Inspire EX – BE Tradeshow – 18 & 19 August 2014

Inspire EXInspire EX is Australia’s premier event industry exhibition. High profile, collaborative, creative and comprehensive, this is the most important date in the calendar for over 6,000 decision makers from the events world.

This year The Star Events Team will be at Stand 2176, so if you are attending please come by and meet the team. We are also running a fantastic competition where in 25 words or less you could win ‘The Ultimate Star Experience’, which includes: a night in a The Darling Jewel Suite, a three-course Italian feast at Stefano Manfredi’s award-winning restaurant Balla, and the thrill of driving the latest Ferrari 458 Italia with a friend as your co-pilot.

We’re also sponsoring Nina Hoven’s seminar session, ‘Effective Event Management within your Everyday Role’, which includes lots of helpful tips that helped her to win Best Organised Event by a PA in the Executive PA Magazine Awards 2013.

The two-day showcase provides unparalleled opportunities for buyers and sellers to experience and be inspired by the very best on offer. If you work in business events, don’t miss your chance to experience the industry’s best, compare products and suppliers and attend seminars that will help you do business better.

We welcomed Nina Hoven at The Star on 1 August in preparation for her Inspire EX session and were able to sit down with her for a quick and insightful Q&A:

Describe yourself in 3 words.
Positive, organised, fun.

What are the most important qualities successful executive assistants have today?
Remaining calm under pressure, being able to manage multiple projects, people and priorities and all the while being approachable and available to staff as well as maintaining confidentiality and being trustworthy.

What tactics do you use to manage pressure and stress day-to-day?
I plan my day well…scheduling projects into the diary around meetings and other commitments to keep me on track…and coffee helps!

What is one common challenge people face in the event management industry today?
In my experience it is all about managing changes. The client changes their mind all the time about themes, timing, all the different elements of an event and so we have to keep the communication lines open to ensure we make changes as they happen.

What advice would you give to someone looking at a career in the event industry?
You need to have a calm demeanor…managing events is a very stressful role due to the fact that curve balls will be thrown at you constantly and clients tend to make changes throughout the process. You need to be able to take this on without getting flustered.

Tell us something we may not know about the role of an executive assistant?
EA’s these days are very much in a business partnership with their executive. We are accountable for a lot of high level responsibilities and relied upon for advice as well as decision making. People used to always try to “get past” the EA to get to the executive. I find now that people want to “get to” the EA first! We either handle the issue straight away or find time for the exec to deal with it.

Business Chicks Workshop

Business Chicks

The moment when your boss asks you to do a presentation your palms go sweaty and you get a little light headed. Most people have a love/hate relationship with public speaking and it’s certainly a skill that we all wish we could master. On Wednesday 30 July, The Star welcomed Australian Speaker of The Year, Matt Church, as part of the Business Chicks national event series.

Matt Church is one of Australia’s most successful public speakers and has been recognised as one of the top 25 most influential people in the global speaking profession.

Whether you want to hold your own in a meeting, deliver better presentations or grace the international stage, Matt Church ensured the 376 attendees left the morning with the right tools to shine and stand out in their own right.

Equipped with the right strategies to calm nerves, attendees were ready to ditch the palm cards as they left the workshop with the right formulas and frameworks for creating brilliant presentations for any topic.

Reed Hair Expo

Hair Expo

Boosting Sydney’s capacity for hosting major events and exhibitions, The Star partnered with Reed Exhibitions to host three gala events and the wrap party of Hair Expo 2014, alongside the major exhibition that was held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island.

As the largest hairdressing industry event in the Southern Hemisphere, the volume of delegates meant that organisers would have to provide creative transport options to ensure a seamless transition between venues.

The Star Event Centre hosted 5,400 guests over three nights in June, celebrating the best of the hairdressing industry at their legendary gala evenings. For the first time in the expo’s history the fashion parade, gala dinners and after party were held in the same location, the Event Centre and Marquee at The Star, offering guests unprecedented accessibility and simplicity.

World Business Forum

World Business Forum
The Star had the privilege of hosting the World Business Forum that was held in Australia for the first time in May. Long regarded as the leading business management event in the world, the forum brings together senior business leaders from the world’s leading companies to exchange information, network and define the future trends for local and international markets.

The inspirational conference ran for two days and brought together nine of the most respected experts worldwide on the topics that matter most to the business community. The speakers included former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard; Global CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi, Kevin Roberts; former Facebook Director of Marketing, Randi Zuckerberg and celebrated business strategist Michael Porter.

The World Business Forum was held at The Star Event Centre and hosted 2,200 attendees. It was so successful the organisers have re-booked with us for 2015.

Melbourne Cup 2014


It is the race that stops the nation, so get your team together and get your Cup Day off to a flying start. With a TAB on property and the race shown live in a number of our venues, The Star is the perfect place to hold your Melbourne Cup function.

We have some lavish lunch packages available at our signature restaurants Balla, BLACK by ezard and Sokyo, but these will fill quickly so book now to avoid disappointment.

If you are after a more casual option you could opt for a celebration package at Cherry that includes canapés and your choice of alcoholic drinks. Naturally, 24/7 Sports Bar will be at the heart of the action with three mega screens, over 50 LCD TVs and of course every race from Flemington. There’s also a 24/7 Sports Bar trackside package that includes cold seafood, antipasto and assorted hot canapés and a choice of Moët & Chandon or beer. Fat Noodle and Food Quarter will also be getting into the spirit of the carnival with delicious Melbourne Cup food specials. To find out more visit