BECA 2The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has welcomed and thanked the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Honourable Steven Ciobo MP, for his announcement of Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program, with an investment of $12m across the next 3 years.

Chairman of BECA, Matthew Hingerty said the announcement thrust the Business Events Sector into the heart of Australia’s economic agenda.

He said the $30 billion sector, involving business meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions was an often-overlooked enabler in the national economy.

“Business events are the mechanisms whereby Australians and their international guests meet to swap knowledge, write business and understand each other’s cultures and way of life. They are a powerful force for free trade and international peace and tolerance”.

“It is also the mechanism whereby the benefits of new trade deals are transmitted to the rest of the economy. In 2015/16 business events generated 193,000 jobs in event management, event construction and delivery, transport and logistics and tourism and hospitality.

“This announcement will allow us to target new events aligned to our new growth sectors and trade agreements, and encourage high value delegates, in both terms of their dollar spend and in terms of the knowledge and relationships they will bring to our country”.

“It is our aim that every business visitor to our country has their expectations exceeded and returns home as ambassadors to encourage travel to our country by their family, friends and colleagues and to encourage greater investment and tighter trade relations”, Mr Hingerty concluded.

For further comment:
Matthew Hingerty, Chairman
M: 0407 220 945

EXECUTIVE CHEF – Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Garry KindredIf there is one thing that Garry Kindred is a stickler for, it’s sourcing quality fresh, flavoursome locally grown produce.

The Executive Chef at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) doesn’t compromise on this one element of how he operates the main kitchen and 12 satellite kitchens at Broadbeach. “It’s definitely something that’s important to me,” he said.

Garry aims to source as much meat, seafood, vegetables, herbs and other ingredients within a 200km radius of Broadbeach. And he is proud to say that about 80% of what comes from the ‘paddock to the plate’ at GCCEC fits that criteria.

“We get fresher produce; we support local farmers; it’s better flavour; the textures are better and by using local produce we get better connections with local suppliers,” he said.

“Building up those connections means that if we need something grown specifically for a dish, our suppliers will do it. We once needed beetroot leaf for an Aussie-themed function and because of our long-standing relationship, our micro-herb supplier was able to grow them for us.”
Garry and his key team of Sous Chefs Adam Hall and Alicia O’Brien plan and create fresh, fragrant and flavoursome dishes using more than 700 ingredients.

They understand how important it is to develop strong relationships with their suppliers and distributors to ensure those ingredients are top quality.

“They’re the ones at the markets every morning. They’re the ones who know if tomatoes aren’t too good at the moment or weather like a cyclone or extreme heat has affected the growth or supply of something. They’ll let us know and that allows us to tweak the menu so we’ve always got the best quality produce.”

That passion for quality food seems to be part of Garry’s DNA.

He caught the cooking bug early and learnt to cook in his home town of Ballarat from a young age.

He did his apprenticeship at Sovereign Hill before moving to the Gold Coast 24 years ago. Under the tutelage of locally renowned chefs Brett Southcombe and Andrew Fraser, Garry worked his way through the culinary ranks to join GCCEC as the Sous Chef in 2004, later becoming the Executive Chef.

It’s a job that he does with an immense sense of pride and enthusiasm. “Being a chef is more than liking food,” he said.
“It’s creating something out of nothing. Working with your hands and mind – thinking outside the box and thinking more creatively.
“The rush of the service, the camaraderie of the team, the product you produce and the feedback from the guests. They’re all the rushes that I get.”

Garry is a perfectionist who is particular about working with clients of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
He and his team particularly like the challenge of themed dinners and events. They had fun recently creating food acrobatics for the Professional Conference Organisers Association annual conference.

The theme of Innovation and Engagement provided the challenge to come up with something that would be memorable. Food acrobatics was the answer! So before 400 guests, hundreds of tiny macaroons attached to parachutes were launched from the convention ceiling down to guests below.

The feat was certainly innovative and engaging and set the tone for the conversation during the rest of the three-day conference and exhibition.
For Garry, it was all in a day’s work. “We pride ourselves on creating memorable moments for our guests,” he said.

“If the guests are happy, I’m happy.”

The Gold Coast Convention Centre is a PCO Association business partner.
For information on the PCO Association business partner program click here



PCOA steps up Gamification for 10th Annual Conference & Exhibition

A little friendly competition was all PCOA needed to drive engagement to new heights at their 10th Annual Conference and Exhibition. Following the success of their 2016 Event App, PCOA worked with Entegy Labs to enhance the delegate competition and networking while boosting traffic to exhibitor booths.


Event profile
The 10th PCO Association Conference was the biggest yet, attracting over 440 attendees and selling out their 60 exhibitor booths by June 2017.

Held in the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition centre from 26 – 28 November 2017, this year’s theme of MEETING Beyond Tomorrow provided the perfect backdrop for an event that focused on future opportunities and examined industry growth and development.

PCOA had sub-themes of Innovation and Engagement, covering topics ranging from the latest technology and what impact it has on conferences to new ways to engage and influence audiences, both digitally and onsite.

There were plenty of opportunities for attendees to network at the two social functions and meal breaks were taken in the exhibition hall.

The Entegy Suite
As the App sponsor, Entegy worked closely with the Professional Conference Organiser Association to deliver an event technology solution to encourage networking and enhance exhibitor and sponsor ROI.

Event App:
including program, destination information, push notifications, speaker, sponsor and exhibitor profiles

Attendee Connect:
leaderboard, activity feed, attendee profile list and private messaging
Lead Capture: lead retrieval for exhibitors with scan points and incorporated passport competition

Entegy Labs:
Provided a custom, in-app passport competition to incentivise attendee traffic to exhibitor booths with some great exhibitor provided prizes. Attendees earned points towards their leaderboard total for every exhibitor visited, and had the opportunity to earn additional points through a trivia competition, unlocking questions as they visited exhibitors.

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Entegy worked closely with the Professional Conference Organiser Association to deliver an event technology solution to encourage networking and enhance exhibitor and sponsor ROI

Entegy worked closely with the Professional Conference Organiser Association to deliver an event technology solution to encourage networking and enhance exhibitor and sponsor ROI