Australasia

AIME to diversify for 2020 and predicts 50% jump in hosted buyer numbers

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the annual Melbourne-based MICE industry tradeshow, has announced a mission to bring more diversity in business to the Asia Pacific region.

Industry welcomes new government changes to Business Events Bid Fund in Australia

Regional destinations around Australia are to get greater access to funding to help them secure lucrative international business events, thanks to changes being made to the Morrison Government’s Business Events Bid Fund Programme. Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham (pictured) announced, 16 August, a series of changes to the eligibility criteria of the A$12m (US$8.14m) Bid Fund Program...

Avani continues its expansion in Australia

Building on a debut on the Gold Coast and central Melbourne, Avani Hotels & Resorts is to open two new properties by the end of the year in Australia.

EventsAIR wins Gold Stevie Event Management Solution Award

Brisbane based event tech company EventsAIR has been named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Event Management Solution category in the 16th Annual International Business Awards®. The International Business Awards are a leading business awards programme and the 2019 IBAs received entries from organisations in 74 nations and territories. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for ‘crowned’...

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre leadership team appointed

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre owners AEG Ogden have announced the appointment of an array of local and international talent to run their new purpose-designed venue in New Zealand.

Premier welcomes A$176m Cairns Convention Centre expansion

Queensland in Australia’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the expansion of the Cairns Convention Centre will be bigger and better than expected.

CINZ Conference 2019 open to inspiration

Registration has opened for the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Annual Conference and AGM, to be held in Queenstown, 29-31 October 2019.

BESydney recognised as innovation trailblazer in Australian Business Awards

In its 50th year, global meetings business tourism agency BESydney has clinched an ABA100 Winner for Business Innovation in The Australian Business Awards 2019.

Winter incentive groups heat up in Melbourne

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) is following up a strong end to the last financial year, by securing a further 21 corporate incentive travel events, including a first major association event of the year, CODA 2020 (CODA was formally known as the Social Media and Critical Care Conference). These events are expected deliver over $20.1m in economic contribution to the state of Victoria’s economy. T...

Chinese businesses reward 4,000 staff with Brisbane incentive

Two Chinese biotechnology businesses will reward 4,000 high-performing staff with incentive trips to Brisbane this year. Liaoning Yiyontang Biotechnology will bring 1,500 staff to Brisbane in August while Guangzhou Jiadai Biotechnology will bring 2,500 staff in October.  The business travel groups were secured by the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing in partnership with Tourism ...

Australia’s national CVB association adds Perth CEO to its Board

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is excited to announce the latest addition to its Board – Gareth Martin (pictured), newly appointed CEO of the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB). AACB President, Michael Matthews said: “We congratulate Gareth on his recent appointment as CEO of PCB and welcome him to the AACB Board. Gareth brings a wealth of experience to AACB, having been with P...

2019 MEA Scholarship recipients announced in boost to NSW economy

Australia’s New South Wales Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism, Western Sydney, the Hon. Stuart Ayres, has announced the six successful recipients of the 2019 Meetings & Events Australia’s Diploma of Event Management Scholarship programme.