Fruitful 2018 for Darwin

February 4, 2019

Fruitful 2018 for Darwin

Several events were hosted at the Darwin Convention Centre in 2018 with people from all over Australia and internationally meeting in Darwin to explore the Top End. The year was quite successful for the city as conference attendees reached high numbers.
The Property Council of Australia held its annual conference in Darwin from 12 to 14 September 2018. It brought together 760 property industry leaders to network and tackle the issues driving property development, investment and growth in Australia and around the world. The annual Rural Medicine Australia (RMA) Conference was held in Darwin from 24 to 27 October 2018. RMA is the peak national event for rural and remote doctors in Australia and internationally, which attracted 775 delegates.

The 46th biennial Ports Australia Conference was recently held at the Darwin Convention Centre as well as the 2018 Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Meeting Place. The event provided inbound tour operators the opportunity to experience the Top End and enjoy some amazing pre and post conference experiences. ‘In 2016 we made the decision to move Meeting Place out of its Sydney base, a location where it had been held for 40 years and we can definitely say the move has proved to be highly successful’, said ATEC Managing Director Peter Shelley said.

Conference organisers are finding Darwin provides the perfect destination for delegates to connect and knowledge share. ‘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’, said Ports Australia’s Communication Director Mike Fairburn. And he continued: ‘I think the success came down to the vibe the centre set—how it allowed delegates to interact with each other and build relationships’.

 

Photo : Darwin Convention Centre

January 21, 2019

Plant Biologists Cultivate Ideas in Cairns

Cairns Convention Centre will host the 2021 Congress of International Society for Plant Molecular Biology (IPMB) where 1,200 of the world’s leading plant molecular biologists meet to discuss ways to feed Earth’s increasing population. The winning bid was led by Associate Professor Joshua Mylne from the University of Western Australia with the support of  IPMB and the American Society of Plant Biologists. Multidisciplinary approaches to climate change, population increase and the pivotal roles that plant molecular biology will play in achieving efficient crop production systems will be the main topics under examination.

Dr Mlyne said: “In the next few decades the world expects two billion more mouths to feed while our climate changes, so understanding how plant growth, development and crop yield respond to the environment has never been more important. This congress will bring together over a thousand plant biologists from around the world who are making the latest discoveries on how genes, proteins, metabolism and physiology influence plant growth.”

Ross Steele, general manager, Cairns Convention Centre, said, “Attracting this event is a coup for Cairns and required significant collaboration between academia, government and industry which indicates how important the IPMB Congress is to Australia.”

January 16, 2019

Darwin Attracts International Mining Community

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) held its 2nd Annual OECD meeting of Mining Regions and Cities at the at the Darwin Conveniton Centre. More than 250 delegates attended the meeting which focused on productivity and diversification, quality of life and well-being, new models of partnership between the private sector and local communities as well as subnational governance and fiscal arrangements.
Delegates agreed that attracting investment is key to ensuring opportunities abound for cities and regions. As does ensuring that benefits flowing from these projects remain within local communities and are truly capitalised upon. Hosting this meeting places Northern Australia at the forefront of global conversations regarding cutting-edge approaches in regional development, models for inclusive growth and benefit sharing across stakeholders involved in energy and mining industries.Department of the Chief Minister Chief Executive Jodie Ryan said this meeting provides a significant opportunity to showcase industry capability, innovation and opportunity. And with a truly global reach, opens up important linkages for local businesses to build their connections and grow their footprint both within Australia and the world.

Photo : Darwin Convention Centre

January 11, 2019

Ideas Academy Is Part of AIME 2019 Knowledge Program

Melbourne will be bustling next month with visitors attending the well known trade event for the meetings and event industry in the Asia Pacific region. Between 18 and 20 February AIME will give the opportunity to decision makers to connect, create and do business across the whole Asia Pacific region.

Open to AIME Hosted Buyers, Exhibitors and Media who have the Full Networking Package, the program will look at engagement beyond mere content. The expanded Knowledge Program on Monday will cover topics like challenging meeting norms, innovation and what the future of technology will mean for experiences. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature the Ideas Academy offering 30-45 minute knowledge sessions designed to provide thought-provoking opportunities. Topics will include turning events into powerful communities and ways to PR your next event. The Ideas Academy sessions are free to attend and are accessible to all AIME registered visitors.

Registration is open!

 

January 7, 2019

Brisbane Overflows with Freshwater Experts

The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Annual Meeting in 2021 will be held in Brisbane, making this the very first time the American based Society has held its annual meeting outside of North America. The selection of Brisbane is well aligned with the river at the heart of city life and a water knowledge hub, while Queensland universities have established leading and diverse expertise in a broad range of arid, tropical and subtropical water environments. Australia also has the largest membership of the Society of Freshwater Science outside of North America, so the choice was a natural fit.

BCEC Convention Advocate, Professor Stuart Bunn, said the 2021 Annual Meeting will be co-hosted with the Australian and New Zealand freshwater science societies, making this the biggest meeting of its kind to be held in Australia. It is expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates including strong representation from places like China, Japan and Korea. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane Marketing and Tourism Australia worked together with local universities and the Australian Freshwater Science Society and the New Zealand Freshwater Science Society to bring the event to Brisbane.

General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe said the Centre is well versed in hosting major water and environmental events including the world’s largest meeting for water practitioners and researchers, IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in 2016, and is particularly looking forward to welcoming delegates attending the first international meeting of the SFS. “As an island continent and river city we are surrounded by water and collaborating with world leading experts in this field of science is of great value and paramount importance to Queenslanders and our local science community.”

