Australia is next

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 03:35

Business Events Australia has created a new print magazine to provide New Zealand incentive event planners with the latest news and ideas for Australian incentive programmes.

Business events inundate Melbourne

Monday, 05 November 2018 19:52
Victoria’s visitor economy received a significant boost last month thanks to the long-term vision of Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) in collaboration with the Victorian State Government.

New Sunny Coast centre

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:18
Following its A$100 million purchase of the Novotel Twin Waters Resort in Queensland last month (September 2018), The Shakespeare Property Group has revealed a further commitment to the region, announcing its latest project – a new, purpose-built convention centre for the Sunshine Coast.

Perth's Dreamtime debut

Monday, 08 October 2018 06:23

Tourism Australia has announced that its signature event for promoting Australia as a world-class incentive destination, Dreamtime, will be held in Perth, Western Australia for the first time.

Nesting at Mantra

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 21:31

Mantra Hotels has partnered with UK-based Nestival to bring more than 300 artists and performers to Australia for the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals in 2019.

Melbourne breaks records

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 07:39
The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has achieved a 25 per cent increase in economic contribution from secured business events in the 2017/2018 financial year from the previous year, and achieved its strongest economic impact ever delivered.

AIME to partner with PCMA

Monday, 20 August 2018 02:41

The relaunched Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has entered into a two-year collaboration with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

Brisbane's trifecta of wins

Friday, 17 August 2018 03:32

The Brisbane Convention Bureau has partnered with The University of Queensland (UQ) to secure a trifecta of conferences worth over A$2.1 million for the city’s economy.

NT to showcase Uluru

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 22:17

A group of specialist event planners from Australia and New Zealand will soon be heading to the red centre of Australia to participate in an Uluru showcase.

Barrier Reef business boost

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 21:54
The economic impact of business events confirmed by the Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef team in the 2017-18 financial year has more than doubled to A$111 million.

Events by Luxperience

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 23:59

Luxperience has re-created its platform to offer a new showcase to connect event and incentive specialists, executive assistants and professional conference organisers with a collection of premium events products.

ICC Sydney pioneers plastic bottle waste reduction

Monday, 23 July 2018 20:33

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has saved more than a million plastic water bottles through its partnership with Sydney Water.

State Library of Victoria revitalised for PCOA

Monday, 23 July 2018 19:49
Showtime Event Group has been appointed to State Library Victoria as the event partner and exclusive caterer for the next five years.
The appointment marks a milestone in the Library's Vision 2020 redevelopment - an A$88.1 million project to transform its buildings and services.

New Great Barrier venue

Friday, 20 July 2018 01:36

The first dedicated events venue on the Great Barrier Reef has been launched in Cairns.

Brisbane wins global politics

Friday, 20 July 2018 00:11

Brisbane will be a hub for the latest research and debate on world politics and governance with more than 2,400 political science experts gathering for a five-day congress.

Bid Fund announcement important, says AACB

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 21:27

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) released its latest edition of the Forward Calendar of International Business Events, containing an analysis of bids won, lost and bids in the pipeline by AACB’s members for the years ahead (from January 2018).

Andrew Hiebl, CEO of the AACB says that the timing of the Tourism Australia Business Events Bid Fund could not be more perfect as the number of business events won for Australia has declined.

MCEC supports local wind farm

Monday, 26 March 2018 21:56

In a move to offset its current expansion project, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is joining forces with other organisations to support the development of a wind farm in regional Victoria.

This will enable the venue to purchase renewable energy certificates equivalent to the projected electricity consumption for its 20,000 square metre project.

Big investment for Aussie events

Monday, 19 March 2018 21:16

Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo has announced Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program, with an investment of $12m across the next 3 years.

Speaking on behalf of the business events industry, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) says the investment will cause significant disruption to the global business events landscape.

Brisbane convention bid wins

Monday, 12 March 2018 03:37

The Brisbane Convention Bureau has notched up 15 business event bid wins worth over $22 million for the city’s economy already this year.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the bids were won in the first two months of 2018 alone and would produce more than 38,000 delegate days, underlining the important contribution such events make to Brisbane’s economy.

Stay & play in Tassie

Thursday, 01 March 2018 04:27

Business Events Tasmania’s new Planners Guide is out, with the main message being ‘come for the conference and stay for the experience’.

‘Delegates love Tasmania,’ says Business Events Tasmania CEO Stuart Nettlefold.

