Australasia

World’s premier finance event comes to Sydney for a third time

SIBOS, heralded as the world’s premier financial event, opens in Sydney 22 October, with organisers expecting 7,000 attendees from around the world. The annual conference, exhibition and networking event draws business leaders from a range of financial institutions, multinational corporations and technology partners and is in its 40th year. Organisers this year hope to ignite conversation between ...

Brisbane lands major head and neck cancer congress

Brisbane is set to host 2,000 of the world’s leading cancer experts in a first time event for Australia. The World Congress of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) will take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in 2026, with the aim of raising the global benchmark for the care and treatment of patients with head and neck cancer. The ...

Australia’s CVBs provide 8% boost in business events and new export opportunities for SMEs

Since January 2018, there has been an 8% increase in the number of international business events secured for the future by the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) members, according to new research. The industry analysis from the latest International Business Events Forward Calendar, produced by the AACB, reveals also that convention bureaux are attracting a larger number of highly...

Conference winners’ NZ$37m contribution to New Zealand acknowledged

The efforts of 31 experts who have secured international conferences for New Zealand were recognised by the Minister of Tourism at an event in Auckland 16 October. Tourism New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Stephen England-Hall told the audience that hosting international conferences delivered significant benefits for New Zealand. “In addition to the estimated NZ$37m (US$24.37m) they will contribute t...

New grants to help Brisbane win global conventions

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has invited Brisbane’s ambitious early career professionals and researchers to apply for a share of A$30,000 to help the city attract leading international conventions and conferences to Brisbane. Opening the second round of the Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant, the Lord Mayor said recipients would be funded to attend an international association conference in thei...

Emerging Talent Programme to debut at CINZ Conference 2018

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is launching a young business event professionals talent programme at its upcoming annual conference in Auckland. The Emerging Talent Professional Development Programme is aimed at those starting their careers and will sit alongside the main conference in a half-day event on 1 November. CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan says CINZ has developed the prog...

Melbourne show overhaul AIMEing to deliver big returns for 2019

New Australia-based organisers of Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) 2019 say they have overhauled all aspects of the event (formerly organised by Reed in collaboration with owners Melbourne CVB), with new key strategies focussing on a positive return on investment for buyers and exhibitors alike. New streamlined exhibitor packages guarantee 32 pre-scheduled appointments with buyers...

Brisbane Showgrounds go German for Oktoberfest

All things German are being celebrated this month at Oktoberfest Brisbane, Australia’s largest German Festival. The Brisbane Showgrounds has been the venue 5-7 October and a second weekend October 12-14 as the space transforms into a part of Bavaria. Schnitzels to pretzels and beer (of course) are back up by live entertainment including Bavarian Oompah band ‘Münchner Buam’, Heidi the Y...

Adelaide CC delivers record numbers following A$397m investment

Adelaide Convention Centre is reporting a milestone year, with over 330,000 visitors hosted since completion the venue’s A$397m (US$279.7m) redevelopment. ACC also reported hosting 768 events over the past year, including 72 major national and international conferences, which delivered an estimated A$155m in economic benefit to South Australia. One recent highlight of the event calendar was the La...

Perth announced as host of Tourism Australia’s Dreamtime 2019

Tourism Australia has announced that the next edition of its signature event for promoting Australia as an incentive destination, Dreamtime, will be held in Perth, Western Australia for the first time, in December 2019. As part of the Dreamtime programme, Australian industry will have the opportunity to meet and do business with qualified buyers from key markets including Greater China, Singapore,...

New AIME organisers commit to increase international buyer numbers

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), which takes place in Melbourne on 18–20 February 2019 and now organised by Australian-owned Talk2 Media & Events, has made a commitment to bringing the largest and most diverse group of international buyers to the show. Sixty percent of them will originate from outside of Australia. All hosted buyers expressing interest will undergo a rigo...

Sydney to host United Nations Congress on Safety and Health at Work

The city of Sydney, Australia, has won a bid to host the XXIII United Nations Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2023. The congress will provide a global platform for Australia to promote its position as a world leader in work health and safety. The congress will be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney, where work health and safety experts, regulators, government and private au...