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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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.