Australasia

Western Australia offers delegate funding if business events ‘go local’

Business Events Perth has launched a new funding initiative, worth AUD$30 (US$21.55) per qualifying delegate, to encourage organisations to host local business events and help Western Australians safely meet again. Business Events Perth chief executive officer Gareth Martin said Western Australia’s business events industry had been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and funding was now ava...

AIME brings in ‘virtual’ hosted buyers to its programme for 2021

 Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has launched its 2021 hosted buyer programme, including virtual buyers using a hybrid model. Physical hosted buyers will be welcomed at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), 15-17 March 2021, and virtual hosted buyers via the online event platform 15-26 March. Organisers hope the 2021 show will bring together over 450 Australian a...

Wellington CEC honoured with Māori name

The Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre (WCEC) in New Zealand has recently been bestowed the Māori name Tākina. The city selected the name after working with local iwi (indigenous) partners based near Wellington. Tākina means ‘to invoke’ which “reflects the city as a place people come together to talk and think”. Wellington mayor, Andy Foster, said: “Tākina will prove extremely...

Melbourne CEC steps up the virtual pace with Stage 4 restrictions in place until 13 September

As Victoria state appears to be the worst affected region of Australia for coronavirus currently, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is leveraging its technical expertise to push its virtual event offering to the fore to help customers connect with their audiences. From ticketed online events to corporate launches, large-scale conferences and even virtual gala dinners, MCEC is offer...

Melbourne CEC explores Unconventional Ideas

Over two and a half days in the first week of August, over a hundred innovators and thought-leaders from the Australia’s events industry have taken part in a virtual idea generation hackathon as part of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) inaugural Unconventional Ideas event. The event brought together in-house experts, as well as customers and stakeholders within the sector, to wo...

Perth secures world’s largest marine mammal conference

In a major win for Western Australia, the world’s largest marine mammal conference will converge in Perth in 2023, bringing thousands of marine experts from around the world and injecting A$10m (US$7.2m) into the local economy. Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin said he was delighted that the bureau had delivered the successful bid to bring the 25th Biennial Conference on the Biol...

Auckland wins global cyber security technology conference for 2021

Leading cyber security experts will meet in Auckland next year to discuss advancement within the field as the risks of leaked data, phishing and exposure to inappropriate content poses increasing harm to economies across the globe. The International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST) conference, which was last held in Auckland in 2016, has been secured again for New Zealand. The PST w...

Melbourne secures triple win for future congress business

In a triple win for the State of Victoria, 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. All three conferences are coming to Australia thanks to the efforts of the Melbourne Convention Bureau...

MCEC unveils VenueSafe Plan, but extends closure to end of August

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has launched its VenueSafe Plan, designed to ensure the venue will be ready when it is safe to reopen. Chief executive of the MCEC, Peter King, said: “We’ve been working hard to ensure we have the right health measures in place to give our customers, visitors and people the confidence they need when our doors reopen”. “It’s safe to say that things ...

Six-month extension of Australia’s JobKeeper scheme welcomed as lifeline for tourism industry

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is one of many organisations that have welcomed the news that payments under the government’s JobKeeper scheme will be extended for millions of stood-down workers. The government has extended the scheme beyond September for an additional six months at a new rate of A$1,200 (US$846.87) a fortnight. The wage subsidy had been A$1,500 a fortnight. AFTA...

Soak up a slice of Australia from your couch

While travel restrictions are still in place, Tourism Australia offers six ways for event planners soak up Australia from the comfort of their own homes. Managing director of Tourism Australia, Phillipa Harrison, said: “Storytelling is embedded in Australian culture. Thanks to our brilliant creative industry, there are many different means of soaking up our rich culture – even from the comfo...

Australia’s export tourism industry petitions government for support for ‘industry in tatters’

The following open letter from the Australian Export Tourism Council to the country’s Prime Minister and Treasurer was released 20 July:   Dear Prime Minister and Treasurer, Back in March we wrote to you to shed light on the collective pain being experienced by our tourism industry having just endured a summer of drought, floods and bushfires and facing down an uncertain future with international ...

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