Australasia

Luxury travel experiences to showcase at AIME 2019

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the leading meetings and conventions event in the region, has announced a series of premier global luxury travel exhibitors who will showcase their venues and destinations at the 2019 event. Exhibitors confirmed to lead the premium line-up include One & Only Resorts, winner of the Travel & Leisure 2018 World’s Best Award; Daydream Island R...

AIME to work with Guide Dogs Victoria on sensory show experience

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), which returns to Melbourne in February, has announced a partnership with Australian charity, Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV) designed to bring a pop-up sensory experience workshop to the show. In an industry first, Guide Dogs Victoria will run its award-winning programme, Dialogue in the Dark, as part of AIME’s Knowledge Programme, sponsored by the Melb...

Susan Kirby to present Evolve keynote in Brisbane

Events industry association Meetings and Events Australia has announced that Susan Kirby, CEO of Ireland’s National St Patrick’s Festival, will be an international keynote presenter at Evolve 2019. Evolve 2019 is the event industry’s largest conference Down Under and will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 31 March to 2 April. “We are delighted to have Susan as one of the ...

The great conductor – ICC Sydney’s Geoff Donaghy

CMW receives some insight from the long and distinguished career of industry leader, ICC Sydney CEO and Director Convention Centres, AEG Ogden, Geoff Donaghy How did you arrive in the events/hospitality industry and what were your first roles? I began my career as a teacher and I loved it. However, I didn’t see it as my life long career. I moved to Cairns, which was in the midst of its early and e...

Switzerland Tourism’s London chief heading Down Under

Livio Goetz, the current Head of the Switzerland Convention and Incentive Bureau (SCIB) in London, is heading for Sydney to take up the post of new Market Manager Australia/New Zealand for Switzerland Tourism (ST). Goetz will assume his new position in July. Although the Australia, New Zealand and Oceania Region is small for Switzerland Tourism, it is nevertheless a key market with major potential...

Tourism Australia CMO departs

Tourism Australia’s Chief Marketing Officer, Lisa Ronson, is to leave the organisation to take up the role of CMO at retail chain Coles Group, effective 1 May. Tourism Australia MD John O’Sullivan confirmed the departure and thanked Ronson for her work over the past four years. “Lisa has been a wonderful custodian of the Tourism Australia brand. In her time as CMO, she has brought a new level of c...

M&OP serves up refurbished Rod Laver Arena

Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) has announced the completion of Rod Laver Arena’s eastern-facing entrance and new food and beverage facilities. Rod Laver Arena, which stages the Australian Open, has debuted its new three level pod-style guest entrance – which will welcome 700,000 tennis fans to the Open commencing 14 January 2019. Rod Laver Arena’s new dining spaces will then open to the ...

Brisbane to host leading environmental science conference

The world’s most respected freshwater scientists will be heading to the river city of Brisbane to attend the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Annual Meeting in 2021. The Brisbane conference will be the very first time the American-based SFS has held its annual meeting outside of North America. Australia’s reputation in water management and strong freshwater science community were behind the hi...

I’m a celebrity, get me to… Evolve 2019

The Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) annual conference, Evolve 2019, is to feature the newly-launched Associated Celebrity Booking Platform, (ACTA). Organisers claim it is new technology that can be a game-changer for the events and entertainment industry with its ability to simplify the process of searching for and booking celebrities and entertainers for events. Robyn Johnson, CEO of MEA, com...

BECA targets federal MPs in fresh advocacy campaign for business events

Members of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) launched a pre-election campaign at Parliament House in Canberra last week, calling on MPs to unequivocally support policy and funding of the sector. A delegation of business events industry leaders met with 12 key MPs and their advisors, from all sides of politics, with a united message about the need for a strong policy for business even...

Safety first for The Business of Events Sydney

Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber, will address the key issue of security in the events industry at the 2019 edition of The Business of Events, in Sydney, Australia. The event takes place 7-8 February at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park and conference sessions will offer practical takeaways around the day-to-day elements that address all aspects of event safety. Other speakers at the event’s con...

Arinex and Australia’s IMC collaboration recognised with IAPCO award

Arinex and The Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (IMC) picked up the International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO)’s Driving Excellence Collaboration Award, which was announced at the IBTM Leaders’ Summit in Barcelona last week. The award entry emphasised the importance of a collaborative approach between the PCO, client and all the sponsors and stakeholders...