New Initiative Leaves a Legacy for the Environment in Cairns

December 10, 2019

New Initiative Leaves a Legacy for the Environment in Cairns

Business Events Cairns and Great Barrier Reef have today launched a new initiative at their annual Sell TNQ event. The new program, named ‘Nurturing Nature’, sees five Cairns’ hotels commit to donating $5 per delegate to local environmental and wildlife causes for events booked and held in participating hotels next year. The program is part of larger efforts to nurture the natural environment on which the local business events sector is built on.

“Without our natural environment in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, we wouldn’t have a visitor economy or business events sector. This new program is one of many ways the industry is giving back to local environmental causes whilst providing another way for delegates to leave a legacy,” commented Rosie Douglas, General Manager of Business Events Cairns and Great Barrier Reef.

The donations per conference attendee will go to one of four locally based charities including Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Tropical Animal Rehabilitation Centre and North Queensland Wildlife Trust. In addition to the donation from each hotel, the properties undertake their own initiatives to conserve energy, water, shop local and give back to the local community.

December 9, 2019

Further Study on Iron in Biology in Darwin

The Darwin Convention Centre will welcome more than 300 international delegates of the International Society for the Study of Iron in Biology and Medicine (BioIron Society) from all over the world to the Top End of Australia when Darwin hosts the 2021 Congress. The Darwin Convention Centre worked in close collaboration with Northern Territory Business Events to secure the event.

Professor Nathan Subramaniam, Australian Board Member of the BioIron Society, said the Congress will be an opportunity for delegates to have a truly authentic Australian experience. ‘The Congress will provide delegates from all around the world the opportunity to experience the Top End of Australia while meeting in world class facilities to present and discuss the latest research in this field’, added Subramaniam.

The Northern Territory Government supports the event through the Northern Territory Business Events Support Fund.

November 20, 2019

Eye Health Professionals Converge in Melbourne

Melbourne has won an international bid to host 2,000 international eye health professionals at the World Congress of Optometry 2021 (WCO 2021). The event will bring the world’s best professionals in optometry to Australia and provide local optometrists with valuable exposure to global knowledge, experience and approaches to practice.

To be held in September 2021, the three-day Congress will also see leading manufacturers and equipment suppliers from every corner of the globe converge at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) to share in the latest technological and patient care advances, that will enable optometrists to maximise their potential to make a significant impact on eye health in Australia and beyond.

Melbourne recently hosted one of the most successful optometry congresses, the  Southern Regional Congress (SRC), merging for the first time with the Optical Distributors and Manufacturers Association (ODMA) to create the new biennial event which aims to be the largest education, eye care and eyewear event ever seen in the Southern Hemisphere, O=MEGA19. This created a readily engaged audience in the optometry industry providing a successful platform for WCO 2021 to be hosted in the city alongside O=MEGA21.

November 13, 2019

Adelaide Grows an Interest in Potatoes

Adelaide, South Australia has been named as the host city for the 2023 World Potato Congress (WPC), the first time this globally significant biennial business event has been held in Australia. The Congress is expected to attract over 1000 delegates to Adelaide for the week.

The successful bid, led by the Adelaide Convention Bureau and Potatoes South Australia, ultimately focused on an ‘Old World Meets New’ theme given the historical status of the potato as a food staple, the innovation and technology applied to its production today and the investment in research and development being undertaken locally and internationally with consideration given to global changes in sustainability, climate, culture and population.

Furthermore, Potatoes South Australia presented the WPC board with an all new initiative which also featured strongly in South Australia’s successful bid to host the event.  As of the 2023 congress, a ‘WPC Trust for Developing Nations’ will be established, the purpose of which will be to help fund Potato Industry Research, Development and Education in developing nations.

The WPC ‘Old World meets New’ theme will truly focus on the importance and position the potato will play in the future with topics for discussion and discovery at the congress to include Sustainability, Consumer Behaviour, Value-Adding, Technology in Production and Pests/Diseases and Biosecurity.

“WPC’s ambition to become a premier global networking organization for potato professionals includes, by definition, establishing activities in all regions and continents. Inviting the global potato scene to join us in Australia in 2023 is illustrating that sharing knowledge, experience and innovation will push this unique sector of the agro-food industry further ahead. We are confident that under the theme ‘Old World Meets New’ this congress will increase capacity and quality for the potato value chain in the host country as well as in all traditional and new potato growing areas in the world,” said Romain Cools, WPC Inc. President & CEO.

November 12, 2019

New Zealand Wins World Avocado Congress Bid

New Zealand will welcome thousands of international avocado experts in 2023 after winning the bid to host the 10th World Avocado Congress (WAC).

Tourism New Zealand’s Global Manager Business Events Lisa Gardiner says: “We’re delighted that the World Avocado Congress is coming to New Zealand. This is a huge boost for our local avocado industry and a chance to showcase New Zealand’s horticulture industry to thousands of influential international guests. It also provides the opportunity to access innovation, global knowledge and science to support the growth of the sector.” 

New Zealand’s bid was led by Tauranga-based NZ Avocado, which represents 1350 New Zealand growers, with support from Tourism New Zealand, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the New Zealand Embassy in Colombia.

Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme provided support and marketing resources communicating New Zealand’s proposition. These included its strong avocado and horticulture community, unique cultural experiences, and tiaki – sustainability – promise.

November 11, 2019

ICC Sydney Builds on its Legacy Program

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is adding another layer to its Legacy Program as Australia’s premier venue introduces new culinary initiative. ICC Sydney recently unveiled Edible Centrepieces – an innovative, community-driven service which allows both clients and the venue to deliver on their sustainability goals and increase their support for the Matthew Talbot Hostel, a service run by the St. Vincent De Paul Society New South Wales.

