The Conference Shop

Conference Venues You’ll Fall In Love With!

 The Conference Shop finds conference venues to suit every event and organisation from thousands of destinations across Australia and overseas. Our free venue finding service will match your companies objectives, theme and preferred locations with a list of suitable conference venues from the many we regularly review and have first-hand experience of.

We are well known for delivering practical, objective and honest advice when it comes to finding you a venue for your next event as we are not affiliated with any hotel chain or destination. 

How We Source Conference Venues

Our key strength lies in our relationships with our clients and our ability to listen to their needs.  Communicating every step of the way to deliver on their brief and providing the best outcome at all times is what we pride ourselves on, and what has made us Australia’s premier conference venue finder.  

If you are a large organisation seeking a venue for a launch, conference or Christmas party or a small business retreat, we work in partnership to ensure our clients are supported during this process and all of your needs are met.  

We understand events.  Our team boasts a diverse range of experience in the events arena – between us we have 40 years’ experience in the industry including in hotels, event management and travel agencies – enabling us to provide the best solution for our clients.  

Meet our team

The Conference Shop have assisted tech2 with numerous conferences, from negotiating venues to recommending offsite team activities.

Their services have resulted in, not only successfully run company events, but also in significant savings to our business.

I have no hesitation in recommending Carla and her team to any organisation seeking assistance with sourcing conference venues.

Joanne Smythe

EA to MD, Tech2

Trusted Professionals

Our Mission

We love helping people.
We want to help you find the perfect venue so your event is a success.

Our Knowledge

We are venue and
destination experts.
Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do, we can help.  With over 40 years of experience in the MICE industry between us, we understand your needs.

Our Service

We believe in good old fashioned service.
We take the time to get to know you and your event needs so that we achieve 100% customer satisfaction.

Meet the team

 

Carla Offord

Carla Offord

CEO & Founder

Carla Offord is the founder and CEO of the highly successful company, The Conference Shop. 

Entrepreneurial by nature and a natural leader, Carla acquired her first business at the age of 23 in the hospitality industry. Continuing to follow this path, she moved into the world of hotels, working across various departments and finding her niche in events and business development.

Carla pursued this passion for events, by starting her own destination marketing, events and venue sourcing business, Southern Highlands Corporate Events, based in Bowral. This culminated in her managing large scale event projects including festivals, conferences and expos. Read more

E carla@theconferenceshop.com.au
P 02 4861 5973

Alix Lightfoot

Alix Lightfoot

CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGER

Alix has sixteen years of experience in events, venue management, client service and business development. She thrives in competitive markets and has high levels of drive, passion and commitment to exceeding expectations in venue sourcing, events, branding and experiential agencies.

E alix@theconferenceshop.com.au
P 02 4861 5973

Cathy Wanny

Cathy Wanny

CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGER

Cathy is a passionate Conference and Events Industry specialist having worked within the Association, Corporate and Not for profit sectors for the past 20 years.  She has a great ability to understand her clients’ needs and thrives on creating experiences that not only meet but exceed their expectations.

Her strong communication skills, ability to motivate others and ‘can do’ attitude ensure her success in achieving outcomes and executing conferences, meetings and events of the highest standard, which is exactly what we are about here at The Conference Shop!

E cathy@theconferenceshop.com.au
P 02 4861 5973

Chris Offord

Chris Offord

DESTINATION RESEARCHER

Following more than 25 years as a business owner in the sales industry, Chris decided it was time for a change.  Having had experience in Southern Highlands Corporate Events for five years and being involved in the change over to The Conference Shop, it made sense that Chris should become a permanent fixture of the team.

Chris is responsible for researching new venues that come onto the market, and ensuring that all of The Conference Shop’s venue information is up-to-date. Chris is passionate about the growth and development of such a user friendly resource for conference organisers and looks forward to expanding The Conference Shop’s national and global network of outstanding venues.

E chris@theconferenceshop.com.au
P 02 4861 5973

Emma Castle

Emma Castle

CONTENT MANAGER

Emma Castle is a travel writer and copywriter with 15 years of Australian media experience who specialises in consumer travel, tourism business, events, parenting and wellness.

She edited Spice Magazine and Deputy Edited Hotel Management for four years. Prior to this, she spent 10 years working in PR for clients like Hawaii Tourism Oceania, the Ministry of Tourism for the Sultanate of Oman, Voyages Indigenous Tourism and Anantara Hotels and Resorts. She has been writing her lifestyle and opinion blog, SheGoes.com.au, for ten years. She is the Co-Founder of Women in Tourism and she is the Founder of Readable, a content agency.

E emma@theconferenceshop.com.au
P 02 4861 5973