Australia

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 ...

New Thailand campaign Down Under could bring 4,000 business events travellers

Over 4,000 business event travellers will potentially attend an event in Thailand within the next four years as a result of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s (TCEB) recent roadshow held in Sydney and Melbourne. TCEB made its claim on the back of its new campaign which provides site visit support for meeting and incentive organisers of events with upwards of 80 guests and more flexibility...

Association of Australian Convention Bureaux appoints new President

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has announced the appointment of Michael Matthews (pictured left), CEO of the Canberra Convention Bureau, as its new President. Matthews said: “I thank the Board for their support and plan to continue the great work that has already been achieved, noting a united vision for the future. “AACB and the network that it represents has a powerful v...

INVNT to produce 10th anniversary edition of TEDxSydney

Agency INVNT has been appointed official production partner for TEDxSydney, an event which will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the TED talk series. The event will take place on 24 May 2019 at the ICC Sydney. Its theme this year is ‘Legacy’, and INVNT will be demonstrating this theme with creative concepting, technical production and AV. INVNT is also designing and producing The Hub, a dedicated...

Brisbane’s bright minds receive Lord Mayor grants

Seven talented Brisbane researchers will share in AUD$30,000 (US$21,377) funding from the city’s Lord Mayor to help lure significant international conferences from abroad for the first time. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said his Convention Trailblazer Grant funds early career researchers and professionals to attend an international conference in their field. In return, they work with economic developme...

ICC Sydney and Arinex win big in Brisbane

International Convention Centre Sydney’s (ICC Sydney) Dewi Gutierrez took home the Event Manager of the Year – in-house, while the venue secured the Education and Training Award and was highly commended for Best Venue – capacity over 500 at the Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) National Awards. Held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 2 April, as a part of the industry’s Evolve 2...

Meeting Place heads to Queensland

Brisbane has won its bid for flagship inbound international tourism conference, the Australian Tourism Export Council’s (ATEC) Meeting Place. Four hundred export tourism leaders will head to Queensland 25-27 November to attend the 2019 conference. Announcing the winning bid, ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said: “Meeting Place is the platform where the people who sell Australia to the world ...

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...