Edible Centrepieces allow clients to replace floral arrangements with table centrepieces created from seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs, sourced from the venue’s 129 New South Wales-based network of suppliers. These unique arrangements are able to be displayed in complimentary recycled vases. Post-event, the ICC Sydney Culinary Services team uses the produce to donate nutritious meals to the Matthew Talbot Hostel.

With 7.3 million tonnes of food waste ending up in Australia’s landfill each year, ICC Sydney’s new initiative not only reduces waste but helps give back to those most in need, as the Matthew Talbot Hostel cares for men experiencing homelessness. 

Vinnies Acting Accommodation Manager at the Matthew Talbot Hostel, Mark Purchase, said: “ICC Sydney is more than a venue. It’s an organisation which makes a huge difference to the community. The high-quality food donated by ICC Sydney goes a long way in supporting the 200 men we serve at each meal at the Matthew Talbot Hostel.”

November 5, 2019

New Zealand Measures Conferences Positive Impact

Tourism New Zealand has announced three international conferences whose impacts will be measured to maximise the positive societal impacts conferences generate to communities. The three conferences that are part of the pilot are the INTECOL International Wetlands Conference 2020 in Christchurch, World Leisure Congress 2022 in Dunedin, International Working Group on Women and Sport 2022 in Auckland.

Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen England Hall says: “Conferences are a catalyst for social change. The information shared and decisions taken can profoundly change communities, impacting areas from policy and legislation change, to public health initiatives, environmental action, economic growth, or the creation of new jobs.”

Tourism New Zealand partnered with Canada-based non-profit organisation #Meet4Impact on the Enrich New Zealand – Conference Impact project. #Meet4Impact ran workshops with Tourism New Zealand, conference organisers, and local stakeholders to develop a framework for generating, managing and measuring the positive societal impacts across the three pilot conferences.

#Meet4Impact Co-Founder and CEO Geneviève Leclerc says: “Social impact requires event organisers to hold a conscious initial intention of social change and a reliable structure for measuring its results. We’re proud to be partnering with New Zealand on their Enrich New Zealand – Conference Impact project as they work to create maximum value out of their conferences.”

October 31, 2019

Cairns Gathers Vertebrate Morphology Experts

The International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology is heading to Australia for the first time and will be hosted at the Cairns Convention Centre in July 2022. The global event will bring together over 700 leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Vertebrate Morphology, such as Biomechanics, Evolutionary Developmental Biology and Paleontology. The congress also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Vertebrate Morphology.

The conference, hosted by the International Society of Vertebrate Morphology, will be attended by delegates from over 40 countries, with experts from a variety of International universities such as Harvard, Cambridge, Yale, Chicago and Brown. “Cairns was the perfect choice for the 2022 Congress,” said Dr Olga Panagiotopoulou, from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, who led Australia’s bid to host the event. “Over recent years, Australia has become a leading nation in vertebrate research and we wanted to bring the international community to a city where they could network together and explore one of the most beautiful destinations in the world,” she said.

Life sciences is a growing sector, with Australia positioned in the world’s top five in biotechnology for the past three years. Queensland has more than 100 large institutes, facilities, research hospitals, precincts, smaller laboratories and other research organisations involved in the biotechnology sector.


Photo: Cairns Convention Centre

October 25, 2019

Trailblazers Receive Grants for Conferences in Brisbane

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has invited Brisbane’s brightest minds to apply for a grant program to help attract lucrative international conferences to Brisbane. The Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant offers a share of $30,000 to emerging professionals and researchers to attend an international conference in their field and help Brisbane bid to host the conference in future.

“We want local trailblazers to benefit from attending an international conference where they can build valuable global networks, broaden their knowledge and skills and gain recognition of their work in Brisbane. At the same time, the recipients will work with the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing and partners to bid for the conferences to be held in Brisbane”, Cr Schrinner said.

Former recipients, University of Queensland scientists Dr Christina Schroeder and Dr Johan Rosengren, used the grant to attend the 2018 International Peptide Symposium in Tokyo. They then spearheaded a successful bid for Brisbane to host the event for 2021. Backed by the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane Marketing and Tourism and Events Queensland, the symposium will see about 650 global researchers and experts in peptide science visit Brisbane.

Another recipient, Clinical Director of not-for-profit Hear and Say, Emma Rushbrooke, worked with Brisbane Marketing to secure the AG Bell Global Listening and Spoken Language Symposium for Brisbane in 2021, after using the grant to attend the 2018 event in the United States. Due to Ms Rushbrooke’s advocacy for Brisbane, the city will welcome about 500 global experts in paediatric hearing and healthcare.

October 14, 2019

Focus on Human Connections at AIME 2020

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), held in Melbourne on February 17–19, has announced the theme for its much-anticipated 2020 Knowledge Exchange – inspire communities to connect through authentic learning experiences and human-centred interactions. AIME 2020 will see the program evolve from its developments in 2019, sharpening its focus on the fundamentals of relationship building in today’s hyper-connected world – and its power to drive positive change throughout the region.

“The Asia Pacific is one of the world’s most diverse cultural regions, and connecting and understanding its neighbours has been one of the key driving forces in its economic success. I’m very excited to lead discussions on how technology has played a role in all this, but also on the importance of stripping back to the basics,” said Holly Ransom, CEO of Emergent and globally renowned speaker and curator.

Open to both buyers and exhibitors, AIME 2020 will see bespoke experiences offered across all sectors of the industry. Furthermore, it marks the first year that associations will be able to participate in an invitation-only discussion with industry leaders on the topic.