Incentives continue to drive business events influx from Asia-Pacific to Victoria

Melbourne continues to attract incentive reward programmes from the Asia-Pacific market, with the latest success a major Hong Kong incentive group, AIA Hong Kong, which brought 2,400 international delegates to the state of Victoria 10-13 April. In Melbourne the group visited Queen Victoria Market, South Melbourne Market, the Tramcar Restaurant, Brighton Beach and Royal Botanic…


‘World-first’ meeting planners’ platform launch in Sydney

A live corporate meetings management platform called cievents recently launched its online booking platform, cimeetings, at 12-Micron, a new venue in Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia. cimeetings allows events planners to instantaneously book an entire event with a simple click, offering live reporting capabilities, budget transparenc. It also saves time for planners and procurement managers alike. The launch (pictured…


Australian voices get behind GMID

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has leant its support to Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID18), uniting with the meeting industry across the globe to highlight the legacy impact of business events on communities, businesses and economies. MCB CEO Karen Bolinger, Dr Kapila Gupta, international president of Inner Wheel, Val Corva, Inner Wheel convention coordinator, Alannah Gottschalk,…


Brisbane to plough innovation in agriculture furrow in September 

Lord mayor Graham Quirk has announced that Brisbane, Queensland has secured a key global forum for innovations in agriculture, entitled GFIA in Focus. The event will be held at the Brisbane Convention Bureau in early September. Cr Quirk said Queensland was Australia’s premier state for fruit and vegetable production, growing one third of the nation’s produce, with the Greater…

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International convention visitor spend up 17% in New Zealand

Business events are generating high value for New Zealand’s visitor industry, and national bureau Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), with international delegates’ spend on the rise. The Convention Delegate Survey (CDS) released by New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for the year to December 2017 shows the total spend by international…


Commonwealth’s golden host

Over 6,600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories converged on 4 April to take part in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) in the Gold Coast, Queensland. The largest sporting event Australia has hosted this decade, the 11-day long competition concludes on 15 April. Host to the GC2018, the Gold Coast…


New survey showcases Brisbane’s growing BE reputation

On the heels of a fresh analysis on Australia’s AUD12$m (US$9.2m) government bid fund ‘game-changer’, Tourism Australia releases their National Visitor Survey and reveals Brisbane’s growing reputation as a tourism destination. Lord mayor Graham Quirk said the survey results found the number of Australian holidaymakers visiting Brisbane climbed 7.5% to AUD$1.74m in 2017. Brisbane saw a rise of 7.7% in…

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