Tourism Australia

Mack doubles up to lead on Business Events, as Australia puts emphasis on domestic programmes

The new head of Business Events Australia (BEA), Robin Mack (pictured), has said the focus is on newer domestic programmes due to the pandemic. Mack has been in the role for less than two months, taking over from previous head, Penny Lion, following the company’s recent pandemic-related reorganisation. This new role combines his past responsibilities as Tourism Australia’s executive general manage...

Research from Tourism Australia suggests optimism over industry’s future

Tourism Australia has released the Business Events Consumer Demand Project (CDP), 19 August, which indicates that despite the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, association and incentive decision makers are optimistic about the industry’s future. The CDP research surveyed 163 decision makers from the association sector and 354 from the incentive sector in 11 of Australia’s key markets aimed to better...

Penny Lion to leave Tourism Australia as pressure of pandemic forces Business Events reorganisation

As financial pressures from the pandemic continue to hit business events, Tourism Australia is the latest organisation to report a number of changes at the top of its business events operations, including the departure of its executive general manager events, Penny Lion. The changes will see a reorganisation of Tourism Australia’s international, events and business events operations from 1 July 20...

Perth programme and bid attracts Neuromuscular Congress to return to Western Australia in 2024

The International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases is set to return to Perth, Western Australia, for the first time in over 50 years. The Congress is expected to attract thousands of delegates from around the world for the 2024 date. The event was first held in Perth in 1971, following the groundbreaking research by Western Australian (WA) Emeritus Professor Byron Kakulas AO who showed that dege...

Australia’s AACB announces scholarship winners

Understanding consistent communication and buyer behaviours were the winning themes as the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB)  announced its 2021 AACB Staff Scholarships this week. The scholarships have been awarded to Mia Oesterberg, project and events executive at Northern Territory Business Events and Taryn Reid, business development manager at Business Events Tasmania. The ann...

Australian CVB Association’s Forward Calendar illustrates need for investment support

The Covid pandemic is artificially inflating the business events pipeline and long-term investment is critical, says the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), which has released its latest Forward Calendar. While a calendar of 373 confirmed wins represents a strong list of international business events for Australia’s future, 35% have been postponed into 2021 and beyond. Unprecedent...