Darwin Discusses Australia’s Ports

October 2, 2018

Darwin Discusses Australia’s Ports

Some 200 industry leaders, decision makers and government speakers from all over Australia met in Darwin recently for the 46th biennial Ports Australia biennial conference. The conference, one of Australia’s chief maritime events, focussed on the opportunities and challenges facing Australia’s port sector, delivering strong, positive messages about the value Australia’s ports contribute to society.
During the two-day event, delegates attended 23 presentations and Q&A segments on the conference’s main themes, including security, economic and regulatory issues in Australia’s ports sector, social licence and community engagement, alternative energy, new technologies and innovation, port policy, Australia’s business and trade relationship with China, and coastal shipping.

Ports Australia’s Communications Director, Mike Fairbairn, said Darwin’s unique atmosphere and welcoming personality was one of the highlights. “The atmosphere in Darwin relaxed people, and they were able to socialise. I think there were a lot of new relationships and networks built out of the Darwin conference, which is one of the main reasons we do the event in the first place. The setting actually encouraged the sector to unify more—that would be one of the legacy issues from the Darwin event”.

Photo : Darwin Convention Centre

September 25, 2018

Hilton Ticks all the Boxes for Associations

The meetings industry has experienced significant changes over the last few years due to global economic trends, changes in participants’ needs and expectations, and increased competition among established and emerging destinations. These changes have created opportunities to benefit from new market conditions. In this context, Hilton as a hotel chain has become a trusted partner for association meetings.

As one of the leading groups in the hotel industry, Hilton can meet all the needs of associations with over 5.400 hotels located in 106countries. With a very diverse portfolio that includes hotels in new and trendy locations, facilities in well-established destinations with easy access and great infrastructure, as well as hidden gems in Europe and beyond (think rich culture, heritage and history!) and properties near air hubs or at the heart of well-connected regions, they have developed tailor-made offers for associations.

It comes hardly as a surprise that associations have been choosing Hilton to host their events. AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers, organized their 54th Congress in 2016 at the Hilton Munich Park with 680 persons. It was so successful that the organization confirmed their next event at the Hilton Dubrovnik in November 2018.


Thanks to Hilton’s congress expertise, associations can enjoy a whole range of dedicated benefits. Practically speaking, should associations choose a hotel from the chain to organize their conference, Hilton can offer them a reduced deposit guarantee of up to 80%, while no deposit guarantee will be required for rooms that are to be booked and paid by each delegate individually. Hilton also offers flexibility to reduce the number of delegates by 20% cumulative from the time of booking until 45 days prior arrival, as well as an efficient tool that will allow your delegates to book and modify their accommodation directly online – a tool which, as the event organizer, you will have the opportunity to brand with your own texts and images.

On an individual level, association members receive a 10% discount off the Best Available Rate by booking , and enjoy on-property benefits when staying at Hilton, including breakfast or access to gyms and spas. While there will also be zero blackout dates (book what you need any time!), booking online will be efficient, easy and transparent through the Hilton brand websites or via the Hilton Honors App.

Need more information? Visit the newly created landing page for Associations www.stay.hilton.com/associations/ or write an email cecile.potut@hilton.com

September 24, 2018

The Perfect Slot for Flying over Brisbane

Brisbane will be the host to more than 1200 delegates from over 230 airlines across the world for the 145th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Slot Conference from 12-15 November 2019. A consortium of tourism advocates, including Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), Brisbane Marketing, Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland, and Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, combined forces to bring this fiercely sought after conference to Queensland.

The event brings airlines and airports together to negotiate slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their passengers. Gert-Jan de Graaff, BAC Chief Executive Officer, said: “There is enormous competition for airlines to secure the best ‘slots’ at key airports and with Brisbane’s new runway coming on line in 2020, now is the time for airlines to be securing highly sought-after peak time slots to enhance and grow their operations.”

September 21, 2018

Safety Comes First in Sydney

Sydney has successfully won the bid to host the XXIII United Nations’ World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2023. The Congress will be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney, where work health and safety experts, regulators, government and private authorities will collaborate and discuss different approaches to work health and safety.

