$50M injection for business events industry

Friday, 11 September 2020 02:15


The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) welcomes the Government’s $50 million funding announcement to support the restart of Australia’s business events industry. The targeted support will drive confidence and create momentum, positioning the industry to rebound as market conditions improve.

Rottnest, Hayman, Kangaroo And Lizard

Friday, 11 September 2020 00:15

Take your mind off the pandemic and daydream about these Australian islands - all of which will be ready to welcome business event groups when the time is right.

New eco cruise for Sunshine Coast

Sunday, 30 August 2020 22:48

Operating from Mooloolaba, Saltwater Eco Tours is using a century-old historic timber sailing vessel, Spray of the Coral Coast, to showcase the Sunshine Coast’s Indigenous heritage and marine beauty.

News from Australia

Friday, 07 August 2020 03:49

Learn a little more about what's new in Australia

Worlds largest conference heads to Perth

Sunday, 02 August 2020 23:47

The world’s largest marine mammal conference will converge in Perth in 2023, bringing thousands of marine experts from around the world, injecting $10 million into the local economy.

Melbourne secures three key business events

Monday, 27 July 2020 06:14

Melbourne has been chosen as the host city for three high-profile business events, The International Trade Union Congress 2022, The International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health 2022 and The International Geographical Congress 2028, thanks to the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and support provided by the Victorian Government, City of Melbourne and Business Events Australia.

Australia keeps connected

Monday, 20 July 2020 22:39

To keep event planners dreaming whilst travel is restricted, Tourism Australia has pulled together six ways to soak up Australia from the comfort of their lounge rooms.

Design inspiration for CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park

Monday, 20 July 2020 00:27

CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park located in the heart of Melbourne city and the surrounding premier events precinct – has revealed insights into the venue’s design by renowned contemporary Melbourne-based architects NH Architecture

Tourism Australia's NZ office to close

Thursday, 11 June 2020 03:07

Tourism Australia has confirmed that its New Zealand country manager, Jenny Aitken, will be departing the organisation at the end of the month. 

Gold Coast getting ready to MEET again!

Monday, 08 June 2020 00:50


Destination Gold Coast has launched a new video to highlight the hard work behind the scenes as the business events sector eagerly awaits the return of conferences and meetings.

MCEC turns focus to business relaunch in new COVID-19 environment

Monday, 25 May 2020 01:33

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is turning its focus to the future to ensure the business is set up for ongoing success post-coronavirus (COVID-19).

Virtual Australia this weekend

Sunday, 10 May 2020 23:35

Tourism Australia is inviting event planners around the globe to enjoy a slice of Australia with a curated program of live virtual travel experiences on the weekend of May 16 and 17.

Australia Next - first digital edition

Thursday, 07 May 2020 01:41

Welcome to the first digital edition of Australia Next from Business Events Australia, to inspire your future Australian incentive events.


Mackay Convention Centre Delivers Meeting Solution

Monday, 27 April 2020 20:27

The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) stepped up to the mark recently when the new Mackay Regional Council (MRC) gathered together for its inaugural statutory Council meeting, as well as the swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected Councillors.

Eos by SkyCity for Adelaide

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 22:59

SkyCity Hotels Group has revealed the centrepiece of the $330 million Adelaide Casino expansion, Eos by SkyCity.

AACB Congratulates Australian Government for extending support

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 21:13

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) congratulates the Australian Government for extending support to the business events industry through a boost to the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) scheme.

Australian tourism industry's largest employers need urgent support

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 01:02

The fortnightly wage subsidy of $1500 per person announced by the Federal Government today would help to save the jobs of the thousands of Australians employed in tourism, according to the industry’s peak bodies.

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre take Gold

Monday, 09 March 2020 20:11

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has been recognised as the nation’s leading Business Event Venue, winning Gold at the Australian Tourism Awards in Canberra on Friday night. 

Get Global 2020 postponed to 2021

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 01:12

The co-owners of Get Global 2020, Gary Bender and Donna Kessler, have decided to postpone due to concerns over the implications COVID-19 will have on buyer’s capacity to book and spend in the year ahead.

New Zealand a savvy market says tourism head

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 23:14

It's been a long time since Tourism Australia as a body was responsible for the domestic market, but the twin calamities of the astonishing bushfires followed by the COV19 virus has dragged the bureau back into the domestic fray.

ICC documents its supplier’s stories

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 00:06

Geoff Donaghy has made it very, very clear – his ambition is that ICC Sydney will deliver the freshest possible foods to the facilities tables, he told media at AIME 2020.

The power of seven

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 23:54

To most of us there are four spells – spring, summer, autumn and winter – but to the traditional owners of the Darwin region, the Larrakia people, there are seven distinct times of the year.

New name for Perth Convention Bureau

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 23:48

After 48 years of being the Perth Convention Centre the bureau has changed its name to Business Events Perth reflecting not only a new identity but a ‘re-energised strategy to lure events and conferences to Western Australia.

The AIM(E) is Recovery

Monday, 17 February 2020 22:35

AIME kicked off in Melbourne on Monday with Tourism Australia ceo, Pip Harrison acknowledging that it had been a difficult start to the year with the bushfires that have razed parts of the country.

Canberra Meeting Planners Guide 2020 launches at AIME

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 21:16

The Guide provides meeting and event planners with up-to-date information about Canberra’s conference facilities, accommodation, catering, attractions and activities, and technical and support services.

Major push to get more business events into fire-affected regions

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 21:46

Local businesses and event planners are being urged to hold major conferences and events in Australia this year, under a new push by the Morrison Government to support Australia’s tourism industry.

Australian Government announces tourism recovery package

Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

The Australian Government has announced an initial $76 million tourism recovery package as part of the National Bushfire Recovery Fund. The package is designed to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies by helping to get tourists travelling across Australia again.

Dreamtime 2019 closes in style

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 09:50

Perth has been hosting 120 international business events planners and media over the past two days at Dreamtime 2019, Tourism Australia’s business events incentive showcase, to reveal the city’s recent revitalisation.

Business events planners and media from Greater China, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, South Korea, Japan, the USA, UK and New Zealand had the opportunity to meet with 87 of Australia’s leading business events product during the event and were also able to experience the destination first-hand.

Perth on the world stage for business events

Sunday, 01 December 2019 23:01

Perth is being showcased to the lucrative global business events sector with Tourism Australia’s signature bi-annual showcase Dreamtime kicking off today in the Western Australia capital with 120 international business event planners and media experiencing its recent renaissance first-hand.

Melbourne welcomes 50,000 delegates in one week

Monday, 25 November 2019 01:55

Melbourne and regional Victoria welcomed 50,000 delegates from across the globe as part of the International Convention of Jehovah's Witness 2019, delivering $60.9 million to the Victorian state's economy.

Get Global Gets Going

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 05:38

Get Global has already sold almost half of its floor plan for 2020; with confirmed returning exhibitors from Asia, Europe & UK, Hawaii, New Zealand, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

World First for Bruce Munro

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 01:11

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.

Sunshine Coast boosted by expansion of direct flights from AKL

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 22:12

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.

AIME 2020 Knowledge Exchange

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 18:19

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.

Young Event Professional Program

Thursday, 26 September 2019 01:07

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 Kicks off in Melbourne

Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:38

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.  

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.