The Meeting and Events Australia (MEA) Awards, 22 September, was held virtually this year as venues and organisers’ achievements throughout the past year were celebrated by the industry.
The MEA Awards recognise those who demonstrate excellence in the organisation, planning and delivery of business events, major events and festivals, special events, cause-related events, conferences and exhibitions.
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) picked up multiple awards throughout the night. The venue was named Victorian state winner in the category of ‘Event Venue 1500+’ and Chantal Trimboli, MCEC manager of event operations was named the Victorian state and national overall winner of the ‘MEA Operations Persons of the Year award.’ Additionally, Amrita Dip, MCEC retail operations manager was named the Victorian state winner in the Future Leader of the Year award.
Peter King, MCEC chief executive, said: “this outstanding achievement is the result of years of hard work and dedication, along with an ongoing commitment to delivering an excellent customer experience.”
Fed Square (pictured) , the Melbourne venue for arts, culture and public events, also claimed numerous awards during the night.
Fed Square claimed the ‘Special Event of the Year’ for its Dinning In, Turned Inside Out campaign which turned the Melbourne piazza into an outdoor dining, entertainment and activations location. The campaign helped support Fed Square’s cafes, restaurants and bars that were hard hit by Covid-19. Virtual Edge, a broadcast studio that allowed virtual events to take place just four weeks into lockdown, earned Fed Square the ‘Event Venue of the year’ award.
Suzana Bishop, Fed Square chief experience officer, said: “We acted quickly, in a challenging time, to re-imagine Fed Square’s offering to strengthen the local arts, hospitality and event industries and provide enriching experiences for people at home.”
Arinex, the events management company, also saw success at the MEA Awards. The agency was inducted onto the ‘Hall of Fame’ for the third time and named ‘PCO of the Year’ for the ninth consecutive year.
Nicole Walker, CEO of Arinex, said: “If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it is to remind us of the need to be flexible, innovative and responsive and we have all demonstrated these values tonight.”
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