Australia

Adelaide in international orbit

As part of CMW‘s exploration of meetings Down Under in our latest magazine, we take a look at recent innovations in Adelaide, where big plains are being laid for 2019.   Adelaide CVB has an expanded convention centre, 6,000 hotel rooms and a growing portfolio of major conferences that the bureau predicts will rocket the South Australian capital into the global big time for events, with ...

AIME to work with Guide Dogs Victoria on sensory show experience

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), which returns to Melbourne in February, has announced a partnership with Australian charity, Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV) designed to bring a pop-up sensory experience workshop to the show. In an industry first, Guide Dogs Victoria will run its award-winning programme, Dialogue in the Dark, as part of AIME’s Knowledge Programme, sponsored by the Melb...

Susan Kirby to present Evolve keynote in Brisbane

Events industry association Meetings and Events Australia has announced that Susan Kirby, CEO of Ireland’s National St Patrick’s Festival, will be an international keynote presenter at Evolve 2019. Evolve 2019 is the event industry’s largest conference Down Under and will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 31 March to 2 April. “We are delighted to have Susan as one of the ...

Tourism Australia CMO departs

Tourism Australia’s Chief Marketing Officer, Lisa Ronson, is to leave the organisation to take up the role of CMO at retail chain Coles Group, effective 1 May. Tourism Australia MD John O’Sullivan confirmed the departure and thanked Ronson for her work over the past four years. “Lisa has been a wonderful custodian of the Tourism Australia brand. In her time as CMO, she has brought a new level of c...

Brisbane to host leading environmental science conference

The world’s most respected freshwater scientists will be heading to the river city of Brisbane to attend the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Annual Meeting in 2021. The Brisbane conference will be the very first time the American-based SFS has held its annual meeting outside of North America. Australia’s reputation in water management and strong freshwater science community were behind the hi...

I’m a celebrity, get me to… Evolve 2019

The Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) annual conference, Evolve 2019, is to feature the newly-launched Associated Celebrity Booking Platform, (ACTA). Organisers claim it is new technology that can be a game-changer for the events and entertainment industry with its ability to simplify the process of searching for and booking celebrities and entertainers for events. Robyn Johnson, CEO of MEA, com...

BECA targets federal MPs in fresh advocacy campaign for business events

Members of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) launched a pre-election campaign at Parliament House in Canberra last week, calling on MPs to unequivocally support policy and funding of the sector. A delegation of business events industry leaders met with 12 key MPs and their advisors, from all sides of politics, with a united message about the need for a strong policy for business even...

Safety first for The Business of Events Sydney

Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber, will address the key issue of security in the events industry at the 2019 edition of The Business of Events, in Sydney, Australia. The event takes place 7-8 February at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park and conference sessions will offer practical takeaways around the day-to-day elements that address all aspects of event safety. Other speakers at the event’s con...

Arinex and Australia’s IMC collaboration recognised with IAPCO award

Arinex and The Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (IMC) picked up the International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO)’s Driving Excellence Collaboration Award, which was announced at the IBTM Leaders’ Summit in Barcelona last week. The award entry emphasised the importance of a collaborative approach between the PCO, client and all the sponsors and stakeholders...

FIP to dispense its wisdom in Brisbane in 2021

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)’s World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will head to Brisbane for the first time in 2021. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) will play host to the Congress and its expected 2,500 delegates. Brisbane has been carving out a reputation as an emerging hub of innovation in the healthcare sector, with a strong pharmaceuti...

Club Melbourne awarded top city accolade

The Club Melbourne Ambassador Programme has received the Australian city’s 2018 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Profile by a Corporation. The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) Club Melbourne Ambassador Programme supports leading Melburnians to establish, secure and host international conferences that promote the city’s expertise around the world. Melbourne Convention and Exhi...

Melbourne generated $23.8m from business events in October

Business events in Melbourne generated over AUD $23.8m in the month of October, according to the Melbourne Convention Bureau. The city has received a boost from nine international conferences taking place across the city during the month, which attracted over 5,000 delegates generating 11,200 room nights. The events in October included: the World Congress of Colleges and Polytechnics, World Urban ...