Quality in Health Care under the Microscope in Brisbane

April 5, 2018

Quality in Health Care under the Microscope in Brisbane

Brisbane and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) have won the right to host 1500 of the world’s leading health care experts at the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) International Conference in 2021.

ISQua, a global organisation working alongside the World Health Organization (WHO), is involved in the accreditation of health care facilities worldwide. With increased demand in accountability for quality in health care across the globe, the 2021 Conference is expected to attract a diverse mix of allied health leaders with the majority coming from Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia.

The four-day event was secured for Brisbane in cooperation with Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing along with Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited Group of companies (AGPAL).

BCEC General Manager, Bob O‘Keeffe said the Centre’s location in the heart of Brisbane’s knowledge corridor surrounded by universities, hospitals and research centres and its strategic partnerships with the local scientific community made it the ideal venue for the conference.

March 30, 2018

Sibos Heads for Sydney

The world’s largest financial services event ‘Sibos’ is heading for Sydney for the third time between 22-25 October. Secured for Australia by Business Events Sydney (BESydney), Sibos is expected to gather up to 7000 senior leaders of the international financial community at the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) to debate global trends and challenges, and collaborate on solutions that will shape the industry.

This year’s event, themed ‘Enabling the digital economy’, the focus will be on how data, artificial intelligence, robotics and other emerging technologies are driving innovation, reshaping businesses and helping to tackle financial crime. The event will also look at the ongoing threat of cybersecurity and the evolving global regulatory landscape.

Organisers SWIFT have launched the 2018 SWIFT Institute Challenge, which calls on Australian students to devise innovative new ways of protecting personal information in an open banking environment. The final eight will be invited to present their proposal at Sibos, where the creators of the winning concept will receive A$30,000.

Other major international events secured by BESydney for 2018 are: the Global Summit of Women in April, the World Congress on Cancers of the Skin in August, the International Microscopy Congress in September and the World Congress of Accountants inNovember.

March 27, 2018

ICC Sydney Collaborates with PCO’s for Optimal Client Service

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) met with professional conference organiser (PCO) representatives from across the nation for an inaugural industry update and roundtable to promote peer-to-peer collaboration, robust dialogue and knowledge exchange. The event, organised as an open forum, brought together a diverse range of PCO’s updating them on key business developments on topics like event planning, food and beverage, audiovisual, technology and the Centre’s Legacy Program.

The Association Specialists Managing Director, Francis Child, said during the Roundtable: “The roundtable provided a fantastic opportunity to gain further insight into the venue’s capabilities and vision, further boosting our confidence in recommending ICC Sydney to any client.”

As part of the event, PCOs witnessed a demonstration of new equipment acquired by the venue as part of an additional investment in technology to support event planners in creating memorable delegate experiences.

March 26, 2018

GainingEdge Scholars 2018 Goes to Two African Students

Αnother extension of GainingEdge’s CSR programmes, the GainingEdge Scholar Programme, was inaugurated in January this year as part of the organisation’s commitment to the industry. The programme recognises the importance of providing meaningful work experiences to students who wish to pursue careers in the business events industry and who demonstrate outstanding potential for future industry leadership.

The first recipients were two young scholars from Africa, Stalin Tawanda Mau Mau and Mercy Cherono Too. The latter’s project, undertaken for the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE), aims to find out the current capacity of African associations and what factors (if any) are limiting their success, and make recommendations for capacity building.

Gary Grimmer, CEO of GainingEdge, says: “Our Scholar programme is as focused on the long term as it is on the shorter term goal of conducting an important project. We see our Scholars as a growing community. They are part of a legacy that we are seeking to deliver to the industry. That means that we provide them with ongoing mentorship and a continuing interest in their future success.”

March 20, 2018

New Grant to Attract Association Conferences to Brisbane

Brisbane has recently announced a new grant as part of the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan in an effort to support Brisbane’s up-and-coming professionals and researchers and place itself among the top 50 conference destination cities internationally.

Researchers in areas of mobile robots and stem cells, a specialist passionate about finding solutions for children with hearing loss, and two molecular bio scientists are among the recipients of the inaugural Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant. The seven successful applicants have been awarded a share of $25,000 to attend a leading international conference to highlight Brisbane’s expertise and help secure the event for Brisbane in a succeeding year.

Brisbane Convention Bureau General Manager Juliet Alabaster said the application process sought to identify innovators, pioneers and ground-breakers passionate in equal measure about their area of expertise and Brisbane. And she added: “Along with the economic benefits, the grant recipients will offer considerable insight into Brisbane’s industry strengths, which is a key selection criterion for conference organisers when choosing a destination.”

