This is Gold Coast to deliver Business Event opportunities

Monday, 15 July 2024 08:00

Around 60 event planners, professional conference organisers and media representatives from Australia and New Zealand will experience the Gold Coast’s best business events offerings next week (22 – 27 July) for the 10th annual This is Gold Coast (TIGC24).

Tropical North Queensland showcased to NZ agents

Monday, 08 July 2024 09:27

New Zealand’s top Expedia Travel Agent Affiliate Program agents were rewarded with an eight-day famil of Tropical North Queensland ahead of an increase of direct flights to Cairns.

Perth wins bid to host ISAP 2027

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:50

Perth will host the 9th Congress of the International Society for Applied Phycology (ISAP) in 2027.

Donaghy to step down as ICC Sydney CEO

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:05

Geoff Donaghy, chief executive of ICC Sydney and group director – Convention Centres, ASM Global (APAC), has announced he will depart his full time role on 30 August, but will stay on as an advisor to the business until the end of the year as ASM Global embeds its succession strategy over the coming weeks.

Accelerate Success Together at PCOA 2024

Monday, 10 June 2024 23:39

The PCOA Conference 2024 isn't just about professional acceleration; it's an inclusive event ensuring nobody gets left behind in the fast-paced world of events.

Melbournes new eGuide for BE

Monday, 13 May 2024 00:45

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has unveiled its latest interactive Melbourne eGuide, spotlighting the city's sustainable suppliers, products, and experiences.

Arinex Announces Acquisition of New Zealand-based Business Events Agency, Auaha

Thursday, 09 May 2024 00:51

Australasian event management company Arinex has further expanded its New Zealand footprint, announcing it has acquired New Zealand based Business Events Agency, Auaha.

Launceston hosts 25th Symposium of Australian Gastronomy

Wednesday, 08 May 2024 04:53

As one of only 57 UNESCO Cities of Gastronomy around the world, Launceston is well placed to host the 25thSymposium of Australian Gastronomy (SAG 25) in July.

Adelaide joins the Global Destination Sustainability Index

Wednesday, 08 May 2024 02:39

Adelaide has become the 4th Australian city to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index).

Sunshine Coast launch new brand identity

Sunday, 21 April 2024 23:14

Visit Sunshine Coast introduces a new brand identity for Business Events that encapsulates the very spirit of the sun-kissed region.

This is Gold Coast celebrates 10 years of signature business events famil

Thursday, 18 April 2024 02:35

Experience Gold Coast's Business Events signature familiarisation.

Gold Coast launches new video 

Monday, 08 April 2024 22:40

Experience Gold Coast has launched the first of three videos designed to attract international meetings, conferences and incentive travel programs to the city and continue to build the visitor economy.

MCEC welcomes 35th National Banksia Sustainability Awards

Thursday, 04 April 2024 23:29

 For the third year, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Banksia Foundation partnered to deliver the prestigious sustainability awards.

Gold Coast Airport to expand

Monday, 25 March 2024 04:34

Gold Coast Airport has unveiled plans to deliver a future-focused precinct with the addition of a retail village, health and wellness hub and conference and tech centre as proposed in its 2024 Preliminary Draft Master Plan.

AIME 2024 Delivers

Sunday, 24 March 2024 23:32

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has released analysis from its 2024 event, with business traded between exhibitors and buyers estimated to be worth more than $330 million over the next 12 months - a 65% increase on 2023. 

South Australia celebrates 20 years

Tuesday, 19 March 2024 02:32

Destination SA, the annual business events showcase organised by Business Events Adelaide, is celebrating its 20th year in 2024.

2025 UFI Asia Pacific Conference to Melbourne

Thursday, 14 March 2024 01:16

Melbourne has been confirmed as host of the 2025 UFI Asia Pacific (AP) Conference.

Perth, to host world environmental education congress 2026

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 00:30

Perth, Western Australia, has been selected as the host destination for the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) 2026.

Adelaide to host 1300 RCPA delegates

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 23:32

More than 1300 delegates are set to attend the annual business The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s (RCPA) business event in Adelaide.

