Australasia

M&OP serves up refurbished Rod Laver Arena

Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) has announced the completion of Rod Laver Arena’s eastern-facing entrance and new food and beverage facilities. Rod Laver Arena, which stages the Australian Open, has debuted its new three level pod-style guest entrance – which will welcome 700,000 tennis fans to the Open commencing 14 January 2019. Rod Laver Arena’s new dining spaces will then open to the ...

Brisbane to host leading environmental science conference

The world’s most respected freshwater scientists will be heading to the river city of Brisbane to attend the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Annual Meeting in 2021. The Brisbane conference will be the very first time the American-based SFS has held its annual meeting outside of North America. Australia’s reputation in water management and strong freshwater science community were behind the hi...

I’m a celebrity, get me to… Evolve 2019

The Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) annual conference, Evolve 2019, is to feature the newly-launched Associated Celebrity Booking Platform, (ACTA). Organisers claim it is new technology that can be a game-changer for the events and entertainment industry with its ability to simplify the process of searching for and booking celebrities and entertainers for events. Robyn Johnson, CEO of MEA, com...

BECA targets federal MPs in fresh advocacy campaign for business events

Members of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) launched a pre-election campaign at Parliament House in Canberra last week, calling on MPs to unequivocally support policy and funding of the sector. A delegation of business events industry leaders met with 12 key MPs and their advisors, from all sides of politics, with a united message about the need for a strong policy for business even...

Safety first for The Business of Events Sydney

Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber, will address the key issue of security in the events industry at the 2019 edition of The Business of Events, in Sydney, Australia. The event takes place 7-8 February at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park and conference sessions will offer practical takeaways around the day-to-day elements that address all aspects of event safety. Other speakers at the event’s con...

Arinex and Australia’s IMC collaboration recognised with IAPCO award

Arinex and The Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (IMC) picked up the International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO)’s Driving Excellence Collaboration Award, which was announced at the IBTM Leaders’ Summit in Barcelona last week. The award entry emphasised the importance of a collaborative approach between the PCO, client and all the sponsors and stakeholders...

FIP to dispense its wisdom in Brisbane in 2021

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)’s World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will head to Brisbane for the first time in 2021. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) will play host to the Congress and its expected 2,500 delegates. Brisbane has been carving out a reputation as an emerging hub of innovation in the healthcare sector, with a strong pharmaceuti...

Meetings and Events Australia announces new board of directors

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) held an election for its new board of directors on 27 November, at the Meetings and Events Australia head office in North Sydney. Three people were elected to the board, joining chairperson Anne Jamieson, who completes her second two-year term in 2019. Executive positions were subsequently appointed by the board, as follows: Anne Jamieson (Saxton Group), Chair...

ICC Sydney bolsters legacy programme

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has announced the introduction of a new dedicated Creative Industries stream to its Legacy Programme. The new stream will give a platform for showcasing Australia’s home-grown talent and also offer support to the next generation of creative leaders. Clients and their delegates now have an extra opportunity to collaborate with Sydney and New South...

Club Melbourne awarded top city accolade

The Club Melbourne Ambassador Programme has received the Australian city’s 2018 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Profile by a Corporation. The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) Club Melbourne Ambassador Programme supports leading Melburnians to establish, secure and host international conferences that promote the city’s expertise around the world. Melbourne Convention and Exhi...

Melbourne generated $23.8m from business events in October

Business events in Melbourne generated over AUD $23.8m in the month of October, according to the Melbourne Convention Bureau. The city has received a boost from nine international conferences taking place across the city during the month, which attracted over 5,000 delegates generating 11,200 room nights. The events in October included: the World Congress of Colleges and Polytechnics, World Urban ...

New board members and Outstanding Contributor Award in New Zealand

Convention and Incentive New Zealand (CINZ) has elected four new board members and re-elected a further two, following its general meetings in Auckland 1 November. The group also awarded Anna Hayward, manager of the Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), its Outstanding Contributor Award for 2018. Hayward has been managing the ACB for the past 11 years and played a key role in establishing the conventi...

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