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) partnered with the Safety Institute of Australia to pitch Australia’s case for the bid, with strong backing from SafeWork NSW and SafeWork Australia. Australian Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Michaelia Cash said it was a 10 year effort for NSW and the Coalition Government to secure the event. “Small business is the engine room of job creation in Australia. Our nation’s small businesses are responsible for the workplace health and safety of over 44% of Australia’s private workforce and we are delighted to be able to showcase their leading occupational practices.”

September 9, 2018

Get Educated at AIME in Melbourne

Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event (AIME), which will take place at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre 18-20 February 2019, has a long and rich history and created many strong industry connections and professional experiences.

Talk2 Media & Events was appointed by Melbourne Convention Bureau, the owners of the event, to manage and deliver AIME. Stepping up to the plate, the AIME team are passionate about the event and the industry and champion their vision for a dynamic, meaningful AIME.

A new future

Jay Martens, AIME Event Director comments: “For more than two decades AIME has been at the heart of the business events industry in Australia and the whole Asia Pacific region. We meet so many people who trace their start in the industry to the first AIME they attended. For us as a team, we will focus on a new future; a future that focuses on delivering business and creating a community that has a significant impact on the global business events industry.

Over 27 years, AIME has charted the burgeoning meetings and event industry, the key regional platform welcoming generations of buyers and exhibitors to connect, discover and drive great business. Through structured meetings, education and networking events AIME has supported the development of a wide and diverse community of industry newcomers and experts alike.

AIME recently announced new partnerships with preeminent industry organisations – PCMA, ICCA and MEA – who will be deeply engaged in the structure and delivery of the AIME Knowledge Program for 2019. This program is designed to provide experience appropriate learning and information exchange across the different industry segments. PCMA will deliver leadership sessions, hackathons and streamed breakouts, with a focus on development and appropriate planning for the growth and landscape of the industry over the next five years. ICCA’s Business Exchange will be anchored at AIME and bring critical industry know-how and strategy through cross-peer exchange. Australian based organisation MEA will offer next generation forums, elevating the knowledge and experience of the aspirational, thought provokers of the future.

Open to all

In a departure from previous years, the Knowledge Program will be open to all AIME attendees, enhancing information exchange and creating more opportunity to build new relationships through shared professional and personal experiences. Delivered on the first official day of AIME, Monday, the Knowledge Program creates the foundation for heightened connectivity when all exhibitors and buyers come together on the show floor on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The rich pool of buyers will formally connect with exhibitors through 32 pre-scheduled appointments across two days of trading. In November, buyers and exhibitors will submit their preferences, needs, destinations and services to AIME, and sophisticated software will carefully match their profiles, ensuring that each meeting has the potential to have a real commercial outcome.

With a suite of other changes and innovations planned for AIME 2019, this will be the event to launch the calendar year and drive business agendas.

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) will take place at Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre 18-20 February 2019. aime.com.au

Contact: For Buyer information: Bernadette.panton@talk2.media / For Sales information: Laura.reddaway@talk2.media or deen.haniff@talk2.media

September 4, 2018

Adelaide Ticks all the Boxes on Global Sustainability

Already a leader in global sustainability, Adelaide Convention Centre has reinforced its leadership by becoming the joint first convention centre in the world to achieve the coveted EarthCheck Platinum Certification. The achievement represents ‘best practice’ in sustainability and reflects 10 years of continuous certification with the globally recognised EarthCheck program. There are just 34 properties worldwide to have achieved Platinum Certification, including only two convention centres.

Since joining the global EarthCheck program in 2007, the Adelaide Convention Centre has consistently performed at ‘above’ best practice in several key areas of social and environmental actions. From sustainable construction to energy and water conservation, responsible sourcing, food redistribution, and participation in community initiatives such as OzHarvest’s ‘Think.Eat.Save’ and the Trees for Life revegetation program, the sustainability message is reinforced and integrated through all aspects of the ACC’s business and culture.

EarthCheck CEO and Founder Stewart Moore says: “Achieving EarthCheck Platinum Certification places Adelaide Convention Centre as an industry leader that has consistently benchmarked operational and sustainability performance against internationally recognized criteria and demonstrated responsible business practices across their operations.”


