Australasia

Perth to host 2024 Environmental Health World Congress

Western Australia (WA) has officially been awarded the 17th World Congress on Environmental Health (WCEH) 2024, according to an announcement by Business Events Perth. The International Federation of Environmental Health’s council members voted to support Western Australia’s bid as presented by Environmental Health Australia – Western Australia (EHA WA). This will be in partnership with Business Ev...

Melbourne to host 12 business events in September

Victoria, Australia, is set to host 12 international and national business events in September 2022. Melbourne is expecting 9,400 delegates overall to attend the events in the city, delivering AUD $43.5m (USD $30.2) in economic contribution to the state. It also expects 18,000 booked room nights to benefit the Victorian hotel and accommodation sector. Notable business events include CODA 2022, the...

Wellington launches new biotech Life Sciences Summit

BioTechNZ and NZTech are launching New Zealand’s first Life Sciences Summit in a bid to grow the country’s biotech sector. Wellington is the named host of the event in a multi-year contract between signatories BioTechNZ, WellingtonNZ, and Business Events Wellington. They will be supported by conference organiser Brightstar and Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team. The first conference will t...

ICMS Australasia hosts Northern Territory staff conference

The ICMS Australasia team visited Alice Springs, Northern Territory, for a bleisure development experience. Due to travel restrictions in place during 2020 and 2021, the company’s staff conference was postponed until 2022. When a potential destination for the conference was put to a vote Alice Springs was selected by the company employees, under the theme of ‘Reconnection’. The 27 attendees at the...

Wellington launches advocate network

Wellington has launched the Wellington Advocate Network with local thought-leaders to expand its business events bids and impact. The network’s initial membership comprises a mix of academics representing the local arts, music, engineering, computer science, and health sectors, as well as national association representatives from the National Council for Women and Volunteering New Zealand. Busines...

ASM Global rank in top five ANZ venues

Four ASM Global venues have been listed in Pollstar’s ‘Top 5 Arenas in the 2022 Australia/New Zealand Focus Chart’ rankings for total ticket revenue. The achieved rankings were as follows: 1 – ASM Global’s Qudos Bank Arena (QBA) 3 – Newcastle Entertainment Centre (NEC) 4 – RAC Arena Perth 5 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre (BEC) In the Theatres Category, ASM Global’s Aware S...

BEIA to ‘Ignite the Future’ at Hawke’s Bay conference

Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (BEIA) 46th AGM and Annual Conference has opened its registration. The event, held at Napier Conference Centre in Hawke’s Bay New Zealand, will run from 4 to 6 October 2022. Themed ‘Ignite the Future’, BEIA’s first conference for New Zealand after a three-year hiatus is focused on discussing the industry’s challenges, opportunities and business models. BEIA chie...

Medical conferences return to the Gold Coast

More than 80 interventional neuro-radiologists from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States attended Friday’s NeuroExchange conference to discuss the latest in treatments for stroke and brain aneurysms. A further six medical conferences on the Gold Coast, attracting more than 4,600 delegates, have already been scheduled for 2022 and 2023. Pre-pandemic, major international conferences were wo...

Oceania Summit to discuss future of agri-food-tech

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland will host the 2035 Oceania Summit, an agri-food-tech industry event, from 10-11 October 2022 at Aotea Centre. Delegates from multiple continents will collaborate on how agritech can support farmers and growers to reduce emissions to net zero and build more resilient growing systems. Summit convenor Peter Wren-Hilton elaborated on the summit’s driving force, saying: “By bri...

IHG opens new intercontinental hotel in Melbourne

IHG Hotels and Resorts has opened the Intercontinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula, its second Intercontinental property in Melbourne. The heritage-listed hotel is located on the Mornington Peninsula, about 100km south of Melbourne city centre, was opened in 1875 and was formerly known as the Hotel Continental. Alongside announcing the hotel’s opening, IHG has also revealed the hotel’s newly-bui...

Post-MEETINGS survey shows interest in New Zealand

An independent survey commissioned by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) post-MEETINGS showed $107.5m (USD $67.48m) worth of business was provisionally secured during the show’s two days – which was a 45.3% increase on MEETINGS 2021. After attending MEETINGS, 79% of all buyers said they were booking business as a result of the event, while 21% were still considering options, such as destinat...

APAC aids Te Pae Christchurch’s opening

ASM Global Asia Pacific (APAC) venues provided staff to assist in the opening of the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre in New Zealand. Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre’s general manager, Ross Steele, called on the APAC group for assistance in their audio-visual and technical area. This was due to industry-wide staff shortages in the lead-up to the venue’s opening. Several APAC group venue...