Australasia

Brisbane Mayor opens ‘trailblazer’ conference grant

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has invited Brisbane’s brightest minds to apply for a grant program to help attract lucrative international conferences to the city.

Evolve 2020 announces speakers

Evolve 2020, an events industry conference taking place in New South Wales, Australia, has announced its keynote speakers.

Melbourne wins bid to host world’s leading eye health professionals in 2021

Melbourne has won its international bid to host 2,000 international eye health professionals at the World Congress of Optometry 2021 (WCO 2021). To be held in September 2021, the three-day Congress will also see leading manufacturers and equipment suppliers converge at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) to share in the latest technological and patient care advances. The bid, sec...

Psychologist and Paralympian join CINZ Conference speaker line-up

Four more speakers have been announced for the 43rd Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) annual conference, to be held in Queenstown later this month.

Melbourne reports record-breaking financial results

The Melbourne Convention Bureau has achieved record financial results, with business events drawing in AUD$507m for the 2018/19 year.

Fewer visitors, but bigger spend, Australian Tourism Export Council survey reports

Australia’s inbound tourism figures reveal a growth in high spending visitors, despite an overall dip in visitor numbers. Tourists delivered another $2bn to the Australian economy over the past 12 months, according to new figures revealed by the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC). ATEC Managing Director Peter Shelley (pictured) says the huge growth in visitor numbers seen in previous years i...

AIME 2020 Knowledge Exchange theme announced

Organisers of Australia’s Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), to be held in Melbourne 17–19 February 2020, have announced the theme for the tradeshow’s 2020 Knowledge Exchange will be inspiring communities to connect through authentic learning experiences and human-centred interactions. While not exactly tripping of the tongue, the theme is part of a plan to evolve the show’s progra...

Canberra hosts 1,600 delegates for international orthopaedic conference

Australia’s peak professional organisation for orthopaedic surgery, the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA), is hosting its 79th Annual Scientific Meeting (AOA ASM 2019), at the National Convention Centre Canberra. The international conference kicked off with 1,140 delegates from 31 countries, on 6 October and continues until 10 October. Canberra will also host four sub-specialty group meetin...

NZ industry seeks quotes for Business Events Research Programme

A business events industry working group led by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has released a Request for Quote (RFQ) for business events research.

China showcases Australia’s business events

Business events corporate decision makers, incentive planners and trade media from Greater China attended a three day showcase of Australia's destinations, products and experiences.

MEA launches 2019 Ungerboeck Young Professional Scholarship programme

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has launched the 2019 Ungerboeck Young Professional Scholarship Programme, a scheme designed to recognise young event professionals who excel in their roles.

EventsAIR launches upgraded platform

EventsAIR, an event managing platform which provides solutions and services to the event management industry, has announced the release of its EventsAIR V10 upgrade at its RISE 2019 user conference.