The event will feature an array of local and international speakers, and organisers have been delighted with the level of interest shown. 

Associate Professor Trishe Leong, RCPA President, says that registrations have exceeded expectations.  “The Overseeing Committee were impressed by Adelaide’s accessibility – how easy it is to get around and how close the research and innovation districts are to the business event venue, hotels and the CBD,’ says Leong.  ‘We have been very pleased that our enthusiasm to visit Adelaide is being shared by our delegates, and it augers well for a successful business event”. 

Business Events Adelaide was instrumental in securing the even. CEO Damien Kitto, says “We look forward to welcoming Pathology Update delegates. We offer a perfect blend of modern, big city infrastructure that business event attendees expect, set within our boutique city in a park and relaxed lifestyle. We hope that delegates have set aside some extra time to enjoy all that the festival city has to offer in March including the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe and Womadelaide.”  

Pathology Update 2024 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre between 1 and 3 March 2024.


Brand revealed for Geelong's new convention centre

Wednesday, 07 February 2024 00:35

As operators of the future Nyaal Banyul Geelong Convention and Event Centre, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust (MCET) celebrates the unveiling of the brand for the new venue. 

New Chair for Business Events Adelaide

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 01:37

Mr Ian Horne, long term Hotel Industry advocate and former CEO of the Australian Hotels Association SA has been appointed by the Business Events Adelaide Board as Chair.

AIME 2024

Friday, 26 January 2024 01:45

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has today announced that the 2024 event will be the biggest AIME in a decade.

Meetings & Events Australia

Wednesday, 17 January 2024 01:28

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has advised that Evolve 2024 and the 2023 MEA National Awards Dinner will be held over 12 and 13 June 2024 at Rydges Resort Hunter Valley.

Perth back on SAA schedule soon

Sunday, 14 January 2024 23:18

Incentive travel groups travelling from New Zealand to South Africa will have further flight options in 2024 when South African Airlines resumes its flights to Perth in April.

A world first for Adelaide Convention Centre

Tuesday, 12 December 2023 22:22

Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) in South Australia has been announced as the world’s first convention centre to achieve EarthCheck’s coveted Master certification.

Content grants to showcase TTNQ business event offerings

Monday, 11 December 2023 23:52

Fourteen business event suppliers of Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef have received grants of up to $5,000 each to produce new content or update their website performance as part of the Create Great Program. 

MCEC named Victorian Business Event Venue of the Year

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 21:55

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) proudly received the Business Event Venue of the Year Award 2023.

MEA announces board of directors

Tuesday, 21 November 2023 22:42

Oliver Sheer, Benjamin Ferry and Craig Watson have been elected by the Meetings & Events Australia members.

Take a closer look at the N T

Tuesday, 14 November 2023 02:39

Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) offers destination options that are genuinely ‘different in every sense for business events’.

Australia’s business events recovery to be boosted by the return of Dreamtime in Adelaide

Wednesday, 08 November 2023 01:03

Business Events Australia’s signature incentive showcase, Dreamtime, began today in South Australia’s capital, Adelaide/Tarntanya.

What's new at AIME 2024

Wednesday, 25 October 2023 21:39

AIME have announced a larger showfloor in 2024, expanding the event’s footprint by an additional two bays at its home, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Gold Coast on show at BEE

Wednesday, 25 October 2023 05:20

Destination Gold Coast Business Events representative Bernadette Thoroughgood will be at the Business Events Expo on November 21 to showcase the latest business event products the Gold Coast has to offer.

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport reveals multimillion-dollar refurbishment

Tuesday, 17 October 2023 21:42

Melbourne’s premier airport hotel, PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, has revealed an extensive multi-million-dollar refurbishment to further enhance its appeal as the ultimate gateway for domestic and international travellers, and elevate its offering as a business event destination.

Event Centre at The Star Brisbane

Wednesday, 11 October 2023 01:40

Event Centre at The Star Brisbane

Brisbane largest hotel ballroom – the Event Centre at The Star Brisbane – is now welcoming bookings for April 2024 onwards.

