Australasia

Construction of New Zealand ICC breaks through glass ceiling

The first of the glass art work covering the exterior top of the new New Zealand International Convention Centre, has now been installed. Works by two New Zealand artists, Sara Hughes and Peata Larkin, will span a total of 5,760sqm once fully installed on the four external walls of the NZICC. Hughes’ work was the first to be fitted, and, when complete, will include 98 glass fins to adorn the weste...

Business events sector takes a stand against workplace harassment

The business events sector has taken a stand against harassment in the workplace, with a new initiative titled Not In My Workplace. On 21 February, there will be an inaugural NIMW summit, taking place in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). The event will bring together a collection of influential government, senior executives and thinkers to address the issue of workplace harass...

Bid Fund secures AUD$190m worth of events for Australia

Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Programme (BFP) has helped to double the value of business events secured by the country over the past three months to a new milestone of AUD$187m (US$133.7m). The BFP has also helped boost the number of applications received from the Australian business events industry, which have now reached 79 since the fund’s launch. Total expenditure by inter...

Darwin to host world neuroscience congress for nurses

Neuroscience nurses from around the world will be coming to the Top End of Australia in July 2021 to attend the 13th World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses (WFNN) Congress. The Darwin Convention Centre will host the international event in a territory that considers itself an emerging destination for health research. Vicki Evans, WFNN Vice-President and Scientific Chair, said the Congress will fea...

MCEC ready to take AIME

Australasia’s largest gathering of buyers and exhibitors in the meetings and events industry returns to Melbourne, 18-20 February for AIME. Host venue again is Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). AIME takes a new direction for 2019, with Talk2 Media & Events delivering the event for the first time since the exit of Reed as organiser. MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King says this wi...

AIME to serve up Asia Pacific Street Food Festival

Australia’s industry tradeshow AIME, will offer up an Asia Pacific Street Food Festival backdrop (along with the Yarra River) for its main networking evening, 19 February, for hosted buyers, local attendees and suppliers. The networking night will be held along South Wharf Promenade and AIME attendees will be able to walk off the show floor and into a private networking event. The event, it is hop...

Brisbane stands tall in bid for global posture congress

Brisbane in Australia will roll out the welcome mat for the world’s leading posture and gait experts, following its successful bid to host the International Society of Posture & Gait Research’s (ISPGR) World Congress, 20-24 June 2021. Brisbane Marketing collaborated with Tourism and Events Queensland and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to secure the congress. Lord Mayor Graham ...

Perth Convention Bureau CEO announces resignation

Paul Beeson has announced he is stepping down as CEO of the Perth Convention Bureau after more than eight years in the role. PCB’s Chairman, Mr Kevin Skipworth CVO said: “Paul has made an outstanding contribution to PCB during his tenure and will be a great loss. “He has applied his excellent leadership and strategic management skills in overviewing the operation of the Bureau and is leaving the o...

Cvent takes its Event Evolution Model Down Under

Event technology specialist Cvent is to showcase its new events analysis tool at AIME, the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event show in Melbourne, 18-20 February. The company claims that, based on an analysis of more than 10,000 events, APAC event planners will now be able to compare and re-invent their events programme using Cvent’s Event Evolution Model. The tool, Cvent says, helps planner...

Going Beyond Tourism 2020 in Australia

Consultations are now open on Australia’s next long-term national tourism strategy, with industry stakeholders being encouraged by the Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment to have their say on a draft report developed by the Beyond Tourism 2020 Steering Committee. The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) says it has ensured business events are front and centre in the draft repo...

CINZ appoints new MEETINGS’ Exhibition Manager

Claire Steele has joined Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) as the new Exhibition Manager of the country’s largest business tourism trade exhibition (MEETINGS). She takes over from Kate Drury, who has left to pursue a new career outside of the sector after two years with MEETINGS. Steele is originally from the UK, and has been in New Zealand for nine years holding various roles in the...

AIME trains new vision on sustainability with new partnerships for 2019 event

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has announced partnerships with companies set to champion sustainability at the 2019 event in Melbourne, 18-20 February. The partnerships will see green initiatives showcased by host venue Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC), while stand designers Decorative Events & Exhibitions (DE&E) will produce new innovative exhibitor s...