hold the event, and are your facilities adequate? What expectations do the event planners have, and can you meet these expectations?

Develop sophisticated checklists. Make sure your checklist goes beyond the basics. Include such items as: what VIP requirements will the special event need? Do the event planners need you to make appointments with the fire marshal or other city officials? What happens if the airport closes down? Do you need to coordinate with an ambulance service? What problems might attendees have when they are outside of the event venue? What special political, medical, religious, or social sensitivities might the event goers have?

Know to which threats the event may be subjected. For example, are you in a heavy traffic zone, is this conference liable to have political infighting that might impact your locale, does this conference act as a terrorism magnet, or will the conference become a disturbance to local businesses and citizens? For example, political events often require streets to be closed off, traffic patterns to be moved, and other inconveniences to local residents. While these are not a threat to the convention attendee they may become “threats” to the sanity of the local population and to other businesses.

Decide what is the best use of your time. Events are really controlled moments in time in which memories are made. As such, how you manage your time will impact the success or failure of an event. When working with an event manager, spend some time to learn who is in charge of each of the events aspects.

Learn what the event’s time necessities are and prepare a timeline for your role in the event. Often it is the small things that win over a client or make an event special. Having a timeline means that there is less chance of a mistake or an oversight. Timelines should indicate not only when something is to be started but also by when it is to be completed.

Offer the best technological support possible. In today’s world that is both fast paced and multi-tasking, technology is king. Hotels that charge for internet are doing themselves and their community a disservice. Let your event managers know what technology you have. Do not over-promise, many event managers and business people are unforgiving when it comes to not delivering on a promised piece of technology.

Nothing wins back people as well as a smile and a willingness to make it right. No matter how well you plan an event, something will go wrong. Most people understand that mishaps will occur, what is not acceptable is refusing to recognize these mistakes and make them right. Saying merely, “I’m sorry,” is nothing more than a polite way to shun responsibility. Do not make excuses – make it right and make it right with a cheerful smile. The bottom line is that major events are a form of tourism and the essence of tourism is customer service. The community that forgets this basic rule is gambling with its tourism industry and reputation

By Dr. Peter E. Tarlow

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