Association Focus

MEA announces global sustainability partnership

Thursday, 12 September 2019 01:04

Meeting & Events Australia has announced its partnership with the Sustainable Events Alliance (SEA) which is a global affiliation of organisations, events and individuals who are focused on improving the sustainability outcomes of events.

PCOA 19 Deep Dive Workshops

Thursday, 22 August 2019 01:48

Would you like the opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of Australia’s event industry leaders? 

CINZ lines up another stellar MEETINGS for 2020 in Auckland

Monday, 19 August 2019 01:38

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is expecting another stellar year for the country’s only national business events industry showcase, MEETINGS to be held from 22 to 23 April in Auckland. 

Get video smart – Julian Mather

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:10

World-class videographer Julian Mather will put his audience in the video picture, literally, at the PCOA19 conference.

IBTM World Launches Business Mentorship And Investment Programme

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 21:53

IBTM World, which takes place in Barcelona from 19-21 November 2019, has launched ‘Event Business Accelerator’, an investment and mentoring programme for young entrepreneurs. The programme will give people with an idea, product or service relevant to the events industry the opportunity to participate in an intensive mentoring programme, culminating in a live pitch for funding to a panel of potential investors at IBTM World.

Event Business Accelerator will see the selected finalists participate in an intensive mentoring programme of workshops, webinars and one-to-one sessions with a team of industry experts. The mentors will support them as they develop and scale their ideas and businesses ahead of pitching for funding to help bring their idea to fruition or to grow their existing business.

On the 19th and 20th November at IBTM World, the mentees will participate in live pitches to a panel of investors, taking part on a central stage at the heart of the event floor in a new immersive zone, IBTM Accelerate. Designed to attract and nurture entrepreneurial talent, the zone will also incorporate exhibitors and education sessions that will give delegates the opportunity to learn from other successful MICE entrepreneurs and share ideas with their peers.

IBTM Accelerate will feature several interactive discussions for the next generation of event planners; an ‘Influencers of MICE’ series led by ex-MPI president and founder of Word of MICE, Mariska Kesteloo; Future Focus – a series of sessions focusing on the future of the MICE industry, curated by Alistair Turner; and the hotly anticipated IBTM World Tech Watch Awards, which will be presented in the zone. Supporters of the new feature zone include Barcelona Convention Bureau, MPI, Word of MICE, Reed Exhibitions, La Salle Ramon Llull University, CETT-UB, Eight PR & Marketing and Reed Exhibitions UK.

David Thompson, event director, IBTM World, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of Event Business Accelerator. IBTM is committed to paving the way for future industry talent and this initiative, and indeed the entire Accelerate zone, are platforms to do this in a comprehensive and sustained way. The zone will allow us to combine elements from our year-round content, our mentoring scheme, as well as providing opportunities for on-site learning. We very much look forward to announcing more details in due course.”

Applications for the Event Business Accelerator are now open and will close on 23rd August. IBTM World is inviting submissions from entrepreneurs up to the age of 35, who have a bright idea for an events business, product or service, or who have up to three years’ experience in running their own business related to the events industry. To apply, simply complete the submission form detailing your business proposition. The entries will be scored by a panel of industry judges, with finalists being selected and announced this September 2019.

The 2019 event is expected to welcome over 2,800 exhibitors from over 150 countries, as well as over 3,500 buyers and thousands of visitors for a packed schedule of meetings, networking and educational sessions. For more information please see

Speak with impact - PCOA masterclass 2019

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 22:15

LYNNE Schinella, who is undaunted by challenges, is hoping her approach will rub off on delegates when she addresses the PCOA19 conference as a guest speaker.

This positive professional, who addresses audience all over the world, will run a masterclass, Speak with Impact, Her class will reinforce the conference’s theme, Anything is Possible.

AIPC, ICCA and UFI launch alliance

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 07:22

The risk of competing rather than collaborating, and a growing overlap, are behind an alliance agreement between three global meetings associations serving the international meetings industry.

AIPC (The International Association of Convention Centres), ICCA (The International Congress and Convention Association), and UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) have launched a Global Alliance to facilitate collaboration and generate more comprehensive and better aligned benefits for their members.

