Australasia

Gold Coast to reap benefit of Games Legacy

The Gold Coast has already benefited from Australia’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, GC2018, with an additional planed 24,400 delegates coming to the city in the aftermath of the Games. Some 680,000 visitors and 6,600 athletes from 70 countries attended GC2018, 4-15 April 2018. A broader benefit to business events has come through the injection of new development and infrastructure enhancing exist...

MCEC’s $200m expansion to host Malaria World Congress

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) A$200m (US$150m) expansion site is a few weeks away from opening, the venue’s chief executive said at an update press conference during the IMEX trade show last week (16 May). The new space will cement MCEC ’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia, with an increased total size of over 70,000sqm. The 20,000-squar...

CINZ MEETINGS 2018 reports high response rate from hosted buyers

Over 20 buyers from Asia are set to attend New Zealand’s largest business tourism trade exhibition, CINZ MEETINGS, which returns to Auckland, 30-31 May. Organised by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand, CINZ MEETINGS connects leading domestic, Australian and international buyers with New Zealand’s key regions, meeting facilities, accommodation, off-site venues and activities. Tourism New Zealan...

Melbourne wins world’s largest event in public transport sector

Collaboration and innovation has seen Melbourne secure the world’s largest public transport event, the Union International des Transports Publics (UITP) Global Public Transport Summit 2021. Expected to deliver A$9.4m (US$7.1m) in economic contribution for Victoria, the four-day event will see 2,000 international delegates meet at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), 6–9 June. The...

Aussie hopes on Bid Fund to arrest BE spend decline

Australia is missing out on up to a billion dollars a year in delegate expenditure, according to the chief of the country’s national association representing convention bureaus. The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has produced a fresh analysis of its members’ bids won, lost and bids in the pipeline for the years ahead, which reveals the number of business events won for Austral...

Australia celebrates multi-million dollar bid fund ‘game-changer’

Australia’s multi-billion dollar business events industry has received a huge boost with the creation of a A$12m national bid fund. The funds will be made available over the next three years to support bids for new, high-value international incentive, association, and other business events. The new Bid Fund Program will be live from 1 July 2018 for releasing funds and was announced by the federal ...