Australasia

Lifeline for major events in NSW; Queensland lifts international border restrictions

Australia’s New South Wales government has announced an Events Saver Fund for NSW Major Events. The new AUD$43m fund will cover major events over a 12-month period up to 31 December 2022 that are “cancelled or significantly disrupted” by Covid-19 public health orders. It is designed to enable event planners to make informed decisions around the support available as well as confidence to plan...

Hydrogen conference to fuel Perth’s 2022 business events recovery

Business Events Perth has announced that the Australian Hydrogen Conference (West) is set to take place in Perth for a two-day event in November 2022. The conference is expected to see 440 delegates visit the Western Australian (WA) city and generate upwards of AUS$560,000 (US$400,000). The event brings together the hydrogen sector’s energy leaders to explore the latest emerging projects, challeng...

Australian Convention Bureaux rally for AIME 2022 Melbourne date

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings event (AIME) has revealed that almost all of Australia’s Convention Bureaux will be participating in AIME 2022. The event is set to take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 21-23 March in-person, and 28 March–1 April online. Owners of AIME, the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), have confirmed the attendance of 17 convention bureaux, where s...

Flight Centre Travel Group strengthens FCM tech offering

The Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) has announced the acquisition of Compli.ai, a US-based company that has developed an industry-first browser extension, Shep, that will be integrated into FLT’s FCM travel management business. FLT aims to use Shep’s software to put its own content and augment the user experience on third party websites that corporate customers use. Shep was founded in 2017 as a ...

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre officially opens

The New Zealand based association Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has celebrated the opening of its first new-generation Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, 17 December. Set on the Ōtakaro Avon river in the city centre, Te Pae Christchurch features 24 meeting rooms, including a 1,000-seat riverside banquet room, up to 3,300sqm of exhibition space and a 1,400-seat auditorium able to be ...

Future of Business Events Virtual Summit signals optimism in New Zealand

The business events sector will be key to New Zealand’s recovery as a visitor destination, and demand to meet in the country is still high despite closed borders, industry leaders told the Future of Business Events Virtual Summit on 9 December 2021. More than 430 industry representatives took part in the event, run by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA). The Summit’s theme ‘Rally, Rebuild and...

NSW premier acknowledges ICC Sydney’s five years of contribution to the community

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) commemorates five years of operation in December, having contributed to AUD$2.53bn of visitor expenditure and a host of community benefits by consistently delivering successful events. With 250 events already secured for the first half of 2022 and events in the pipeline through to 2031, ICC Sydney expects a return to delivering $1bn annually to t...

Get Local sells out for February 2022 show in Sydney

Get Local, a meeting and events exhibition focused exclusively on Australia’s MICE market, to be held at the ICC Sydney, 15-16 February, 2022, has sold out with more than 150 exhibitors confirmed, organisers report. Get Local has also released an exhibitor-led video call to action encouraging meeting, incentive and event planners to come to the show and experience some of the latest products...

Melbourne Skyfarm to offer event space

A large section of a 2,000sqm rooftop car park in Melbourne, Australia has been transformed into an urban farm. Over the next 12 months this new rooftop city oasis will offer sustainable and contemporary hospitality sites, environmental education as well as business conference facilities and event spaces. Named Melbourne Skyfarm, the car park is located in the emerging Seafarer’s precinct and dire...

Australia welcomes the return of in-person events in ‘rebound year’ 2022

Australia-based global business travel management company FCM Meetings & Events says it is set for a rebound year in 2022 with more than 90% of its business bookings coming from corporates wanting an in-person experience. Based on preliminary booking data for 2022, FCM Meetings & Events says it will be managing a corporate occasion every three days, with business confidence beginning to fl...

MCEC’s Five Chef’s Dinner raises AUD$600,000 for Starlight Children’s Foundation

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has sponsored and hosted, 25 November, the Starlight Five Chefs Dinner that raised funds to support the Starlight Children’s Foundation (Starlight). The event raised over AUD$600,000 (US$425,000) to assist delivering in-hospital programmes at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital. The evening also celebrated 10 years of the p...

AUD$15m governmental funding package to assist BE Perth’s recovery

Premier of Western Australia (WA), Mark McGowan, has announced a new tourism recovery package that will see the State’s official convention bureau, Business Events Perth (BE Perth), receive AUD$15m (US$11m) in funding. The aim is to assist the attraction of lucrative business events to WA, which will help to support the state’s business event, hotel and hospitality industry. Speaking at the WA Sta...