Cultural Attractions of Australia target Business Events

Thursday, 19 May 2022 23:55

Cultural Attractions of Australia is a collective which brings together 18 of Australia’s most iconic cultural attractions which celebrate Australia’s diverse ethnic, historic, cultural and sporting influences. 

Get Local set dates for 2023

Monday, 09 May 2022 20:58

Meeting and event planners are being encouraged to open their diaries and pencil in dates for Get Local which will return to the ICC Sydney from June 22 to 23 in 2023.

World's leading geotechnical engineers in Sydney

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 02:06

More than 1,300 delegates are this week attending the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2022) at the International Convention Centre Sydney.

New business events campaign for Tourism Australia

Monday, 21 March 2022 00:04

Tourism Australia’s specialist business unit, Business Events Australia, has launched a new brand campaign to remind the world why there’s nothing like Australia for business events.  

Gold Coast claims the imagination capital of Australia

Wednesday, 16 March 2022 01:03

Destination Gold Coast’s new campaign for business events will be unveiled to the city’s political and business leaders today (16 March) at the Home of the Arts (HOTA) ahead of a global launch at the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) next week.

Arinex the first carbon neutral Australian event company

Monday, 14 March 2022 06:51

Arinex has become the first Australian event management company to gain carbon neutral certification. The company says it is excited about the benefits for its clients, as certification will ultimately help reduce the footprint of the events it manages.

Brisbane to host major population conference

Monday, 28 February 2022 21:24

Brisbane has won the right to host the world’s most influential conference on the wide-ranging topic of population, at a time when population research has never been more imperative.

Exhibitions return to ICC Sydney sparking trade and visitation

Sunday, 20 February 2022 21:45

ICC Sydney has kick started its exhibitions calendar with trade and consumer events.

Boost in funding generates immediate results for WA business events sector

Monday, 14 February 2022 01:07

Western Australia’s peak organisation for business events, Business Events Perth (BE Perth), has today announced the confirmation of five new business events worth over $13.2 million thanks to a boost in funding it received through the Government of Western Australia’s Reconnect WA package and its Keynote Speaker funding incentive.

AIME 2022 Knowledge Program speakers revealed

Thursday, 03 February 2022 03:34

Delivered in partnership with Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Meetings & Events Australia (MEA), the AIME Knowledge Program is a curated mix of keynote and breakout sessions. The three core themes behind this year’s program are Business Innovation, Driving Engagement and Human Connection organised by PCMA, and Fostering Collaboration by MEA. 


The Knowledge Program will be hosted by respected Australian broadcast journalist and former news anchor Mimi Kwa. Confirmed speakers for the program include ​​Simon Griffiths and Steve Sammartino. Griffiths is the co-founder and CEO of Who Gives A Crap, a profit-for-purpose toilet paper company that uses 50 per cent of its profits to build toilets in the developing world. Sammartino is Australia’s leading futurist, tech entrepreneur and growth hacker. He is also the host of TV Program The Rebound (featured on the Nine Network, one of Australia’s largest commercial free-to air television networks). 


In anticipation of the Knowledge Program, Steve Sammartino says he is most looking forward to sharing his expertise on how to lead and succeed despite the uncertainty of the pandemic. Steve shares, “The past 23 months have led to dramatic shifts in the way organisations operate. In a climate of constant disruptions, effective leaders have to embrace and thrive within uncertainty, possessing the foresight to transform their organisation to capitalise on new business growth.”


With a focus on rebuilding the events industry and re-instilling confidence in industry professionals, Sammartino adds, “I hope those attending AIME will come out of the Knowledge Program with actionable insights that will help them take their business to the next level.” 


AIME event director Silke Calder adds, “AIME’s top priority is to put on a quality and thought-provoking show, especially when it comes to the Knowledge Program. This year is no exception, our line-up of speakers will undoubtedly excite and motivate attendees. With innovators and thought leaders from a myriad of industries sharing their insights firsthand, attendees are encouraged to actively participate in the breakout sessions and get the most out of our speakers’ brilliant minds.”


Program partner, PCMA’s Managing Director (APAC) Florence Chua says, “PCMA is very excited to partner with AIME in curating this much-awaited opportunity to re-convene the community for the human connections we dearly missed.


The Knowledge Program will deliver a balance of future-ready thinking, priceless peer-sharing and focused discussions around business and social responsibility of our community. I am cautiously optimistic we, as an industry, are ready to build momentum for 2022. Our time is now.”


