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New business events body officially kicks off

THE newly formed Australia Business Events Association (ABEA) has officially launched today, with the release of a 90-day plan providing a detailed short-term roadmap for the peak organisation formed by EEAA, AACB and ACCG.

Backed by ABEA’s five core pillars of industry development, community, research, professional development, and advocacy, the plan outlines the appointment of a CEO, expected by the end of July, the establishment of the State and Territory Chapters, its chairs and committee members, and fulfilling the Board of Director positions.

“We’ve had plenty of time to gain clarity over what will benefit our members and the industry most. We understand that a new Association needs to prove its worth to its people, and we are confident not only in what we are offering, but in our ability to deliver it,” Chair of the Board Peter King (pictured) said.

“Our longer-term plans are also in play, however the way we start this new entity is key for its future success,” he added. An Advocacy Framework is also being developed to identify key stakeholders within government and industry, strengthen existing relationships, and establish new partnerships.

ABEA has already hosted member events in Sydney and Melbourne, with the roadshow to continue in Adelaide, Darwin, and Brisbane throughout July. The organisation will also run events in other cities and regional areas in the coming months, while also holding Special Interest Groups addressing sustainability, emerging leaders, WH&S and education.

Existing members of EEAA, AACB and ACCG are currently being transferred to the new Association, while all event industry businesses can visit ABEA’s website at abea.org.au to see full membership benefits and options.

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