ICC Sydney Receives Recognition for Innovative Program

May 22, 2018

ICC Sydney Receives Recognition for Innovative Program

Research released by University of Technology Sydney (UTS), reviewing International Convention Centre Sydney’s (ICC Sydney) all-encompassing Feeding Your Performance (FYP) program, has heralded the venue as a blueprint for innovation. The program strives to feed the performance of ICC Sydney delegates and visitors, team members, and the local economy, through a New South Wales-focused supply chain, a sustainability approach and a Legacy Program.

According to the research, key benefits of ICC Sydney’s FYP program include economic development such as supporting local producers, providing demand and driving growth opportunities. What is more, there are environmentally sustainable practices which include reducing food miles, donating unused excess food to disadvantaged members of the community and focusing on recycling, reduced use of chemicals, reduced waste and effective waste management. Finally, the community benefits by building staff morale with inclusive recruitment program as well as implementing a unique multi-streamed Legacy Program providing event organisers with opportunity to partner with local organisations.

May 21, 2018

Next Stop for UITP: Melbourne

Boardroom received news from our partner Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of the Union International des Transports Publics (UITP), announcing that the 2021 Global Public Transport Summit will be held in Melbourne, Australia between 6-9 June 2021 – the first time in more than 25 years that the event will make its way to the Southern Hemisphere.

Hosted by Public Transport Victoria, the four-day event will gather together all transport modes, industry, authorities and operators, as well as exhibitors from all over the world  at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). The Summit is dedicated to sustainable mobility and will provide opportunities for the 2,000 delegates to network, develop partnerships and establish new projects investment.

Melbourne is well placed to host such an event with the state currently transforming the city’s transport network and boasting the world’s largest tram network.

May 16, 2018

Water Issues Stream through Brisbane

The Australian Water Association’s Ozwater’18 Conference and Exhibition brought together some of the world’s leading experts on water earlier this month to discuss issues impacting the industry and the way we live today. Held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), this year’s conference attracted record delegate numbers with 1400 water professionals, including delegates from 16 different countries.

During the three day event, seven keynote speakers, 16 interactive workshops and panel sessions, 374 presenters and 225 exhibitors carried the main message of the conference theme of Evolution Revolution – the key to taking the industry into the future. The event’s agenda tackled issues head on, including guaranteeing sustainable water management, the impact of urban development and water – the essential element of the liveability of our cities and regions.

April 23, 2018

Sydney Proves Strong in Connectedness for Start-ups

A global start-up survey held recently, the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2018 from Startup Genome, named Sydney as the number one location in the Asia Pacific, and one of the world’s top ten, for local connectedness. Startup Genome and the Global Entrepreneurship Network features strategic start-up investment and policy insights from over 10,000 founders in 45 cities – including Sydney.

Jobs for NSW Chair David Thodey said: “The strong connections between start-up founders in Sydney are testament to investments made in recent years, including the $35 million Sydney Startup Hub and efforts to connect Sydney with start-up communities around the state.” And he continues: “Microsoft recently brought its world-renowned intensive program for start-ups to the Sydney Startup Hub, making it one of only eight global host locations.”

The NSW Government, through Jobs for NSW, also supports fast-growth businesses at every stage of their lifecycle, helping to create the right environment for people to have the confidence to launch a start-up. A bright example is its investment in the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and in the Boosting Business Innovation Program that links businesses to universities’ research and knowledge.

 

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.”