Australasia

Get Global gets ready for Sydney

The third edition of Get Global, a show that targets Australian and New Zealand meeting and event buyers, is set to open in Sydney 26 July.

Flight Centre coming home with 4,500-strong gathering in Brisbane

Brisbane has been selected to host one of the world’s largest travel industry conferences, with Flight Centre Travel Group set to bring its global conference to the region in July 2020.

New Centrepiece at Melbourne & Olympic Parks

Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) – home of the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam Tournament – has unveiled the name of its new function and media centre – CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park. Located on the south-eastern edge of Melbourne’s CBD, CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park is scheduled for completion in late 2021. Event bookings are now open for mid-February 2022 and beyond. The venue’s archit...

Ear, nose and throat surgeons to head to Brisbane in 2023

The major ear, nose and throat scientific event in Asia-Oceania Asia Oceania - Otorhinolaryngological Head and Neck Surgery Congress (AO ORL-HNS) 2023 - is returning to Australia for the first time in 40 years.

First State Super secures naming rights at ICC Sydney

ICC Sydney has announced First State Super has secured the naming rights to its ICC Sydney Theatre. The 8,000-seat venue will now be known as First State Super Theatre for the next 10 years. The value of the sponsorship deal was not disclosed. ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy said: “We are delighted to be strengthening our partnership with First State Super… Their increased investment in the pr...

New CEO appointed at Perth Convention Bureau

Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) has announced the appointment of new CEO Gareth Martin. Martin has worked with the PCB and its membership for 12 years, most recently as Acting CEO following the departure of former CEO Paul Beeson in February. His appointment follows an international recruitment search. PCB Chairman Kevin Skipworth said the Board welcomed the appointment and were excited about workin...

MEA Mentor Programme receives record response and national backing

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has received confirmed backing from Tourism Australia for its 2019 MEA Mentor Programme.  The programme has also announced a record number of participants.

Hotels brands in strong GET Global line-up for Sydney

World-class hotels from across the globe are lining up to for the Get Global tradefair this year, with over a third (35%) of all registered exhibitors coming from a hotel brand. Nine are exhibiting for the first time.

Asian visitors enable Brisbane to post record figures

A record number of Asian visitors has been a big factor in Brisbane, Australia, claiming all-time highs in terms of international visitation and expenditure. Lord Mayor of the Queensland capital, Adrian Schrinner said the latest International Visitor Survey from Tourism Research Australia revealed visitor numbers from Asia to Brisbane had climbed 5.5% to a record 605,000 in the year to March 2019....

Melbourne rallies around bid to host the Women Deliver Conference in 2022

Melbourne officially launched its bid to host the Women Deliver Conference in 2022, by gathering over 70 influential advocates for gender equality at Victoria’s Parliament House.

Business events prove an economic powerhouse for Victoria

Melbourne Convention Bureau has reported netting AUD$500m in secured events for the Australian state of Victoria during the past financial year, with over 6,000 jobs to be created as a result. The new figures come as business events are delivering more money and more visitors to Victoria than ever before. Business events are the highest yielding sector in Victoria’s visitor economy, according to t...

Business events in New Zealand deliver half a billion dollars to the country

Business events in New Zealand have delivered NZD$500m to the country over the past five years, according to New Zealand Tourism. The figures come in the wake of CINZ Meetings 2019, New Zealand’s largest MICE industry trade show. Tourism New Zealand works closely with the industry to attract business events to the country. Rene de Monchy, Tourism New Zealand’s Director of Commercial, said: “New Ze...