Tailoring business events to engage diverse audiences

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 23:19

Relevant, engaging and memorable. In the 20-plus years I’ve been designing business events, it’s clear that participants expect all three elements. The challenge is providing that environment in a way that seems personalized to hundreds or thousands of individuals.

Amna Karra-Hassan PCOA19 opening keynote speaker

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 21:49

Amna's inspirational story is about her journey through adversity, hope and achieving the 'impossible’ and it resonates perfectly with the PCOA19 conference theme.

Anything is Possible

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 02:23

This year in keeping with the “Anything is Possible” theme, the PCOA are doing things differently and for the first time will be featuring dual tag-team MC’s for the conference.

New Zealand’s largest business events exhibition starts tomorrow

Monday, 27 May 2019 06:11

Exhibitors from 17 regions will meet with buyers from eight countries when New Zealand’s biggest business events industry showcase, CINZ MEETINGS 2019starts in host city Auckland tomorrow. 

Focus on sustainability at TRENZ 2019

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 07:15

With delegate bags made from recyclable and washable paper and donating left-over food to local charities, this year’s TRENZ in Rotorua will be the greenest ever.

New executive line up for the AACB

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 05:48

With the unanimous support of its Board, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Matthews, CEO of the Canberra Convention Bureau, as its new President. 

2018/19 NZEA Event Awards winners announced

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 03:57

The New Zealand event awards were presented at a glittering ceremony held at Shed 10 in Auckland this week, celebrating gatherings from Cape Reinga to Invercargill.

Meeting planner or architect of exhaustion

Monday, 10 December 2018 22:31

Across society mental health issues have reached crisis point.

Get NZ on the map

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 19:36

Delegates at next week’s PCO Association Conference in Melbourne will be asked to band together and help #getNZonthemap at the 100% Pure New Zealand hub.

Hill awarded lifetime AuSAE award

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 19:54
Nick Hill has been awarded Life Member of the Australasian Society of Association Executives.

Get involved in PCOA18

Monday, 03 September 2018 04:12

The Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) is seeking five PCOs or in-house event managers to share a short case study (approximately 10 minutes) as part of a session at the PCOA Conference & Exhibition in December.

PCOA announces keynote

Monday, 30 July 2018 21:43

The Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) 2018 conference has announced its opening keynote speaker.

PCOA18: Q&A with Garzberg

Thursday, 26 July 2018 20:58

PCOA18 featured speaker: Tomer Garzberg - founder and CEO,

PCOA18: Speaker Q&A

Monday, 23 July 2018 20:01

PCOA18 conference and exhibition speaker name: Simon Griffiths

First female MC for PCOA

Thursday, 22 March 2018 20:47

Yvonne Adele has been named as the MC for the 11th annual PCO Association conference, to be held in the new extension to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre between 9-11 December.

Adele has previously worked with PCOA as a programme speaker, and her appointment marks the first female MC for the event in its history.

CINZ Wellington industry update

Monday, 19 February 2018 20:04

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand will hold a business events sector update for the industry on Monday 12 March in Wellington.

Sue Sullivan, CINZ chief executive will be joined by Leonie Ashford, Tourism New Zealand’s business events bid manager, and Shanti Carter, group sales account manager from Air New Zealand.

CINZ Emerging Talent series to kick off in March

Monday, 19 February 2018 19:48

The Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Emerging Talent series starts for 2018 with events in Auckland and Wellington in March.

The Auckland event on Monday 5 March at SKYCITY sold out within 48 hours. A repeat event is now scheduled for April, where the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) team will present an update.

New Brissy association event

Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:32

Registrations are open for a new event targeted solely at association meeting planners.

The Great Association Meetings and Events Symposium (GAMES) takes place at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on April 17-18, 2018.

PCO association webinars

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 23:05

The PCO Association has kicked off its webinar series, with the first session to be held on Thursday 15 February.

This is the fifth consecutive year the PCO Association will put out its webinar series.


Wednesday, 17 January 2018 03:40

IBTM has unveiled the final itinerary for IBTM Arabia 2018, which takes place 5-7 February at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi.

Leading the agenda as keynote speaker is Rohit Talwar, global futurist, author and CEO of foresight firm, Fast Future, who will deliver a session on how the meetings industry can anticipate, respond to and benefit from an

Aus gets taste of MEETINGS

Monday, 20 November 2017 22:39

MEETINGS 2018 will officially launch to Australian conference organisers at the 10th PCOA event next week on the Gold Coast.

