Are we seeing you in Kuala Lumpur?

Linda P Gaunt
Chief Executive Officer

Planning has commenced in earnest for the MEA National Conference 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, and it is set to be an unforgettable event.

The theme is “Embracing the Asian Century” and we are aiming

At this conference we will provide you with a range of speakers and content previously not seen in Australia. We are also planning some exciting pre and post touring for our delegates and their partners including visits to idyllic tropical isles, ancient rainforests, heritage sites and late night markets.

There will also be ample time to sample the country’s great fusion of Asian cuisine. to provide a focus on building business relationships between Australia and Asia. We shall also be developing other core topics based on our member needs and feedback, and I invite you to provide this directly to myself.

Stay tuned to the MEA website for updates as they become available and watch out for the great airfares currently being released by each of the airlines flying into Asia.

The MEA National Awards Program to open soon

After debriefing with our members it has been decided to open the program for submissions one month earlier this year to provide our members with more time to assemble their submissions.

Opening on October 1, 2013 this awards program is assured to be a big one. Award celebrations will be rolled out in each state and territory of Australia as well as the national celebration in Kuala Lumpur in May 2013. This is your opportunity to showcase yourself or your company on a state, national and now international stage.

Join our plethora of industry professionals who have been successful in the past and undertake our prestigious program to ensure your own professionalism and that of your company is highlighted to your clients and prospect clients.

Categories this year include:

  • Meetings & Events of the Year
  • Meetings & Events Organisation Management
  • Destination Marketing
  • Education
  • Venue
  • CSR
  • Product & Services
  • Awards for Excellence

You could also join last year’s individual award winners who shone above all in highlighting their talents:

OPERATIONS PERSON OF THE YEAR

Peter Middenway
Fed Square Pty Ltd

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PERSON OF THE YEAR

Prue Rogers
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

EVENT MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Emma Rutledge AFMEA
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

MEETINGS MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Cindy-Lee Bakos AMM
MCI Australia

Y MEA FUTURE LEADER

Natalie Bell
Associated Advertising & Promotions

MEA INNOVATION AWARD

Anthony Vallario AFMEA
Business Events TV

NATIONAL MEETINGS OR EVENTS PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Emma Rutledge AFMEA
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD

Peter Jones
Peter Jones Special Events Pty Ltd

EMPLOYSURE-YOUR MEMBER BENEFIT-READY TO BE USED

As a membership association we continually review our member benefits to ensure usefulness and relevance to our members. It is therefore always a great pleasure to introduce a new member benefit.

At MEA we are delighted to announce that we have entered into an arrangement with Employsure Pty Ltd to provide employment/HR advice to MEA members. Employsure are workplace relations specialists and will be providing a telephone advice service to enable members to make confident and informed decisions in respect to managing staff and to minimise the risk of disputes and disruption to the business.

This advice service is included in the membership package for company members and is available 24 hours per day, 365 days a year to provide advice on any employment/HR related matters, no matter how routine or complex. There is also no limit to the number of times a member can use the service.

For more information call MEA on (02) 99295400. m

EA Member Benefit – 24hr HR Advice Service

MEA members have unlimited free access to a specialist HR advice service to answer any questions or provide advice to resolve issues relating to staff management and employment law.

Call Employsure on 1300 651 415 to access this service.