In brief: BEN news from May 2019

EEAA commit to young stars

THE Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia is committed to developing young leaders for the industry, CEO Joyce DiMascio told delegates at the launch of the organisation’s Young Stars Meet-up Series.

The Meet-up Series, which was launched at the offices of Informa Australia early May, was developed by the EEAA’s Young Stars Committee, to create new styles of learning and networking opportunities for emerging talent in the industry.

“Our goal is to bring talented young professionals, who will lead the future of the industry, into mainstream discussions and knowledge-sharing both on and off stage,” DiMascio said.

M&OP on charm offensive

Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) showcased its new conference and event centre in late April at the Executive PA Summit, in Brisbane’s Royal International Convention Centre.

From 2022, the home of the Australian Open Tennis Championships will serve up a new destination for event organisers, featuring a 2,000m2 pillarless ballroom, an 800m2 pre-function area, a 250-seat auditorium and an outdoor terrace.

M&OP General Manager Premier Events and Experiences Lara Burnes said the new centre offered a “blank canvas” for organisers “to create more meaningful, powerful and memorable moments”.

Government called on

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Forward Calendar of International Business Events Jan 2019 report has highlighted that for the business events industry to grow further, political parties need to support the industry with better policies.

The report also states that approximately one in four international bids are lost due to financial incentives offered by competitors.

Other attributing factors were high costs of holding an event in Australia including airfares, visas, accommodation, political factors and event delivery.

In order to grow the business events industry, the AACB has made the following suggestions — expand Tourism Australia’s bid fund program with additional investment to $10m per year; reduce the cost and complexity of visitor visas and invest in robust business events metric.

 

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