Australian government minister bolsters country’s business events message

The Association of Australian Convention Bureau (AACB) has welcomed the federal government’s support of the business events industry, embodied by the attendance of the minister for trade, tourism and investment at IMEX America last week. Steven Ciobo MP (pictured), visited the show to help promote Australia as a premier business events destination. It was the first…


CINZ appoints new marketing and events coordinator

Lauren Newbery has been appointed as marketing and events coordinator for Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) based in Auckland. Previously she was events coordinator at the New Zealand Planning Institute, organising professional development events and large conferences. Originally from the United Kingdom, Newbery worked on the Annual STEMtech Conference and Showcase, the largest science and technology…


Good news from Arinex

Arinex, an Australia-based event and conference management company, has announced plans to deepen ties with US-based DoubleDutch, the world’s most sophisticated event marketing platform. With DoubleDutch, Arinex is uniquely positioned to become Australia’s sole events expert, with end-to-end event management and data-driven attendee insights. The DoubleDutch Live Engagement platform, offering actionable marketing data, combined with…


Industry lobbies for Business Events to be included in Australian visa overhaul

On behalf of the country’s Business Events industry, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has welcomed the opportunity to give advice on streamlining Australia’s visa system to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The Department had called for submissions with the intent of transforming the present system, reducing the current 99 visas to…


Visitors mean business for Brisbane

The latest National Visitor Survey from Tourism Australia revealed domestic business visitors to Brisbane climbed a massive 27.5% to a record 1.4m in the year ending June 2017. Lord mayor Graham Quirk said the rise of business visitors reflected Brisbane’s growing reputation as a destination of choice for business, investment and major events. “Our city…

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ReedPOP Australia reveals toy event

ReedPOP Australia and the Australian Toy Association have announced the launch of Play World Australia. This event for parents and children is scheduled to take place at the new International Convention Centre in Sydney between 29-30 September 2018. Play World will include the latest toys and games on the market in four zones: Imagination Zone,…

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MEA announces new national conference website and local champion

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has launched its 2018 National Conference website, and also announced that political journalist, and South Australian, Annabel Crabb, will be its inaugural MEA Conference Local Champion. MEA’s CEO Robyn Johnson said: “We were delighted when Annabel Crabb accepted our invitation to be the MEA Conference Local Champion and we…

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