Australasia

Peter Savoff appointed as new GM at Darwin Convention Centre

Peter Savoff has been appointed the new General Manager of the Darwin Convention Centre in Australia. Savoff will fill the role following the recent promotion of previous GM Janet Hamilton to manage the Cairns Convention Centre. Announcing Mr. Savoff’s commencement today, Geoff Donaghy, AEG Ogden’s Group Director for Convention Centres, said his proven record in a number of areas within the hotel ...

Association of Australian Convention Bureaux appoints new President

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has announced the appointment of Michael Matthews (pictured left), CEO of the Canberra Convention Bureau, as its new President. Matthews said: “I thank the Board for their support and plan to continue the great work that has already been achieved, noting a united vision for the future. “AACB and the network that it represents has a powerful v...

CINZ introduces Day Buyer initiative for MEETINGS 2019

Event planners signing up for the new Day Buyer programme at CINZ MEETINGS 2019 in Auckland next month will be lunching for a good cause. The new ‘Meet, Eat and Speak’ event will be a free lunchtime experience for day buyers. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive Sue Sullivan says for every one of the 500 lunches served to day buyers across the two days, CINZ in conjunction...

INVNT to produce 10th anniversary edition of TEDxSydney

Agency INVNT has been appointed official production partner for TEDxSydney, an event which will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the TED talk series. The event will take place on 24 May 2019 at the ICC Sydney. Its theme this year is ‘Legacy’, and INVNT will be demonstrating this theme with creative concepting, technical production and AV. INVNT is also designing and producing The Hub, a dedicated...

Brisbane’s bright minds receive Lord Mayor grants

Seven talented Brisbane researchers will share in AUD$30,000 (US$21,377) funding from the city’s Lord Mayor to help lure significant international conferences from abroad for the first time. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said his Convention Trailblazer Grant funds early career researchers and professionals to attend an international conference in their field. In return, they work with economic developme...

ICC Sydney and Arinex win big in Brisbane

International Convention Centre Sydney’s (ICC Sydney) Dewi Gutierrez took home the Event Manager of the Year – in-house, while the venue secured the Education and Training Award and was highly commended for Best Venue – capacity over 500 at the Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) National Awards. Held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 2 April, as a part of the industry’s Evolve 2...

Meeting Place heads to Queensland

Brisbane has won its bid for flagship inbound international tourism conference, the Australian Tourism Export Council’s (ATEC) Meeting Place. Four hundred export tourism leaders will head to Queensland 25-27 November to attend the 2019 conference. Announcing the winning bid, ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said: “Meeting Place is the platform where the people who sell Australia to the world ...

Global cell and gene therapy leaders set for Melbourne

One of the world’s largest scientific conferences in cell, gene and regenerative medicine is on its way to Melbourne, Australia, to exchange knowledge and share best practice at the International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy (ISCT) 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting.   Taking place 29 May 29-1 June, 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the ISCT 2019 Annual Scientific Mee...

Melbourne CVB CEO to step down

After over seven years in the job, Karen Bolinger is to step down, effective 5 April, as CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB). A bureau statement said Bolinger would “take some well-deserved time off before exploring other opportunities”. “Under Karen’s guidance the MCB team has delivered the most successful years on record and, with the support of Visit Victoria, the 18/19 period is expec...

Melbourne ambassadors honoured for $95m conference boost

14 Club Melbourne Ambassadors were awarded for securing nine international conferences in 2018, at the Program’s annual awards ceremony, held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). These nine conferences are expected to generate an estimated $95 million in economic impact to the state of Victoria and deliver 63,700 delegate days. Since its inception in 2005, Club Melbourne Ambassado...

CINZ MEETINGS 2019 promises a record year for exhibitors and buyers

New Zealand’s only national business events exhibition, CINZ MEETINGS is promising a wider range of exhibitors, more international and domestic buyers for its 2019 edition at the end of May. Held in host city Auckland 28-30 May, MEETINGS is staged annually by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), and combines opportunities to discover regions, network and sign business, across two days. C...

Evolve to hear the Invictus Games Australian story

Australia was in the international spotlight in October 2018 when Sydney welcomed competitors and their family and friends for the Invictus Games. The Games’ CEO Patrick Kidd (pictured), OBE, has been invited to speak at Meetings & Events Australia’s Evolve 2019 conference in Brisbane. The event runs 31 March – 2 April at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Invictus Games, creat...