Australasia

Chief Executive Sue Sullivan leaves CINZ

Sue Sullivan has resigned as Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive. She has held the post for over five years. She will be leaving the association at the end of November to take up a new role in Canterbury, as Chief Executive of Christchurch and Hanmer Attractions. “New Zealand’s business events industry is set for great things, and I am privileged to have worked with an am...

AUD$12bn invested in regional 2031 Vision to offer visitors more in Brisbane

More than 500 operators, investors, industry, local councils and government partners have joined forces to deliver a new 12-year vision to encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more in the Brisbane region. The Visitor Economy 2031 Vision for the Brisbane Region targets visiting friends and relatives, holidaymakers, students, major event and business travellers. Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner sa...

ICC Sydney takes its legacy message to the USA

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has showcased its event legacy message to IMEX America in Las Vegas, 10-12 September, with the team sharing examples of how its people and in-house services are demonstrating ICC Sydney as ‘More Than a Venue’. Since the More Than a Venue campaign launch in May this year, the venue has deepened its connections across Sydney’s arts and culture, foo...

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Executive chef launches new menu

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Executive Chef David Pugh has unleashed his haute cuisine skills and love of fresh local produce on the Centre’s newly released menus – his first since stepping into the role earlier this year. Pugh, who reigned as Queensland’s Ambassador Chef for four years and was recipient of numerous chefs’ hats during his restaurant career has set his much acclaimed...

CINZ announces MEETINGS’ return to Ōtautahi Christchurch in 2021

New Zealand’s premier annual business events showcase, CINZ MEETINGS 2021 will be held in Ōtautahi Christchurch for the first time in 13 years. At a networking event hosted by ChristchurchNZ at Christchurch Town Hall on Monday, CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan announced MEETINGS 2021 will take place at the city’s new convention centre, Te Pae Christchurch following a spectacular welcome function ...

Melbourne to host ICCA Asia Pacific business workshop

The global meetings industry will focus on the Melbourne this September following a successful bid to host the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Asia Pacific Client/Supplier Business Workshop 2019. Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) collaborated with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to develop the winning bid, which will bring 19 ICCA members and 16 of their ass...

ICC Sydney and partners showcase First State Super Theatre

ICC Sydney showcased its newly-named First State Super Theatre in an opening event for investors and key industry figures. The evening featured music and entertainment, as well as an address from NSW Minister for Property Melinda Pavey. She discussed the government’s pride in investing in ICC Sydney, alongside the venue’s success in delivering outstanding returns for the local economy. Images from...

AIME to diversify for 2020 and predicts 50% jump in hosted buyer numbers

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the annual Melbourne-based MICE industry tradeshow, has announced a mission to bring more diversity in business to the Asia Pacific region.

Industry welcomes new government changes to Business Events Bid Fund in Australia

Regional destinations around Australia are to get greater access to funding to help them secure lucrative international business events, thanks to changes being made to the Morrison Government’s Business Events Bid Fund Programme. Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham (pictured) announced, 16 August, a series of changes to the eligibility criteria of the A$12m (US$8.14m) Bid Fund Program...

Avani continues its expansion in Australia

Building on a debut on the Gold Coast and central Melbourne, Avani Hotels & Resorts is to open two new properties by the end of the year in Australia.

EventsAIR wins Gold Stevie Event Management Solution Award

Brisbane based event tech company EventsAIR has been named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Event Management Solution category in the 16th Annual International Business Awards®. The International Business Awards are a leading business awards programme and the 2019 IBAs received entries from organisations in 74 nations and territories. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for ‘crowned’...

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre leadership team appointed

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre owners AEG Ogden have announced the appointment of an array of local and international talent to run their new purpose-designed venue in New Zealand.