In brief: Business Events News April 2019 issue

EEAA celebrates business women

THE Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) 2019 International Women’s Day Breakfast held at Sydney’s Doltone House celebrated the pathways women take to succeed and called on all women “not to hold back” when opportunities are presented.

EEAA Chief Executive Joyce DiMascio said it was important to put the spotlight on women in the business events industry and discuss different roads to success and the challenges faced.

This year’s event was themed around women in leadership, women defying stereotypes and women’s heart health and wellbeing.

“It is up to us [women] as well to seize opportunities,” said Supriya Shakya, Head of Digital, Reed Exhibitions Australia. “You must have the discipline to put your hand up and grab that opportunity.”

Melbourne lands largest conference

Melbourne has been chosen as the host city for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, with the city expecting to welcome 20,000 Rotary members from over 200 countries and inject over $88m into the Victorian economy.

The event will be held across two venues, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne & Olympic Parks.

“Over the course of the four-day event an extra 20,000 visitors will be filling up Melbourne’s hotel rooms, local restaurants and also driving visitation to the city’s key venues and attractions,” said Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham.

The convention is expected to create millions of dollars in economic spin-offs along with high occupancy levels for up to 50 hotels across Melbourne during the off-peak season.

ICC Sydney outperforms target

Delegates attending events at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) generated $820 million in direct expenditure for NSW in its second year of operation, an increase of $35 million on the $78 million direct contribution in 2017, according to a Deloitte Access Economics study.

International and interstate visitors helped generate 72% ($590 million) of the total expenditure.

Chief Executive Officer of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy said he was proud of the venue’s achievements in stimulating the local economy while setting new standards for the business events industry.

“ICC Sydney is proud to have welcomed another 1.3 million visitors across more than 700 successful events in 2018 and simultaneously enhancing the city’s reputation globally and creating opportunities for our talented, local community.”

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