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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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Convention Centres: The Gateway to What Lies Beyond

Today convention centres have to take a broader approach to the meetings sector, offering organisers a gateway to the cities and regions in which they are located. Some are effectively convention bureaux in their own right. Just how the role of major venues is changing is revealed across the thriving Australian scene. From CIM News Magazine…

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Australia’s Lost Events Up Despite International Growth

Australia is losing more international conference bids despite a modest increase in the number of overseas events heading to the country. The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has released its latest Forward Calendar of International Business Events, which shows lost business is up 7 percent, despite wins being up 3 percent. From CIM News Magazine…

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Visa System “Losing” Australia Large Business Events

Australia’s costly and complex visa system means the country loses large business events to Asian rivals, according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. Visa costs are in particular making price-conscious incentive organisers look elsewhere, the organisation says. The AACB is calling for an approach favouring high-yield low-risk business travellers. Photo: Kgbo. From CIM News Magazine…

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20 February 2018

AIME, Melbourne, Australia

AIME – Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo – is the leading exhibition for the meetings, incentives and events industry. As the largest international event of its kind in Australia, each year the exhibition unites a community of over 4,000 suppliers and meetings and events planners under one roof in Melbourne. With an exceptional Hosted Buyer® program, AIME welcomes valuable association…

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Australian Millennials Driving Live Events

Nine in ten Australian millennials have attended a live event in the last twelve months, according to new research from technology platform Eventbrite. Ninety percent of Australians also believe it’s essential for people to meet face-to-face to effect positive change. Eighty percent thought live events offered a wider perspective than online content. From CIM News Magazine…

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Fresh Thinking on Food

With edible legacy stories elsewhere on The Iceberg – the San Diego Convention Center (Features) and the ICC Sydney (JMIC Case Studies and here) – please tuck into some fresh thinking on meetings food and beverage. The sharing trend, interactivity, using dieticians, accommodating dietary requirements… all palates are catered for. From CIM News Magazine…

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Australian Workplace Skills Survey

A skills survey of the business events sector, coordinated by Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) in partnership with the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux and the Exhibition & Events Association of Australasia (EEAA), has found that critical skills gaps are considerably impacting the business events industry. With a significant survey response rate of 39 per…

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Events Industry Facing Serious Skills Shortage

A new survey shows that skills shortages are heavily affecting the business events industry. The survey – coordinated by Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) in partnership with the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux (AACB) and the Exhibition and Events Association of Australasia (EEAA) – found half of respondents having trouble recruiting qualified professionals. From CIM News Magazine…      

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2 July 2017

AIPC Annual Conference 2017, Sydney, Australia

The AIPC Annual Conference offers global insights on emerging issues and conditions with the specific experiences and insights of industry experts and member centres to create comprehensive, practical outcomes with both immediate and long term applications.

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Australia Introduces Tougher Temporary Visas

Australia has announced that two new temporary visas will make it harder to enter the country’s labour market. The current four-year 457 visa is being scrapped. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said jobs and Australians had to come first, amid concerns that key workers from abroad are crucial to the hospitality sector and wider tourism industry. From CIM News Magazine…

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Business Events: Delivering Economic Prosperity for Australia (2017-18...

The Association of AACB’s latest analysis of bids won, bids lost and the bid pipeline highlights that while its members have secured 360 international business events in the Forward Calendar (as at July 2016), 235 bids had been lost for the next decade. This lost business is estimated to be valued at AU$805m in direct…

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