Hello, Hamilton Island

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 18:58

A group of Kiwi PCOs and incentive planners have landed in Australia this week, for an exclusive educational programme on Hamilton Island, courtesy of Business Events Australia in partnership with Air New Zealand and Hamilton Island, The Whitsundays.

Since 2004, more than A$450 million dollars has been invested into upgrading the island’s infrastructure, services and amenities.

This is Gold Coast

Monday, 26 February 2018 23:06

Business Events Gold Coast will be hoping to attract at least the usual contingent of three of four Kiwis to its annual showcase, This is Gold Coast, and the organisation’s director of global business events Anna Case, says there could be room for more.

New outdoor space in Melb

Monday, 26 February 2018 22:59

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto has launched its newest event space, The Rialto Terrace, an outside open space nestled between the neo-gothic architecture of the luxury hotel and modern Rialto courtyard.

The space can be utilised as an outdoor option for specific events or meeting breaks, and while it is outside and flooded with natural light, is undercover.

Conferencing in Mornington

Monday, 26 February 2018 20:18

RACV Cape Schanck Resort is bringing new conference and event facilities to Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

The resort’s new function spaces are the first of their size in the region.

Cairns takes part in Comm games

Monday, 26 February 2018 20:16

The preliminary basketball games for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held in Cairns at the Cairns Convention Centre from 5-10 April 2018.

NQ Exhibitions are building over 400 linear metres of exhibition walling inside the Cairns Convention Centre. The walling is an integral part of ensuring the centre is games ready and includes the creation of team, treatment,

GC incentive group surge

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 02:12

The number of incentive groups selecting the Gold Coast are on the rise, with new figures highlighting a major increase in the number of programmes secured for the city in the 12 months to 30 June 2017. 

The latest QBES results have revealed 201 groups were secured by Destination Gold Coast, up significantly from the 122 groups in the previous financial year.

Wonderful wonderful

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 01:15

‘We are very confident we are going to have a wonderful next few years.’ 

That’s the word according to Peter King, CEO of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, speaking at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), taking place in Melbourne.

It’s a Great Barrier Renaissance

Monday, 19 February 2018 20:08

With millions of dollars of investment underway in tourism and events infrastructure, a ‘renaissance’ of sorts is going on for the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) director of business and tourism events Rosie Douglas says new luxury hotels, an arts precinct, waterfront brewery and expanded marina were among the projects currently underway.

Business event to play big role in Aussie tourism

Monday, 19 February 2018 20:01

Business events will play an integral part in the Australian government’s future tourism strategy.

Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, convened the first meeting of the Beyond Tourism 2020 Steering Committee in Sydney.

MEA Awards applications due

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 21:40

Only 10 days remain before applications for the MEA Industry Awards come to a close.

The MEA Awards acknowledge the achievements of the meetings and events industry and showcases the work and excellence of individuals and businesses in Australia.


Monday, 22 January 2018 22:21

The Northern Territory Government has launched a new Business Events Support Fund.

Organisations can apply for financial assistance of A$100 per delegate up to a maximum of A$50,000 per event.

Experiencing AIME's Melbourne

Monday, 18 December 2017 21:57

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has again partnered with a selection of venues, accommodation providers and attractions across the business events sector to bring ten specially curated City Experiences to hosted buyers at AIME 2018.

Each tour will visit locations to go behind the scenes at several Melbourne venues, and taste the ‘delights’ of Australia’s food capital.

Brisbane ups its game with W

Monday, 11 December 2017 21:35

W Brisbane, part of Marriott International, is set to amplify Queensland’s incentives and events offering when the hotel opens in March 2018.

It will be the first five-star hotel to open in Brisbane’s central business district in 20 years and will be the closest, largest, five-star hotel to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) and 18 kilometres from Brisbane Airport.

Tassie on the C&I radar

Monday, 04 December 2017 21:05

Interest in Tasmania as a C&I destination is increasing, according to Claire Harrington, Business Events Tasmania, speaking at Dreamtime 2017, currently taking place in Brisbane.

‘Tasmania has predominantly always been known as an associations destination,’ she says.

‘However we are now seeing a huge swing to C&I. Eighty percent of our bids used to be associations, but now it’s more 50/50.’

Cairns Convention Centre

Monday, 20 November 2017 22:26

Cairns Convention Centre is set to undergo a major extension, which is great news for the business events and conference market, says Siobhan Mulcahy, marketing assistant, events, TTNQ.