MEETINGS has teamed up with key destinations and principal sponsor, Air New Zealand to offer familiarisations to Australian hosted buyers attending the 2018 event in Auckland on 30 and 31 May.

PCOA Conference programme live

Monday, 13 November 2017 22:02

This year’s PCOA Conference programme is now live, detailing a run of events for this year’s conference on the Gold Coast.  

Following the theme of MEETING Beyond Tomorrow, the conference will address the challenges faced by the dynamic PCO industry and will explore the trends and shifts that impact everyone in it.

EEAA announces finalists

Monday, 06 November 2017 19:50

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced its 2017 finalists of its annual Awards for Excellence.

One of these finalists is New Zealand’s own XPO exhibitions, making the cut for Best Trade Show Under 10,000m2 for its work with the buildnz | designex & The National Safety Show and SouthMACH.

Winners in the show categories will undergo a second round of judging to determine the coveted Best Show winner for 2017.

MEA’s third leaders’ breakfast

Monday, 16 October 2017 21:50

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) will host its third Leaders’ Breakfast from 7.30am to 9.00am on 14 November 2017 at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Melbourne.

All eyes on New Zealand

Monday, 02 October 2017 21:54

New Zealand remains high on the consideration set for business events with

PCOs and event organisers based in Australia, according to CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan in the recent CINZ board representatives’ update.

‘All indicators are that this will continue. This is supported by the interest shown in the new conference centres in Christchurch and Auckland,’ she says.

Get tropical at Alexandra Park

Thursday, 28 September 2017 01:35

Alexandra Park is giving away a trip for two to Vanuatu flying Air Vanuatu and staying at Mangoes Resort & Restaurant next month.

On 13 and 27 October, Alexandra Park will host two Tropical Nights at its Top of the Park venue, with dining packages ranging from $60 to $120 per person.

Everyone who buys a Tropical Night ticket goes into the draw to win the trip.

‘Use endorsed PCOs,’ urges chair

Thursday, 17 August 2017 05:37

The industry as a whole needs to better understand the significance of using an endorsed professional conference organiser, according to the new chairperson of the Approved Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) Group. Dunedin-based Ali Copeman, of akB Conference Management, says endorsed PCOs go through a rigorous process to achieve the status, especially around financial viability.

New GM for NZEA

Monday, 07 August 2017 22:35


Segolene de Fontenay has been appointed to the role of general manager for the New Zealand Events Association, taking over from Vicky Watson. Through her appointment, de Fontenay says she will be working on making the association more visible and credible by representing its members through a strong industry voice.

Convene Q kicks off

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 06:00

Convene Queensland 2017 kicked off today in Brisbane.

In its fourth year running, buyers and operators all met at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to network, swap business cards and share their Queensland knowledge.

Kiwi wellness on display at AFNC

Monday, 17 July 2017 23:44

Kiwi representatives have descended on Sydney for the Associations Forum National Conference (AFNC), which comes to an end today.

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia manager Sharon Auld says the group highlights the vast array of support available for those considering New Zealand as a conference destination.

‘With our diverse regional choices, we can help anyone wanting to find a stand-out destination for their next event, and access the support available through Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme,’ she says.

Tourism New Zealand sponsored the panel session ‘Bigger, Better and More Profitable Events’ yesterday. The interactive workshop brought together association meeting practitioners to talk about their experiences growing events, in both size and profit. Phillipa Tocker, executive director of Museums Aotearoa - the independent association for New Zealand’s museums and galleries - joined the panel to share her insights.

Auld says the stand included wellness feature to help delegates take some time out between sessions.

The New Zealand representatives at the 12th AFNC included:

  • Auckland Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira
  • Christchurch & Canterbury Convention Bureau
  • Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ)
  • Destination Rotorua Business Events
  • Hobbiton™ Movie Set
  • The Langham Auckland
  • Skyline Queenstown
  • Tourism New Zealand

Speakers get ready for AKL

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 01:46

SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre will host the Global Speaking Summit in 2018.

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – a division of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) – with support from Tourism New Zealand and the National Speakers Association, compiled the winning bid for Auckland.

ACB manager Anna Hayward says securing another bid win this year highlights the strong momentum of the Auckland sector.

