Australasia

New CEO appointed at Perth Convention Bureau

Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) has announced the appointment of new CEO Gareth Martin. Martin has worked with the PCB and its membership for 12 years, most recently as Acting CEO following the departure of former CEO Paul Beeson in February. His appointment follows an international recruitment search. PCB Chairman Kevin Skipworth said the Board welcomed the appointment and were excited about workin...

MEA Mentor Programme receives record response and national backing

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has received confirmed backing from Tourism Australia for its 2019 MEA Mentor Programme.  The programme has also announced a record number of participants.

Hotels brands in strong GET Global line-up for Sydney

World-class hotels from across the globe are lining up to for the Get Global tradefair this year, with over a third (35%) of all registered exhibitors coming from a hotel brand. Nine are exhibiting for the first time.

Asian visitors enable Brisbane to post record figures

A record number of Asian visitors has been a big factor in Brisbane, Australia, claiming all-time highs in terms of international visitation and expenditure. Lord Mayor of the Queensland capital, Adrian Schrinner said the latest International Visitor Survey from Tourism Research Australia revealed visitor numbers from Asia to Brisbane had climbed 5.5% to a record 605,000 in the year to March 2019....

Melbourne rallies around bid to host the Women Deliver Conference in 2022

Melbourne officially launched its bid to host the Women Deliver Conference in 2022, by gathering over 70 influential advocates for gender equality at Victoria’s Parliament House.

Business events prove an economic powerhouse for Victoria

Melbourne Convention Bureau has reported netting AUD$500m in secured events for the Australian state of Victoria during the past financial year, with over 6,000 jobs to be created as a result. The new figures come as business events are delivering more money and more visitors to Victoria than ever before. Business events are the highest yielding sector in Victoria’s visitor economy, according to t...

Business events in New Zealand deliver half a billion dollars to the country

Business events in New Zealand have delivered NZD$500m to the country over the past five years, according to New Zealand Tourism. The figures come in the wake of CINZ Meetings 2019, New Zealand’s largest MICE industry trade show. Tourism New Zealand works closely with the industry to attract business events to the country. Rene de Monchy, Tourism New Zealand’s Director of Commercial, said: “New Ze...

Meetings and Events Australia expands Board of Directors

Industry association Meetings and Events Australia has beefed up its Board of Directors with three new appointments. The new appointments followed a gap and skills analysis of the existing Board and a review of 10 applications. The new Directors were appointed effective 27 May 2019. They are: Beverley Williamson (pictured), Melbourne Convention Bureau Suzana Bishop, Federation Square Paula Nolan, ...

Adelaide goes intergalactic with new focus on space conferences

The Adelaide Convention Bureau, off the back of delivering the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in 2017 and the announcement that the South Australian capital will be the home of Australia’s Space Agency, has said it is now directly targeting business events in the wider connected sector. Another success announced by the bureau is the 19th Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC)...

CINZ MEETINGS kicks off in New Zealand

New Zealand’s biggest events industry showcase, CINZ MEETINGS 2019, starts in Auckland tomorrow, 29 May. The event will run for two days, finishing on Thursday 30 May. It is organised by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ). It will bring together over 190 suppliers and 500 conference, event and incentive organisers under one roof for two days at ASB Showgrounds. CINZ Chief Executive Sue ...

More than a venue: ICC Sydney celebrates National Reconciliation Week

ICC Sydney launched its ‘More than a venue’ marketing campaign at IMEX in Frankfurt, reflecting what management said was, “a growth as a business to emerge as a symbol of global excellence, demonstrating the unique combination of people, services, partners and features that set us apart from our competitors”. The ‘world class Sydney experience’ outlined by ICC Sydney Group CEO Geoff Donaghy includ...

Ever fallen in love…? ATEC welcomes new Government Down Under

The Managing Director of the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), Peter Shelley (pictured), has congratulated Australia’s Liberal-National Coalition, led by Scott Morrison, on its shock general election win over Labor. “ATEC congratulates the Coalition on its election win and looks forward to working with the new Morrison Government in advocating for policy settings that will help drive futur...