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ICC Sydney, MCG Events and ICMS Australasia the big winners at national MEA Awards

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Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) gave out 35 awards at The Star Gold Coast last night at their national industry awards, which returned after a hiatus year due to the pandemic.

ICC Sydney, MCG Events and ICMS Australasia each took home three awards, with ICMS Australasia scooping up the Platinum award recognising the highest scoring entry across all the event of the year categories, for their submission on the 21st International Meeting on Lithium Batteries 2022, which took out the Government Event of the Year category.

Forum Group Events & Marketing won the event agency category while MCI Australia won the PCO category. ASHM Conference and Events Division, Novatech Creative Event Technology and Milestone Creative Australia all entered the Hall of Fame for winning their respective categories for three consecutive years. Saxton Speakers CEO Anne Jamieson was recognised with the MEA Outstanding Contribution Award.

“Tonight we were able to showcase performances of distinction across the breadth of the Australian events industry during 2021 and 2022,” said MEA’s CEO Peter McDonald.

“It’s my hope that every national, as well as state and territory, finalist and winner will use their peer determined acknowledgement to champion and leverage themselves as they conduct business.”

McDonald thanked the two award sponsors, Accor and Tourism Australia, as well as the judges, led by chair Simon Baggs, current chair of Lateral Event Management.

According to MEA, over 200 people attended the national awards ceremony, which wrapped up the association’s national conference on the Gold Coast.

Onstage Entertainment, SolRED Creative Event Services, Orion Media Group, Movie World and Events Fantastic all helped deliver the awards dinner. Luke Hannan was the MC.

The full list of winners is below. State and territory winners who were shortlisted for the national award are listed in italics underneath the national winner. Each national winner is also a state or territory winner.

ICC Sydney, MCG Events and ICMS Australasia the big winners at national MEA Awards

Company awards | Event management award categories | Sponsored by Accor

Event Agency: Forum Group Events & Marketing
Northern Territory: AA&P Events
Victoria: We Are Phoenix

In-House Event Management Team – Association: ASHM Conference and Events Division
Victoria: Department of Education, Victoria

In-House Event Management Team – Government: Department of Queensland – Programs and Events Team

Professional Conference Organisation: MCI Australia

Event products and services award categories

Audio Visual Services: Novatech Creative Event Technology
New South Wales: ICC Sydney

Banqueting & Catering: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Event Marketing: Milestone Creative Australia
Victoria: Social Season

Event Technology: Touchpoint Meeting Services
Queensland: EventsAir
Victoria: Cvent

Exhibition Services: Harry the hirer

Speaker, Entertainer or Team Builder: Saxton Speakers Bureau
New South Wales: BeChallenged

Specialist Services & Suppliers Award: Congress Australia

Excellence in industry award categories

Innovation Award: MCG Events

Skilling Program of the Year: ICC Sydney for Professional Growth Program

Venue award categories

Event Hotel of the Year: Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific

Event Venue – Capacity less than 1,000: MCG Events
New South Wales: Cliftons Event Solutions
Tasmania: paranaple Convention Centre

Event Venue – Capacity more than 1,000: Sydney Showground

Event of the year categories

Association Event of the Year: MCI Australia for 21st International Conference on Emergency Medicine
Australian Capital Territory: Master Builders Association of the ACT
New South Wales: ICMS Australasia for 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2022)

Cause Related Event of the Year: RAC Arena Perth & Channel 7 Telethon Trust for Telethon Weekend 2022

Corporate Event of the Year: Melbourne Royal for 2022 Melbourne Royal Australian International Beer Awards
New South Wales: OMG XP for HP Elevate
Queensland: The University of Queensland for UQ Open Day – St Lucia

Exhibition of the Year: Creative Hire for Dicker Data TechX 2022 Roadshow

Government Event of the Year: ICMS Australasia on behalf of CSIRO for 21st International Meeting on Lithium Batteries 2022
Queensland: Department of Education, Queensland for 2022 Principals’ Conference and Business Day
Victoria: VEE Agency for Sydney Shimmer Festival

Incentive Event of the Year: OMG XP for HP Elite Partners: Island Escapades

Major Event or Festival of the Year: Brisbane Racing Club for Stradbroke Season 2022
New South Wales: SoldOut Events for Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Announcement – Brisbane Live Site South Bank

Regional Event of the Year: Deni Play on the Plains Festival for Deni Ute Muster

Special Event of the Year: Sofitel Melbourne On Collins in partnership with Finucane & Smith for Future.Joy.Club.
New South Wales: Forum Group Events & Marketing for Beat Your Bucket List, South Africa
Queensland: Imagine Holidays for Human Nature in Uluru

Virtual Event of the Year: ICC Sydney and The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia for Pathology Update 2021: Re-cracking the code
Victoria: We Are Phoenix for Camp Quality Virtual Camps

Event Legacy Award: ICMS Australasia for 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2022)

ICC Sydney, MCG Events and ICMS Australasia the big winners at national MEA Awards

Event professional award categories

Event Manager of the Year – PCO: Susan Harris BBus (Mktg), AEP – Absolute Events & Marketing
New South Wales: Lili Lin, ICMS Australasia

In-House Event Manager of the Year – Association, Corporate or Government: Andrea Heath – Imagine Holidays
Victoria: Olivia Belvedere, Melbourne Royal

Operations Person of the Year: Jack Crozier – ICC Sydney

Sales, Marketing or Business Development Person of the Year: Troy Stasinowsky – MCG Events
New South Wales: Gabriella Alberici, ICC Sydney

MEA Platinum award categories

Platinum Company of the Year: Congress Australia

Platinum Event of the Year: ICMS Australasia for 21st International Meeting on Lithium Batteries 2022

Platinum Event Professional of the Year: Susan Harris BBus (Mktg), AEP – Absolute Events & Marketing

Outstanding Contribution Award – sponsored by Tourism Australia

2021-2022 MEA Outstanding Contribution Award: Anne Jamieson, Saxton Speakers Bureau

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