Australasia

Medical conferences return to the Gold Coast

More than 80 interventional neuro-radiologists from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States attended Friday’s NeuroExchange conference to discuss the latest in treatments for stroke and brain aneurysms. A further six medical conferences on the Gold Coast, attracting more than 4,600 delegates, have already been scheduled for 2022 and 2023. Pre-pandemic, major international conferences were wo...

Oceania Summit to discuss future of agri-food-tech

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland will host the 2035 Oceania Summit, an agri-food-tech industry event, from 10-11 October 2022 at Aotea Centre. Delegates from multiple continents will collaborate on how agritech can support farmers and growers to reduce emissions to net zero and build more resilient growing systems. Summit convenor Peter Wren-Hilton elaborated on the summit’s driving force, saying: “By bri...

IHG opens new intercontinental hotel in Melbourne

IHG Hotels and Resorts has opened the Intercontinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula, its second Intercontinental property in Melbourne. The heritage-listed hotel is located on the Mornington Peninsula, about 100km south of Melbourne city centre, was opened in 1875 and was formerly known as the Hotel Continental. Alongside announcing the hotel’s opening, IHG has also revealed the hotel’s newly-bui...

Post-MEETINGS survey shows interest in New Zealand

An independent survey commissioned by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) post-MEETINGS showed $107.5m (USD $67.48m) worth of business was provisionally secured during the show’s two days – which was a 45.3% increase on MEETINGS 2021. After attending MEETINGS, 79% of all buyers said they were booking business as a result of the event, while 21% were still considering options, such as destinat...

APAC aids Te Pae Christchurch’s opening

ASM Global Asia Pacific (APAC) venues provided staff to assist in the opening of the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre in New Zealand. Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre’s general manager, Ross Steele, called on the APAC group for assistance in their audio-visual and technical area. This was due to industry-wide staff shortages in the lead-up to the venue’s opening. Several APAC group venue...

BEIA announces MEETINGS 2023 for Wellington’s new venue

MEETINGS 2023 is set to be held in New Zealand’s Tākina Wellington Conference and Exhibition Centre for the first time, Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) have announced. On the new choice in venue, BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins said: “Tākina’s opening in June 2023 is perfect timing for New Zealand business events to showcase in a new destination.” “MEETINGS 2022 at Te Pae Christchurch l...

Who needs Cannes when you have Cairns

Cannes in Cairns, a conference for the advertising industry, solved the needs of more than 700 Australian delegates who weren’t able to travel to France for Cannes Lions. The event, which took place 16-18 May, was held by The Misfits Media Company in lieu of the French advertising and media event Cannes Lions, which was inaccessible to Australian delegates due to Covid-19 travel restrictions...

Wellington’s new convention centre to open mid-2023

New Zealand’s Tākina Convention and Exhibition Centre is on track for its mid-2023 opening. The venue, located in Wellington, has had its exterior, façade, and roof completed, with its opening celebrated with a ‘roof shout’ party – a New Zealand tradition. The facade features around 1,300 glass panels installed across the building’s curved profile, which has been designed to reduce heat, pea...

Melbourne launches interactive e-guide

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has launched an interactive e-guide, designed to demonstrate the city’s new experiences to event planners and delegates. The MCB said the e-guide aimed to showcase the city as a coveted destination for domestic and international conferences. MCB chief executive, Julia Swanson, said the e-guide was developed following audience research, “taking into considerati...

SXSW Conference and Festival heads to Sydney in October 2023

South by Southwest (SXSW), the Austin, Texas-based culture and music conference and festival is heading to Sydney in October 2023. SXSW Sydney, 15-22 October, 2023 will be an exploration of the best in music, screen, gaming, technology and innovation. Like SXSW in Austin (which has taken place every March since 1987), the Sydney event will bring together creators and professionals seeking to shape...

Sydney powers ahead with lithium batteries international meeting

ICMS Australasia has been managing the 21st International Meeting on Lithium Batteries (IMLB 2022), 27 June-1 July, at the ICC Sydney, Australia with more than 1,000 people in attendance. Scientists and energy researchers are meeting their global counterparts to discuss the challenges and opportunities in how Li-ion technology can help mitigate climate change and build a fossil fuel-free economy. ...

Visit Sunshine Coast appoints new business events manager

Ali Thompson (pictured) has been appointed business and leisure events manager for Australia’s Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC). A MICE industry professional for over 20 years, Thompson is also a founding member of Influential Women in Meetings & Events and a member of Women in Tourism, and Event Professionals Australia. She was also a committee member of Meetings and Events Australia for many years...