Australasia

Australia WA State budget to include A$31m funding boost for events

The newly announced Government of Western Australia (WA)’s 2022-23 State Budget includes an increase of A$31m (US$21.8m) in funding for tourism events. This includes A$20m for a new Major Events Fund of which A$5m has been allocated for hosting business events. This funding is additional to the A$15m Reconnect WA package announced in December 2021. The boost in funding comes at a pivotal time for ...

FCM reaches new heights with New South Wales contract

Travel management company, FCM has retained New South Wales Government travel management contract following a tender process with the Australian state. The business, which is the Flight Centre Travel Group’s global corporate travel management brand, has been awarded a three-year contract plus two additional one-year options having first won the account six years ago. Melissa Elf, general man...

New Zealand sets 1 August date to open to international visa holders

The New Zealand prime minister announced, 11 May, that the country’s borders will open to all international visa holders from 1 August, news that has been welcomed by the business events industry. Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) chief executive Lisa Hopkins said the date delivered confidence to international event organisers to choose New Zealand as their conference, meeting, or incentive...

New Geelong Centre to be managed by Melbourne CEC operator

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust has been confirmed as the operator for the new Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCEC) that will open in Victoria, Australia, in 2026.  As the existing Government operator of convention and exhibition services in the state of Victoria, the Trust already manages the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and will manage both GCEC and ...

AIME 2022 stimulates AUD$120m in business events

Organisers of Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) 2022 have revealed that buyers placed, or expect to place, AUD$120m (US$85m) in business as a result of their attendance at the Australian show. This is an increase of 20% on AIME 2020, in the pre-pandemic times. The figure was part of a slew of insights released by organisers on the impact of its 2022 show, held in-person in Melbourn...

Upcoming Sydney international events indicate strong in-person attendance

The Australian based PCO, ICMS Australasia reports seeing strong in-person delegate registrations for two of its upcoming international meetings. The two ICMS Australasia-managed conferences, the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2022), 1-5 May, and the 21st International Meeting on Lithium Batteries (IMLB 2022), 26 June–1 July, have seen in-perso...

Wellington boasts positive pipeline of international conferences as NZ reopens

With New Zealand’s borders now reopening to international travellers, the capital city Wellington is preparing for a busy roster of in-person events in 2022. People from 60 countries are now able to enter the country if they’re vaccinated and Covid-negative. Citizens have been able to travel in and out since March, while Australians have been let in since April. The government has been laude...

Te Pae Christchurch welcomes its first conference

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, New Zealand has officially welcomed its first conference, kick starting a programme of more than 100 events scheduled for the 2022. The inaugural conference was the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga Looking Ahead Symposium, which saw the announcement of the Commission’s Infrastructure Strategy 2022-2052. Ross Steele, general manager of ...

Melbourne CEO to leave after 11 years

Peter King (pictured), chief executive of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), has announced that he will leave his role after 11 years. In his time at the Australian venue King has overseen a major expansion, delivering record revenue for MCEC and economic impact for the state of Victoria, driving sustainability in business events, and leading the organisation during the pandemic. H...

Melbourne secures six international incentive groups as business returns to Victoria

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has secured six international incentive groups from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and New Zealand. The wins signal the first return of such incentive bookings for Melbourne and regional Victoria since Australia’s international borders closed in 2020. The wins also endorse the destination’s appeal for incentive meeting planners and corporations looking to offer a ...

Registration open for MEA’s Evolve 2022 in Melbourne

Australia’s conference for event professionals, Evolve, returns 29-30 June this year in the city of Melbourne and is open for registration. The 2022 event is supported by major partners Melbourne Convention Bureau, Accor and EventsAIR. Sofitel Melbourne On Collins will be the host venue, bringing the Australian events sector together to enhance skills under the conference theme of ‘Building Confid...

Cairns’ events industry looks to bounce back from pandemic

Cairns is set to welcome back numerous international business events as Australia scraps the pre-departure Covid-19 testing for international arrivals, 17 April. The Cairns Convention Centre has recently secured several conferences including: International Network for Social Network Analysis (SUNBELT) Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference Australian Menopause S...