In brief: BEN August 2018

Brisbane’s record bid wins

BRISBANE’S economy will be boosted by over $96 million following a record year of activity from the city’s convention bureau.

The city’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the past year had been the Brisbane Convention Bureau’s most successful to date, with 46,000 delegates set to visit the city over 164,000 event days.

“Brisbane is home to one of the world’s best convention centres, and last financial year the Brisbane Convention Bureau worked to secure 78 conferences, including 34 international events,” Quirk said.

The conference bid wins were achieved in partnership with the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), with the BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe saying that the Centre generated $79.4 million in convention bid wins through its own activities.

Staging Connections rebrands

Inhouse technology and production services company Staging Connections has officially rebranded its Australian business to align with parent company, Encore Event Technologies.

Tony Chamberlain, managing director of the Encore Event Technologies group for the Asia-Pacific region, said Staging Connections’ adoption of the Encore brand would bolster its competitive advantage to service event planners and premium hotels worldwide.

“A single brand reflects the mutual values of both businesses and will enable us to truly function as one of the largest AV and event production networks within the industry,” Chamberlain said.

Sydney scores a million

The US-based MDRT’s inaugural Global Conference will be hosted in September 2019 at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and is set to generate $19 million for the local economy.

“Collaboration, world-class facilities and premium services were key to attracting the cream of the crop of the world’s highest performing financial professionals,” said Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney.

“We look forward to rolling out the red carpet for MDRT members during their inaugural event in the Asia Pacific region.”

The MDRT conference will see some 8,000 of the world’s top earning professionals across 500 companies exchange insights and share innovative practices.