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Oz Fest 17 Brisbane, QLD, Australia. USA Memorial Day Weekend May 22 to May 24, 2020

Oz Fest 17 Brisbane, QLD, Australia. USA Memorial Day Weekend May 22 to May 24, 2020

Old May 30, 19, 6:09 pm
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Oz Fest 17 Brisbane, QLD, Australia. USA Memorial Day Weekend May 22 to May 24, 2020

Oz Fest 17 Brisbane QLD Australia. USA Memorial Day Weekend
Friday May 22, Saturday May 23, Sunday May 24, 2020.

After discussions at the Oz Fest 16 main dinner Brisbane, Queensland has been chosen for Oz Fest 17. Oz Fest 03 (2006) was held in Brisbane, after the first 2 Oz Fest’s were held in Sydney. We repeat the tradition. 28 people attended Oz Fest 03, but we expect more this time. The location of Brisbane will allow easy international & Australian domestic access for many people.

The May USA Memorial Day weekend seems very popular with USA based Flyer-talkers, and that is the weekend that was most favoured by far. Again chosen that weekend - as we have for all other 16 Oz Fests. Around half the attendees are USA based at each Oz Fest. That public holiday in the USA is Monday May 25, 2020. Remember if you leave Australia on afternoon of Monday May 25, you arrive back in the USA also early morning on Monday May 25. A lot of time, no matter where you live in the USA, to get back home, unpack, have an early night, and get organised for a day at work next day etc.

There have been 16 successful Oz Fests so far - in Sydney, (2004, 2005 & 2019) Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart Tasmania, Cairns, Adelaide, Darwin 2011, Canberra, Perth, Alice Springs-Ayers Rock/Uluru in 2014, New Zealand 2015, the Gold Coast QLD 2016, Newcastle 2017 & Noosa QLD 2018.

The weather for the past 16 Oz Fests has been in general, superb and sunny. Despite June 1st, being our official Winter start date. Even in Tasmania our most southern city, we were truly blessed with unusually nice weather. We all thought Canberra and Hobart would be a weather challenge for sure, but the Saturday and Sunday gave quite perfect weather.

Unusually for Oz Fest we have already have an organising team. Often someone only volunteers January or February. Often they volunteer military style. ozflygirl747 has again volunteered to be CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer) after being CEO for DRW, ASP & OOL. storyteller will look after food & beverage and QF WP the tours. Having 3 locals organising will make Oz Fest 17 one of the best.

A common FT access account for the ad-hoc organising committee titled Oz Fest (Oz Fest Organisers)” was approved by the Flyertalk Community Director, and the early informational posts here in this thread will show as that account, so they can be edited at will by those involved.

Our ad-hoc Committee will be tracking attendees, and hotels, and flights, and activity sign ups etc in these early posts. These are incredibly time consuming to keep updated, and all attendees owe them a huge vote of thanks. Hopefully we can once again call on the falconea’s to be name tag/table tag supremos, and we are well on our way!
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Old May 30, 19, 6:10 pm
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Updated to post 60 and for PM's & emails to 17:15 6th Sept

Attendees

Oz Fest 17 takes place in Brisbane. QLD Australia on USA Memorial Day weekend from Friday evening 22nd May to Sunday 24th May 2020

Please PM Oz Fest any error's & omissions or email:- ozfest at mail.com (NOT gmail)

Platinum - Confirmed (in order of confirming will attend including PM & emails)
  1. ozflygirl747 BNE
  2. storyteller BNE
  3. QF WP BNE
  4. Mrs QF WP BNE
  5. Itsalongwaydown SXE
  6. Sue Oz SXE
  7. falconea MEL
  8. Mr falconea MEL
  9. cocobird SFO
  10. doug_wescott MEL
  11. JohnSydney2000 SYD
  12. Fredd SEA
  13. Mrs Fredd SEA
  14. Eija MEL
  15. Jimmie Jet MEL/YYC
  16. Jimmie Jet_+1 MEL/YYC
  17. serfty MEL
  18. JessicaTam MEL
  19. chchkiwi CHC
  20. kpc SYD
  21. kpc_gf SYD
  22. Bundy Bear BNE
  23. tuapekastar MEL
  24. upup&away ORD
  25. JohnK BNE / SYD
  26. Mrs JohnK & Miss Mini JohnK BNE / SYD
  27. Governator USA
  28. Governator_+1 USA
  29. Austin787 AUS
  30. fifa OOL
  31. Mr fifa OOL
  32. dogloverjb EWR
  33. dogloverjb_+1 EWR
  34. tom911 SFO
  35. Zorak SFO/SJC

Gold Probable - Maybe
  1. restlessinRNO RNO
  2. restlessinRNO_+1 RNO
  3. Perthite MEL
  4. penegal MEL Note
  5. YYCowboy YYC
  6. Antonio8069 Canada
  7. monitor NYC
  8. Frantic NYC
  9. marbe166 CGN
  10. Plainsman ORD
  11. CDKing BOS / ORH
  12. CDKing_+1 BOS / ORH
  13. Thai-Kiwi PPQ
  14. ClaudiSTR STR
  15. rxgeek CMH
  16. rxgeek_+1 CMH
  17. FLYGVA DUS

Silver - Interested
  1. kirkwoodj IAH
  2. redtigeriii PDX

Bronze - can't make it
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Post 16 "Confirming copper status. I had better show up one day."
penegals real status for all FT & AFF dos:- Copper - I won't know until the last minute as work may get in the way or I may have to fly to SIN or somewhere else for one reason or another or I just can't make up my mind. He will show up some time!

