Australia

New CEO appointed at Perth Convention Bureau

Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) has announced the appointment of new CEO Gareth Martin. Martin has worked with the PCB and its membership for 12 years, most recently as Acting CEO following the departure of former CEO Paul Beeson in February. His appointment follows an international recruitment search. PCB Chairman Kevin Skipworth said the Board welcomed the appointment and were excited about workin...

MEA Mentor Programme receives record response and national backing

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has received confirmed backing from Tourism Australia for its 2019 MEA Mentor Programme.  The programme has also announced a record number of participants.

Hotels brands in strong GET Global line-up for Sydney

World-class hotels from across the globe are lining up to for the Get Global tradefair this year, with over a third (35%) of all registered exhibitors coming from a hotel brand. Nine are exhibiting for the first time.

Melbourne rallies around bid to host the Women Deliver Conference in 2022

Melbourne officially launched its bid to host the Women Deliver Conference in 2022, by gathering over 70 influential advocates for gender equality at Victoria’s Parliament House.

Business events and place making: the power of connections

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy shares his take on the recent IMEX Policy Forum in Frankfurt.    I was delighted to join my global peers, policy makers and leading city academics at the IMEX Policy Forum in Frankfurt recent for a collaborative leadership panel to discuss the business of placemaking. Today, well planned business events and major venues play a significant role as the makers of a place ...

Meetings and Events Australia expands Board of Directors

Industry association Meetings and Events Australia has beefed up its Board of Directors with three new appointments. The new appointments followed a gap and skills analysis of the existing Board and a review of 10 applications. The new Directors were appointed effective 27 May 2019. They are: Beverley Williamson (pictured), Melbourne Convention Bureau Suzana Bishop, Federation Square Paula Nolan, ...

Adelaide goes intergalactic with new focus on space conferences

The Adelaide Convention Bureau, off the back of delivering the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in 2017 and the announcement that the South Australian capital will be the home of Australia’s Space Agency, has said it is now directly targeting business events in the wider connected sector. Another success announced by the bureau is the 19th Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC)...

More than a venue: ICC Sydney celebrates National Reconciliation Week

ICC Sydney launched its ‘More than a venue’ marketing campaign at IMEX in Frankfurt, reflecting what management said was, “a growth as a business to emerge as a symbol of global excellence, demonstrating the unique combination of people, services, partners and features that set us apart from our competitors”. The ‘world class Sydney experience’ outlined by ICC Sydney Group CEO Geoff Donaghy includ...

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...

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...

The benefits of booking an arena venue

Arenas are home to Australia’s iconic sporting events, world-class performances and shared moments powerful enough to inspire thousands. To many, arenas are the place to go to see your favourite band or sporting team play. However, increasingly arenas are becoming the ‘hidden gem’ of the business events world – offering flexibility and capability to enhance and elevate an event. Alison Tovey, even...

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 ...

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