Australasia

VEX Robotics Australian National Championship finds new home in South Australia

VEX Robotics, global provider of educational and competitive robotics products, in conjunction with the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation has announced South Australia is set to become the home of the biennial VEX Robotics Australian National Championship. South Australia’s bid to host the event, prepared by the Adelaide Convention Bureau, included support from the Premier of S...

Brisbane celebrates 10 years of academic partnerships with Advocates programme

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is marking 10 years of its Advocates Partnership programme. The programme sees the venue working closely with science and industry leaders to bring events to the city of Brisbane. It now has 84 members, which have assisted in securing 127 conferences for Brisbane worth AUD$171.9m. Advocates include Professor Hugh Possingham, Queensland Chief Scientist,...

AIME announces AIMEbassador programme for 2021

Melbourne-based industry tradeshow AIME has announced the launch of its new AIMEbassador programme for its 2021 event. The role of an AIMEbassador, organisers say, will be to unite communities in coming together to help kick-start business in 2021 and beyond. Sharing their insights and expertise with the AIME community, the idea is that they can spark inspiration, creativity and get people talking...

ICC Sydney welcomes Covid restrictions easing in NSW

The International Convention Centre Sydney has welcomed further easing of Covid-19 restrictions in New South Wales. The capacity limit at event venues is now one person per two square metres, with no upper limit – as is currently the case in Victoria. The ICC Sydney has welcomed the news, and says it is “promptly reviewing the implications of the proposed public health order changes to its o...

Face to face meetings increase in value post-Covid, finds NZ survey

Covid-19 has increased the value New Zealanders put on face to face meetings, according to new research conducted for Tourism New Zealand. A study of 125 New Zealand-based organisations found that 97% are planning to hold a business event in 2021 – up from 94% of respondents to a survey conducted in May 2020. The study also found that 92% considered in-person conferences and offsite meetings impor...

New Zealand stages Covid-safe BE Reconnected showcase without social distancing

New Zealand’s BE Reconnected brought together over 420 event organisers and suppliers to its business events showcase today, 1 December. Organised by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), the event showed business events are not only safe, but also a vital component for widespread economic recovery. Every attendee scanned the Covid tracer app on arrival, before walking past a thermo-imaging ca...

Meetings & Events Australia goes ahead with ‘reshaped’ 2020 awards programme

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced that its awards programme will go ahead, in a ‘reshaped’ format that will recognise both the impact of Covid-19 and the evolution of virtual/hybrid events. The awards recognise and reward the outstanding work of individuals and businesses in Australia that have delivered excellence for meetings and events during 2020, despite the many...

New venue CENTREPIECE Melbourne to be showcased in virtual events

New Australian venue CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park will be showcased in a series of upcoming virtual and hybrid events. The PCOA 2020 Annual Conference (7 December), Associations Forum National Conference (14–16 December) and AIME 2021 (15–26 March) will all showcase the venue. A series of presentations will update delegates on the latest news from the venue. Registration for hard hat tours of the...

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre reopens under Covid restrictions

The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has announced that it is now open again for business, under certain Covid-19 restrictions. Events at MCEC are currently limited to 25% of the venue’s seating capacity, to a maximum of 250 people seated. There is a density limit of one person per four square metres in non-fixed seating areas. Free standing events are currently not permitted, b...

Melbourne Convention Bureau secured 145 business events in 2020

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has outlined a solid performance for the 2019-20 financial year in its Annual Report, despite the disruptive effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The agency secured 145 business events, which are expected to inject AUD$234.3 million in economic contribution to Victoria’s visitor economy in the coming years. 140 of these came before the business events sector was ...

BE Reconnected marks return of business events to New Zealand

BE Reconnected begins next week in Auckland, New Zealand, signalling the return of business events to the country. Organised by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (formerly named CINZ) on Tuesday 1 December at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, BE Reconnected will be New Zealand’s only business events industry gathering for 2020. The event is being run under strict health and safety guidelines in the Events ...

South Australia ready to welcome back visitors as Australian lockdowns ease

South Australia is preparing to welcome back visitors from other states as restrictions begin to be lifted across Australia. The Adelaide Convention Bureau has welcomed the return of visitors from New South Wales and Victoria, saying it is pleased to welcome them back from Covid shutdowns. Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) Chief Executive Damien Kitto commented: “We have been hosting large, control...