Australasia

EventsAIR renews partnership with MEETINGS 2021

Event technology company EventsAIR has renewed its partnership with New Zealand’s MEETINGS 2021. MEETINGS is New Zealand’s largest business events trade exhibition, taking place at ASB Showgrounds in Auckland from 2-3 June. It will make use of EventsAIR technology throughout the event. MEETINGS 2021 event manager Jen Henshaw said: “This software streamlines the end-to-end attendee journey all in o...

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre announces rebrand

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has announced a new rebrand, created by agency FutureBrand Australia. The venue’s new tagline is ‘home of the unconventional’, leaning into some of the more unusual events the venue has hosted over the past year. During 2020, the venue was used as a drive-in cinema and a training centre for guide dogs. It also partnered with food supplier Flinders &am...

500 eventprofs expected in person, in Melbourne, for July’s MEA’s Evolve 2021

Australia’s conference for event professionals, Evolve, will take place in Melbourne, 1 July,  Melbourne supported by major partners, Melbourne Convention Bureau, Accor and EventsAIR. The conference theme this year is ‘Building Confidence through Best Practice’ and content has been developed, organisers said, from feedback taken from an industry survey conducted by MEA in December 2020. Now in its...

Australia’s accommodation sector associations move closer to merger

A unified, single voice for the accommodation sector in Australia moved a step closer this week with the proposed merger of the Australian Hotels Association/Tourism Accommodation Australia and the Accommodation Association. Tourism Accommodation Australia chair Martin Ferguson AM and Accommodation Association chair Julian Clark (pictured) provided a joint update at Australasian Hotel Industry Con...

Australia’s AACB CEO says health events will be pivotal in return of business

The CEO of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux has said that health events will play a key role in the recovery of Australia’s business events industry. Andrew Hiebl (pictured left) presented insights from AACB’s ‘Forward Calendar of Business Events’ report during STR Insider, an event which took place in Adelaide this week. One finding of the report was that 115,000 Australian health...

Computer modelling congress to meet in Brisbane 

Brisbane will be the host of the Asia Pacific Congress on Computational Machines (APCOM) in 2025. The event will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). The team at BCEC collaborated with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), supported by Tourism & Events Queensland and Brisbane Economic Development Agency (Brisbane EDA) to secure the event for Brisbane. BCE...

Australia’s ‘Get Local’ expo to help reboot the industry on July

The Business Events Council of Australia has announced it is partnering with Get Local, an upcoming MICE industry tradeshow in ICC Sydney. Get Local is taking place from 29-30 July, and its aim is to “reconnect, reengage and reboot the meetings and event industry”. The event is exclusively focused on the Australasian MICE market. Get Local is expected to attract event managers, PCOs, meeting plann...

New Zealand’s MEETINGS 2021 to open up to Australian visitors

Over 60 Australian business event organisers are set to arrive in Auckland on 1 June for Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (formerly CINZ) two-day showcase MEETINGS 2021. Before and after MEETINGS, hosted buyers from Australia and New Zealand can also choose to join one of five different regional familiarisation tours to Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown. As well as 60 ...

Canberra Convention Bureau announces two new appointments

Canberra Convention Bureau has announced two new appointments. Kimberley Wood takes over as head of sales and Kimberley Roberts-Salee as head of marketing, in a restructure the bureau says is aimed at “streamlining operations”. Wood’s career spans multiple sales roles at Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. She leaves her current role at Canberra Convention Bureau as director of international ...

Brisbane’s BCEC holds more than 100 events in Q1 2021

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has hosted 113 events in the first quarter of 2021, after re-opening in 2020. The venue has welcomed 71,571 visitors in the last four months, hosting five convention, four exhibitions and many more corporate functions such as lunches and dinners. Major exhibitions included The Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo and The Home Show 2021. The v...

Melbourne CEC chief operating office announces retirement

Leighton Wood (pictured), chief operating officer, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has announced his plans to retire following over 10 years of service. Chief executive Peter King said Wood’s experience and guidance had been instrumental to MCEC’s success over the past decade. “Under Leighton’s leadership, MCEC has achieved record revenue and customer satisfaction results, he is ...

Building up the events capital

CMW pings some questions Down Under for Melbourne Convention Bureau chief executive Julia Swanson.   Tell us about your early career in hospitality, and how you moved into destination marketing.  I spent 13 years in the hotel sector, initially in operations and then into an area director of sales and marketing role. I loved that sector but was drawn to having a broader scope of promoting the ...