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Adelaide to welcome 3,000 Chinese delegates for incentive trip

In an announcement made simultaneously in Adelaide and Guangzhou, China, the Adelaide Convention Bureau has announced the first large-scale incentive tourist group visit South Australia will take place in June. Perfect (China) Co, which focuses on herbal health products, kitchenware and personal care products, will bring up to 3,000 top sales representatives from the company…


Big conference wins mean big business for Melbourne

Sixteen influential Club Melbourne Ambassadors were awarded last night for securing 12 major international conferences for Melbourne in 2016 – worth an estimated A$62.5m to the State of Victoria. Together, the conferences will attract almost 12,000 international delegates, who will spend a combined 46,000 days exploring Melbourne and wider Victoria, benefiting local hotels, restaurants, retail…


Australia CVBs call for business events to be included in foreign policy

The importance of business events to the Australian economy and the role they play in international diplomacy should be formally recognised in Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper, according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB). In its presentation to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the AACB aligned the following recommendations with key…


Events sector marks International Women’s Day Down Under

Women and men from across the business events sector have celebrated International Women’s Day (8 March) together at the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) special breakfast honouring the contribution of women to the sector. In a room of close to 100 attendees, EEAA chief executive, Joyce DiMascio, welcomed industry’s commitment to creating environments…


Staging Connections: 15 years and counting with SKYCITY

Staging Connections has announced it has extended its 15-year partnership with SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, which sees it continue as the venue’s dedicated in-house AV supplier. Tim Morgan, general manager for strategic partnerships at Staging Connections, said: “For 15 years Staging Connections has worked closely with the SKYCITY team on exciting projects including Microsoft Ignite,…


AIME: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on track

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) $200mi expansion is progressing as scheduled and is due for completion in mid-2018. Adding nearly 20,000sqm of flexible, multi-purpose event space including new exhibition halls and additional meeting and banquet rooms, the new space will be fully connected and integrated with the existing MCEC, increasing the venue’s total…


New Auckland ICC secures first bookings

The first bookings have been secured for the new New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC), with the city announcing it had won bids to host two large-scale international medical conferences in 2020. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO), and the International Agency…


AIME 2017 underway in Melbourne

The 25th edition of the AIME meetings industry tradeshow was officially opened at the weekend at a press conference held at the host venue Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle; CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau Karen Bolinger; executive general manager for events at Tourism Australia Penny Lion; event…

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