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Page 82 • MICEBTN - FEBRUARY 2015 My first real job: My first job was as a sales executive at Bali Bungy Co, where I learned basic sales techniques. It was ex- citing and I began meeting interesting and inspiring people. I am very good at: I am good at organis- ing events - I used to arrange themed din- ners with my girlfriends. I am also good at negotiating and mentoring. My colleagues tell me that I motivate others. I also love to sing and have been told that I am good at it. My toughest assignment: Giving my first business result presentation to the busi- ness’s owners. I enjoy: Travelling, singing, gardening, dining, fashion designing and spending time with my two little princesses (my daugh- ters). I am not so keen on: Gossips. Best Advice I was given: Treat people the way you want to be treated. I really need to: Achieve budget revenue for 2015. ALICE MATULESSY Director, Sales and Marketing DISCOVERY KARTIKA PLAZA HOTEL, BALI, INDONESIA Take 5 with My proudest achievement: Having my col- leagues achieved their career goals and having my two daughters (a lifetime achievement). Greatest inspiration: My mother, for her unconditional love and my father, who says speak less and work more. Advice to anyone starting a career in hospitality/MICE: Smile and have a good attitude. It will bring take you where you want to go. Be committed and deliver what you have promised. Above all, be trustworthy. Everything goes through a process in your career, preparing you mentally and profession- ally to be a responsible person in the position you hold. To relax: Spending time with my children and watching comedy movies. My dream vacation: I usually travel alone. My dream vacation would be to take my chil- dren visiting to Disneyland in Paris. Most overrated: Happiness. Favourite value trade show: Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) and ITB Asia. Favourite venue: Singapore. Favourite airline: Singapore Airlines. Favourite hotel/resort: No doubt at all — Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel. Additional nSW events funding welcomed THE DECISION by the NSW government to make available A$123.35 million for tourism and major events spend has been welcomed by Tourism Accommo- dation Australia (TAA). The 25 per cent increase in the budget to more than A$643 million spend over four years includes: • A$73.25 million more to make Syd- ney the number one destination for major events, including $22 million for more events in Western Sydney; • A$40.6 million more to grow regional tourism; and • A$9.5 million more to target over- seas visitors from priority international markets. “It has taken a long time for govern- ments to understand the substantial impact that events, conferences and exhibitions can deliver to the economy,” said Carol Giuseppi, acting ceo Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) “The impact of the recent Asian Foot- ball Cup on cities such as Sydney and Newcastle was substantial, while the latest research from Tourism Research Australia shows that business events visitors make the highest contribution to overnight visitor expenditure. “The NSW government demonstrat- ed their commitment to the tourism sector emphatically with the decision to rebuild Sydney’s convention and exhibition centre, and they will now support that with extra funds to bid for substantial tourist, sporting and business events. “The new investment will particularly benefit Western Sydney, which now has world-class venues and new or expand- ed hotels to support the hosting of conferences and events. “We are encouraged by the com- mitment to attract more events and conferences to regional NSW, because while Sydney’s hotel and tourism ven- ues have performed strongly in recent years, many areas in regional NSW are in need of considerable stimulus,’ she said. International arrivals deliver global gains INTERNATIONAL tourist arrivals reached 1,138 million in 2014, a 4.7 per cent increase over the previous year, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. For 2015, UNW- TO forecasts international tourism to grow by three to four per cent, further contributing to the global economic recovery. International tourist arrivals in Asia and the Pacific (+5 per cent) increased by 13 million to 263 million. The best performance was recorded in North- East Asia and South Asia (both +7 per cent). Arrivals in Oceania grew by six per cent, while growth slowed down in South-East Asia (+2 per cent) compared to previous years.