Australia

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre announces rebrand

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has announced a new rebrand, created by agency FutureBrand Australia. The venue’s new tagline is ‘home of the unconventional’, leaning into some of the more unusual events the venue has hosted over the past year. During 2020, the venue was used as a drive-in cinema and a training centre for guide dogs. It also partnered with food supplier Flinders &am...

Australia’s AACB CEO says health events will be pivotal in return of business

The CEO of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux has said that health events will play a key role in the recovery of Australia’s business events industry. Andrew Hiebl (pictured left) presented insights from AACB’s ‘Forward Calendar of Business Events’ report during STR Insider, an event which took place in Adelaide this week. One finding of the report was that 115,000 Australian health...

Australia’s ‘Get Local’ expo to help reboot the industry on July

The Business Events Council of Australia has announced it is partnering with Get Local, an upcoming MICE industry tradeshow in ICC Sydney. Get Local is taking place from 29-30 July, and its aim is to “reconnect, reengage and reboot the meetings and event industry”. The event is exclusively focused on the Australasian MICE market. Get Local is expected to attract event managers, PCOs, meeting plann...

Canberra Convention Bureau announces two new appointments

Canberra Convention Bureau has announced two new appointments. Kimberley Wood takes over as head of sales and Kimberley Roberts-Salee as head of marketing, in a restructure the bureau says is aimed at “streamlining operations”. Wood’s career spans multiple sales roles at Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. She leaves her current role at Canberra Convention Bureau as director of international ...

Australia commits another $3m to Bid Fund programme to attract international events

Business Events Australia has received a further AUD$3m funding for its Bid Fund Programme, as well as releasing a new video series showcasing Australian innovation. The Bid Fund Programme is designed to secure new international business events coming to Australia, by offering financial support at the bidding stage. Tourism Australia provided the additional AUD$3m to the programme, which Business ...

Melbourne’s CENTREPIECE to mark opening with live event in September

CENTREPIECE, a new conference and exhibition venue under construction in Melbourne, has announced it will be opening in September 2021. The three-story venue is hosting the Associations Forum National Conference as a live event from 6-7 September to mark its opening. CENTREPIECE is situated next to the Rod Laver Arena and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and close to the Melbourne CBD. Hard hat tours...

Video: a conversation with Melbourne Convention Bureau

In the latest of CMW’s series of destination discussions, Iain Stirling Zooms down under to speak with Julia Swanson, CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau. Julia describes how Melbourne’s events industry has coped with the Covid-19 situation over the past twelve months, and shares some ideas on the strategy for recovery in 2021 and beyond. We hear about the cancellation of AIME, MCB’...

AuSAE announces its ‘Association Influencers’ for 2020

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) has announced its ‘Association Influencers’ of 2020. ‘Association Influencers’ is a programme highlighting the outstanding contributions of individuals in the association community across Australia and New Zealand. Those on the list were selected based on how they demonstrated influence, leadership, resilience and service to the sector ove...

Australia’s tourism industry ‘at risk’ without JobKeeper replacement

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has said that the country’s tourism industry is “at risk” without a replacement for the JobKeeper scheme. The JobKeeper scheme is currently providing funds to businesses the government deems to be “significantly affected” by Covid-19. It was recently extended to 28 March 2021, but no plans to extend it beyond that have been announced. ATEC Managing Dire...

Destination South Australia making it happen

The Destination South Australia live event, 12-13 February was Australia’s first 2021 face-to-face business exchange event and made a successful start in reconnecting meetings industry planners and suppliers, as well as locking in some valuable future business. Much-needed business was transacted again at an event that was, just as importantly, an exercise in reassurance and confidence for those k...

Meetings & Events Australia goes ahead with ‘reshaped’ 2020 awards programme

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced that its awards programme will go ahead, in a ‘reshaped’ format that will recognise both the impact of Covid-19 and the evolution of virtual/hybrid events. The awards recognise and reward the outstanding work of individuals and businesses in Australia that have delivered excellence for meetings and events during 2020, despite the many...

Melbourne Convention Bureau secured 145 business events in 2020

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has outlined a solid performance for the 2019-20 financial year in its Annual Report, despite the disruptive effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The agency secured 145 business events, which are expected to inject AUD$234.3 million in economic contribution to Victoria’s visitor economy in the coming years. 140 of these came before the business events sector was ...

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