Discover Brisbane

Wednesday, 09 June 2021 22:19

Brisbane has been busy while you've been gone. 

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

Tourism Australia's NZ office to close

Thursday, 11 June 2020 03:07

Tourism Australia has confirmed that its New Zealand country manager, Jenny Aitken, will be departing the organisation at the end of the month. 

Gold Coast getting ready to MEET again!

Monday, 08 June 2020 00:50


Destination Gold Coast has launched a new video to highlight the hard work behind the scenes as the business events sector eagerly awaits the return of conferences and meetings.

MCEC turns focus to business relaunch in new COVID-19 environment

Monday, 25 May 2020 01:33

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is turning its focus to the future to ensure the business is set up for ongoing success post-coronavirus (COVID-19).

Virtual Australia this weekend

Sunday, 10 May 2020 23:35

Tourism Australia is inviting event planners around the globe to enjoy a slice of Australia with a curated program of live virtual travel experiences on the weekend of May 16 and 17.

Australia Next - first digital edition

Thursday, 07 May 2020 01:41

Welcome to the first digital edition of Australia Next from Business Events Australia, to inspire your future Australian incentive events.  



Mackay Convention Centre Delivers Meeting Solution

Monday, 27 April 2020 20:27

The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) stepped up to the mark recently when the new Mackay Regional Council (MRC) gathered together for its inaugural statutory Council meeting, as well as the swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected Councillors.

Eos by SkyCity for Adelaide

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 22:59

SkyCity Hotels Group has revealed the centrepiece of the $330 million Adelaide Casino expansion, Eos by SkyCity.

AACB Congratulates Australian Government for extending support

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 21:13

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) congratulates the Australian Government for extending support to the business events industry through a boost to the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) scheme.

Australian tourism industry's largest employers need urgent support

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 01:02

The fortnightly wage subsidy of $1500 per person announced by the Federal Government today would help to save the jobs of the thousands of Australians employed in tourism, according to the industry’s peak bodies.

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre take Gold

Monday, 09 March 2020 20:11

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has been recognised as the nation’s leading Business Event Venue, winning Gold at the Australian Tourism Awards in Canberra on Friday night. 

Get Global 2020 postponed to 2021

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 01:12

The co-owners of Get Global 2020, Gary Bender and Donna Kessler, have decided to postpone due to concerns over the implications COVID-19 will have on buyer’s capacity to book and spend in the year ahead.

New Zealand a savvy market says tourism head

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 23:14

It's been a long time since Tourism Australia as a body was responsible for the domestic market, but the twin calamities of the astonishing bushfires followed by the COV19 virus has dragged the bureau back into the domestic fray.

ICC documents its supplier’s stories

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 00:06

Geoff Donaghy has made it very, very clear – his ambition is that ICC Sydney will deliver the freshest possible foods to the facilities tables, he told media at AIME 2020.

The power of seven

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 23:54

To most of us there are four spells – spring, summer, autumn and winter – but to the traditional owners of the Darwin region, the Larrakia people, there are seven distinct times of the year.

New name for Perth Convention Bureau

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 23:48

After 48 years of being the Perth Convention Centre the bureau has changed its name to Business Events Perth reflecting not only a new identity but a ‘re-energised strategy to lure events and conferences to Western Australia.

The AIM(E) is Recovery

Monday, 17 February 2020 22:35

AIME kicked off in Melbourne on Monday with Tourism Australia ceo, Pip Harrison acknowledging that it had been a difficult start to the year with the bushfires that have razed parts of the country.

Canberra Meeting Planners Guide 2020 launches at AIME

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 21:16

The Guide provides meeting and event planners with up-to-date information about Canberra’s conference facilities, accommodation, catering, attractions and activities, and technical and support services.

Major push to get more business events into fire-affected regions

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 21:46

Local businesses and event planners are being urged to hold major conferences and events in Australia this year, under a new push by the Morrison Government to support Australia’s tourism industry.

Australian Government announces tourism recovery package

Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

The Australian Government has announced an initial $76 million tourism recovery package as part of the National Bushfire Recovery Fund. The package is designed to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies by helping to get tourists travelling across Australia again.

Dreamtime 2019 closes in style

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 09:50

Perth has been hosting 120 international business events planners and media over the past two days at Dreamtime 2019, Tourism Australia’s business events incentive showcase, to reveal the city’s recent revitalisation.