Events awards return to AKL

Monday, 19 June 2017 22:47

Applications for the new Zealand Events Awards are open as the industry looks to recognise success and innovation.

New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) chair Andrea Scotland says the Awards have seen year-on-year growth creating an intensely competitive forum nationally that recognises and promotes excellence within the events sector.

‘The purpose of the New Zealand Event Awards is to celebrate the boundaries pushed, the new benchmarks set and innovations we can share. We have world-class events and organisers in New Zealand, this is proven in the incredibly high calibre of applications we receive yearly and the feedback from our independent panel of judges,’ she explains.

MEETINGS 2017: And the winners are

Monday, 05 June 2017 23:02

CINZ MEETINGS 2017 came to an end on Thursday last week, wrapping up two full on days of meetings and networking with a gala dinner at The Langham Auckland.

The dinner was staged by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), with styling by Event Impressions, entertainment and sound from The Production Agency, and Staging Connections managing the audio-visual component.

‘Our evening was the opportunity for all those involved to celebrate a week of knowledge sharing, relationship building and successful business generation,’ commented CINZ CEO Sue Sullivan.

Welly shoots, economy scores

Monday, 22 May 2017 23:16

The next iMean (Interaction and Meaning) conference is going to be held out of the United Kingdom for the first time ever.

Wellington will be the new location for the linguistics event in 2019, bringing around 250 delegates to the capital with an expected boost of around $700k to the economy.

Behind the conference win is Victoria University, with funding support from Tourism New Zealand and the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA).

AuSAE is back for another year

Thursday, 18 May 2017 05:24

The annual Australian Society of Association Executives Leadership, Insights and Networking conference (LINC) has just announced its dates and location for this year.

It will be held between the 13 - 14 November 2017 in Wellington at Shed 6, Venues Wellington.

Convene Q's famil options

Monday, 15 May 2017 04:39

Three exciting regional famil options are among the highlights for incentive operators and meeting planners who attend a major business events expo in Brisbane on 18 July.

Convene Queensland (Convene Q) will showcase more than 100 venues, accommodation choices, attractions, activities, theme and audio visual companies, speakers and other suppliers in the state. It is ideal for association executives, professional conference organisers, executive administrators and others who organise meetings, functions, trade shows and others who organise business events in Queensland.

Convene Q general manager Allyssa Eastaugh says that while delegates are welcome to attend the show only, they can get extra value out of exploring further through the event’s highly regarded famil programme – open to hosted buyers from around Australia and New Zealand.

MEETINGS 2017 to put NZ on show

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 22:16

MEETINGS is a two-day national business tourism event for the conference, meetings, events, exhibition and travel incentive industry.

The event has been happening for the past 20 years, enabling attendees to meet exhibitors from across New Zealand all in one or two days.

Sue Sullivan, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive, says they’re inviting everyone responsible for meetings and events to spend a few valuable hours at MEETINGS 2017.

Come together at Convene

Sunday, 09 April 2017 23:13

Convene 2017 kicks off this week, taking place at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau for the first time.

Convene showcases products and services from across the North Island to buyers from New Zealand and Australia.

The event enables organisers of conferences, meetings and incentives to source a diverse range of North Island products and services in one day.

NZ embraces PCOA 2016 themes

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 03:22

A record 18 exhibitors will represent New Zealand at the 2016 PCOA Conference in Brisbane this month.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia manager Sharon Auld says the New Zealand team is set to embrace and demonstrate the conference themes of connect, collaborate, differentiate.
The conference theme will come to life in presentations from the three New Zealand speakers in the programme - transformation leader Bruce Cotterill, Air New Zealand’s Jenni Martin and New Zealand International Convention Centre’s Callum Mallett. During the conference breaks, the speakers will also be on hand to chat personally with delegates.

Build in UN’s goals

Monday, 24 October 2016 23:21

Associations have been urged to take note of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals that were adopted late last year, and build them into their own aspirations.

Speaking at the Union of International Associations’ (UIA) round table Asia-Pacific 2016 late September, UIA vice president Cyril Ritchie pointed out that associations and civil society organisations are groupings of citizens who have ‘self organised’ to promote a good cause.

‘Or they have self-organised to combat a bad plan. The moral and ethical power of civil society has no limits, there is an essential role to play.’