Eight large-scale illuminated sculptures are the centrepiece of acclaimed international artist Bruce Munro’s third Australian exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light, which recently opened in Darwin.
In what is Munro’s world first city-wide exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light is expected to entice thousands of tourists to visit the Northern Territory’s Top End during the tropical summer season, with the free exhibition to remain open until 30 April, 2020.
Air New Zealand will increase flights to the Sunshine Coast in a deal that will bring close to 3,000 additional visitors per year to the region.
Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), held in Melbourne on February 17–19, has announced the theme for its much-anticipated 2020 Knowledge Exchange – inspire communities to connect through authentic learning experiences and human-centred interactions.
AIME 2020 will see the program evolve from its developments in 2019, sharpening its focus on the fundamentals of relationship building in today’s hyper-connected world – and its power to drive positive change throughout the region.
“Business events are all about human interaction and so it makes absolute sense for us to challenge our visitors and exhibitors alike to connect and maximise the potential for business in different and exciting new ways. 2020 is all about AIME’s evolution, and we are placing people at the heart of our event to develop both professionally and personally,” said Matt Pearce, CEO, Talk2 Media & Events.
Appointed as the program’s content weaver, Holly Ransom, CEO of Emergent and globally renowned speaker and curator, is set to guide discussions with delegates on the core principles of connections and how technology can enhance them.
“The Asia Pacific is one of the world’s most diverse cultural regions, and connecting and understanding its neighbours has been one of the key driving forces in its economic success. I’m very excited to lead discussions on how technology has played a role in all this, but also on the importance of stripping back to the basics,” said Ransom.
Open to both buyers and exhibitors, AIME 2020 will see bespoke experiences offered across all sectors of the industry. Furthermore, it marks the first year that associations will be able to participate in an invitation-only discussion with industry leaders on the topic.
Running 17–19 February, AIME is the first event to kick off the 2020 Business Events calendar and is held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more details or to submit interest in attending AIME in 2020, visit aime.com.au. To follow AIME’s journey on social media, visit Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has launched the 2019 Ungerboeck Young Professional Scholarship Program.
The Scholarship recognises young event professionals who excel in their role and who are looking to build on their skills to advance their career in the events industry. They will join an elite alumni of event professionals who have gone on to build successful careers as senior managers and leaders in the events industry.
Destination Business Events 2019 officially kicked off with the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Welcome Reception last night, providing delegates with an opportunity to connect and network with friends, peers and colleagues in a friendly and relaxed environment.
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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has saved more than a million plastic water bottles through its partnership with Sydney Water.
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.
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.
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.
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.