Positive ROI top of mind for AIME 2020

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the Melbourne show organised by Talk2 Media and Events, is putting return on investment for 2020 top of mind. Latest figures from the organisers reveal 48% of hosted buyers attending have more than 20 events that need business fulfilled for the year ahead, with 45% confirming annual event budgets of over A$1m (US$690,000). A further 22% have confi...

Brisbane rolls out its BrandStory in South-East Asia

Brisbane Marketing and Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has signed Singapore-based strategic marketing and travel representation consultancy BrandStory to represent the city in Southeast Asia. It is the first time the city has coordinated resources in a marketing consortium to target key international markets. Brisbane Marketing CEO, Brett Fraser said it was a momentous day for Brisbane’s touris...

It’s Showtime! as Melbourne unveils its re-imagined State Library for events

Melbourne’s State Library has officially opened to the public after a A$88.1m (US$60.2m) Vision 2020 redevelopment. A grand reception was attended by many of Victoria State’s philanthropic and political powers in attendance including the State Premier Daniel Andrews. The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall hosted the gala opening, and is a grand room built in 1856. Closed to the public for 16 years, it is now...

Evolve 2020 goes big on data with new keynote speaker announced

National association Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) has announced data management expert Simon Kuestenmacher as its latest keynote speaker at its Evolve 2020 industry event. 

Tourism Australia fund converts 28 international bids

A Meetings and Events Australia Industry Leaders breakfast held at the ICC Sydney on 28 November 2019 heard that Tourism Australia’s Bid Fund had successfully converted 28 international bid wins in its first year to 1 May 2019.

CINZ appoints new Chief Executive

Lisa Hopkins has been appointed the new Chief Executive of Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ).

Darwin to host international Bioiron Congress 2021

Australia’s Darwin Convention Centre (DCC) will welcome 300 members of the International Society for the Study of Iron in Biology and Medicine (BioIron Society) for their 2021 Congress.

Australia’s export tourism industry heads to Brisbane

More than 450 export tourism industry leaders from across Australia will gather in Brisbane during the last week of November for the Australian Tourism Export Council’s (ATEC) annual Meeting Place event, an event that has been running for 40 years.

AIME launches Associations Round Table

The invitation-only roundtable will connect event professionals in the association sector with discussions and workshops.

Melbourne to Witness 50,000 delegates in one week

Melbourne and regional Victoria will welcome 50,000 delegates from across the globe as part of The International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses 2019, an event expected to deliver A$60.9m to the Victorian State’s economy. The delegation of Jehovah’s Witnesses from 71 countries will gather in Melbourne at Marvel Stadium from November 22-24, 2019, filling the iconic sports and entertainment ...

Adelaide to host World Potato Congress

The city of Adelaide in Australia will host the World Potato Congress (WPC) in 2023.

World Avocado Congress comes to New Zealand

The five-day conference will bring the world’s leading avocado growers, researchers, marketers, tech innovators and investors to New Zealand in 2023.