Australia

Western Australian events receive funding boost

Western Australian business events will get a further boost, with Business Events Perth announcing, 21 July, a six-month extension of its Event Here Now fund.  Through the fund, business event organisers planning a new business event for Western Australia can apply for sponsorship of up to AUD$15 (USD$10.97) a delegate, to a maximum of $10,000, for new in-person events. Gareth Martin, the chief ex...

Sun shines on Tourism Whitsundays with AUD$3m funding and key hire

Tourism Whitsundays has appointed an industry development manager thanks to funding from the Australian government’s Recovery for Regional Tourism Fund. Nicole Riksman, a brand and product development leader with over 12 years’ national travel industry experience, will take up the role. Funding of AUD$3m (USD$2.25m) was secured by Tourism Whitsundays to deliver a range of regional initiatives, inc...

MEA opens its events scholarship for applications

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has opened applications for its 2021 Ungerboeck Young Professional Scholarship. The scholarship helps support and nurture future leaders in the Australian events industry, and is sponsored by Ungerboeck Software International. It is now in its 17th year. There are eight scholarships available, representing one for each state and territory across Australia. Eac...

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 in 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...