Mulcahy says the extension further enhance’s the region’s portfolio of business event spaces, and ties in nicely with the upgrades and refurbishments taking place across many of the city’s accommodation, not to mention the three new hotels being built by CrystalBrook Collection.

According to Vania Bay, Cairns Convention Centre director of client services, the extension will mean a further 3000 square metres of exhibition space, allowing for larger exhibitions and concurrent events to take place.

Novotel Melb, South Wharf

Monday, 06 November 2017 19:19

The new $150 million Novotel Melbourne South Wharf is in its final stages of construction as part of the $350 million expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and broader South Wharf precinct.

On track to open March 2018, the hotel will have 347 guestrooms and suites, and has just released a first look at its interior design and specs.

NSW on business events map

Monday, 30 October 2017 21:03

It is now one year until Sydney’s International Convention Centre plays host to SIBOS, a big global financial services event that’s putting the state on the map.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall says SIBOS, which was secured for Sydney by the NSW Government through Business Events Sydney, rounds out a huge upcoming 12 months of business meetings and conventions.

Darling Harbour’s latest

Monday, 30 October 2017 20:54

Sydney’s Darling Harbour will welcome a new event location on November 10 - the Darling Harbour Endeavour Pavilion.


A waterfront location, the Endeavour Pavilion is a marquee that offers all-inclusive event packages, with catering from Laissez-Faire being looked after on site.


Bumper season for Tasmania

Monday, 16 October 2017 22:19

Hobart has hosted one of the largest conferences ever to be held in Tasmania, the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) 2017.

AIEC is considered the leading event on the international education calendar in Australia.

More than 1200 delegates attended the conference last week at Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, with around 15 to 20% of them from overseas.

Brisbane gets the big W

Monday, 09 October 2017 21:04


W Brisbane, part of Marriott International, will open early next year.

The first five-star hotel to open in Brisbane's central business district in 20 years, W Brisbane will mark the re-entry of the brand into Australia, with guestroom bookings due to start in November 2017.

Kiwis in sight of NSW

Monday, 02 October 2017 21:52

Destination New South Wales (DNSW) has launched a new regional conferencing unit, and Kiwis are among its key targets.

Sandra Chipchase, chief executive officer of DNSW, says the organisation has actually taken notice of how New Zealand has successfully developed its regional meetings and incentive sector.

‘I think new Zealanders have been leaders in developing a regional product. So we have looked at what we can learn and how we can add to it in an Australian context. We’d also like to look at how we can lead share for more regional business.’

Dive deep in Western Aus

Monday, 02 October 2017 21:38

Delegates looking to Australia’s west for their next conference, The Aquarium of Western Australia is open for bookings.

Located in the heart of Hillary’s Boat Harbour in Perth, the function space offers a Day Delegate Package from $65.00 per person, arrival tea and coffee, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, Free WiFi and other technologies.

Delegates can enjoy the Sundowner by the Sea experience too, which includes canapés and drinks while watching the sunset.

Adelaide centre shows off

Monday, 04 September 2017 21:43

What is being hailed as Australia’s most innovative and flexible convention facilities were officially opened at a function that attracted 600 guests in South Australia last week.

Four Seasons' ballroom refurb

Monday, 21 August 2017 22:20

The Four Seasons Hotel is undertaking a major renovation to its Grand Ballroom. Officially launching 7 September, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney’s new ballroom will feature a contemporary design, and taking centrestage is the installation of a 12-metre-wide by 3.5-metre-high LED screen – four times larger than a traditional projector screen.

Associations Forum to GC

Monday, 07 August 2017 23:09

Gold Coast has been selected as the destination to host the Associations Forum National Conference in 2018. The event will bring together more than 500 representatives from a diverse range of not-for-profit organisations made up of associations, charities, institutes, clubs and societies, together with suppliers to the sector.

Convene Q 2017 - that’s a wrap

Monday, 24 July 2017 06:00

Back for 2017, Convene Q celebrated its fourth birthday at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

All up, 88 Exhibitors, 23 hosted buyers and around 200 day buyers convened in the sunny city to network and negotiate.

Allyssa Eastaugh, general and events manager of ProMag Publishing says this year’s event brought together more geographic regions from across Queensland than ever before.

Dual cities on show

Monday, 17 July 2017 22:25

Yesterday saw the conclusion of the first ever dual pre-famil to Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. Delegates had the chance to explore the creative beach and hinterland experiences of the Coast, paired with a carefully curated and cultural journey around Brisbane's CBD, all before attending Convene Q 2017.

