Focus on Human Connections at AIME 2020

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.

October 11, 2019

National Wine Centre of Australia Keeps Adelaide Busy With Events

The National Wine Centre of Australia is gearing up for a busy October and November with five business events comprising three national, one international and one state conference set to take place over a six-week period.  The events, including the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Conference, the Australasian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (AuSPEN) Conference and the International Fungal Cell Wall Conference span the medical, agricultural, health, environment and commerce sectors, and will see around 1000 delegates pass through the National Wine Centre over this period.
The venue which was recently awarded ‘Best Caterer’ overall and ‘Best Function/Conference Cater’ for the second consecutive year at the SA Restaurant and Catering Awards is taking a proactive step forward toward further increasing its share of Adelaide’s business events market with the appointment of former long term Adelaide Convention Centre Manager of Event Planning, Jo Wood. 
Six pillarless function rooms with abundant natural light (and blackout options) offer event managers a 10 to 1000 delegate capacity with inhouse a/v facilities, easy access and load in, an expert events team and award winning and fully flexible catering options. 

September 24, 2019

Adelaide Finishes 2019 Strong As Ever

The Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) has won 75 business events, attracting 28,500 delegates to South Australia by the end of 2019. The events include one of Adelaide’s largest international events, World Routesa global meeting for airlines, airports, destinations and other aviation stakeholders. It is the first time this event has been held in Australasia. It will discuss, develop and plan global network strategy and attract the most senior decision makers of the world’s leading aviation organisations.

The 75 business events will in total use 18 different venues and deliver 130,000 bed nights for the State’s hotels. The economic benefit is the equivalent of creating 1,250 jobs. The longer-term economic benefits include trade and investment opportunities, skilled migration potential, and the exploration and showcasing of SA’s expert capabilities across a range of fields.

27 of the events are related to medical health; built from an ACB focus on attracting health sciences events.  They include the Human Proteome Organisation World Congress 2019, the 2019 Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Annual Scientific Convention, the Clinical Oncology of Australia’s Scientific Meeting and the Leading Age Services Australia National Congress 2019.

September 23, 2019

New Brand, New Name for Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Convention Bureau has embraced a new name to resonate and engage more effectively and efficiently with the business events marketplace and will now be known as Northern Territory Business Events. Whilst the formal launch will take place at the 2020 Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) in Melbourne in February, the new name will be rolled out progressively from mid-September onwards.

The new title comes as Tourism NT releases a new brand. The new tagline, ‘Different in every sense’, seeks to convey that the Northern Territory is unlike any other place on earth. The NT provides a multi-sensory experience for delegates encouraging the disconnection from hectic, every day routines and a renewed energy to achieve positive outcomes relevant to their business event.

As part of the re-branding process, the Tourism NT logo has undergone a refresh.

September 17, 2019

ICC Sydney Shares Its Story

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) keeps sharing examples of how its people and in-house services are demonstrating ICC Sydney as More Than a Venue. Since the campaign launch in May this year, the venue has gone from strength-to-strength on deepening its connections across Sydney’s arts and culture, food and wine, and innovation communities.

Supported by the venue’s Legacy Program streams of Generation Next, Innovators and Entrepreneurs, First Australians, Sustainable Events and Creative Industries, the stories shared by ICC Sydney highlight its role in acting as a connection between the local community and clients. In addition to ICC Sydney’s Legacy Program, the venue’s Feeding Your Performance procurement strategy is placing local produce in front of international audiences.

New content is continuing to roll out to support the campaign’s hero video, which features a day in the life of a delegate, an external event planner and an ICC Sydney chef, each experiencing the ways in which ICC Sydney is More Than a Venue.

September 6, 2019

Christchurch Plants Seeds of Knowledge

The International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Congress will take place in Ōtautahi Christchurch from 11-18 May 2022. It will be held at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. Most of New Zealand’s seed exports are sourced from Canterbury.

The Congress is held every three years, and brings together seed experts from more than 70 countries, giving delegates the chance to network with their global counterparts. ISTA members include scientists, seed technologists, policy makers and regulators. It is a premier global event for the industry. Delegates will be surrounded by an agricultural and seed-producing sector.

The local industry is focused on seed for pasture; forage grasses like ryegrass and clover; and cereal grain crops like wheat. Christchurch boasts a large number of growers, processors and merchants, as well as research institutions focused on seed. Two of the four ISTA-acredited New Zealand seed laboratories are based in and around Christchurch, and many local labs have ISTA members within them.

August 28, 2019

Typically Queensland Menu Launched in Brisbane

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Executive Chef, David Pugh has unleashed his haute cuisine skills and love of fresh local produce on the Centre’s newly released menus. Having reigned as Queensland’s Ambassador Chef for four years and recipient of numerous chefs’ hats during his restaurant career, he  has set his much acclaimed culinary talents at work celebrating the freshness, flavours and variety of local Queensland produce in this latest menu offering.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), has a long history of advocacy for quality and the provenance of Queensland food, sourcing the very best of available and accessible local, seasonal produce. BCEC sources 80% of its produce from Queensland – from the Far North of the state, west to Chinchilla, east to the Fraser Coast and south to the New South Wales border.

August 23, 2019

Australia Government to Offer Visa Fast-Track to 5,000

Australia’s federal government will establish a new, high-skilled migration stream that will fast-track visas for 5,000 of the world’s best and brightest every year with the aim of entrenching high-tech industries in the country.

Immigration Minister David Coleman announced the Global Talent Independent Program earlier this month: it will seek the advice of a small panel of Australia’s high achievers in the fields of academia and business over which industries to pursue.

More on this here.

August 9, 2019

Cairns Convention Centre to be Expanded

Cairns Convention Centre, which has been operated by AEG Ogden since it opened in 1996 and twice named winner of the World’s Best Congress Centre (2004 and 2014), will undergo a refurbishment of existing facilities and an expansion providing an additional 3,000 square metres of meeting, banquet  and exhibition space.

Work is due to commence in June 2020 with the refurbishment to be completed by November 2020 and expansion by 2021/22.

AEG Ogden Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister said: “One of the main selling points going forward will be the ability of the Cairns Convention Centre to host multiple events at the same time, ie a basketball game and a convention or two conventions. Conference growth in Tropical North Queensland has been constrained as a result of the Centre not being able to accommodate two large conventions simultaneously during the convention season. This expansion by Government will largely resolve those constraints, opening up additional economic benefits and tourism opportunities for Cairns and Tropical North Queensland.”

August 5, 2019

Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia Introduces New Networking Platform

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced the launch of a new series of special interest forums that will provide greater opportunity for year round engagement for members to exchange valuable industry knowledge and address the key issues facing the industry.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said the forum series will deliver a new targeted communication platform for EEAA member categories to share industry knowledge across a range of issues of common professional interest. “The special interest forums will provide an opportunity for members of our community to drill down into the key issues and opportunities facing the industry. In addition to our major annual headline events, the forums will serve as an additional platform for greater year round engagement within the member community,” she commented.