Australasia

Association of Australian CVBs welcomes new tourism minister

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has congratulated the Hon Dan Tehan MP (pictured) on his appointment as minister for trade, tourism and investment. AACB CEO, Andrew Hiebl said: “Minister Tehan has been a supporter of the high-yield business events industry since his role as chair of the Coalition Friends of Tourism earlier this decade. More recently, the minister has shown ...

Smart Badge: The Australian innovation for events in the Covid era

What started as an idea for a simple social distancing alert system developed by an Australian production company to help restart events in the wake of a global pandemic has evolved into a dynamic, automated safety device being adopted by multiple industries navigating the challenges of Covid-19. “Harry the hirer was looking for something to try and help the events industry get back up on its feet...

MEETINGS 2021 confirmed for June dates in New Zealand

New Zealand’s MEETINGS 2021 has confirmed it will take place from 2-3 June in Auckland, with its Hosted Buyer Programme launching early in 2021. MEETINGS is organised by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA). BEIA Chief Executive Lisa Hopkins says next year’s event will be critical for reigniting the industry and updating buyers on the latest venues and unique experiences across the country. Ho...

Natural wonder – Cairns’ business events offering

CMW takes a deep dive into the Great Barrier Reef and checks out the improving offer in Cairns   As New Zealand and Australia opened up a travel bubble in October, maybe there is some Antipodean light emerging at the end of the dark corona tunnel. In normal times, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef presents meeting planners with a combination of sustainable, first-class facilities and operators ...

UK event technology firm expands to Australia

Event technology business HeadBox has launched in Australia. The British-founded company recently placed ninth in the UK’s Startups 100. The platform is an AI-powered venue marketplace, enabling organisers to find a suitable venue, with currently over 9,000 spaces across Europe to choose from. Users can track and manage their meetings and events programmes. HeadBox says it will initially launch in...

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...