Business Events Policy Recommendations Delivered to Australian Government
The business events segment of the tourism industry can help grow the Australian economy with the assistance of a series of targeted public policy measures.
The policy proposals are contained in the 2017-18 Pre-Budget Submission of the AACB, including:
- Invest in a national convention bid fund of up to $10 million per year;
- Grant access to the fee-free online Electronic Travel Authority visa scheme
for delegates attending major business events; and
- More effectively promote Australia as a knowledge economy by conducting
a dedicated $10 million business events marketing campaign.
View the press release and download a copy of the submission here.
Meet AACB's new Marketing & Communications Executive
Above: Annika Hofsink, AACB's new Marketing & Communications Executive
The AACB is delighted to announce the appointment of Annika Hofsink
as Marketing & Communications Executive.
In the pursuit of promoting the business events industry’s contribution to the Australian economy, the AACB has hired a communications professional to join the team based in Canberra.
Annika has invaluable knowledge and experience within the business events sector, working with professional conference organiser, Leishman Associates for the past two years. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Tasmania, majoring in marketing and journalism.
AACB Members back AIME 2017
Celebrating its 25th year, the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) 2017
is a two-day exhibition for those involved in organising business travel, meetings, incentives and events. The event allows industry decision makers from around Australia, Asia-Pacific and the rest of the globe to meet.
We are proud to announce that all of the AACB’s convention bureau members will be exhibiting at AIME 2017, and as part of their commitment to industry and stakeholders, look forward to meeting you.
AIME will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 21-22 February 2017.
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Register for the ICCA pre-AIME seminar
ICCA Australia will again deliver their popular pre-AIME "International Meetings Foundation Seminar" (IMFS); an invaluable program which offers essential career-building insights for Asia-Pacific Meetings Professionals. The
seminar will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 19-20 February.
One of the highlights for IMFS 2017 is the Sales & Negotiation Session with Nicholas Kent
of Carlyle Consultancy firm.
IMFS 2017 is open to all interested participants with not more than 5 years’ experience in the meetings industry. Registration is complimentary for all employees of ICCA member organisations. Spaces are also available for non-ICCA members.
- ICCA members: Complimentary
- Non-ICCA Members: $165
Download a copy of the program and registration form here.
MEA Young Professional Scholarship open for AACB member staff
Apply for the MEA Young Professional scholarship now!
The winner will receive a fully paid registration plus accommodation to attend this years’ National MEA Conference "MEA Reboot", being held at the new International Convention Centre Sydney
30 April - 2 May 2017.
To be eligible, the nominee must be:
- 30 years of age or under with less than 3 years’ full time experience in the meetings and events industry;
- Have demonstrated commitment to their job and a keen interest in the meetings industry;
- Available for phone interview (if required); and
- If successful, must be able to attend the 2017 National conference in Sydney between 30 April
– 2 May.
Click here for more information.
Scholarship Grants available for women in Business Events
CEW Austrade Women in Export Scholarship 2017
Austrade in partnership with Chief Executive Women has introduced a
"Women in Export Scholarship" for the 55th Australian Export Awards this year. The winner, a senior business woman in an internationally-focussed role, will be awarded a scholarship to attend Harvard Business School’s Disruptive Innovation - Strategies for a Successful Enterprise course to be delivered in Boston, Massachusetts on 10-15 July 2017.
For more information and to apply visit the CEW website. Applications close 19 March 2017.
Women’s Leadership Development Scholarships
Women & Leadership Australia (WLA)
is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia. The initiative is providing women with three separate grants for leadership development. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria being met.
For more information and to apply visit the WLA website.
New Analysis of Australia’s International Business Events Industry
Fresh analysis of the business events industry has found delegates attending international meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions in Australia will spend more than $750 million across the next decade.
“More than 360 international business events will be held through until September 2023, according to the AACB Forward Calendar,” said the Association’s CEO, Andrew Hiebl.
“The analysis provides tangible evidence of how competitive the international business events market is – there were 235 bids that Australia made for business events across the next decade which were unsuccessful.
View the press release and download the Forward Calendar here.
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