Check out more about AIME 2022 and the Knowledge Program in the latest edition of Meeting Newz Magazine.



MEA Confirms date for EVOLVE 2022

Tuesday, 01 February 2022 02:34

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) today announced that its 2022 annual conference, Evolve, will be held over 29 and 30 June.

Australian expertise called in to run global virtual toxicology meeting

Monday, 31 January 2022 04:43

When the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists Board decided to cancel its in-person meeting planned in South Africa for late January 2022 it called on ICMSA to deliver the meeting to a global audience virtually, with the event starting this week.

Get Local forges ahead in February

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 00:22

Australia’s Get Local tradeshow has confirmed it will proceed on 15 and 16 February at ICC Sydney.

SITE ANZ - Incentivise Live

Monday, 13 December 2021 21:44

The Australia and New Zealand Chapter of the Society of Incentive Travel Excellence is holding its inaugural one-day conference, Incentivise Live at the Shangri-La Sydney on February 14, 2022.

Sydney’s newest events venue unveiled

Tuesday, 07 December 2021 00:47

The Australian Turf Club (ATC) unveiled at an exclusive industry preview event last week Sydney’s newest and most exciting world-class venue with the completion of the WINX Stand at iconic Royal Randwick.

New Chair at Destination Gold Coast

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 20:05

Destination Gold Coast (DGC) has announced the appointment of Adrienne Readings as Chair of the Board, effective 24th November.

2021 delivers $54 million to support recovery of WA’s business events industry

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 21:03

Western Australia’s official convention bureau, Business Events Perth, has today announced it has secured 67 national and international business events set to take place in WA from 2022 to 2024, injecting direct expenditure of $54 million into the State’s economy, in addition to 190 local business events supported in 2021.

Meet Geelong 2021 Virtual Roadshow a massive success

Tuesday, 16 November 2021 09:42

Business Events Geelong brought together industry and buyers last week via an interactive virtual roadshow hosted on the Remo platform. 

A good win for Mackay

Monday, 08 November 2021 20:35

The Mackay Region of Queensland has just concluded playing host to 676 delegates representing a record attendance for the annual conference.

Centrepiece to host AIME Welcome 2022

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 03:51

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) Welcome event for 2022 will be held at Centrepiece.

Northern Territory to host global emergency medicine conference

Thursday, 07 October 2021 05:26

Darwin, the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory, has been announced as the host destination for the 8thDevelopingEM Conference, to be held 26-30 September 2022.

Geelong launches new Incentive Program

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 03:15

In response to recent challenges, Business Events Geelong in partnership with Regional Development Victoria and Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism, have established a joint monetary incentive program to stimulate business events in the Barwon South West regions post COVID-19.

CENTREPIECE opens for events at Melbourne and Olympic Parks

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 21:24

The spiritual home of Australia's sporting and entertainment capital has a brand-new events and conference venue, CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park.

New Business Events Venues and News from Melbourne

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 22:34

Business Events News from Melbourne.

A new way to see the Gold Coast

Monday, 30 August 2021 21:51

The Next-gen app allows clients to walk around the venue from any location.

Oz Harvest partners with NCC

Sunday, 29 August 2021 23:41

OzHarvest Canberra has engaged NCCC to cook 500 individually-sealed meals per week.

New International research from Business Events Australia

Monday, 23 August 2021 01:38

New international research released by Tourism Australia indicates that despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, association and incentive decision makers are optimistic about the industry’s future.

Darwin to host 10th World Ecological Conference in 2023

Thursday, 22 July 2021 00:19

The city of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory was recently announced as the host destination for the World Conference on Ecological Restoration in 2023.

Get Local moves to 24 & 25 August

Monday, 05 July 2021 01:46

Get Local owners have taken the decision to move the expo in light of the recent COVID-19 outbreaks and various government-imposed lockdowns, the person-to-person event will now take place on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 August 2021. 

Changes at Business Events Australia

Thursday, 01 July 2021 22:48

Statement on Changes to the Business Events Australia Team


Tourism Australia has today confirmed changes to its business events operations in response to the ongoing uncertainty affecting tourism globally.

Year-round flights from Auckland to Sunshine Coast

Monday, 28 June 2021 00:09

The Sunshine Coast will be connected to the New Zealand market through year-round direct flights between Auckland and Sunshine Coast Airport, following support from the Queensland government.


Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said that the direct flights had been secured as part of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan, and will take effect after the already-scheduled winter seasonal service – that begins on Monday 28 June – ends on 30 October.


Winter seasonal flights will fly on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.


Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Brodie, said the announcement of a year-round service was a strong vote of confidence in the region.


“Today’s announcement delivers on a long-held ambition to secure Air New Zealand flights to Auckland year-round, and our new, internationally capable runway will allow the service to operate without weight restrictions,” Mr Brodie said.


To support the launch of the direct flights, Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC), Tourism Noosa (TN) and the Sunshine Coast Airport (SCA) are launching an integrated multi-media campaign, in partnership with Air New Zealand, to attract Kiwis across the ‘ditch’ to experience a warmer winter on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.


The campaign launching today will run through to early July, with the promotion encouraging Kiwis to fly direct to the Sunshine Coast to arrive by lunchtime and experience all the region has to offer as they lap up the mid-20C temperatures typical of the region over ‘winter’.


The Air New Zealand campaign highlights the fact that New Zealand travellers can depart Auckland in the morning and be dipping their toes in the famed Sunshine Coast waters by lunchtime. It also showcases the many activities, from dining to adventure, on offer across the region from Caloundra and Mooloolaba to Noosa and the hinterland.


The campaign is being promoted across various digital and social media channels as well as a Kia Ora print feature and in-flight entertainment on Air New Zealand’s domestic New Zealand flights. In addition, the region will welcome a large contingent of media and trade on the first flight to experience the destination first-hand.


Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Matt Stoeckel said prior to the pandemic, New Zealand was the region’s number one international market with 84,000 annual visitors, 650,000 room nights, and an economic value of $110 million.


“The recommencement of our Auckland service provides an incredible opportunity to grow our important Kiwi market. Not only are they our largest market, but they also travel to the region when we need them the most (ie over winter) and are a great fit for our nature-based experiences and laid-back lifestyle,” said Mr Stoeckel.


Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson said: “The direct flights from Auckland to the Sunshine Coast provides a welcome opportunity to increase visitor nights and spend into Noosa.


“New Zealand has always been a very important visitor mix to our tourism industry and the destination’s economy. Noosa operators are looking forward to welcoming back the Kiwi market, and sharing our beautiful sunny winter days, sparkling beaches and rolling green countryside”.

Air New Zealand’s Chief Customer and Sales Officer, Leanne Geraghty said that the airline is thrilled to have the direct flights to the Sunshine Coast up and running again.


“The Sunshine Coast is the perfect destination for a mid-winter break, so we will be offering three direct flights per week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday to allow as many kiwis as possible escape for some much-needed R&R.


“It’s also a wonderful family holiday destination, so it’s no surprise that we are seeing demand for flights ramp up over the upcoming school holiday period.”

Gold Coast welcomes influential conference hosts

Tuesday, 22 June 2021 02:09

‘This is Gold Coast’ Business Exchange set to boost over $14 million in business events recovery.

Discover Brisbane

Wednesday, 09 June 2021 22:19

Brisbane has been busy while you've been gone. 

Big interest in Get Local

Wednesday, 09 June 2021 22:02

Get Local has already expanded its show floor footprint at ICC Sydney to meet the huge interest it has received from exhibitors and buyers.

Evolve pushed back to September 2021

Wednesday, 09 June 2021 21:58

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) have announced that the MEA Board and Evolve Committee have made the decision to move Evolve 2021 to Wednesday 8 September 2021.

Home of the Arts opens $60million gallery space

Tuesday, 01 June 2021 01:40

A brand-new A$60.5 million gallery has opened at HOTA (Home of the Arts) on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast attracts large scale business events

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 02:18

Some 7,000 delegates will make their way to the Gold Coast over the next few weeks, with business events set to boost recovery for the local economy. 

Evolve to take place in Melbourne

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 02:20

Evolve, the conference for event professionals will take place in Melbourne on 1st July 2021.

Melbourne has been chosen as the hub city to host Evolve 2021 - Meetings & Events Australia’s (MEA) annual event, where the event industry will come together under the theme ‘Building Confidence through Best Practice’ recognising the importance to bring about change, creating a new future for the industry. The theme for Evolve was developed from vital feedback taken from an industry survey conducted by MEA in December 2020.