The 2018 Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant recipients are: Emma Rushbroke, Michael Piper, Johan Rosengren, Christina Schroeder, Tom Allen, Louise Baldwin and Feras Dayoub.

 

 

March 16, 2018

Australia Gets Bidding Support and Aims Higher

Business events in Australia have recently received even greater support from Tourism Australia. As of 1 July 2018 the sector will have at its disposal the Business Events Bid Fund Program (BFP), which provides assistance to secure new international business events for Australia. $12 million will be made available over the next three years to support bids for new, high-value international association – among others – events. It will support expenditure on goods & services that assist in the delivery of events, for example accommodation or venue hire costs.

Managed by Tourism Australia’s business events unit, Business Events Australia, the program is designed to increase conversion of business for Australia by offering financial support at the critical bidding stage of new international business events. Funds will only be provided for qualified international business events once the event is confirmed and contracted for Australia.

The establishment of the new Tourism Australia Business Events Bid Fund Program was announced at this year’s Destination Australia Conference in Melbourne.

John O’Sullivan, Managing Director Tourism Australia said: “More and more destinations across the world are operating national bid funds. Australia risks losing market share to our competitors if our business events industry is not able to compete on a level playing field. That’s why the new Tourism Australia Business Events Bid Fund Program is a game-changer, allowing us to grow our competitive advantage in this critical and lucrative segment of the visitor economy.” 

February 28, 2018

A Guide to Excellent Association Events in New Zealand

 With the motto ‘100% Pure New Zealand’, Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team have come up with an online guide aiming to help association professionals organise successful events. With attendees demanding more from events, including unique experiences, healthy meeting spaces and ground-breaking content, and association budgets running tight, organisers have to get creative in order to satisfy their clients’ needs.
The Art of Excelling at Association Events is a 32-page booklet is full of research as well as advice from thought leaders making sure that your event will inspire, educate and entertain. Some of the topics it includes are the importance of conferences, appealing content, the right price, PCO and venue, and the latest technological trends. Three case studies are included in the end to support the advice given on this guide.

February 26, 2018

New Blood, New Initiatives for AIME 2019

Talk2 Media & Events (Talk2 ME), an incoming organiser for AIME 2019, is planning to make a strong entrance for next year’s event. The company’s CEO Matt Pearce announced a series of changes set to reflect the industry research the company has undertaken since being awarded the management contract.
According to Mr Pearce, the event mainly consists of three pillars: commerce, education and networking. The initiatives planned are meant to inhale the power of each and every one of those pillars in order to ensure the future longevity of the event.
To begin with, there will be special focus on The Hosted Buyer Program, by inviting key players which will reflect the Asia-Pacific region. Secondly, the range of education offered will be expanded to include both individual and industry development across all 3 days on a broad range of subjects. Finally, additional networking sessions on the show floor each day of the event as well as a new one on the Tuesday evening will be offered to participants.

February 23, 2018

Associations Get More Choice in Brisbane

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has joined forces with Rydges Hotel South Bank opening up new opportunities for smaller and medium sized conferences wanting a convention centre experience but with the added convenience of a single point of contact for both accommodation and conference facilities.

This new partnership between the two brought about the South Bank Conferences initiative, offering associations a one stop shop approach. The high quality conference facilities and the newly revisited hotel services will be combined with the security of the long experience of BCEC to provide both organisers and delegates greater choice and more options for the smaller and medium conference market.

BCEC General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe says: “Reflective of BCEC’s previous successful partnership model collaborating with business, the arts, education and research, this initiative is pivotal to developing innovative solutions targeting the specific conference needs of clients.”

 

February 22, 2018

Economic Growth for Melbourne thanks to its Business Events Sector

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) can boast higher business events offering thanks to deeper support from the government, according to Karen Bolinger, the Bureau’s CEO. Its most recent international association wins in the medical and association sector including Spine Week 2020, the Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society 2021 and the General Assembly and Congress of the International Union of Crystallography 2023, which combined will deliver over 6,400 delegates are a good reason for this support.

Melbourne has always applied its knowledge capacity, infrastructure, prosperity, accessibility and citywide collaboration to create the ideal environment for its business events. Now it can also enjoy the recognition, and, of course, further engagement, from the Victoria government as a gateway to trade and investment, an opportunity to evolve priority industry sectors through research and development and a platform to harness and expose local talent. Ms Bolinger announced that business events in Melbourne are written into two government portfolio strategies across seven industries, that is the department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Bureau’s CEO said: “Our clients can be confident of government support for their events, get access into the relevant government department, rely on government for advocacy and bid support and hold a reasonable expectation for government participation at their event.”