Researchers Experience Adventure in Queenstown

March 12, 2019

Researchers Experience Adventure in Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand has won a bid to host the 9th International Adventure Conference, which will bring leading tourism researchers to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time, in December 2020. The winning bid was presented by Dr Susan Houge Mackenzie on behalf of her team from the University of Otago, Queenstown Resort College, and the Otago Polytechnic Institute of Sport and Adventure.

“The city’s global reputation as an adventure tourism hub made it a stand-out choice for the Adventure Tourism Research Association (ATRA). Queenstown is an ideal place for adventure tourism researchers, operators and policy makers to engage. The conference will focus on bringing academics and practitioners together to share their challenges and innovations, foster connections, and identify synergies. Our aim is to ensure symbiotic benefits for the local community and international delegates. We hope local practitioners and policy makers will benefit from international perspectives and expertise, and our international delegates in turn want to learn about Queenstown’s unique approaches to adventure tourism.”

Queenstown Convention Bureau Business Development Director, Kiran Nambiar says the impact of this event will go beyond the economic value of hosting high-value visitors to the region. “It also fosters and grows the expertise and knowledge within our community and allows us to share insights with our international peers.”

March 1, 2019

Gold Coast Shines with More Association Conferences

Gold Coast has recorded a 19 per cent increase in association meetings for the twelve months to 30 June 2018. Data compiled for the Queensland Business Events Survey (QBES*) has indicated that 313 associations met on the Gold Coast in the last financial year, higher from the 263 conferences recorded in the previous twelve months.

Anna Case, Executive Director of Business Events, said the city appeals to associations because of the diverse offering of the destination and the welcoming warmth extended to delegates when they meet on the Gold Coast.

The positive results look set to continue with conferences confirmed such as the Australian Archaeological Association with 400 delegates in 2019, the 28th World Congress for Medical Law with 400 delegates in 2022, the National Franchise Convention with 500 delegates in 2019 and the 9th World Rett Syndrome Congress with 350 delegates in 2020.

 

February 27, 2019

ICC Sydney Presents Leadership in Action

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) presented the inaugural Leaders Forum during the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne providing insights into the venue’s award-winning blueprint for customer and community success. CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy emphasised the important role of leaders to take responsibility for delivering their company objectives but also, to look over the horizon and share industry challenges with the teams, cities and stakeholders that they represent, imparting knowledge on the next generation of leaders.

For ICC Sydney, success in 2018 translated to the delivery of more than 700 core events. The business also deepened its multi-streamed Legacy Program, actively enriching visitor experiences while delivering lasting impacts for Sydney’s vibrant community. “Our work in the local community and investment in our people is equally important. We launched the first Reconciliation Action Plan in an Australian convention centre last year, celebrated the people of Australia’s First Nations and improved diversity and inclusion within our workforce alongside our understanding of Australia’s mixture of cultures,” Donaghy said.

Photo : ICC Sydney

 

February 26, 2019

New Management for Te Pae Christchurch

Te Pae ChristchurchNew Zealand’s second largest conference and exhibition facility, is set for completion in 2020. The new convention centre will have capacity to host up to 2,000 delegates for a variety of national and international events. It will feature purpose built facilities including a 1,400 seat auditorium, 3,600 square metres of exhibition space and 24 meeting rooms set on the banks of the Avon River. It will begin hosting events from October 2020.

Recently, Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive, John Bridgman, announced that AEG Ogden, the venue management company in the Asia Pacific region, has been selected as the operator for Te Pae Christchurch. AEG Ogden Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister, said: “We intend applying our global expertise to showcase Christchurch’s world-class innovation, techniques, research and best practices in the city’s key industry sectors of Earth Science, Health Science, International Education, Agriculture, ICT and Building Technology. Our aim is to attract major conventions which will not only provide a significant economic boost but showcase the exceptional world class talent and skills of the Christchurch and New Zealand communities.”

The announcement was followed by the news that Ross Steele has been promoted to manage Te Pae, Christchurch ahead of its opening next year. Mr. Steele has served as General Manager of the AEG Ogden managed Cairns Convention Centre for the past 12 years and brings an impressive industry record to his new role. Mr. Steele said: “Our priority will be to attract international conventions which will both benefit the economy and showcase Christchurch and New Zealand to the world.”

 

Photo : Christchurch CC

February 25, 2019

Sustainability Initiatives Give Melbourne the Upper Hand

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre(MCEC) strives to be leaders in sustainable business practice leading the way with many sustainable initiatives over the years.

MCEC’s Chief Operating Officer, Leighton Wood said: “Take Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) for example. In 2018 we joined 13 other reputable Melbourne organisations to support the development of a wind farm in regional Victoria. This initiative enables us to offset the projected electricity use of our 20,000 square metre expansion space with renewable energy”. And he added: “We have removed single use plastics from our retail outlets, eliminated bottled water in catering and are introducing fully biodegradable coffee cups and lids.”

MCEC’s partnership with OzHarvest saw the redistribution of 38,660 meals (12,886 kilograms of food) through their food rescue donation program in 2018. Other 2018 sustainability achievements are reducing carbon emissions per square metre by 16 per cent against 2015 levels, diverting 67% of all waste from landfill using 15 waste streams, replacing 580 lights in exhibition bays with LED lighting, resulting in a 70% reduction in power usage and recycling 65,000 coffee pods annually.

Photo : MCEC, Melbourne

February 22, 2019

Darwin Organises Neuroscience Nurses Congress

Neuroscience nurses from around the world will be meeting at the Top End to attend the 13th World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses (WFNN) Congress. The Darwin Convention Centre will play host to the international event under the theme ‘Create – Imagine – Inspire – Discover’ in July 2021.

Vicki Evans, WFNN Vice President and Scientific Chair, said the Congress will feature a strong scientific program with lectures from the world’s leaders in neuroscience nursing and will provide an opportunity for delegates to refresh their knowledge on a broad range of topics. ‘The Congress will provide a platform for an open dialogue about best practice that will challenge thinking to contribute to better care worldwide’ added Evans.

The WFNN Executive and Scientific Committee are looking forward to working with the Northern Territory Convention Bureau and Darwin Convention Centre to deliver a world-class event that enables neuroscience nursing to deliver real change.

 

Photo : Darwin Convention Centre

February 20, 2019

Brisbane Rises High with Posture Conference in 2021

Brisbane will welcome the world’s leading posture and gait clinicians and researchers following its successful bid to host a significant world congress in 2021. Brisbane’s economic development board, Brisbane Marketing, collaborated with Tourism and Events Queensland and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to secure the International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress for 20-24 June 2021. More than 500 delegates from over 40 countries will explore the latest research and clinical findings, issues and ideas in the field.

ISPGR President and Professor of Movement Neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University, Mark Hollands, said a number of factors contributed to Brisbane being selected as the 2021 host destination. “Brisbane is a warm and welcoming city with exceptional research institutions, award-winning conference facilities, and a range of new hotels and experiences for delegates,” Professor Hollands said. “We expect our Asia-based members to take advantage of Brisbane’s close proximity to the region, while access from across the globe is easy with direct flights from more than 80 destinations.”

Photo : Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

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