ABIE celebrates Australia Day on 25th January 2017

The famous flying red kangaroo bounded into Club Oz in January to celebrate Australia Day with a big crowd of 100 ABIE members and friends.

ABIE Corporate Member Qantas sponsored the cocktail in the sleek Australian-themed venue.  While in Australia the day for most people passed with a holiday in the sun, in Paris it was a matter of rugging up and braving sub zero temperatures.  But it was a happy and convivial crowd, noted ABIE president Bernard Tabary, as he congratulated them on their courage in stepping out on such a freezing evening and thanked Qantas for making the evening possible.

Qantas General Manager for the UK, Ireland, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Markus Svensson, flew in from London to present the latest addition to their fleet, a Dreamliner (with the interior created by international design czar Mark Newson) that will fly non-stop between London and Perth in 17 hours. Australian born Newson, a former Paris resident, designed all aspects of the Dreamliner’s interior, from the seats to plates and cutlery, blankets, carpets, door knobs, reading lights….each in four versions for the different passenger classes.

The evening was also the occasion to launch the new ABIE Group international website that will link ABIE members around the globe.  Five of the 12 ABIE European chapters are already present on the website. A driving force behind the creation of the new ABIE portal, Abie Czech board member Richard York, who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia that day, came to Paris specially to launch the new initiative.

“This means any ABIE member who is travelling can consult the website, and in one click find out what is happening in that city “, he said.

“All you do is click on ABIE.EU

He emphasized that ABIE France members are entitled to attend events organized by an ABIE chapter in any other country at the member rates.

ABIE’s first event of the year was a real success and a great evening was had by all, thanks to the generous support of QANTAS.