Australasia

Australian Tourism Export Council welcomes industry report 

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has welcomed the release of the expert panel report: ‘Reimagining the Visitor Economy.’ Led by chair, Martin Ferguson, the report aims to provide a comprehensive review of Australian tourism as it emerges from the pandemic and enters a new world of international travel. Peter Shelley, managing director of ATEC, said: “We are pleased to see the report ha...

Corporate Traveller re-launches AI-fuelled ‘SAM’ app

Global business travel booking and management agency, Corporate Traveller, has re-launched its ‘Smart Assistant for Mobile’ (SAM) app. This platform has the ability to book flights and hotels direct, and comes on the back of a survey showing that travellers seek real-time information and updates in the new travel environment. The survey of 535 Australian businesses revealed that three in five trav...

MEA elects new directors and office bearers Down Under

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM), 23 November, at which the results of the association’s annual Board director election ballot was announced. Three positions were contested following resignations by incumbent directors Nigel Collin, Kirsty Forbes and Paula Nolan. The ballot saw the three names below receive the highest vote counts: Megan Peters, general m...

Organisers of Asian and Oceanian biochemistry and molecular biology congress give back to local community

The organising committee of the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) will support hospitality operators who will lose out in the absence of a physical event, despite the event taking place virtually. The congress had been slated for the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, New Zealand but is now taking place online, 22-25 November. Arna Wahl-Davies, one ...

Melbourne secures 40 business events worth AUD$150m

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), Australia, has announced it has secured 40 business events worth AUD$150m (US$109m). This adds to MCB’s pipeline of 118 business events between 2022-2028 that the Bureau says will attract 133,495 delegates, filling 387,372 hotel room nights and injecting $804m into Victoria’s visitor economy. Julia Swanson (pictured), chief executive of MCB, said: “Driving econom...

Business events set to inject AUD$54m into Western Australia’s economy 2022-24

Western Australia’s official convention bureau, Business Events Perth, has announced it has secured 67 national and international business events set to take place in WA from 2022 to 2024. These events are expected to inject direct expenditure of AUD$54m (US$39.33m) into the State’s economy, in addition to 190 local business events supported in 2021. Business Events Perth chair Bradley Woods said:...

Business Events Industry Aotearoa appoints new independent chair

Steve Armitage has been appointed the new independent chair of New Zealand national industry association, Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA). He takes on the position held by Tony Gardner, who is stepping down from his six-year tenure as Board chair after the association’s Annual General Meeting, to be held online, 25 November. BEIA chief executive, Lisa Hopkins said:  “Tony has been instrum...

New Zealand’s BEIA launches Future of Business Events Virtual Summit

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) in New Zealand is inviting registrations for its Future of Business Events Virtual Summit on 9 December 2021. Lisa Hopkins, BEIA chief executive says the summit theme: ‘Rally, Rebuild and Restart’ encapsulates where the New Zealand MICE sector currently stands and will address the next chapter in its Covid-19 story. “As an industry we need to rally and cons...

MCEC launches new virtual and hybrid platform

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has launched a new end-to-end virtual and hybrid event platform. The MCEC showcased this platform at ‘Defy All Conventions’, 11 November, an online and in-person event attended by 300 people. Peter Haycroft, executive chef of the MCEC, demonstrated the video capabilities of the new platform, as well as a more technical walk through with MCEC te...

New Zealand launches agrifood climate challenge summit at APEC

The 2035 Oceania Summit was formally launched at the APEC 2021 CEO Summit in Auckland. It is a new business event in New Zealand aiming to address the world’s agrifood climate challenge and it has drawn the support of key stakeholders in New Zealand, Australia, and Pacific. Summit organiser Peter Wren-Hilton, founder of New Zealand-based global agri-food-tech consultancy Wharf42, says New Zealand’...

Exhibitor registrations open for MEETINGS 2022 in Te Pae Christchurch

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) is inviting exhibitor registrations for MEETINGS 2022, New Zealand’s only national tradeshow for the business events industry. The event is set to take place, 15-16 June 2022, in Ōtautahi Christchurch, at the newly built Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. Lisa Hopkins, chief executive of BEIA, said: “Being in Ōtautahi Christchurch next year will add a v...

BECA pushes for insurance scheme as Australian state borders ease

Representatives of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) have met to discuss business survival and retention of specialist industry skills, risk mitigation and confidence, and how recovery needs to stimulate demand. Geoff Donaghy, deputy chair of the BECA, from ICC Sydney, said: “Given the significant lead time required for the national restart of the business events industry, many parts...