Australia

New Thai support for site visits for events for 80-plus from Australia

Australian event buyers with upwards of 80 delegates are now eligible to apply for financial support from Thailand’s Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), thanks to a major policy shift. TCEB has decided to provide financial support for site inspections for Australian meeting and incentive organisers, provided they have a minimum of 80 guests. The support can be for DMC services and ground tran...

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...

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...

Confex keynote: capturing the long-term value of meetings

The first of a series of talks was delivered at Confex’s International Pavilion by Martin Boyle, director – Europe at Business Events Sydney. Boyle opened by talking about how difficult it can be sometimes be to measure the value of meetings, showing a Google search of “how to measure ROI” which returned over 440 million results. But the meetings industry as a whole, he said, shouldn’t have anythi...

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...

Bid Fund secures AUD$190m worth of events for Australia

Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Programme (BFP) has helped to double the value of business events secured by the country over the past three months to a new milestone of AUD$187m (US$133.7m). The BFP has also helped boost the number of applications received from the Australian business events industry, which have now reached 79 since the fund’s launch. Total expenditure by inter...

Perth Convention Bureau CEO announces resignation

Paul Beeson has announced he is stepping down as CEO of the Perth Convention Bureau after more than eight years in the role. PCB’s Chairman, Mr Kevin Skipworth CVO said: “Paul has made an outstanding contribution to PCB during his tenure and will be a great loss. “He has applied his excellent leadership and strategic management skills in overviewing the operation of the Bureau and is leaving the o...

Cvent takes its Event Evolution Model Down Under

Event technology specialist Cvent is to showcase its new events analysis tool at AIME, the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event show in Melbourne, 18-20 February. The company claims that, based on an analysis of more than 10,000 events, APAC event planners will now be able to compare and re-invent their events programme using Cvent’s Event Evolution Model. The tool, Cvent says, helps planner...

BCEC’s GM appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in this year’s Australia Day Awards for outstanding services to tourism and business in Queensland. Australia’s longest serving Convention Centre General Manager, O’Keeffe has been at the helm of the award winning Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre s...

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...

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