Australia

Sydney to host Vacuum Congress for the first time

Sydney has won a global bid to host the 23rd International Vacuum Congress (IVC-23) in 2025. The announcement was made to delegates gathered in Sapporo, Japan, for the IVC-22. The Congress is expected to attract approximately 1,300 global delegates to Sydney over its five days, generating an estimated AUD $7.5m (USD $5m) expenditure on the local economy. Taking place every three years since 1958, ...

Research shows positivity for Australia’s business events

Tourism Australia’s specialist business events unit has shared new research that indicates a strong outlook for Australia’s business events industry. The positive interim outcomes follow the organisation’s recently launched Business Events Australia global brand campaign. The 2022 Business Events Consumer Demand Project (CDP) delivers insights into the factors influencing decision makers when choo...

Medical conferences return to the Gold Coast

More than 80 interventional neuro-radiologists from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States attended Friday’s NeuroExchange conference to discuss the latest in treatments for stroke and brain aneurysms. A further six medical conferences on the Gold Coast, attracting more than 4,600 delegates, have already been scheduled for 2022 and 2023. Pre-pandemic, major international conferences were wo...

Back to business events down under

Martin Fullard, CMW editorial director, sat down with Robin Mack (pictured), executive general manager for commercial and business events at Tourism Australia, to discuss the Australian MICE industry’s emergence from the pandemic. What’s the key date Australia opened for business events again and restrictions were eased? We announced that international borders were opening on the 7 February and th...

Who needs Cannes when you have Cairns

Cannes in Cairns, a conference for the advertising industry, solved the needs of more than 700 Australian delegates who weren’t able to travel to France for Cannes Lions. The event, which took place 16-18 May, was held by The Misfits Media Company in lieu of the French advertising and media event Cannes Lions, which was inaccessible to Australian delegates due to Covid-19 travel restrictions...

FCM backs the removal of pre-departure testing in Australia

The global corporate travel management brand for the Flight Centre Travel Group, FCM has welcomed the Australian government’s announcement that pre-departure Covid-19 testing for international arrivals will be removed from 17 April 2022. Melissa Elf, general manager of FCM Australia, stated: “The removal of pre-departure tests for international arrivals is the last major step in Australia truly re...

Sky’s the limit

Martin Fullard looks at the Sydney Skyshow and asks those behind it what the B2B world of events can learn. Click here to read the feature in the CMW March/ April 2022 Magazine.  The way in which audiences engage has been under the spotlight more than ever over the last two years. Behaviours changed as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the globe and forced people into online events. But n...

Events industry set to bite back Down Under as Australian borders reopen

The city of Darwin has welcomed the first flight from London, UK to the Northern Territory since the start of the pandemic, as Australia reopens its international borders to visitors, 21 February. In the coming years the Northern Territory is set for a busy period of international business events, as confidence grows and a number of events have already been confirmed: International Foster Care Org...

Melbourne secures 40 business events worth AUD$150m

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), Australia, has announced it has secured 40 business events worth AUD$150m (US$109m). This adds to MCB’s pipeline of 118 business events between 2022-2028 that the Bureau says will attract 133,495 delegates, filling 387,372 hotel room nights and injecting $804m into Victoria’s visitor economy. Julia Swanson (pictured), chief executive of MCB, said: “Driving econom...

ATEC calls for clarity over the re-opening of international borders

Australia’s export tourism industry is awaiting the announcement of the exact date for the reopening of international borders. With the announcement that New South Wales (NSW) will no longer require quarantine for overseas arrivals from November, there are now calls from the tourism industry for a date to work towards. Peter Shelley (pictured), managing director of the Australia Tourism Export Cou...