Spring Delivers A$29 Million conference boom for Brisbane

Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:10

Brisbane’s business events scene will be blooming this Spring with the city set to welcome over 13,300 delegates for conferences worth A$28.7 million to the local economy.  Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing worked with partners including the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) and Tourism and Events Queensland to secure 27 business events through to end-November. 

Werribee Park, Mansion and Zoo

Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:08

One-stop conference shop

The Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park was once a private mansion, is said to be one of the finest examples of Italianate architecture in the world and is surrounded by 10 acres of manicured gardens.

The Sebel brand returns to Sydney's CBD

Monday, 09 September 2019 01:35

Australia’s largest hotel operator, Accor,  has announced that Quay West Suites Sydney has been rebranded to The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney, effective immediately.

Chinese Incentive meets on the Gold Coast

Thursday, 22 August 2019 02:03

The Gold Coast will host over 700 representatives from Chinese company Zhiban Keji this week to experience the city’s attractions and venues as an incentive reward program for its highest sales achievers. The four-night program is expected to inject an estimated economic impact of $1.7 million into the Gold Coast economy.

Business Events BID Fund helps drive $30Billion

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 22:04

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) welcomes the show of confidence in the business events industryby the Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham and the Government in the $12 million Business Events Bid Fund and the changes to the eligibility criteria to allow destinations bidding for smaller events to apply.

AIME promises more diversity in business for 2020

Monday, 19 August 2019 02:01

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the leading meetings and conventions event in the region, has announced its mission for AIME 2020 (17–19 Feb) – to bring more diversity in business to the Asia Pacific with an increase of 50 per cent hosted buyers and 30 per cent exhibitors. 

Gold Coast secures Amway Taiwan incentive

Monday, 12 August 2019 02:24

The Gold Coast has been selected as the destination to host the Amway Taiwan 2019 Leadership Seminar in November. The event is expected to attract over 950 Amway distributors and company representatives, with the program incorporating the Gold Coast’s renowned attractions and delegate experiences over five days. 

Get Global Gets Going

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:31
Get Global, held its third year at ICC Sydney last week, with over 340 registered buyers and 120 exhibitors from all over the world. 

Ibis Styles East Perth to open in September

Sunday, 28 July 2019 23:45

Accor, the largest operator of hotels and resorts in Australia, together with Rehawk Property Group have teamed up on the new-build ibis Styles East Perth - the world’s largest high-rise modular hotel, in terms of room numbers offered, scheduled to open this September.

Business Events to bring $112 Million to Brisbane

Monday, 15 July 2019 03:45

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has announced Brisbane will receive an economic boost of over $112 million through new business events set to take place in the city over the coming years. The forecast boost is an annual record achieved by the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing with partners including the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). Cr Schrinner says the conferences, meetings and incentives secured for Brisbane would have significant economic flow on effects for the city.

MEA appoints new national events manager

Monday, 08 July 2019 17:01

Meetings & Events Australia has announced that Fran Barlow has joined the MEA team to manage MEA’s flagship event EVOLVE, MEA Awards program and a number of national events.

Smart and Sustainable Sunshine Coast

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 03:02

When it comes to smart, intelligent places to host an event, Australia’s Sunshine Coast has become the place to watch.

Hayman Island to reopen on 1 July

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 07:01

Hayman Island to reopen on 1 July

Following a multi-million-dollar redevelopment, InterContinental Hayman Island Resort (pictured above) will opens its doors on 1 July on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia’s Whitsundays.

Spirits of the Red Sand

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 03:37

Spirits of the Red Sand is a new Aboriginal interactive cultural experience including an Australian first roving theatre and dinner catering for business event groups of any size. Event planners can also arrange for exclusive use of the venue and bespoke hands-on cultural experiences such as boomerang throwing and art workshops.

Element by Westin to debut in Australia

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 06:58

Australia’s first Element by Westin hotel, is gearing up to opens its doors on 12 June 2019, bringing with it the eco-focused brand’s amenities and commitment to helping guests maintain a balanced lifestyle while on the road.


New Art Series Hotel For Perth

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 05:12

Accor will open its ninth Art Series hotel in Perth’s CBD in October 2019, heralding the arrival of the Art Series brand in Western Australia.

The $90 million hotel by developer George Atzemis at 900 Hay Street, Perth already stands at its commanding maximum height of 27 storeys.

Get Global announces guest speakers

Sunday, 21 April 2019 23:08

Get Global will bring two influential speakers to the award-winning MICE industry show in July; well-known trainer and author Michelle Bridges and co-founder of Four Pillars Gin Matt Jones will share their experiences and insights into branding, behaviour, lifestyle and balance.

Perth to host the Australian Event Awards in September 2019

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 21:03

Following competitive bids from capital cities and regions across Australia, Perth has successfully won the right to host the Australian Event Awards and Symposium in September this year.

Air Chathams' new direct service to Norfolk

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 21:06

Air Chathams has announced a direct Auckland to Norfolk Island passenger service to begin Friday 6 September 2019. 

2018 MEA award winners announced

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 03:00

The Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) 2018 national awards were held this week at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, at the conclusion of the MEA 2019 EVOLVE conference.

AACB and Cvent join forces

Monday, 25 March 2019 19:21

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has signed an annual partnership with global meeting, event and technology leaders, Cvent.

YOT Club sets sail

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 03:21

The world’s first super yacht entertainment venue has just launched on the Gold Coast. As owner, David Fisher, says: the way you party and entertain your guests is about to change.

30th AACB conference launched

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 21:05

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has launched its annual conference, themed 'Customer Experience: Laneways to Success' to be held in Melbourne from 18-20 September 2019.

Sign up for This Is Gold Coast Business Exchange

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 20:19

This is Gold Coast Business Exchange 2019 is being held from 26 - 28 May and applications to attend are now open.

A$190 million business events boost for Australia

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 20:45

The value of business events secured with the help of Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund (BFP) has almost doubled in the past three months to reach a new milestone of A$187 million.

Melbourne's newest venue debuts at AIME

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 20:31
Hosted buyers attending the Asia Pacific Incentives & Meetings Event (AIME) experienced Melbourne’s newest event space The Timber Yard in Port Melbourne.

Brisbane stands tall in bid for global posture

Monday, 11 February 2019 21:54

Brisbane will roll out the welcome mat for the world’s leading posture and gait clinicians and researchers following its successful bid to host a significant world congress in 2021.

AIME opens in three weeks

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 03:26

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) will open its doors to the reimagined event on 18 February at Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.

Destinations on board for Get Global

Monday, 21 January 2019 20:08

Get Global, Australia's one-day event exclusively showcasing the outbound business events market, has already attracted international exhibitors, including Hawaii, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Fiji, UK and USA, to the July event.  

Brisbane celebrates 40 years of business events

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 19:23

Brisbane is celebrating 40 years of attracting conventions and visitors to the city.

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.