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Business Events Industry Welcomes New Ministry

Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment


Further recognition of the importance of the business events industry to the Australian economy is set to be one of the many benefits of the new federal ministry. The AACB said the formal acknowledgement of tourism alongside trade and investment responsibilities is a welcome move.

“The business events industry congratulates the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Hon Steven Ciobo MP, on his reappointment,” said AACB Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Hiebl. “The AACB also congratulates Hon Keith Pitt MP on his appointment as Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.”


"Collaboration: Better Together"

Don't miss this years’ annual conference being held in Brisbane 7-9 September 2016. The program is shaping-up to be one of the best yet with confirmed speakers sharing their stories of collaboration including:

Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent
In 2012, Holly was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’, and also became the world’s youngest-ever Rotary President.

Rob Hudson, Managing Director, Clemenger BBDO Brisbane
25 years in business transformation through creativity and technology.

Cat Matson, Chief Digital Officer of the City of Brisbane
Responsible for the digital transformation of the city

Professor Michael McGuckin, Deputy Director (Research), Mater Research Institute            Leads the Inflamatory Disease and Therapeutics Research Group.

...Plus education, a great social program, plenty of networking and much more.

Book your accommodation now at the conference rate, and note Virgin Australia are offering special rebated fares for AACB conference delegates.

To register, view the latest program updates or for more information, CLICK HERE>.

Penny Lion to Tourism Australia executive leadership

Penny Lion, Executive General Manager Events, Tourism Australia.

With Deputy CEO, Frances-Anne Keeler, to leave Tourism Australia at the end of August, the resulting restructure has propelled our industry’s representative, Penny Lion, into the executive leadership team.

Tourism Australia’s trade events team will now report to Penny as Executive General Manager of Events with responsibility for Business Events, Major Events and Trade Events. We thank Frances-Anne for her support of the business events sector over recent years and wish her well in her future endeavours.


Hall of Fame award 2015

2014/15 Innovation Award won by the Newcastle Convention Bureau with an Altogether Perfect presentation.

Applications are open for the AACB Innovation Award 2015/16. 

The Innovation Award recognises new innovations which represent a significant transformation to bureau operations, technology and/or to the product pipeline.

Which convention bureau will hold the perpetual shield aloft in 2016?

Submissions close Friday, 26 August.


2015/16 AACB Staff Scholarship won by Vibhor Pandey (third from left) from Brisbane Marketing.

Applications are open for the highly regarded AACB Staff Scholarship for 2016/17. Sponsored by Tourism Australia and Qantas, all middle to senior level staff across AACB’s membership are encouraged to apply.

Submissions close Friday, 19 August.


Call for AACB Hall of Fame award submissions

Hall of Fame award 2015

Inaugural inductees to the AACB Hall of Fame David Weston (2nd from left) and David Hall (at right), with AACB CEO, Andrew Hiebl and AACB President, Lyn Lewis-Smith.

The AACB Hall of Fame award, generously sponsored by IMEX, was established in 2015 to acknowledge the Association’s 30th anniversary. Its purpose is to recognise individuals from or associated with Australian Convention Bureaux who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the business events industry, and to provide a historical narrative of the leaders who have grown and nurtured the industry to the present day.

Submissions close Friday, 19 August.


DMAI Prize Winner for 2016 – Emma Perez

Emma Perez, DMAI 2016 prize winner.

Congratulations!! AACB is proud to announce Emma Perez of Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef as the winner of the DMAI Prize for 2016.

Thanks to Qantas and Destination Marketing Association International, the scholarship enabled Emma to attend the Annual DMAI Convention in Minneapolis MN, USA.

Sebastian Gonzalez of Business Events Sydney was also recognised for his quality entry as this year’s runner-up.



AACB Office Relocation

Andrew Hiebl, AACB CEO.

In case you missed it… AACB has relocated its headquarters to Canberra. The move aims to leverage our partnership with Government to drive policy and investment decisions for the business events sector, in alignment with our strategic direction.

The new office is based in the Canberra Business Chamber. Please update your records with our new contact details.

Postal Address: PO Box 6308, O’Connor, ACT 2602

Physical Address: Ground Floor, 216 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, ACT 2612

Telephone: 1300 692 222 (1300 MYAACB)

Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, Inc.

PO Box 6308,       O'Connor ACT 2602
Phone:  1300 692 222 (1300 MYAACB)