August 22, 2018

Registration Open for PCMA Convening Leaders

PCMA has opened registration for its 2019 Convening Leaders flagship event, taking place from 6 – 9 January 2019 at the David. L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

The conference is set to attract more than 4,000 industry professionals who will gather for four days of topical educational sessions, innovative industry insight and networking opportunities under the “Disrupt & Deliver” theme, through:

  • + Innovative and inspiring speakers. Joining Convening Leaders 2019 are Steve Pemberton, chief human resources officer of Globoforce, whose best-selling book “A Chance in the World” chronicles his foster care experience and ability to overcome adversity, and Nadya Okamoto, who as a high school student in 2014, co-founded the non-profit “Period” to provide feminine products to the homeless.
  • + Building personal and professional relationships. Delegates can attend a hackathon session tackling industry challenges and group sessions that foster collaborations are among the opportunities to create and reinforce lasting relationships.
  • + A creative, cultural backdrop. Pittsburgh is where pop artist Andy Warhol was born and “Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood” children’s television show got its start. The City of Bridges is home to renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater,  the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • + A new test kitchen area. Convening Leaders 2019’s Innovate and Elevate Arena will feature an interactive exhibit demonstrating the latest technology tools for the business events industry and provide opportunities to experience how brands engage with consumers.
  • + Programming. PCMA’s premier programming is streamlined and customised for Convening Leaders 2019. Eight distinct programming tracks were created using input from key industry leaders.

You can register at conveningleaders.org.

August 21, 2018

Brisbane to Welcome a Raft of Conferences

The Brisbane Convention Bureau has partnered with The University of Queensland (UQ) to secure a trifecta of conferences.

Combined, the three conferences won with UQ’s School of Languages and Cultures are expected to attract over 800 national and international delegates across 11 event days. Brisbane will also  host the 9th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication (INPRA) in June 2020, the 6th Biennial Colloquium of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) in November 2021, and the 6th International Conference on Conversation Analysis (ICCA) in July 2022.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said “these conferences will bring together scholars and researchers from around the world, boosting our local academic and research capabilities, and raising Brisbane’s profile as a destination of choice for business and leisure” while Brisbane Convention Bureau General Manager Juliet Alabaster argued that partnering with academics and industry professionals to attract conferences to Brisbane was a key strategy of the Bureau.


August 15, 2018

ICCA and PCMA Partner with AIME

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has set up new partnerships with international industry organisations – PCMA and ICCA, confirming the commitment of Talk2 Media & Events, the company charged with the relaunching of the show, to elevate the overall quality and experience of the event. PCMA and ICCA will both be involved in the framing and delivery of the AIME Knowledge Program which opens the three-day event.

Recognised as exceptional providers of education for the meetings and events sector, PCMA’s international network of thought leadership in business events strategy will provide provocative and informative content to visitors and exhibitors alike. The PCMA program will inspire the audience and will enhance the potential of the individual and their business, ahead of the trading days.

On another hand, the inclusion of ICCA’s Business Exchange in the Knowledge Program is also valuable tool for attendees. Participants exchange critical information on events they have recently managed; information crucial to the bidding process such as contacts, budgets, and the decision-making process. Synonymous with providing industry know-how and contacts the Business Exchange will be anchored at AIME – beneficial for negotiations with the associations’ sector.

For more details and to submit your interest to attend AIME in Melbourne in 2019 visit www.aime.com.au

August 1, 2018

Brisbane Gets Political

Brisbane was recently a hub for the latest research and debate on world politics and governance with more than 2400 political science experts gathering for a five-day congress. In an Australian first, Brisbane hosted the 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science from 21-25 July at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), delivering an economic boost of $7.7 million for the local economy.

The congress was secured through a competitive Team Brisbane bid involving Tourism and Events Queensland, BCEC and the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing, in partnership with local and national universities, and professional conference organiser ICMS Australasia.

The impact of information technologies on global borders, the future of human rights and the rise of global populism were a few of the topics to be explored under the congress theme ‘borders and margins’.