Australia

Arinex and Australia’s IMC collaboration recognised with IAPCO award

Arinex and The Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (IMC) picked up the International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO)’s Driving Excellence Collaboration Award, which was announced at the IBTM Leaders’ Summit in Barcelona last week. The award entry emphasised the importance of a collaborative approach between the PCO, client and all the sponsors and stakeholders...

FIP to dispense its wisdom in Brisbane in 2021

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)’s World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will head to Brisbane for the first time in 2021. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) will play host to the Congress and its expected 2,500 delegates. Brisbane has been carving out a reputation as an emerging hub of innovation in the healthcare sector, with a strong pharmaceuti...

Club Melbourne awarded top city accolade

The Club Melbourne Ambassador Programme has received the Australian city’s 2018 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Profile by a Corporation. The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) Club Melbourne Ambassador Programme supports leading Melburnians to establish, secure and host international conferences that promote the city’s expertise around the world. Melbourne Convention and Exhi...

Melbourne generated $23.8m from business events in October

Business events in Melbourne generated over AUD $23.8m in the month of October, according to the Melbourne Convention Bureau. The city has received a boost from nine international conferences taking place across the city during the month, which attracted over 5,000 delegates generating 11,200 room nights. The events in October included: the World Congress of Colleges and Polytechnics, World Urban ...

Australia’s MEA announces state awards schedule

Industry association Meetings & Events Australia has announced the dates for its state and territory MEA Awards next year. The events will be held in February and March 2019 across Australia. The calendar is: ACT – 26 February 2019, Old Parliament House, Canberra NSW – 27 February 2019, Luna Park Sydney Tasmania –28 February 2019, The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, Hobart Northern Territory – ...

Emerging Payments Association launches Asian chapter at SIBOS Sydney

The Emerging Payments Association (EPA), founded in the UK back in 2004, has used the platform of the SIBOS event in Sydney (22-25 October) to launch its Asian chapter, EPA Asia. The EPA, which has 130 corporate members in Europe and Africa, is working to strengthen and expand the payments industry through connecting the ecosystem, encouraging innovation and profitable business growth. The ribbon ...

World’s premier finance event comes to Sydney for a third time

SIBOS, heralded as the world’s premier financial event, opens in Sydney 22 October, with organisers expecting 7,000 attendees from around the world. The annual conference, exhibition and networking event draws business leaders from a range of financial institutions, multinational corporations and technology partners and is in its 40th year. Organisers this year hope to ignite conversation between ...

Brisbane lands major head and neck cancer congress

Brisbane is set to host 2,000 of the world’s leading cancer experts in a first time event for Australia. The World Congress of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) will take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in 2026, with the aim of raising the global benchmark for the care and treatment of patients with head and neck cancer. The ...

Australia’s CVBs provide 8% boost in business events and new export opportunities for SMEs

Since January 2018, there has been an 8% increase in the number of international business events secured for the future by the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) members, according to new research. The industry analysis from the latest International Business Events Forward Calendar, produced by the AACB, reveals also that convention bureaux are attracting a larger number of highly...

New grants to help Brisbane win global conventions

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has invited Brisbane’s ambitious early career professionals and researchers to apply for a share of A$30,000 to help the city attract leading international conventions and conferences to Brisbane. Opening the second round of the Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant, the Lord Mayor said recipients would be funded to attend an international association conference in thei...

Melbourne show overhaul AIMEing to deliver big returns for 2019

New Australia-based organisers of Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) 2019 say they have overhauled all aspects of the event (formerly organised by Reed in collaboration with owners Melbourne CVB), with new key strategies focussing on a positive return on investment for buyers and exhibitors alike. New streamlined exhibitor packages guarantee 32 pre-scheduled appointments with buyers...

Brisbane Showgrounds go German for Oktoberfest

All things German are being celebrated this month at Oktoberfest Brisbane, Australia’s largest German Festival. The Brisbane Showgrounds has been the venue 5-7 October and a second weekend October 12-14 as the space transforms into a part of Bavaria. Schnitzels to pretzels and beer (of course) are back up by live entertainment including Bavarian Oompah band ‘Münchner Buam’, Heidi the Y...