The ‘Party season: How to run functions safely and profitably in 2020’ virtual event will be taking place tomorrow, Thursday 5 November, from 10-11am AESDT.

The roundtable, supported by SevenRooms and MSL Solutions, is hosted by Australian Hotelier. The panel will look at how venues can make the most out of the upcoming busy period in functions, in a new COVIDSafe environment. It will discuss everything from evolved functions strategy and packages, to safety precautions, to marketing tactics.

The panellists for the virtual event are Rob Comiskey, director of Comiskey Group (Eatons Hill Hotel and Sandstone Point Hotel); Kylie Moncur, chief marketing officer for Australian Venue Co.; and Jodie McLean, director of JEM Events. The roundtable will be moderated by Australian Hotelier’s managing editor, Vanessa Cavasinni.

Comiskey has plenty of experience hosting functions both on a micro and macro scale, and both the Eatons Hill Hotel and Sandstone Point Hotel in Queensland’s Moreton Bay region are known for their epic events and functions at any size. The group has mastered working within COVIDSafe parameters, recently hosting an event for 4500 in line with all restrictions.

Moncur has developed the marketing and sales team at AVC to include a number of specialist roles across digital marketing, events, activations, functions and sales, with the group looking at new and innovative ways to attract patrons back to their venues for a variety of occasions. Moncur has also led the way in initiatives to make the national group a leader in digital marketing innovation.

McLean brings an external perspective to the roundtable, a boutique event management agency servicing SMEs. She has over 10 years’ experience as an events and project manager – strategising, planning and executing hundreds of events and experiences. She is always looking to create new experiences, and has already pulled off a few COVIDSafe events with aplomb.

Registration for the event is free. Sign up now to hear about how you can get your venue through this year’s function season in a COVIDSafe and revenue-raising manner.

Have questions for our panel of speakers about all things functions? Send them through to Vanessa Cavasinni at to have them answered during the event.

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