AIME Knowledge Program Expanded

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.

November 7, 2018

ICC Sydney Acknowledges Australia’s First Nations

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is the first convention centre in Australia to launch a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), bolstering its ongoing commitment to recognise and celebrate the cultures, practices and traditions of Australia’s First Nations within the venue and the events it hosts.

The introduction of the RAP builds on ICC Sydney’s work to date and will see the venue activate a series of initiatives to build greater engagement with, and acknowledgement of, Australia’s First Nations. To visually represent First Nations art and culture across the precinct, ICC Sydney has commissioned an artwork by Jeffrey Samuels, renowned Aboriginal artist, titled Gadigal, Acknowledgement Respect.

ICC Sydney is working with First Nations businesses and communities through its supply chains, community networks and client stakeholder engagement. The venue has developed its RAP utilising Reconciliation Australia’s guidelines under the Innovate template.

Photo : ICC  Sydney

October 26, 2018

Sydney Paid Its Dues To Finance Experts

SIBOS visited Sydney on 22 October, bringing to the city’s International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney) 7,000 business leaders and decision-makers from around the world. Heralded as the world’s premier financial event, SIBOS in its 40th year ignited conversation between global banks, industry executives, entrepreneurs and academic experts. In its third visit to Sydney, the global meeting provided a timely platform to discuss and refine trending topics, while cementing Australia’s reputation as an innovative financial services hub.

Ahead of SIBOS, the NSW government met with heads of the world’s major finance and banking institutions in a gathering brokered by the NSW Department of Industry. What this concerted effort reflected was a recognition of the benefit to cities and industries that global meetings of this magnitude have. The collaboration between businesses, academics and disruptors not only result in new ideas and solutions, but also long-tail effects such as redefined practice, strengthened networks, and social change.

Head of SIBOS, Chantal Van Es said, “Sydney has a perfect intersection of energy, innovation, infrastructure and new ideas. The BESydney team have been our first point of contact for everything. They’re incredibly connected and put us in touch with all the right stakeholders. Through them we’ve met many different authorities and key local organisers to help make SIBOS 2018 in Sydney a success.”

October 24, 2018

Brisbane Heads for Major Oncology Congress

Brisbane is set to host 2,000 of the world’s leading cancer experts in a first time event for Australia, described as the ‘Olympics’ for head and neck cancer. The World Congress of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) will take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in 2026, with the aim of raising the global benchmark for the care and treatment of patients with head and neck cancer.

The Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society (ANZHNCS) supported by Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and Brisbane Marketing delivered the bid for the much sought after conference for Australia, highlighting the city’s strengths in the development of immunotherapy and vaccines.

BCEC Advocate Professor Sandro Porceddu, Director, Radiation Oncology Research, at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, said the Congress is expected to attract some of the world’s most eminent surgeons, oncologists, scientists, researchers and allied health workers in the field of head and neck cancer.

The Congress will deliver a major legacy to the local community with visiting world leaders expected to spend time in rural, remote and indigenous communities in northern Australia, gaining insight into issues in areas with high rates of cancer and examining the role tele-oncology might play in these communities.

October 22, 2018

New Zealand Welcomes More International Conferences

New Zealand recently held an event in Auckland to recognise the efforts of 31 experts who have secured international conferences for the country. These experts include people from university academics to health sector professionals who have championed their field of expertise on the global stage to bring conferences to the country. The Minister of Tourism, Mr Davis, announced that more than 18,000 international delegates will be drawn to New Zealand bringing their knowledge and experience; as a result, innovation which will lead to sustainable growth is expected in the country.

One such conference is the World Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association set to take place in Wellington in March 2019. The conference will help build capability to advance human rights issues faced by Rainbow communities in New Zealand an the Oceania region.

October 2, 2018

Darwin Discusses Australia’s Ports

Some 200 industry leaders, decision makers and government speakers from all over Australia met in Darwin recently for the 46th biennial Ports Australia biennial conference. The conference, one of Australia’s chief maritime events, focussed on the opportunities and challenges facing Australia’s port sector, delivering strong, positive messages about the value Australia’s ports contribute to society.
During the two-day event, delegates attended 23 presentations and Q&A segments on the conference’s main themes, including security, economic and regulatory issues in Australia’s ports sector, social licence and community engagement, alternative energy, new technologies and innovation, port policy, Australia’s business and trade relationship with China, and coastal shipping.

Ports Australia’s Communications Director, Mike Fairbairn, said Darwin’s unique atmosphere and welcoming personality was one of the highlights. “The atmosphere in Darwin relaxed people, and they were able to socialise. 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. The setting actually encouraged the sector to unify more—that would be one of the legacy issues from the Darwin event”.

Photo : Darwin Convention Centre

September 25, 2018

Hilton Ticks all the Boxes for Associations

The meetings industry has experienced significant changes over the last few years due to global economic trends, changes in participants’ needs and expectations, and increased competition among established and emerging destinations. These changes have created opportunities to benefit from new market conditions. In this context, Hilton as a hotel chain has become a trusted partner for association meetings.

As one of the leading groups in the hotel industry, Hilton can meet all the needs of associations with over 5.400 hotels located in 106countries. With a very diverse portfolio that includes hotels in new and trendy locations, facilities in well-established destinations with easy access and great infrastructure, as well as hidden gems in Europe and beyond (think rich culture, heritage and history!) and properties near air hubs or at the heart of well-connected regions, they have developed tailor-made offers for associations.

It comes hardly as a surprise that associations have been choosing Hilton to host their events. AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers, organized their 54th Congress in 2016 at the Hilton Munich Park with 680 persons. It was so successful that the organization confirmed their next event at the Hilton Dubrovnik in November 2018.

Made-to-Measure 

Thanks to Hilton’s congress expertise, associations can enjoy a whole range of dedicated benefits. Practically speaking, should associations choose a hotel from the chain to organize their conference, Hilton can offer them a reduced deposit guarantee of up to 80%, while no deposit guarantee will be required for rooms that are to be booked and paid by each delegate individually. Hilton also offers flexibility to reduce the number of delegates by 20% cumulative from the time of booking until 45 days prior arrival, as well as an efficient tool that will allow your delegates to book and modify their accommodation directly online – a tool which, as the event organizer, you will have the opportunity to brand with your own texts and images.

On an individual level, association members receive a 10% discount off the Best Available Rate by booking , and enjoy on-property benefits when staying at Hilton, including breakfast or access to gyms and spas. While there will also be zero blackout dates (book what you need any time!), booking online will be efficient, easy and transparent through the Hilton brand websites or via the Hilton Honors App.

Need more information? Visit the newly created landing page for Associations www.stay.hilton.com/associations/ or write an email cecile.potut@hilton.com