Part of Brisbane’s A$3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf precinct, the 3,500 sqm (37,674 sq. ft) venue’s ballroom has the capacity to host 2,000 guests. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the Brisbane city skyline and an exclusive outdoor terrace offers views of the iconic Story Bridge.

Taking inspiration from Queensland’s subtropical landscape, the ballroom’s perforated gold ceiling replicates dappled light breaking through the rainforest canopy, as a nod to Brisbane’s natural surrounds.

The venue also offers six additional breakout rooms and a business centre.

Sydney will host the International Congress of the Transplantation Society in 2026.

Wednesday, 11 October 2023 01:36

Sydney will be the host city for the International Congress of the Transplantation Society in 2026. Returning to Sydney for the third time, the event is expected to bring an estimated 3,000 delegates to the International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney) across four days.

Business Events Sydney CEO Lyn Lewis Smith says Sydney is recognised for its expertise and high standard of care in transplantation and is home to several research centres and groups. “We can’t wait to showcase our burgeoning health precincts and the transplanters who are true global talents in their field,” she says.

The bid to secure the congress was supported by Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program.

Tama, The Gatsby, and The Tax Office – New for Brisbane

Wednesday, 11 October 2023 01:32

Heritage-listed GPO (General Post Office) building has been transformed into a dining destination after a 12-month, A$9 million renovation.

The 80-seater restaurant Tama has taken up residence on the ground floor, boasting double-storey windows, chandeliers, marble and stone features. The restaurant’s main drawcard is a charcoal powered Josper oven that allows the chefs to grill, roast and smoke locally sourced meats and vegetables over coals at temperatures of up to 450 degrees Celsius.

The building’s original staircase leads guests upstairs to The Gatsby, a sleek cocktail bar boasting a 74-page drinks menu that features more than 400 spirits. The building’s third venue – The Tax Office – is a multi-room bar, restaurant and late-night hotspot which is available for exclusive use for up to 150 guests seated or 470 guests, cocktail-style.

Cairns Convention Centre unveils expansion

Wednesday, 04 October 2023 00:11

Cairns Convention Centre lifts the curtain on its new expansion, revealing a new standard for international and domestic conferences and events.

The Queensland Government in Australia has invested $176 million in the refurbishment and expansion of the city’s international convention centre.

Already an eco-tourism hotspot, Cairns is set to further capitalise on the lucrative international Business Events sector with a renewed convention facility that complements the region’s natural, pristine beauty.

The award-winning Centre, which has been operated by ASM Global since it opened in 1996, will now be able to host multiple events as well as larger conferences requiring multiple break out spaces.

ASM Global (Asia Pacific) Chairman and Chief Executive, Harvey Lister AM, says the Centre’s expansion and refurbishment would deliver significant economic benefits to the Cairns economy over the next decade and beyond.

“The expansion will enhance Cairns’ standing as a world leader in hosting business events.  Cairns Convention Centre is on track to host 160 events this financial year, including 60 conferences bringing more than 35,000 delegates to Cairns, delivering a visitor spend of over $100 million into the region,” added Mr Lister.

 The state-of-the-art expansion delivers an extra 10,500 sqm of meeting, banquet and exhibition space featuring:

  • Exhibition area with space for 30 booths
  • 450-seat theatre-style plenary lecture space that can be divided into two
  • Three large meeting rooms that can be configured into multiple sizes
  • 500-capacity Trinity Room banquet space
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Spacious lobby for pre-event functions

A key part of the expansion is the Trinity Room and Terrace level, offering unparalleled views over Trinity Inlet. The significant expansion project also includes a large undercover Porte Cochere planted with native, tropical flora that can also be used as a function space.

Clients hosting their events at the Cairns Convention Centre can take advantage of the latest audio-visual equipment, contemporary interiors and new building systems for seamless event delivery and experience.

Cairns Convention Centre, general manager, Janet Hamilton said the refurbished and expanded centre was poised to welcome event organisers and delegates from across Australia and the world.

