Australasia

MEA announces Tim Campbell as MEA Awards Night host

Industry association Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced that Tim Campbell will host the upcoming 2020 MEA Awards Night, 8 September, at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins in Melbourne. A star Down Under both on-screen and off, Campbell is best known for his leading role in Home and Away TV soap and as host of national prime time shows Celebrity Singing Bee, Wheel of Fortune and Nati...

New Zealand launches new Oceania Summit on back of its strong agri-food-tech sector

The 2035 Oceania Summit, a new event for 2022 was launched during Fieldays 2021 in New Zealand, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event. Organisers say the new summit, to be held in Auckland, will aim to showcase local solutions for global climate impact and embraced New Zealand’s role as a world leader in agri-food-tech. The new Summit will draw on the experience of New Zealand-based...

MEETINGS 2021 secures NZ$74m of business

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), New Zealand’s national business events association, says its MEETINGS 2021 show in June provisionally secured NZ$74m (USD$51.49m) worth of business during the two days in Auckland. The figure was drawn from a BEIA survey of buyers post-MEETINGS.   The show connected 150 exhibitors from 18 regions with 45 Australian, 100 New Zealand hosted buyers, and 300 l...

Brisbane to host 2032 Olympics and Paralympics

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) welcomed the IOC decision, 21 July, to award the 2032 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to Brisbane, Australia, with a statement saying: “Our wonderful city is set to host Australia’s third Summer Olympic Games following the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Tokyo giving the green light to the Brisbane bid. “The decision is a...

Western Australian events receive funding boost

Western Australian business events will get a further boost, with Business Events Perth announcing, 21 July, a six-month extension of its Event Here Now fund.  Through the fund, business event organisers planning a new business event for Western Australia can apply for sponsorship of up to AUD$15 (USD$10.97) a delegate, to a maximum of $10,000, for new in-person events. Gareth Martin, the chief ex...

Christian group challenges WA ban on political meetings not in line with Labor government or ‘vast majority’

Western Australia’s (WA) government has come under fire over its policy of denying the right for opposition political and religious groups to make meetings bookings in state-funded venues. The Perth Theatre Trust (PTT), a management organisation that runs Western Australian state-funded venues, had refused to take bookings from the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), a Canberra-based and religion-fo...

MEA announces host for Evolve 2021

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced that Holly Ransom, founder and CEO of Emergent, a strategic advisory firm, will host the upcoming national event industry conference Evolve 2021 on 8 September at the Sofitel on Collins in Melbourne.  Ransom has worked with and interviewed diverse thinkers and leaders such as Barack Obama, Condoleezza Rice, Sir Richard Branson and Nobel Prize Win...

Sun shines on Tourism Whitsundays with AUD$3m funding and key hire

Tourism Whitsundays has appointed an industry development manager thanks to funding from the Australian government’s Recovery for Regional Tourism Fund. Nicole Riksman, a brand and product development leader with over 12 years’ national travel industry experience, will take up the role. Funding of AUD$3m (USD$2.25m) was secured by Tourism Whitsundays to deliver a range of regional initiatives, inc...

Melbourne CEC’s CEO appointed new AIPC vice-president

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has announced its chief executive Peter King’s appointment as vice-president of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC)’s Executive Council. Founded in 1958, AIPC is a global network of some 190 leading centres in 61 countries with the active involvement of more than 900 management-level professionals. King says he is excited to ...

Duncan Wardle announced as Evolve 2021 opening keynote speaker

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced that Duncan Wardle, founder of iD8 and innov8 and former head of innovation and creativity at Disney, will deliver the opening keynote address at the association’s big event, Evolve 2021 on 8 September.  Evolve is the largest annual national conference for the Australian events industry. Wardle will offer insights on how, if you want to be differ...

New guide to Port Douglas, 3D venue tours in Perth and Carriageworks Curated in Sydney

Australia may have had to cancel its F1 Grand Prix for a second year running but destinations in the country are doing their best to push ahead with new products for the meetings market ready for the eventual return. In Queensland, an inaugural Port Douglas Business Planner Guide has been launched offering destination information and inspiration, capacity charts, incentive itineraries and tips on ...

Australasia’s Get Local expo moves to August

Australasia meetings and event expo, Get Local has been pushed back a month from its end of July date to 24-25 August 2021, due to the recent Covid-19 outbreaks and various government imposed lockdowns in Australia. The show is to remain at the original venue, ICC Sydney. Donna Kessler and Gary Bender, co-owners of Get Local, said they believed the new dates in August are in the best health and sa...