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17 February 2020

AIME 2020, Melbourne, Australia

The Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event – AIME is the leading trade event for the meetings and event industry in the Asia Pacific region. AIME is when industry decision makers connect, create and do business across the whole Asia Pacific region.

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International Women’s Day 2019: An Australian Events Perspective

Australian event and conference management company Arinex has worked with several associations ahead of International Women’s Day to empower women. Among the company’s events is the annual awards dinner (pictured above) of Australia’s National Association for Women in Construction. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Bid Fund Business Doubles to AU$187m

The value of the business events secured with the help of Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program has almost doubled from AU$97 million to a record AU$187 million in the past three months. Total expenditure by international meetings visitors in the year ending September 2018 was AU$4.9 billion, up 16 percent. From TTG Mice…

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16 September 2019

ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Client/Supplier Business Workshop 2019,...

The Client/Supplier Workshop is your ground to meet key decision makers or board members of associations that has the potential to bring their meetings to your destination. It is the most cost-effective way for you to meet 10-15 other clients who have been carefully vetted and approved by ICCA. This Workshop is definitely the most…

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Mike Cannon: The Sarawak Outsider Returns to AACB

Mike Cannon, former Executive Director of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, was recently in Sydney to collect an AACB Hall of Fame plaque. During he visit he gave an interview on affordable events, Australia’s new Business Events Bid Fund, regional meetings, future challenges for convention bureaux, and their value to members. From CIM News Magazine…

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Convention Bureaux Boost Australian SMEs

Australia’s convention bureaux are attracting eight percent more large international business events to the country, and boosting opportunities for small businesses beyond those traditionally seen in tourism. This sector analysis is contained in the new International Business Events Forward Calendar, produced by the AACB (Association of Australian Convention Bureaux). From CIM News Magazine…

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Three Questions: Tourism Australia’s John O’Sullivan

Australia has recently launched a business events bid fund, and the first meeting it will support, the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, will both be bringing 2,000 delegates to Melbourne in 2021 and deliver AU$9.4 million to Victoria’s economy. John O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Tourism Australia, answers three questions about his country’s approach to meetings. From Boardroom…

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Government Bidding: Australia’s AU$12m National Bid Fund

The announcement of the Australian Government’s AU$12 million national bid fund is a major turning point for the business events industry. Tourism Australia’s unit Business Events Australia will oversee the fund, which has been made possible in no small part by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steve Ciobo. From CIM News Magazine…

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Australia Still Losing International Business Events

The number of international business events won for Australia continues to decline, according to new data from the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. The latest edition of the AACB’s Forward Calendar showed bid wins at 361, down from 396 six months ago. But delegate numbers and associated delegate spend is up. From CIM News Magazine…

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Australia’s Meetings Industry Welcomes New National Bid Fund

The announcement of Tourism Australia’s new AU$12 million business events bid fund has been unanimously welcomed across the country’s meetings industry. The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux said the investment will cause significant disruption to the global business events landscape and help reverse a decline in Australia’s international ranking and market share. From CIM News Magazine…

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Australia Announces AU$12m Business Events Bid Fund

Tourism Australia has launched a AU$12m national fund to support bids for new, high-value international incentive, association, and exhibition events. The announcement was made by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo in Melbourne. The fund allows Australia to compete more aggressively with destinations already operating bid funds. From CIM News Magazine…

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ICC Sydney Helps New South Wales Lead in Association Conferences

The reopening of major facilities in Sydney has made New South Wales once again most popular Australian destination for professional association conferences, according to Conference Monitor. 389 such events were held there in 2017, up 38 percent on 2016. 325 were held in Victoria and 302 in Queensland, the most popular in 2016. From CIM News Magazine…

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