Business events planners and media from Greater China, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, South Korea, Japan, the USA, UK and New Zealand had the opportunity to meet with 87 of Australia’s leading business events product during the event and were also able to experience the destination first-hand.

Perth on the world stage for business events

Sunday, 01 December 2019 23:01

Perth is being showcased to the lucrative global business events sector with Tourism Australia’s signature bi-annual showcase Dreamtime kicking off today in the Western Australia capital with 120 international business event planners and media experiencing its recent renaissance first-hand.

Melbourne welcomes 50,000 delegates in one week

Monday, 25 November 2019 01:55

Melbourne and regional Victoria welcomed 50,000 delegates from across the globe as part of the International Convention of Jehovah's Witness 2019, delivering $60.9 million to the Victorian state's economy.

Get Global Gets Going

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 05:38

Get Global has already sold almost half of its floor plan for 2020; with confirmed returning exhibitors from Asia, Europe & UK, Hawaii, New Zealand, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

World First for Bruce Munro

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 01:11

Eight large-scale illuminated sculptures are the centrepiece of acclaimed international artist Bruce Munro’s third Australian exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light, which recently opened in Darwin.

In what is Munro’s world first city-wide exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light is expected to entice thousands of tourists to visit the Northern Territory’s Top End during the tropical summer season, with the free exhibition to remain open until 30 April, 2020.

Sunshine Coast boosted by expansion of direct flights from AKL

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 22:12

Air New Zealand will increase flights to the Sunshine Coast in a deal that will bring close to 3,000 additional visitors per year to the region.

AIME 2020 Knowledge Exchange

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 18:19

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), held in Melbourne on February 17–19, has announced the theme for its much-anticipated 2020 Knowledge Exchange – inspire communities to connect through authentic learning experiences and human-centred interactions.

Young Event Professional Program

Thursday, 26 September 2019 01:07

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has launched the 2019 Ungerboeck Young Professional Scholarship Program.

The Scholarship recognises young event professionals who excel in their role and who are looking to build on their skills to advance their career in the events industry. They will join an elite alumni of event professionals who have gone on to build successful careers as senior managers and leaders in the events industry.

Destination Business Events Kicks off in Melbourne

Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:38

Destination Business Events 2019 officially kicked off with the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Welcome Reception last night, providing delegates with an opportunity to connect and network with friends, peers and colleagues in a friendly and relaxed environment.  

Spring Delivers A$29 Million conference boom for Brisbane

Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:10

Brisbane’s business events scene will be blooming this Spring with the city set to welcome over 13,300 delegates for conferences worth A$28.7 million to the local economy.  Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing worked with partners including the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) and Tourism and Events Queensland to secure 27 business events through to end-November. 

Werribee Park, Mansion and Zoo

Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:08

One-stop conference shop

The Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park was once a private mansion, is said to be one of the finest examples of Italianate architecture in the world and is surrounded by 10 acres of manicured gardens.

The Sebel brand returns to Sydney's CBD

Monday, 09 September 2019 01:35

Australia’s largest hotel operator, Accor,  has announced that Quay West Suites Sydney has been rebranded to The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney, effective immediately.

Chinese Incentive meets on the Gold Coast

Thursday, 22 August 2019 02:03

The Gold Coast will host over 700 representatives from Chinese company Zhiban Keji this week to experience the city’s attractions and venues as an incentive reward program for its highest sales achievers. The four-night program is expected to inject an estimated economic impact of $1.7 million into the Gold Coast economy.

Business Events BID Fund helps drive $30Billion

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 22:04

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) welcomes the show of confidence in the business events industryby the Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham and the Government in the $12 million Business Events Bid Fund and the changes to the eligibility criteria to allow destinations bidding for smaller events to apply.

AIME promises more diversity in business for 2020

Monday, 19 August 2019 02:01

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the leading meetings and conventions event in the region, has announced its mission for AIME 2020 (17–19 Feb) – to bring more diversity in business to the Asia Pacific with an increase of 50 per cent hosted buyers and 30 per cent exhibitors. 

Gold Coast secures Amway Taiwan incentive

Monday, 12 August 2019 02:24

The Gold Coast has been selected as the destination to host the Amway Taiwan 2019 Leadership Seminar in November. The event is expected to attract over 950 Amway distributors and company representatives, with the program incorporating the Gold Coast’s renowned attractions and delegate experiences over five days.