Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) has overhauled its National Awards Program after undertaking a far-reaching review of the event in consultation with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Consequently, more than 16 of the categories have been updated to reflect a refreshed approach to the awards.

Many new honours have been added including an Innovation Award, a Social Legacy Award, an award for Unique Event Venue with Accommodation, Creative Design, Education and Training.

Chair of the Awards Review Working Group, Alana Hay, suggests the new format moving forward will better “reflect the meetings and events industry, the breadth of the MEA membership and the depth of innovation and creativity that is required to deliver exceptional meetings, events and experiences”.

“This is your opportunity to reflect on your work, showcase your expertise and celebrate outstanding success with the best of the best from all sectors of the industry,” she said.

Outside of the awards themselves, the submission process has also been streamlined under the review, with a two-part process now simplified into a single submission requirement.

The qualifying period for the first year of the revamped program is from 01 October 2016 to 31 December 2017 to transition from the previous scheme, while from 2018 the Awards will cover events held within each calendar year.

State finalists and winners will be announced in April at State Awards events to be held across the country, while the winners of the National Awards will be presented in May at the gala dinner on the last night of the 2018 MEA Conference in Adelaide.


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