Australasia

More like the movies in Melbourne, as MCEC finds new uses for flagship venue spaces

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has been exploring new ways to use its unutilised spaces, including the filming of a Hollywood blockbuster starring Liam Neeson and the training of guide dogs, following the venue’s closure in March of this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Peter King, chief executive of MCEC, said: “Even with the impacts of the pandemic, we contributed ...

CINZ welcomes new minister of tourism

Hon. Stuart Nash has been recently appointed as the new minister of tourism for New Zealand. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Lisa Hopkins (pictured) said the business events industry is “looking forward to working with minister Nash” and “having direct dialogue on the role this sector will have in supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery”. Ho...

Te Pae Christchurch showcases inaugural menu

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has unveiled its inaugural menus, produced by its culinary team in collaboration with local suppliers. Executive chef Desmond Davies has spent months working with local suppliers to design a menu that he describes as “a true taste of New Zealand”, from kawakawa-rubbed Te Mana lamb rump from New Zealand’s high country, to oven-roasted Akaroa king sa...

Australia’s WA to open State borders in new controlled arrangement

Western Australia is set to welcome interstate delegates back to its shores, following Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement that the State’s border will move to a ‘controlled border’ from 14 November 2020. Visitors from Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, which are considered ‘very low risk’ areas (no community cases for the past 28 da...

Adelaide hosts largest business event since pre-Covid

Adelaide recently hosted Connect South Australia, the State’s largest business event since pre-Covid. With South Australia (SA) described as “one of the most Covid-Safe destinations in the world”, business events are again operating in Adelaide. With an advance Covid-Safe sign off from Health SA, the Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) organised and delivered Connect SA. The conference wa...

MCEC announces partnership with Guides Dogs Victoria

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has  entered into a partnership with Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV) to “ensure Victorians with low vision or blindness can continue to receive essential services during coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdowns.” The venue will be used as a space, free of charge, for the training of Guide Dogs Victoria clients and guide dogs-in-training. With Melbour...

AV24/7 launches Connected Event Group 

Australia-based events industry staging and AV specialist, AV 24/7, has announced the formation of a new group of companies which, it says, aims to “service the changing needs of the events industry”.  Co-owner and general manager, Libbie Ray said: “As soon as the events industry was shut down in March, we challenged ourselves to think differently about what our clients needed most and...

AIME partners with Delegate Connect to power online platform for show

The organisers of Melbourne-based MICE industry tradeshow, Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) have announced a new partnership with Delegate Connect, which will see Delegate Connect powering the hybrid event’s 2021 online platform, AIME Online. The new partnership will enable AIME to launch a meetings algorithm to match connections between buyers and exhibitors. Meetings will match ...

ICC Sydney delivers A$510m despite Covid-19 effect

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has released its Annual Performance Review revealing delegates attending events at the venue generated A$510m (US$364.14m) in direct expenditure for New South Wales (NSW), despite the economic fallout from Covid-19 on the 2019/20 financial operating year. The report shows a year in two parts, with ICC Sydney initially on track for another strong ...

Melbourne’s scientific sector to put two new, big conferences under the microscope

Victoria’s scientific community will take centre stage at two international business events, following Melbourne’s selection as host city for the International Mass Spectrometry Conference 2024 and International Symposium on Lepton and Photon Interactions 2023. The host city expects the two events to deliver a collective economic contribution to the state of AU$13.2m (US$9.3m), 6,650 room ni...

80% of event planners support hybrid events, Cvent Australia planner report reveals

The Australia Edition of the Cvent Planner Sourcing Report 2020 has revealed that nearly 80% of event planners support a future of hybrid events, with 40% saying they are an ideal transition back to in-person, and 38% saying they are a viable permanent option to increase attendance. This year’s report compiles data and survey responses that were collected in August 2020 from event planners across ...

Inaugural PCMA Convening Asia Pacific announces speakers and programme for November

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced the speakers and programme for its inaugural hybrid event, Convening Asia Pacific: The Global Recovery Forum. The programme will feature panels, seminars and workshops. Speakers include: Nicki Kenyon, board member for the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and marketing and growth strategist; Rebecca Hallett, APAC head of event...