“We are already receiving positive reactions to the new spaces, with clients impressed with the contemporary design and light filled areas that feature our lush, tropical rainforest in the background,” Ms Hamilton said.  “We sit at the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful destinations and great care and consideration was taken to bringing the natural environment into the Centre’s spaces. From our open spaces with floor to ceiling windows, to our stunning Trinity Room and Terrace with views across the inlet, the Centre showcases Cairns’ natural assets.”

Cox Architecture Director Richard Coulson who led the design team (with local collaborators CA Architects) for the refurbishment and expansion of the Cairns Convention Centre said this project stands out amongst the rest of the world’s convention centres due to its mix of sophistication, modern technology, and relaxed ‘truly Cairns’ sensibility.

“The Centre is a very sophisticated building. The technology is quite remarkable. Yet it feels like a place of Cairns, which has a renowned, relaxed lifestyle,” Mr Coulson said.  “This expansion has allowed a richness which is quite rare for these spaces. It is open, generous and flexible and yet intimate at the same time. And that's what Tropical North Queensland is as a destination.”


Incentivise Live hits the sweet spot in Sydney

Wednesday, 27 September 2023 00:27

More than 100 incentive practitioners came together in Sydney in August for the SITE ANZ chapter’s annual conference to share knowledge about the sector’s changing landscape. 

New-look ballroom in Melbourne

Monday, 18 September 2023 22:04

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne has opened its new-look ballroom and conference space.

ICMSA named PCO of the year!

Thursday, 14 September 2023 02:35

ICMS Australasia (ICMSA) celebrated two wins at the Australian Event Awards held in Sydney last night, being named PCO of the Year and Event Management Company of the Year.

New Accessible visitor guide for Gold Coast 

Monday, 11 September 2023 21:01

The Gold Coast is continuing to grow its reputation as one of the most accessible and inclusive cities in Australia with the launch of a brand-new Gold Coast Accessible Visitor Guide developed by City of Gold Coast in partnership with Destination Gold Coast.

DMC expands portfolio

Tuesday, 05 September 2023 23:33

Buoyed by the rise of Australian corporates heading offshore for meetings and incentives, Tourism Portfolio has expanded its international DMC network, adding destinations including the UAE, Morocco, South Africa and Brazil in recent weeks.

Nyaal Banyul Geelong Convention and Event Centre

Monday, 21 August 2023 02:10

The Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation is gifting a new name to what has been known as Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre returning Wadawurrung language to country.

'This is Gold Coast' delivers best of BE offerings

Monday, 14 August 2023 19:23

Around 80 event planners, professional conference organisers and media representatives from Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia will experience the Gold Coast’s best business events offerings this week (14 – 16 August) for the ninth This is Gold Coast 2023 (TIGC23).

Planners introduced to sustainable Cairns events

Tuesday, 08 August 2023 03:11

Australia’s leading event planners have been gifted a tree to increase the habitat of tree kangaroos on the Atherton Tablelands.

MCEC launches new virtual tour

Wednesday, 02 August 2023 06:47

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Australia’s largest convention centre have announced the launch of its new website, the first step towards developing an omnichannel customer experience.

Big questions being asked at one-day Sydney Incentivise Live conference

Friday, 28 July 2023 00:45

The Society of Incentive Travel Excellence ANZ one-day conference will be held in Sydney on Monday, August 7.

Geelong Convention Centre proposed designs

Tuesday, 25 July 2023 01:25

The Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre precinct development has just released proposed designs.

Gold Coast showcase for business events

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 21:41

Destination Gold Coast’s business events signature familiarisation This is Gold Coast 2023 (TIGC23) is gearing up to showcase the best example of venues, culture and experiences for event planners, professional conference organisers and media representatives. 

ABEA appoint CEO

Monday, 17 July 2023 23:02

The Australian Business Events Association (ABEA) has appointed  Melissa Brown as its inaugural CEO.

Arinex Group if formed

Thursday, 06 July 2023 23:05

Joyn, an event technology platform, has acquired Arinex,the business event management company to form Arinex Group.

A first for Brisbane, Australia and IWMC

Thursday, 06 July 2023 05:01

For the first time in history, the International World Mining Congress has been held in Australia.  The association was formed in Europe in 1958.