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14th September, 2017
 

Hospitality leaders talk hot topics at restaurant industry event   

 
The Gold Coast’s burgeoning hospitality scene was on the menu of hot topics at the region’s first industry networking event of its kind at Burleigh Brewing Co. this week.  

The Gold Coast Industry Panel and Networking Event welcomed leaders from the hospitality scene in a raw and real panel discussion to unpack topics and consumer trends like the effects UberEats and Deliveroo on traditional restaurants, fine dining vs the relaxed culinary approach currently sweeping the Gold Coast and tips and tricks to standing out in a competitive market, constantly shaken up by new venue openings.

The Gold Coast Industry Panel and Networking Event welcomed leaders from the hospitality scene in a raw and real panel discussion to unpack topics and consumer trends like the effects UberEats and Deliveroo on traditional restaurants, fine dining vs the relaxed culinary approach currently sHosted by Bartercard Gold Coast and the Restaurant Industry Support Group (RIS), the event welcomed industry standouts like The Collective Palm Beach, Hideaway Kitchen and Bar, Soho Place, Bine, Zullaz, Nero Dining, Baia the Italian plus the notable winemaker Lisa McGuigan.  

Discussions canvassed solutions to major issues affecting the industry like Queensland’s lock out laws, staff turnover and capitalising on the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  

Bartercard Gold Coast Franchise Manager Renee Drew said she and her team were excited to partner with RIS Gold Coast to tackle so many pertinent topics.  

“The restaurant scene is constantly changing and evolving and it’s important to stay resilient and adaptive when the market moves so quickly,” she said.  

“We have new venues and brand new concepts opening up on the Gold Coast every week, and dining trends are radically shifting all while restauranteurs face increasing industry pressures.

“So swapping ideas, experiences and industry insight through a collaborative approach is really the key in overcoming industry challenges and succeeding.  We welcomed a vibrant mix of industry leaders to do just that.”

Of course Bartercard was the word of the night – most of the panellists were already using the cashless marketplace to attract new customers, fill empty seats, shift slow-moving stock and reduce cash costs.  
“Bartercard is a strategy to stay ahead especially when it comes to conserving cash flow and turning spare capacity into bookings,” said Renee.  

“One of our panellists, Lisa McGuigan, used Bartercard to roll out a $10,000 marketing campaign which cost her zero dollars and boosted her cash sales by 30% - it shows Bartercard works, and its making a real impact.” 

Burleigh Brewing Co. kept thirst at bay with their local craft beer while Gold FM radio personality Spida Everitt entertained guests as MC.