Australasia

Peter Greste to deliver keynote at Evolve 2019 Down Under

Australian journalist Peter Greste, who was imprisoned in Egypt, will deliver a keynote presentation at Meetings & Events Australia’s (MEA) annual conference, Evolve 2019, on the lessons he learnt on survival during his time in gaol. Greste spent two decades reporting from the front line in some of the world’s most dangerous countries before making headlines himself following his own incarcera...

ICC Sydney returns to Asia Pacific region for CEO Roadshow

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney)’s executive team is in Asia Pacific for the second annual CEO Asia Roadshow series. The event is designed to showcase the advantages of meetings in Sydney o Asia’s key decision makers. The nine-day roadshow will visit Tokyo, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Singapore, speaking to business events agents, corporae firms, associations and media. CEO of ICC S...

Australia leads the way for International Women’s Day

A number of venues and organisations have hosted high-profile events and conferences across Australia for International Women’s Day on 8 March. The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia hosted an IWD breakfast in Sydney, where CEO Joyce DiMascio spoke to a diverse panel of experts about women in the business events industry. On the panel were Supriya Shakya, Head of Digital for Reed Exhi...

30th AACB conference rebrand puts customer experience to the fore

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has launched the annual conference themed Customer Experience: Laneways to Success to be held in Melbourne, 18-20 September 2019. Celebrating its 30th year, the conference embraces a new vision and audience with a rebranded event titled Destination Business Events. AACB CEO, Andrew Hiebl said: “The AACB annual conference offers a unique oppor...

International adventure tourism experts to converge on Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand has won a bid to host the 2020 International Adventure Conference, which will bring leading tourism researchers to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time, in December next year. The winning bid was presented by Dr Susan Houge Mackenzie on behalf of her team from the University of Otago, Queenstown Resort College, and the Otago Polytechnic Institute of Sport and Adventur...

NRL season kicks off at Royal ICC Brisbane

Queensland’s three National Rugby Leauge (NRL) clubs attended a Season Launch Lunch at the Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC), Brisbane, 3 March. The lunch featured a line-up of NRL names from the Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans, including coaches Anthony Seibold, Paul Green and Garth Brennan, along with the captains of each club. The NRL season kick...

CINZ launches 2019 Emerging Talent and Mentorship programmes

Registrations are now open for New Zealand’s CINZ 2019 Emerging Talent programme, to be held as a half-day workshop at Rydges Hotel Auckland on 27 June. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive, Sue Sullivan says Emerging Talent 2019 has been designed to inspire, educate and provide a platform for attendees to learn practical skills and take-aways. “The new workshop-style prog...

ICC Sydney generated AUD$820m for Sydney in 2018

According to a Deloitte Access Economics study, delegates attending events at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) generated A$820 million in direct expenditure for the State in its second year of operation, an increase of A$35 million on the A$785 million direct contribution in 2017. International and interstate visitors helped generate 72 per cent (A$590 million) of the total expe...

Melbourne lands the largest conference ever for Victoria

Melbourne has been chosen as the host city for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, a massive gathering expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors. The convention is the most valuable conference ever won for the state, expected to attract 20,000 Rotary members from over 200 countries and regions worldwide and injecting over $88 million into the Victorian economy. The bid led by Melbourne ...

EEAA pursues Labor of business events love in Canberra

The Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) continued its representation work in the Federal Parliament when it joined the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to discuss business events with the Members of Parliament who are part of Labor Friends of Tourism. EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio was onstage at the event with Shadow Minister for Tourism and Shadow Min...

AEG Ogden announced as manager of new convention centre Te Pae Christchurch

Asia Pacific venue management company AEG Ogden has been selected as the operator for the new Te Pae Christchurch facility in New Zealand. The contract was announced today by Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive, John Bridgman. Te Pae will have capacity to host up to 2,000 delegates for a variety of national and international events and will feature purpose built facilities including a 1,400-seat audit...

New-look AIME opens in Melbourne

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) opened its doors 18 February 2019 for the first show under its new management. Jay Martens, Event Director, Talk2 Media & Events, commented: “AIME has been at the heart of the business events industry in the Asia Pacific region. For many, the event was the start of their careers, in a transformative industry that touches so many of us. AIME 201...