Economic Growth for Melbourne thanks to its Business Events Sector

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.”

February 20, 2018

New Technology for Better Customer Service in Melbourne

 

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is looking into the future with its new online portal. myMCEC aims to streamline, simplify and enhance the overall customer experience by creating a centralised location for all event documentation, which can be accessed at any time, on any device.

More particularly, myMCEC allows customers to review and upload important documents tailored to their event, view tasks requiring completion and receive email reminders, allocate tasks to other team members, see key MCEC contacts and make payments securely.

Developed by Ungerboeck, myMCEC is unique in its kind in the meetings and events space and is accessible from the recently launched MCEC website. MCEC’s Director of Customer Experience & Optimisation, Anne Jamieson, said myMCEC demonstrates the venue’s ongoing commitment to innovation and customer-centricity. The portal was rolled out to a number of customers in December 2017, ahead of its February launch, and is already enhancing the overall customer experience.

 

January 25, 2018

New Year, New Conferences, New Appointments for Adelaide

Following last year’s important events, Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) is off to a great start for 2018 with three national events: the Australian Tourism Exchange (15-19 April); the Accelerate 2018 MEA National Conference (6-8 May); and the AuSAE Conference and Exhibition (ACE) 2018 – Ignite your Thinking (28-30 May).

Alongside the confirmation of these events came the announcement of two promotions within the ACC.

After serving for the past five years as Director – Convention and Exhibition Sales at the ACC, Simon Burgess has now been appointed General Manager of the Centre. In his new position, Simon will be responsible for overseeing the ACC’s business development activities as well as the venue’s day-to-day operations. He says: “We have a great legacy in terms of our new facilities from our recent expansion; this combined with the continued rejuvenation of the Adelaide Riverbank means the city is well-poised to be an even more attractive business events destination moving forward.”

In addition to Simon’s promotion, Erryn Dryga has been promoted from a business development position to Senior Sales Manager – Conventions and Exhibitions. Having played a critical role in developing key industry relationships, Erryn will be responsible for driving Asia Pacific and other international conference business in to Adelaide, as well as leading the company’s convention and exhibition sales team.

 

January 22, 2018

AIME Aims Higher in 2018

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is set to host the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo 2018 (AIME) between  20-21 February. AIME aims to connect MICE suppliers with senior decision makers and industry professionals with over 4,000 industry attendees from across the globe, 22 countries represented and 400 global leading brands showcased.

The Expo offers various events including The AIME Welcome Event, Destination Presentations, Saxton ‘Up Close and Personal’ Sessions and a world-class Knowledge Program presented by industry experts. Focusing on technology, industry trends and forecasts as well as offering case studies on destinations and live events, the program is meant to enhance attendees’ professional skills and help keep up-to-date with the latest developments.

December 25, 2017

Boardroom on a hiatus

The whole Boardroom team is taking a much-deserved holiday. We’ll be back early 2018 for more news and high-quality content.

In the mean time, don’t hesitate to read the past issues of the magazine.

Our Features and Legacy sections are also worth a look.

December 20, 2017

Brisbane Gets Its Teeth into IFDH Symposium

The 21st IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene is set to take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in August 2019, aiming to link oral health and overall health and wellbeing to a global audience.

The three day symposium will focus on opportunities for leadership, empowerment, advancement and diversity. The program will have a broader framework and not just a purely clinical one, including the participation of clinicians, researchers, educators and advocates expected mostly from Europe and the United States with strong representation from Australia, India, Korea, Japan, South Africa and Singapore.

Hosted by the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) under the auspices of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH), the symposium was secured for Brisbane by the team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in collaboration with the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and supported by Brisbane Marketing.

December 18, 2017

The Importance of Conferences through a New Book

Business Events Sydney’s latest research collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) resulted in the launch of a new book earlier this year. It was authored by international experts in the value of business events, associate professors Deborah Edwards and Carmel Foley, together with writer Cheryl Malone.

Titled ‘The Power of Conferences: stories of serendipity, innovation and driving social change’, the book explores the long-term impacts of conferences through the stories of 10 prominent Australians who are synonymous with breakthroughs that save lives, change society or redefine best practice and policy.

The Power of Conferences: stories of serendipity, innovation and driving social change’ demonstrates exactly how conferences have contributed to the achievements of the people behind these breakthroughs over the last 50 years. Legacies that come from unexpected encounters, bringing people with a common cause together and uniting them behind a compelling purpose are some of the topics mentioned in the stories.

The book includes stories from Nobel Laureates Barry Marshall and Brian Schmidt, as well as Bill Bowtell AO, Associate Professor Mary Bebawy, Dr Pia Winberg, Professor Ian Frazer AC, Professor Martin Green AM, Professor Tom Calma AO, Professor Ian Chubb AC and MP Linda Burney.

November 28, 2017

Melanoma Experts Examine Solutions in Brisbane

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) attracted melanoma experts from all over the world in the framework of the event that took place from October 18-21.

The world’s leading melanoma minds were among 1500 delegates who met in Brisbane to discuss the latest developments in the diagnosis, treatment and research of melanoma. With more than 1700 Australians dying of this type of cancer alone every year, the congress provides a global platform bringing together the world’s foremost researchers, medical practitioners and health professionals from 53 countries.

The congress was supported by Brisbane’s key convention partners, Brisbane Marketing and Tourism and Events Queensland, led by the team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Prof Soyer, Congress Co-President, said the congress pushed forward new medical and scientific discoveries and treatment which would help transform melanoma prevention, diagnoses and treatment worldwide.

November 22, 2017

Melbourne Hits No 1 in Sustainability in Asia-Pacific

Melbourne has been ranked the number 1 sustainable city in the Asia-Pacific region – and number 13 in the world overall – for business events in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index).

The city environmental strategy and infrastructure, city social sustainability performance, industry supplier support and MCB strategy and initiatives were all factors on which Melbourne and Melbourne Convention Bureau’s (MCB) sustainability performance was evaluated, scoring 75% in social sustainability and 74% in convention bureau performance.

Melbourne’s focus is on proposing and implementing collaborative sustainability initiatives for the business events sector. Associations can enjoy easily accessible hotel inventory and convention facilities using public transport, a program that supports restaurants with a commitment to sustainability, public bike sharing facilities, subsidised public transport for major conventions as well as a green environment.

November 17, 2017

Sydney to Celebrate International Pathology Day

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has announced that Sydney will host the 2022 Congress of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP). Held every two years, the Congress will take place at the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and is expected to attract approximately 2,200 delegates over five days.

Hosting the event in Sydney in 2022 is especially significant as it will also be the 50th Anniversary of the Australasian Division of the IAP. Professor Richard Scolyer, Immediate Past President of the Australasian Division of the IAP and Congress Chair, said: “We feel there is no better way to recognise our 50th Anniversary milestone than by bringing the global pathology community to Australia to drive the advancement of our specialty worldwide”.

 Securing the event was a collaboration across the private and public sector both locally and throughout Australia.