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Activities & Who is doing what:

Over time this post will be have more information and links to other posts in this thread.
We set up a web based reservation system to book and pay for activities in March- April

Some activities require pre payment and others a commitment to attend. Some people attend all activities and others a few or maybe only the main Saturday night dinner. All are welcome albeit all or 1 activity. On Friday some of the early attendees meet for lunch/what ever. People can start to arrive from Wednesday and some do not leave until the following Tuesday/Wednesday. Some people leave Oz Fest on the Sunday.

Generally Oz Fest has
  • Friday evening drinks-dinner
  • Saturday activity or activities. Sometimes a bus day trip
  • Saturday evening Oz Fest dinner. Tends to get 100% participation
  • Sunday activity or activities.
  • Sunday evening casual dinner. Often self organised with no pre booking

The Oz Fest team base costs on people attending activities based on known flights and the history of similar events attended. Due to commitments the Oz Fest team has made/will make to suppliers/vendors no refunds are possible, unless another person takes your place. We often have to pay upfront for activities and/or restaurants. The cost includes the fees (~6%) Oz Fest pay to the reservation web site.

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Old May 30, 19, 6:11 pm
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Hotels
There are many hotels to suit all budgets.
There are Accor, Hilton, and Marriott(Starwood) chain property's in Brisbane

Having one central hotel location that most folks use, is a very large plus.


Brisbane Marriott Hotel, 515 Queen Street, Brisbane web site
FT thread--> Brisbane Marriott, Australia (Very old thread - last post Apr 2018)


Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane, 99 Mary Street, Brisbane web site
FT thread--> Four Points Brisbane, Australia, opened March 2014 (last post Apr 2017)


Hilton, 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane web site
FT thread--> Hilton Brisbane {AUS}
  • kpc & kpc_gf
  • Itsalongwaydown & Sue Oz
  • restlessinRNO & restlessinRNO_+1 (gold)
  • marbe166 (gold)
  • dogloverjb & dogloverjb_+1
  • cocobird

Holiday Inn Express,Brisbane Central, 168 Wharf St, Brisbane web site
FT thread--> Welcome back to Brisbane IHG


The Point Brisbane Lambert Street, Brisbane web site
  • Jimmie Jet & Jimmie Jet_+1

Westin, 111 Mary Street, Brisbane web site
FT thread--> Westin Brisbane [Master Thread]


W Hotel, 81 North Quay, Brisbane web site
FT thread--> W Brisbane, Australia [Master Thread] (last post Dec 2018)
FT thread--> W Hotel to open in Brisbane, Australia in 2018. (last post Sept 2018)

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Old May 30, 19, 6:12 pm
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Flights

Flights will be listed in an online google doc link

Will be updated later

We use flight information to predict activity participation. Helps a lot with planning.

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Additional information associated with flights

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Old May 30, 19, 6:12 pm
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About Bribane, QLD Australia (click on the blue or underlined links)

Will be updated from time to time.

Brisbane & Info FT threads
To be updated over time

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Phones

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Other
The correct map of the world, with Australia where it really is (at the top)
Australia compared to the USA
Australia vs USA map

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History Of Oz Fests click here for the map. SYD-SYD-BNE-MEL-HBA-CNS-ADL-DRW-CBR-PER-ASP-AYQ-KKE-OOL-NTL-MCY-SYD

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266 individual FTer's have attended Oz Fest 1 to Oz Fest 16 inclusive at an average of 2.77 per person. 37 people have attended 5 or more Oz Fest’s. About 40% from USA. Repeat attendee’s at Oz Fest’s are about 80% with 20% newbie’s.

Continuous attendance, without missing an Oz Fest.
Some people have attended more, but have missed 1 or more Oz Fest’s
  • 15 - restlessinRNO Oz Fest 02 SYD to Oz Fest 16 SYD (inclusive)
  • 14 - Itsalongwaydown Oz Fest 03 BNE to Oz Fest 16 SYD (inclusive)
  • 14 - Sue Oz Oz Fest 03 BNE to Oz Fest 16 SYD (inclusive)
  • 13 - Serfty Oz Fest 02 SYD to Oz Fest 14 NTL (inclusive)
  • 13 - Fredd Oz Fest 04 MEL to Oz Fest 16 SYD (inclusive)
  • 13 - Mrs Fredd Oz Fest 04 MEL to Oz Fest 16 SYD (inclusive)
  • 11 - Ozstamps Oz Fest 01 SYD to Oz Fest 11 ASP (inclusive)
  • 11 - JohnSydney2000 Oz Fest 06 CNS to Oz Fest 16 SYD (inclusive)
  • 11 - Chchkiwi Oz Fest 06 CNS to Oz Fest 16 SYD (inclusive)

As up to and including Oz Fest 16
16 FTer for attending all 16 previous Oz Fests
no one

15 FTer for attending 15 previous Oz Fests
QF WP
restlessinRNO

14 FTer for attending 14 previous Oz Fests
Itsalongwaydown
Sue Oz
JohnSydney2000
Serfty

13 FTer's for attending 13 previous Oz Fests
kpc
Fredd
Mrs Fredd
JohnK

12 FTer's for attending 12 previous Oz Fests
Bundy Bear
upup&away

11 FTer's for attending 11 previous Oz Fests
Mrs QF WP
ozstamps
chchkiwi

10 FTer's for attending 10 previous Oz Fests
jswong
tom911
spaceman

9 FTer's for attending 9 previous Oz Fests
fifa
kpc_gf
gvdIAD
MargoOz
To Market to Market
Perthite

8 FTer's for attending 8 previous Oz Fests
Mr fifa
falconea
Mr falconea
Frantic
Monitor
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Please put us down as Gold at this time. Thank you for organizing.

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This time we both plan to be there!

It's been a while, alas.

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