Now in its 37th year, this one-day event taking place on Thursday 1st July 2021 at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins will host more than 18 plenary and concurrent sessions including a welcome networking function the evening prior. Satellite venues will support in Sydney and Brisbane, along with a virtual hub through the award winning OnAir 3D platform. To conclude, the annual MEA Awards Dinner will recognise excellence and exceptional achievement in the sector through an extraordinarily challenging year.

MEA Chair Nigel Collin said, “We hope to see in excess of 500 event professionals from across Australia and New Zealand attend in person in Melbourne. People are eager to get back to what they do best, face to face events. The industry is looking for leadership and support through recovery with relevant and timely information. Evolve is here to deliver that through its program.”

MEA will work closely with the city of Melbourne and the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB).

MCB is an industry leader whose responsibility is to drive the recovery in the business events sector and hosting Evolve will provide an important platform to do so, not only for Melbourne but right across the Australian events sector.

Melbourne Convention Bureau announce new funding initiative

Monday, 12 April 2021 10:33

Melbourne Convention Bureau has announced a new funding initiative to encourage interstate organisations to hold their events in Australia’s event’s capital Melbourne.

Sunshine Coast's renewed focus on business events

Monday, 01 March 2021 21:49

New routes and a new runway now open at Sunshine Coast Airport, additional luxury accommodation, and more bespoke food experiences than before.

Gold Coast Is Open For Business Events

Friday, 12 February 2021 02:11

The Gold Coast is open for business events. As one of Australia’s premier business event destinations and the Morrison Government is supporting local events through a $50 million program.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Event capacity increases to 75%

Sunday, 24 January 2021 22:32

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is now able to host events at up to 75 per cent capacity per event space, to a maximum of 5,000 attendees, following the implementation of stringent health and safety measures to keep customers safe. 

ICC Sydney gets exemption for business events

Monday, 23 November 2020 04:26

The International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has received an exemption to hold corporate events and conferences for up to 1500 people following approval from the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Health.

Australia's business events industry welcomes $50m program

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 00:52

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has welcomed the commencement of the Government’s $50 million Business Events Grants Program which was announced by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and portfolio ministers in September 2020.

Amazing views from amazing rooms

Sunday, 27 September 2020 23:55

All around the country, Australia’s luxury hotels boast spectacular views - from the changing colours of Uluru, to Sydney’s iconic Harbour, overlooking wineries and getting up-close with a city landmark. Here are ten hotels that have rooms with incredible views that could be ideal for your next business event.

$50M injection for business events industry

Friday, 11 September 2020 02:15


The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) welcomes the Government’s $50 million funding announcement to support the restart of Australia’s business events industry. The targeted support will drive confidence and create momentum, positioning the industry to rebound as market conditions improve.

Rottnest, Hayman, Kangaroo And Lizard

Friday, 11 September 2020 00:15

Take your mind off the pandemic and daydream about these Australian islands - all of which will be ready to welcome business event groups when the time is right.

New eco cruise for Sunshine Coast

Sunday, 30 August 2020 22:48

Operating from Mooloolaba, Saltwater Eco Tours is using a century-old historic timber sailing vessel, Spray of the Coral Coast, to showcase the Sunshine Coast’s Indigenous heritage and marine beauty.

Registrations open for AIME

Friday, 21 August 2020 04:23

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has launched its 2021 Hosted Buyer program, designed to kickstart the industry and provide some certainty to participants in these uncertain times.

News from Australia

Friday, 07 August 2020 03:49

Learn a little more about what's new in Australia

Worlds largest conference heads to Perth

Sunday, 02 August 2020 23:47

The world’s largest marine mammal conference will converge in Perth in 2023, bringing thousands of marine experts from around the world, injecting $10 million into the local economy.

Melbourne secures three key business events

Monday, 27 July 2020 06:14

Melbourne has been chosen as the host city for three high-profile business events, The International Trade Union Congress 2022, The International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health 2022 and The International Geographical Congress 2028, thanks to the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and support provided by the Victorian Government, City of Melbourne and Business Events Australia.

Australia keeps connected

Monday, 20 July 2020 22:39

To keep event planners dreaming whilst travel is restricted, Tourism Australia has pulled together six ways to soak up Australia from the comfort of their lounge rooms.

Design inspiration for CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park

Monday, 20 July 2020 00:27

CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park located in the heart of Melbourne city and the surrounding premier events precinct – has revealed insights into the venue’s design by renowned contemporary Melbourne-based architects NH Architecture