March 24 2021

By Joyce DiMascio

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre General Manager, Nigel Keen said the centre is on track to host over 80 events and close to 50,000 visitors this month.

Among them are AOG Energy, AusIMM Underground Operators Conference, Everywoman and the Perth Home Show. Live performance events include comedian Russell Howard and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

For AOG Energy organiser, Diversified Communications Australia, the show was the last one it ran in 2020 and the first one it delivered in 2021.

Managing Director, David Longman said it’s hard to believe a year has passed since the last event and, all things considered, he is very pleased with the results.

He said there were 81 exhibitors plus three theatres of “presented content” and it attracted 3414 visitors – or about 60 per cent of its final pre-COVID attendance – which was above expectations. Given the restrictions on travel, fears of border closures, absence of international participants plus a “serious downsizing of the Perth oil and gas market”, Mr Longman was not disappointed.

“The show looked and felt a little different, more like a ‘mini me’ of last year’s show,” said Mr Longman.

“Feedback has been great so far – and proof is in the pudding that people want to get together again when they get the chance.

“Due to quarantine requirements, the Victorian-based team had to deliver the show remotely so kudos to them, they have done an amazing job, plenty of midnight oil has been burnt in the lead-up, but it’s been worth it.”

 

A session underway at the AOG Energy Conference in Perth | Photo credit – this image and top image: Oneill Photographics

 

Attendances at networking events was also strong, highlighting the appetite for getting back together with colleagues. The Subsea Drinks attracted 169 people, the Opening Party had 320 guests and 220 took part in the Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast.

In Brisbane, the National 4×4 Outdoors Show opened last week.

ETF Managing Director Kieron Haycock said it had been 18 months since their last event and he was “absolutely over the moon” to be back running live events.

“I could not be more proud of the whole team,” he said.

“A full-house on the floorplan, tickets for the weekend sold out in advance, a whole world of complex COVID management and a record opening day attendance.”

He said it was necessary to be away from home for an extra two weeks in the lead-up to avoid any risk of travel restrictions.

“An incredible effort by all to deliver an amazing event, especially out in the rain at 6am this morning.”

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