Australasia

Sector welcomes New South Wales decision to lift international quarantine restrictions

In Australia, the New South Wales (NSW) state government has announced the lifting of quarantine for international travellers from 1 November. This announcement has been widely welcomed throughout the travel and MICE industry, which has been affected by tight border restrictions since the start of the pandemic 19 months ago. Peter Shelley (pictured), managing director of the Australian Tourism Exp...

Business Events Perth welcomes new managing director of Tourism Western Australia

Business Events Perth (BE Perth) has announced, 12 October, Carolyn Turnbull (pictured) as managing director of Tourism Western Australia (WA). Turnbull joined Tourism WA in October 2020 as executive director of industry, aviation and markets, where she led a network of international offices. This included the management of airline relationships and distribution channels. Bradley Woods, BE Perth c...

BEIA’s 45th Annual Conference postponed until 2022

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) and Hawke’s Bay Tourism have announced the postponement of BEIA’s 45th Annual Conference in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand until 2022. Lisa Hopkins, BEIA chief executive and Hamish Saxton, chief executive of Tourism Hawke’s Bay, said the risks associated with the current Covid-19 outbreak, the continued lockdowns in Auckland and Waikato and the uncertainty around...

Dunedin lands History of Science and Technology Congress

Dunedin, New Zealand has won the right to host the 27th International Congress of History of Science and Technology in 2025. The Congress, which takes place every four years, has never been held in the South Pacific and is the largest conference for the study of history of science, technology and medicine. The event will welcome up to around 900 specialist delegates to Dunedin, bringing an estimat...

AIME gets a Grip with technology partnership

Australasian meetings show AIME has announced a new partnership with the event technology company Grip. The companies hope to collaborate on an innovative meetings algorithm for matching connections between AIME attendees. Through Grip’s custom functionality and AI Scoring Matrix, meetings will match through a series of criteria, including meeting preferences, profiled data from buyers and e...

Australia to ease border restrictions

Australia’s export tourism industry, 1 October, welcomed the announcement of the reopening of international borders beginning next month. The move is being seen as the first phase of the roadmap for reopening international borders for both outbound and inbound travel. The announcement confirmed restrictions will be lifted in November for fully vaccinated Australians on all inbound and outbound tra...

Te Pae Christchurch gets on the sustainable gold standard pre-opening

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre in New Zealand has struck gold, achieving Toitū enviromark gold certification ahead of its December 2021 opening. The Toitū enviromark programme assists New Zealand businesses to establish, implement, and maintain an effective environmental management system. Ross Steele, general manager of Te Pae Christchurch, said: “From the outset the Te Pae Christchurch te...

MCB successfully engineers bid for 2023 architectural symposium

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has secured the Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (SIASS) for 2023. It has been 25 years since this global meeting of engineers, architects and builders last gathered in Australia. Backed by the Victorian State Government and prominent Australian universities, the event is expected to attract 500 delegates at the Melbourne...

MEA Awards celebrate achievements in challenging times

The Meeting and Events Australia (MEA) Awards, 22 September, was held virtually this year as venues and organisers’ achievements throughout the past year were celebrated by the industry. The MEA Awards recognise those who demonstrate excellence in the organisation, planning and delivery of business events, major events and festivals, special events, cause-related events, conferences and exhi...

New venue launched as CENTREPIECE of Melbourne’s sporting hub

The spiritual home of Australia’s sporting and entertainment capital has announced the official launch of a new events and conference venue in Melbourne Park, named CENTREPIECE. Building on the experience offered by events like the Australian Open, the venue has the capabilities to host everything from large-scale conferences and awards nights, weddings and gala celebrations, including five-...

Australia’s Accommodation Association elects new president as it readies for merger

Leanne Harwood has been elected president of the Australia-based Accommodation Association, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the 54-year history of the organisation. She replaces Julian Clark, who steps down after seven years of service in the role, and who will continue to serve the association as a Council member as part of the transition that will see the amalgamation of the ass...

MCEC joins forces with Bright Sparqe

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is to throw its weight behind the Australia-based charity Bright Sparqe. Bright Sparqe connects other charities in need to businesses who have surplus products and food to donate and aims to simplify the process of redistributing goods to charities, while assisting vulnerable communities and facilitating the reduction of waste. MCEC has creatin...