Australasia

Arinex brings Australia’s business events sector back with biggest event of 2020

Australia’s business events sector came together to attend ‘The Turn of Events, Bringing Business Events Back’ in a nationwide hub and spoke format on 16 September. The collaboration aimed at kickstarting the business event sector in Australia and organiser Arinex’s CEO, Nicole Walker said she was proud to bring together 25 organisations to showcase business event readiness. Live and virtual event...

Ani Santos moves to CINZ

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has announced the appointment Ani Santos as communications and projects coordinator. Santos previously worked for The Conference Company, first as delegate services coordinator, and later as sponsorship and exhibition coordinator. CINZ chief executive, Lisa Hopkins said: “Santos is passionate about events, and has learned from the very best at The Conf...

Veritas Events launches new campaign Down Under

Sydney and Melbourne based event management company, Veritas Events, has announced the launch of the Create an Experience – Australia 2021 campaign, an initiative which aims to “encourage Australian businesses to start planning their event stories for 2021 and help revive the domestic event economy”. The video promotes Australian hotels, venues, event professionals and destinations tha...

EventsAIR strikes Gold in 2020 International Business Awards

EventsAIR, an Australia-based event tech company, has been named the winner of a gold Stevie Award in the Event Management Solution category in the 17th Annual International Business Awards. The 2020 IBAs received entries from organisations in 63 nations and territories and over 3,800 nominations across the wide range of categories. EventsAIR won in the Event Management Solution category for its 6...

PCMA launches forum to support business events industry recovery

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is to host a one-day hybrid event to help event professionals and businesses through the industry’s recovery phase. Convening Asia Pacific – The Global Recovery Forum, will be held at ICC Sydney on 10 November and available online, and will feature workshops that aim to help attendees build practical skills and knowledge. PCMA managin...

ICC Sydney’s theatre performance becomes Aware Super in Darling Harbour

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has unveiled a new look and name for the theatre it manages on Darling Harbour, as it transitions from First State Super Theatre to Aware Super Theatre. Effective from 14 September, the new name and branding follows the rebranding of the theatre’s naming rights partner, First State Super, to Aware Super. Aware Super secured the naming rights to t...

PM announces A$50m injection of confidence in Australia’s business events industry

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has welcomed the government in Canberra’s A$50m funding announcement to support the restart of Australia’s business events industry. The new targeted support is designed to drive confidence and create momentum, positioning the industry to rebound as market conditions improve. Under the Australian Business Events Grants Program, approved business even...

Canberra introduces new social distancing technology

Canberra will be introducing new contact tracing and social distancing technology through the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government Tourism and Hospitality Support Package. ACT chief minister Andrew Barr confirmed support for the delivery of new contact tracing and social distancing technology, Smart Badge, in a bid to help Canberra attract new business events to the region. The funding is...

New Australian business event expo announced for 2021 in Sydney

A new business events show, Get Local, has been launched in Australia, with organisers saying the focus will be on the industry, suppliers and destinations of Australasia. Gary Bender and Donna Kessler, owners of Get Global, will launch their inaugural domestic business events show called Get Local, on 30 July 2021 at ICC Sydney. Celebrating Australasian destinations and suppliers, Get Local will ...

Business Events Perth Aspire Awards recognises Australian research and innovation

The Business Events Perth 2020 Aspire Awards has showcased the “innovation and intellectual might” of Western Australia. The 16 Aspire Award winners included diabetes researcher Dr Elizabeth Johnstone (pictured), who has been working on the pre-clinical profiling of a drug to treat both diabetic and rare kidney disease, and Jason Coleman, an engineer developing autonomous systems for s...

Brisbane CEC reopens for business

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in Australia has held its first events since reopening earlier this month. The BCEC played host to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) Queensland State of the State Lunch on 26 August, with Queensland premier and minister for trade, The Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk, the keynote speaker. Commenting on what was one of the first m...

Cairns and Great Barrier Reef open for business

Business events can now take place in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef as venues and accommodation are now open for business under the Australian state of Queensland’s Covid-Safe plans. Business Events Cairns and Great Barrier Reef’s general manager Rosie Douglas said there was a “strong interest” in the destination for events as planners looked to “regional areas where delegate...