MEA’s new Chair hopes to leave a legacy

Leadership changes, staffing changes and strategic reviews have been all part of the landscape in 2021 for business events peak bodies in 2021. Following the Annual General Meeting and Board elections in November, Michael Firman, General Manager of Exhibitions at Harry the hirer, stepped up to become Meetings and Events Australia’s new Chair, replacing Nigel Collin. micenet spoke with Firman about his new role and his commitment to leaving a legacy. Read more

Get Local sells out

The first major trade show for the business events industry in Australasia since the pandemic began, Get Local, taking place February 15 and 16, 2022, in Sydney, has sold out its exhibition space. Read more

Major new event venue opens at Royal Randwick in Sydney

The Australian Turf Club (ATC) held a preview of its new $46.6 million WINX Stand for industry last night at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, kicking the event off with a five-piece band at the entrance and putting an Australian icon on stage to celebrate the opening. Read more

Why the Australian Open is so loved by Melbourne

Regardless of where you sit on the argument about international and local players needing to be vaccinated to play at the Australian Open Grand Slam in January, behind the scenes it is the data analytics that confirm why Melbourne is determined to protect and grow this major event. Read more

Unabating pent-up demand as Destination Gold Coast reports business events results

Destination Gold Coast won 104 conferences in the last financial year, worth an estimated $99.3 million for the region’s economy. “In an undeniably tough year for our industry, it’s heartening to see these results which signal a positive outlook towards a robust recovery,” said Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan. Read more

Melbourne notches up big tech wins

Melbourne has secured two major technology events for 2022 and 2024, which are expected to attract 1,200 delegates and deliver over $5 million in economic impact. Read more

Event momentum and numbers picking up at ICC Sydney

ICC Sydney has around 60 events on the books to be delivered before 2021 is out and more than 250 events confirmed for the first half of 2022, as Sydney’s reopening continues, with more restrictions expected to ease in two weeks on December 15. Read more

EEAA CEO resigns

Claudia Sagripanti, Chief Executive Officer of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA), has resigned from the job and will depart this Friday after a little under two years in the role. Sagripanti took on the position in 2020, just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the events and exhibitions industry. Read more

Tallest tower in Southern Hemisphere a possibility for Melbourne’s Southbank

Melbourne is likely to see the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere rise 356m above its Southbank arts precinct. A $2.7 billion development, the project will include a 220-room five-star urban resort, a 6,600-square-metre conference centre plus a 3,000-seat auditorium. The proposal by developers Beulah International with architecture by Dutch firm UN Studio and Melbourne’s Cox Architecture was chosen from six worldwide applicants by the Victorian government for fast-tracking. Read more

Auckland named best MICE city in Oceania

Auckland has beat out Australian cities Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to be named the best business events destination in Oceania at the World MICE Awards 2021. Read more

Sustainability watch: Coleman Group flicks the switch to solar

The switch to solar power last week marks the achievement of another major milestone for Coleman Group in its sustainability mission. Coleman Group CEO, Rod Peter, said the company can now produce up to 60 percent of the power to run its daytime operations from solar. Read more

Brisbane’s Royal ICC to host Olympic Games lead-up lunch

The Courier-Mail Future Brisbane Lunch at the Brisbane Showgrounds venue seeks to identify legacy opportunities of the 2032 Olympic Games set to be held in Brisbane. The event will explore how industry and community can benefit in both the lead-up to the Games and the decades which will follow them. Read more

Part two: Hyatt’s Kate Atkinson: “We have shifted our focus”

In part two of micenet’s chat with Kate Atkinson, Hyatt’s Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Pacific and Indonesia, Atkinson talks about how the market is responding to the easing of travel restrictions and lockdowns and what she loves about working in the sector. Read more

BEIA retains its board for 2022

Following the recent announcement of Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (BEIA) new Chair of the Board, Steve Armitage, the association has left its board unchanged at its AGM this week. Read more

New Zealand to begin easing border restrictions from January

New Zealand’s Minister for COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins has announced the first three phases of a plan to allow more travellers to enter New Zealand but an ongoing seven-day home isolation requirement means the plan is unlikely to yield business event travel. Read more