Get to and from BNE with Airtrain Connect

Monday, 17 July 2017 06:00

Connecting passengers arriving at Brisbane Airport has never been easier with Airtrain Connect now offering door-to-door service as a one-way or return option. The service includes an express train transfer to a Gold Coast station and chauffeured private vehicle transfer services to accommodation or meeting venues.

Captain Cook Cruises ICC Service

Monday, 10 July 2017 04:04

Captain Cook Cruises has announced they have been granted permission by the NSW State Government, to commence a ferry service to and from the International Convention Centre (ICC) wharf. The Ferry will commence in just a few weeks and will operate daily from early morning to evening between the ICC, Barangaroo and Circular Quay.

$2M Mantra makeover

Monday, 03 July 2017 03:17

Mantra Southbank in Melbourne has received a multi-million dollar refurbishment, designed to transform the hotel’s apartment-style guest rooms into an ‘arts-inspired urban oasis’.

Mantra Southbank general manager Adrian Lampe says the hotel’s new design takes cues from the hotel’s surrounding arts and dance precinct.

‘When you have neighbours like the Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company and Centre for Contemporary Arts, it was imperative we reinterpreted the space, modernised our features and added some theatrical fun for our guests,’ he explains.

The 118-room hotel Mantra Southbank is within close proximity to Crown Casino and the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

 Mantra Southbank is advertising rates starting from $169* per night in a one bedroom apartment or from $209* per night in a two bedroom apartment.

Makeover for Cairns

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 02:07

The Cairns Convention Centre will undergo a $176 million expansion that includes refurbishment of the existing centre plus the addition of new exhibition space and meeting rooms.

The Queensland government predicts the expansion and upgrade will have major economic benefits for Cairns, including an additional $30 million of economic benefit for the regional economy each year, greater investment in Tropical North Queensland, 20,000 extra visitors annually and job creation.

Meetings and events get cruisey

Monday, 05 June 2017 23:39

The Royal Caribbean has released a six-night Tasmanian cruise on Explorer of the Seas targeting the MICE industry.

The cruise departs Sydney on Saturday 9 December 2017, ideal for end-of-year functions. The six-night roundtrip cruise includes a call to Hobart and Melbourne along with three days at sea, offering the perfect mix of business and pleasure for attendees.

We know MICE organisers are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to wow their clients, and a cruise with Royal Caribbean delivers just that,’ says Adam Armstrong, managing director, Royal Caribbean International Australia & New Zealand.

‘It not only makes planning easier - with all conference, accommodation, entertainment and dining venues in one place - but it also offers incredible value for money, costing as little as NZD$220 per head.’

The recently renovated, 3800-guest Explorer of the Seas is one of the largest ships sailings down under and features flexible conference facilities with capacity for up to 400 delegates, state-of-the-art presentation equipment and inbuilt AV, variety of meeting rooms, a dedicated onboard event manager and VOOM – the fastest internet at sea.


MCEC dominates

Monday, 05 June 2017 22:29


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has further cemented its place as Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre, taking out the award for the sixth year running at the World Travel Awards in China.

MCEC’s chief executive Peter King says the centre’s infrastructure, event capabilities and innovative and customer-centric approach helped secure the global accolade.

‘It takes a lot of hard work and determination by the entire MCEC team to maintain our number one spot in this industry. We are constantly evolving, determined to innovate, adapt and create incredible event experiences for our customers, and I think this repeat accolade is evidence of this,’ he says.

Gearing up for gold

Monday, 29 May 2017 22:48

A range of venues, accommodation and bars and restaurants were put on show during the This is Gold Coast Business Exchange held last weekend. The destination is in makeover mode, preparing for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

To get a taste of things to come, PCOs were went behind the scenes several leading hotels, including Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, the Royal Pines Resort, QT Gold Coast, Mercure, and the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort.
Groups also checked out various venues across the city that would host events at the games, including the new-look Gold Coast Aquatic Centre following its $41 million redevelopment, which will be the swimming and diving facility for the games, and the Metricon Stadium & Carrara Sports & Leisure Centre, which will be home to the opening and closing ceremonies.

Delegates then headed indoors for the pinnacle event - The This is Gold Coast Business Exchange, held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

Anna Case, director, says the event was an opportunity to open doors that may otherwise be a challenge.

‘We’re building a reputation, a great profile, here on the Gold Coast. Yes we are rivals, but we need to work together, collaborate, to showcase Gold Coast as a destination,’ she says. ‘That was this event is all about. It’s our job to put it all together.’