 

January 2, 2019

Wellington to Benefit from New Conference Centre

Wellington City Council gave the green light for the new Conference and Exhibition Centre (CEC). Construction on the 18,000-square-metre (sqm) CEC, which features 10,000sqm of dedicated convention space spread across its top two floors and a 1,650 sqm ground-floor exhibition gallery to accommodate touring exhibitions, is set to start next year.

WREDA’s Regional Development Destination and Attraction General Manager David Perks says: “Wellington has always been competitive with the conference venues available in the city but the WCEC will take things to a new level. It will enable the city to not only retain its current share of conferences but also put in bids for larger international conferences that would simply have been too big for existing venues. It will put us on an equal footing with Auckland and Christchurch who both have conference venues under construction, and the Australian market where all major cities have purpose-built convention facilities.”

Business and Economic Research Ltd (BERL) CEC business case reveals the new convention centre would host 111 new events each year, bringing nearly 149,000 new delegate days to Wellington, a 16% growth.

Tourism New Zealand’s Global Business Events Manager, Anna Fennessy says the development of a large-scale conference venue is a huge win for Wellington. “International business events deliver a range of benefits beyond the significant economic contributions they provide to the local economy. They have the potential to generate long-lasting positive social change in our communities through the expert knowledge delegates bring with them and they allow Kiwis to share their expertise and knowledge too. The introduction of a large-scale conference venue for Wellington means these benefits will be absorbed across the region for years to come.”

December 14, 2018

AIME Knowledge Program Expanded

The Asia Pacific Meetings and Incentives Event (AIME) will be held in Melbourne on 18-20 February 2019 presenting in this latest version the AIME Knowledge Program. Keeping in mind that professional and personal learning are very important, AIME devised opportunities for the whole community to come together and build shared experiences, setting the tone for the days of meetings on the floor.

The program now expands across the whole three days of AIME, with the immersive and interactive Knowledge Exchange across all of Monday with keynote plenary talks and Dialogue in the Dark workshops. The Program will be complimented by short-bite sessions on the show floor on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Ideas Academy. For the first time, the program will be open to the entire community – buyers, exhibitors and media discovering together.

December 7, 2018

Pharma Experts Choose Brisbane

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) will play host to the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2021 for the first time with an expected 2,500 delegates. Brisbane is an emerging hub of innovation in the health care sector, with a strong pharmaceutical sciences community at the forefront of research and education.

The five-day congress was secured through close collaboration of The Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association (APSA),Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) as well as key convention partners, Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing.

Consortium Chair, Professor Parisa Aslani, from the University of Sydney’s School of Pharmacy, said that the Congress will provide a platform to showcase global innovation in pharmacy as well as challenges and opportunities for a future pharmacy sector.

Future conferences heading to Brisbane include the 2019 International Symposium on Dental Hygiene, 145th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Slot Conference 2019, 17th Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Asia Pacific Forum 2020, the 15th International Congress on Nursing Informatics 2020, International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) International Conference 2021, 35th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education 2022 and the World Congress of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) 2026.

BCEC General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe, said Brisbane’s strengths in science, research and health care and the Centre’s strong collaborative partnerships with the local scientific community continue to play an important role in attracting key sector conferences to Brisbane.

December 5, 2018

ICC Sydney Legacy Program Reveals Its Creative Industries Stream

International Convention Centre Sydney’s (ICC Sydney) famous Legacy program continues on its successful course introducing a new dedicated Creative Industries stream, to showcase Australia’s home-grown talent on the global stage and support the next generation of creative leaders. This last addition is meant to complement the Legacy Program’s four core streams – Innovators & Entrepreneurs, Generation Next, First Australians and Sustainable Events and to drive long-term social, economic and environment outcomes, which are both meaningful and measurable.

The new focus will give the opportunity to event organisers and their delegates to collaborate with Sydney and New South Wales’ thriving creative economy, through a diverse range of stimulating and inspiring arts and cultural encounters. From providing support to Sydney’s already established artists to engaging new talent for event performances from Talent Development Project, the main goal remains a lasting legacy for the country and its people. The venue has decided to take client satisfaction and lasting impact even further as it will be connecting with festival programs including VIVID and Sydney Festival.

ICC Sydney has also formed a collaboration with Dinosaur Designs, maker of bold and instantly recognisable Australian homewares, in order to offer original Sydney gifts while promoting the local art scene. ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy said expanding the venue’s support for creative industries will help invigorate client event programs, while accelerating opportunities for a broader segment of the community. “Our team is looking forward to formalising our connections to deliver tangible commercial outcomes for the creative industries while reinforcing Sydney’s reputation as a vibrant and diverse city and ensuring authentic, entertaining experiences for our clients and their patrons.”

Sydney Festival Executive Director, Chris Tooher also applauded ICC Sydney’s initiative for further promotion of the local region and its cultural scene. “ICC Sydney sits right on the doorstep of our city’s bourgeoning creative industries and plays an integral role in raising Sydney’s global reputation for artistic excellence. This initiative to build enriching cultural experiences into events programs will make a significant contribution to the sector.”

 

November 9, 2018

Brisbane Brings Together Cancer Specialists

Brisbane is set to host some of the world’s best specialty surgeons, respiratory researchers, clinicians and allied health professionals after securing the 15th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig). Brisbane’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing partnered with Tourism and Events Queensland and BCEC on the successful bid for the conference.

iMig will take place from 25-28 March 2020 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), putting Brisbane at the centre of ground-breaking efforts to understand, cure and prevent mesothelioma – a tumour of the tissue lining the lungs, stomach, heart and other organs.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said more than 500 delegates were expected at the conference, which will stimulate ideas and establish collaborations between Brisbane and a global network of research experts. BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said mesothelioma was a strategic health issue with Australia recording among the highest rates of the disease in the world. “Hosting this conference puts the spotlight on the critical groundbreaking research happening right here in Brisbane,” Mr O’Keeffe said.