Australasia

Melbourne Convention Bureau secured 145 business events in 2020

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has outlined a solid performance for the 2019-20 financial year in its Annual Report, despite the disruptive effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The agency secured 145 business events, which are expected to inject AUD$234.3 million in economic contribution to Victoria’s visitor economy in the coming years. 140 of these came before the business events sector was ...

BE Reconnected marks return of business events to New Zealand

BE Reconnected begins next week in Auckland, New Zealand, signalling the return of business events to the country. Organised by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (formerly named CINZ) on Tuesday 1 December at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, BE Reconnected will be New Zealand’s only business events industry gathering for 2020. The event is being run under strict health and safety guidelines in the Events ...

South Australia ready to welcome back visitors as Australian lockdowns ease

South Australia is preparing to welcome back visitors from other states as restrictions begin to be lifted across Australia. The Adelaide Convention Bureau has welcomed the return of visitors from New South Wales and Victoria, saying it is pleased to welcome them back from Covid shutdowns. Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) Chief Executive Damien Kitto commented: “We have been hosting large, control...

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre expected to be completed by ‘middle of next year’

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, a new venue under construction in New Zealand, has said it is expected to be completed by “the middle of next year”, in a statement. Following a commissioning period, the first events are likely to be held in the second half of 2021. Ōtākaro Limited chief executive, John Bridgman, says an exact opening date and first event will be confirmed closer...

Meetings & Events Australia announces Board of Directors

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) held its Annual General Meeting today, 24 November 2020, where the nine Directors of the Board were announced. At the AGM, the Board acknowledged the contribution of outgoing Directors Kate Smith and Alana Hay who completed their term on the Board; and Robyn Johnson for her tenure as CEO. MEA is the association representing the events industry in Australia, co...

Campaign launched to bring business events back to Perth

Business Events Perth has launched a new campaign to bring business events back to Western Australia. The organisation’s latest marketing campaign highlights Perth’s new hotels and its existing meeting venues and experiences. The aim is to keep Perth front of mind for future corporate meetings, conferences and exhibitions. In July, Western Australia hosted the country’s first large-scale business ...

ICC Sydney granted exemption to host larger conferences by NSW government

The International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has received exemption to hold corporate events and conferences for up to 1,500 people.

New name for CINZ

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), has been renamed as Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) to “reflect its own distinct role within tourism and events”. BEIA represents 460 members across New Zealand who work within the meetings, incentives, conferences and conventions, and exhibitions sector. The new brand was announced, 18 November, at the association’s Annual Genera...

Australia opens A$50m grant programme for events, as PM speaks in support of sector’s critical role in recovery

Following the Australian government’s announcement of a AU$50m (US$36m) Business Events Grants Programme in September, Phase one of the scheme has now commenced with Phase two to follow in mid-December. As a first phase, Austrade has opened an Expression of Interest (EOI) process to business event owners to establish a schedule of approved business events. The Business Events Council of Aust...

ICC Sydney gets the green light to expand capacity

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has  received clearance from the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Health to host up to 2,400 patrons for seated ticketed events in its Aware Super Theatre. ICC Sydney will immediately increase the theatre’s seated capacity to welcome back larger events, the first of which will be Carols in the Domain. In line with current NSW Government regula...

Australian CVB Association’s Forward Calendar illustrates need for investment support

The Covid pandemic is artificially inflating the business events pipeline and long-term investment is critical, says the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), which has released its latest Forward Calendar. While a calendar of 373 confirmed wins represents a strong list of international business events for Australia’s future, 35% have been postponed into 2021 and beyond. Unprecedent...

Double win for Melbourne at the World Travel Awards

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) was recently named ‘Oceania’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre’ at the World Travel Awards 2020, alongside Melbourne which was named ‘Oceania’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination’ for a seventh year. MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King said: “We want MCEC to be known as more than an incredible space, but the home of unexpected experienc...