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Impact of AIDS 2014 Conference Still Resonates Today

From Melbourne Convention Bureau: In 2014 the 20th International AIDS Conference was held in Melbourne, which to this day is still the largest health conference ever held here. Ten-years down the track we are still talking about it. Thinking back to then and the global spotlight on Melbourne with more than 13,000 delegates, visitors and…

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Navigating the Future of Business Events with Phillipa Harrison

From Boardroom: Phillipa Harrison, Managing Director of Tourism Australia, discusses the challenges and opportunities facing Australia as a premier destination for business events. In an interview with Boardroom, she highlights the country’s innovative strategies to enhance sustainability, attract international visitors, and stay competitive in the global tourism market. Interview by Remi Deve…

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ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy to Step Down After 30 Years

From ICC Sydney: Geoff Donaghy, Chief Executive of ICC Sydney and Group Director – Convention Centres, ASM Global (APAC), has announced he will depart his full time role on 30 August, but will stay on as an advisor to the business until the end of the year as ASM Global embeds its succession strategy over…

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13 February 2025

UFI Asia-Pacific Conference, Melbourne, Australia

The UFI team is excited to bring the UFI Asia-Pacific Conference to Australia for the first time in the history of this conference. Australia is an essential part of the Asia business events landscape with its world-class venues, strong supporting infrastructure and thriving entrepreneurial spirit. In addition, holding our conference in conjunction with AIME, hosted…

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Sydney’s Change Agenda Helping Associations to Meet with Purpose

Business Event Sydney (BESydney) and International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) have been leading the way in business events for 65 years (55 years and 10 years respectively). Their trusted leadership in the impact of business events has meant the organisations are at the forefront of a new era of business events that focus on…

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TECH CENTRAL, SYDNEY: How Business Events Drive Deep Tech

Sally-Ann Williams FTSE leads the charge in Australia’s deep tech revolution as CEO of Cicada Innovations, an incubator nurturing visionary innovators tackling global challenges through science and engineering. From MedTech to Clean Energy, Cicada has empowered hundreds to bring high-impact technologies to the world. The Iceberg joins Williams to understand the collision spaces and ecosystem…

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BESydney Shares Customised Event Smarts on New Portal

From Conference & Meetings World: Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has launched its new event planning portal, designed to support event organisers to access tools, resources, and funding to host their business event in Sydney. The new planning portal has been designed in consultation with customers who run small events and agents to address the challenges…

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Adelaide Becomes 4th Australian City to Join Sustainability Movement

From AMI: Adelaide has joined a destination sustainability benchmarking programme to assess its weaknesses and build on its strengths in areas of environmental and socio-economic transformation. The South Australian capital is the fourth Australian city to join the Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement), alongside Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Business Events Adelaide’s chief executive officer, Damien…

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BestCities Deliver Smash Hit in Melbourne

CREATING CONNECTIONS WITH PURPOSE: The BestCities Global Alliance’s annual Forum was delayed from December 2023 to coincide with the Australian Tennis Open, in Melbourne, in January where international associations and the 13 member cities of the Alliance convened to advance positive impact and social legacies from their meetings. Loren Christie, managing director of the Alliance…

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CHANGE STARTS HERE: How BESydney Advances the Government Agenda

In a candid interview from Sydney, New South Wales, the General Manager of Content, Creative & Corporate Affairs at Business Events Sydney – Carolin Lenehan – shares the conversation that is now being had between her organisation and government – a conversation that The Iceberg would urge all DMOs to share with their city, state,…

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Julia Swanson: Prevention is Better than Cure

From the BestCities Global Forum, hosted in January by Melbourne, its Convention Bureau Chief Executive, Julia Swanson, reflects on the values alignment now being demanded by future members of professional societies and associations. Cultural alignment, a sense of purpose, and creating long lasting community impacts are top of mind for the next generation, she says….

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