Australasia

UK associations dine out on New Zealand

Tourism New Zealand provided food for thought for UK-based association executives as it hosted a New Zealand feast at The Providores restaurant in London (May 15). Ahead of the IMEX meetings trade show in Frankfurt, 16 association executives were invited to enjoy a New Zealand-themed menu prepared by acclaimed New Zealand chef Peter Gordon – complete with New Zealand lamb, Ōra King Salmon, p...

EEAA welcomes Labor’s recognition of business events in tourism policy

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has welcomed today’s launch of Labor’s plans for Tourism that includes a commitment to business events. The EEAA commended the recognition that the business events sector plays a critical role in the Australian economy but was disappointed that no additional funding would be provided for Tourism Australia’s work in bidding for new events f...

Australia’s EEAA offers discounts to young eventprofs

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australia is offering a discount to its 2019 Conference for young people in the events industry. EEAA’s 2019 conference is taking place 5-6 June, in Melbourne. EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio said the Association was committed to providing new opportunities for young people working in events to be able to attend the Association’s key events. She comment...

Tourism Australia CEO moves on after five years at the helm

National convention bureau Tourism Australia has announced that its Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, is to leave the organisation to take up a new role as CEO and executive director of the ASX-listed company, Experience Co. He will leave the organisation in June. Executive General Manager International, Phillipa Harrison will step up as interim MD until a permanent replacement is found. O’Sulli...

Melbourne & Olympic Parks to showcase multi-million dollar events space investment

Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) – home of the Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis Championship – is to showcase its new conference and events centre at IMEX Frankfurt, 21–23 May 2019.

Australasia losing 25% of conference bids due to competitor financial incentives offer

Approximately a quarter of conference bids lost by Australasian CVBs are due to financial incentives offered by competitors, according to research from the Australasian Association of Convention Bureaux (AACB). The association’s research on International Business Events cites other reasons for bids failing being the high cost of holding an event Down Under, including airfares, visas, accommodation...

New Zealand’s MEETINGS set to attract 190 exhibitors in Auckland

The broad sweep of New Zealand’s event experiences, destinations and suppliers will be again on show at MEETINGS, which opens for its 2019 edition in Auckland 29-30 May. Organised by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), MEETINGS will host exhibitors across 17 regions from the top of the North to the deep South of the islands. Chief Executive Sue Sullivan says CINZ is welcoming 22 new exh...

Peter Savoff appointed as new GM at Darwin Convention Centre

Peter Savoff has been appointed the new General Manager of the Darwin Convention Centre in Australia. Savoff will fill the role following the recent promotion of previous GM Janet Hamilton to manage the Cairns Convention Centre. Announcing Mr. Savoff’s commencement today, Geoff Donaghy, AEG Ogden’s Group Director for Convention Centres, said his proven record in a number of areas within the hotel ...

Association of Australian Convention Bureaux appoints new President

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has announced the appointment of Michael Matthews (pictured left), CEO of the Canberra Convention Bureau, as its new President. Matthews said: “I thank the Board for their support and plan to continue the great work that has already been achieved, noting a united vision for the future. “AACB and the network that it represents has a powerful v...

CINZ introduces Day Buyer initiative for MEETINGS 2019

Event planners signing up for the new Day Buyer programme at CINZ MEETINGS 2019 in Auckland next month will be lunching for a good cause. The new ‘Meet, Eat and Speak’ event will be a free lunchtime experience for day buyers. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive Sue Sullivan says for every one of the 500 lunches served to day buyers across the two days, CINZ in conjunction...

INVNT to produce 10th anniversary edition of TEDxSydney

Agency INVNT has been appointed official production partner for TEDxSydney, an event which will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the TED talk series. The event will take place on 24 May 2019 at the ICC Sydney. Its theme this year is ‘Legacy’, and INVNT will be demonstrating this theme with creative concepting, technical production and AV. INVNT is also designing and producing The Hub, a dedicated...

Brisbane’s bright minds receive Lord Mayor grants

Seven talented Brisbane researchers will share in AUD$30,000 (US$21,377) funding from the city’s Lord Mayor to help lure significant international conferences from abroad for the first time. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said his Convention Trailblazer Grant funds early career researchers and professionals to attend an international conference in their field. In return, they work with economic developme...