Australasia

Brisbane to plough innovation in agriculture furrow in September 

Lord mayor Graham Quirk has announced that Brisbane, Queensland has secured a key global forum for innovations in agriculture, entitled GFIA in Focus. The event will be held at the Brisbane Convention Bureau in early September. Cr Quirk said Queensland was Australia’s premier state for fruit and vegetable production, growing one third of the nation’s produce, with the Greater Brisbane ...

International convention visitor spend up 17% in New Zealand

Business events are generating high value for New Zealand’s visitor industry, and national bureau Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), with international delegates’ spend on the rise. The Convention Delegate Survey (CDS) released by New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for the year to December 2017 shows the total spend by international convention delegate...

Commonwealth’s golden host

Over 6,600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories converged on 4 April to take part in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) in the Gold Coast, Queensland. The largest sporting event Australia has hosted this decade, the 11-day long competition concludes on 15 April. Host to the GC2018, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre inQueensland is the large...

New survey showcases Brisbane’s growing BE reputation

On the heels of a fresh analysis on Australia’s AUD12$m (US$9.2m) government bid fund ‘game-changer’, Tourism Australia releases their National Visitor Survey and reveals Brisbane’s growing reputation as a tourism destination. Lord mayor Graham Quirk said the survey results found the number of Australian holidaymakers visiting Brisbane climbed 7.5% to AUD$1.74m in 2017. Brisbane saw a rise o...

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...

Ophthalmologists focus on Malaysia for 2021

Malaysia has been unanimously chosen as the host for Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress (APAO) 2021. The congress will be held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, 4–7 March 2021. Held annually, the APAO Congress is the largest ophthalmology conference in the Asia Pacific region. Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Mala...

ICC Sydney keeps its PCOs close at forum for updates

The management team at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has met with Australian professional conference organisers (PCO) for an inaugural industry update and knowledge exchange. The open forum was designed to provide an opportunity for ICC Sydney to update a range of PCOs on key business developments spanning event planning, food and beverage, audio visual (AV), technology and i...

We have take-off: Qantas launches first non-stop flight between Europe and Australia

The first commercial passengers to fly non-stop from Australia to Europe arrived at London Heathrow on Sunday 25 March. The flight cuts the journey by several hours and was welcomed by international conference organisers. The Qantas flight set off from Perth, arriving in London 17 hours later. The airline said 236 passengers aboard the 787-9 Dreamliner paid A$2,270 (US$1,752) for an economy seat o...

ICC Sydney invests a further A$1m in technology and digital infrastructure

International Convention Centre Sydney has invested a further A$1m (US$770,000) in its technology infrastructure with new AV equipment, with high definition screens, projectors, wireless microphone kits, cameras and processors on the shopping list. ICC Sydney’s CEO, Geoff Donaghy, said: “We have worked hard to future-proof the venue, which has the ability to further flex and adapt as new technolog...

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 ...