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MEA opens entries for its awards program

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MEA opens entries for its awards program
Australian business events association Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) has opened entries for its 2023 awards program.

The association has 39 awards on offer including for the best public and business events, for event management teams and businesses, venues, suppliers, and individual members of the industry. Events and work entered in the awards must have taken place between January 1 and December 31, 2023.

Entries are open to non-members of the association for all but one category, however the entry fee is higher.

“2023 has seen the events industry back in full swing and some outstanding activity across the sector,” said MEA CEO Peter McDonald.

“Given the volume and quality of events we’ve witnessed, winning one of the 39 MEA awards up for contest this year will certainly have been earned.”

Continuing as chair of the judging panel, director and charman of Lateral Events, Simon Baggs, gave his insight into the trajectory of the industry.

“In the event industry recently, we have seen a constant swirl of heightened demand, challenging supply line and staffing issues, and run-away expenses; next, we are returning to the norms of a highly competitive market,” said Baggs.

“We’ll flip from a sellers’ market to a buyers’ market. Our reputation will be our greatest asset in securing business; reputation is a more significant influencer than price.”

Baggs encouraged the industry to enter the awards to inspire confidence in customers and boost competitiveness in a fierce market.

Submissions are completed through MEA’s online awards portal, with entries closing on February 12, 2024.

National winners are typically announced on the final night of MEA’s annual conference each year in winter.

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