Hobart has won the bid for the Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference Series (AWTEC) 2020, which is expected to attract more than 350 delegates and generate AUD$1 million for the Tasmanian economy.
Business Events Tasmania partnered with Tasmanian Business Event Ambassador Professor Neil Bose, principal of the Australian Maritime College (AMC) and Associate Professor Irene Penesis, National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics to collaboratively bid to bring the event to Tasmania.
CEO of Business Events Tasmania Stuart Nettlefold says the win demonstrates Tasmania’s capability to host international conferences.
‘Events such as this put Tasmania on the global stage and showcase Tasmania’s leadership in the marine renewable energy industry sector and our world leading research institutes and universities,’ he says.
Sydney has been named as Australia’s number one business event destination in the latest International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Country and City Rankings report.
The city also snapped up the number 10 spot for best business event destinations in Asia Pacific.
Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney says they’re thrilled to remain number one in Australia.
A record number of events will be held at the Brisbane Showgrounds this month.
Over 75,000 people will make their way to Queensland’s largest events site next month for 46 events.
The events in May include the ROC (Ridiculous Obstacle Course) Race on May 13 where 12,000 people wearing crazy costumes will attempt a 5km obstacle course.
Meetings & Events Australia have revealed the winners of the 2016 Industry Awards.
The organisation presented its industry awards at the ICC Sydney Ballroom on 2 May, recognising excellence in the meetings and events industry across Australia.
More than 600 industry members, colleagues and guests attended the dinner, which was held on the last day of the 2017 National Conference.
Meeting Venue for under 500 Delegates went to the Crowne Plaza Terrigal, while the Meeting Venue for more than 500 Delegrtes went to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The award for Exhibition Services went to Adelaide Expo Hire, while PCO of the Year went to Robyn Gardner at GEMS Event Management.
A multi-million dollar convention centre and hotel has been announced for Ballarat.
The Victoria State Government has confirmed financial support of $AU25 million towards development of the Ballarat Station Precinct, an integrated convention and exhibition centre with large, flexible spaces for exhibitions and conferences, alongside a 100-room hotel with retail and restaurant offerings.
The announcement heralds a game changer for business events in Victoria, says Visit Ballarat general manager marketing, Louise Laing, speaking at the Visit Victoria Trade Mission in Melbourne last week.
‘This gives us an opportunity to provide a “big city” facility in our beautiful regional centre, and it will complement all the attractions we have here.’
‘The show must go on’.
That’s the word according to the organisers of the Panalitix Accountants’ Conference, who were in the final planning stages for the annual conference when Cyclone Debbie smashed into the Whitsundays making it impossible for Hamilton Island to host the 400-delegate event later this month.
Organisers informed delegates of the change of destination less than three weeks before the scheduled start of the event when, it became obvious that Hamilton Island wouldn’t be fully operational to cater for such a major conference.
Tourism New Zealand is currently hosting Taste of New Zealand events in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane as Australian associations look to learn more abut the range of venues, accommodation, activities and cuisine on offer.
'Association event organisers are always on the lookout for a unique and memorable experience for their delegates,” says Lisa Gardiner, manager for Business Events and Premium, Tourism New Zealand.
Tourism Australia’s signature event for promoting the country as a world-class incentive destination, Dreamtime, will be held in Brisbane, Queensland this year.
Australian industry will have the opportunity to meet and do business with qualified buyers from key markets including New Zealand.
Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan says Dreamtime is Australia’s largest business events showcase, and taking the event to Brisbane is an exciting development for a city that is continuing to raise its profile internationally as an ideal incentive destination.
Global mergers and acquisitions, the impact of Trump and Brexit and local economic policy will be on the agenda at the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) 2016 conference to be held as an official test event at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) from 29 to 30 November.
EEAA chief executive, Joyce DiMascio, says the line up of speakers will offer an international perspective on the exhibition landscape, a forecast on the performance of the economy and key industry sectors, as well as a snapshot of the differences in traditional B2B versus consumer, pop culture and niche shows.
Adelaide has won the right to host World Routes 2019, the largest conference in the aviation industry. It will be the first time the event has been held in Australia.
World Routes will bring more than 3,000 delegates from major airlines, airports, tourism and aviation businesses from around the world to meet in Adelaide for the three-day conference to discuss new air services. The event moves to a different location annually to showcase different destinations to the airline industry.
Authenticity is at the heart successful business events in Australia, says Wayne Harris, general manager of GO Conference & Incentive – and he has many examples to prove it.
‘The food and wine in Australia is sensational, not only the quality of the produce but also the standard of service delivery. No one does it better than Australia,’ says Harris. ‘This, combined with a natural Australian, setting can deliver an authentic experience that is hard to match – and for New Zealanders that is the key to a successful incentive. New Zealanders can smell a plastic copy a mile off – they want real places, local characters, tastes and touch points.’
Exhibitors at Convene Q worked hard to attract the attention of the many buyers that filtered through on the day of the event.
And, every year there are two stand out stands chosen as a winner and a runner up on the day.
For this year’s event, the judges chose Howard Smith Wharves’ stand as the winner because it was not only stunning, but the exhibitor, Sally Pulford ‘was so passionate about the brand..there was a real excitement about what they had install for the market.’