THE newly formed body for the business events industry, The Australian Business Events Association (ABEA), has announced its Membership Prospectus, designed to cater to the full spectrum of business needs and sizes.
Membership options consist of Platinum, Gold and Silver, each with tiers defined by turnover. Platinum membership is designed for large businesses who want more direct participation in the Association’s advocacy, policy and research, as well as access to its networking, business promotion, training and education.
Medium-to-large businesses can opt for one of the three tiers within the Gold membership, which will provide them with opportunities to be part of key industry submissions and have a say in policy directions.
Lastly, small business and sole traders can ensure their voices are heard by joining the Silver membership, which offers four tiers allowing them to speak up about the industry’s direction, and benefit from members services and promotional support.
“In order for our industry to grow we need to take into account the wide variety of businesses that serve or work within the business events network,” ABEA Chair Peter King explained.
“The Board have carefully considered that these businesses have different needs and face unique challenges, so it was crucial to create membership options to suit these individual experiences.”
Director of ABEA Nicole Walker (pictured) added, “we are dedicated to serving the whole of the business events industry and have created a structure that allows for everyone’s voice to be heard, and opportunities for all challenges and successes to be shared”.
Members are also encouraged to participate in State and Territory Chapters, Sector Pillars and Special Interest Groups, which ABEA said will help to further ensure “the diverse voices of the sector are engaged”.
Sector Pillars will cover venues, suppliers, organisers, destination bureaux and tourism, while Special Interest Groups will focus on sustainability, emerging leaders, WH&S/Risk, education, skills and pathways.