Business Events Council of Australia broadens opportunities

The recent high-level Canberra meeting organised by Business Events Council of Australia will hopefully lead to the Federal Government maximising the opportunities provided by the business events industry’s ability to attract the world’s smartest investors to Australia.

“While it is critical that strong and secure investment be maintained for Tourism Australia – to position the country globally as a premium business events destination – other government departments must understand that they can use business events as a mechanism to achieve their objectives,” said Barry Neame, president of the Professional Conference Organisers Association.

“We bid for and secure these conventions often years in advance and therefore have time to best maximise the opportunities that they present for Australia beyond tourism visitation.

“It will be a shame if the industry continues to attract the world’s smartest and brightest investors to our shores and government fails to squeeze every opportunity out of them.”

He says that if government departments understand the broader picture, they might well consider supporting the bidding processes that enable the business events industry to successfully attract business in a competitive international scene.

“The Federal Government is responsible for Australia’s competitiveness and has access to levers that can speed up or slow down markets – for example the impact of visas, and the associated fees and processing, on delegates coming to Australia.”

Ultimately, the PCO Association wants to see positive policy and investment decisions being made.“Positive impacts would lead to industry growth and more jobs,” he said. “Growth in jobs also requires strong industry and professional development programs to ensure Australia continues to deliver high quality and successful events.

Join us for the 10th Annual PCOA Conference and Exhibition, to be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 26 – 28 November 2017


Alison Copeman, has been appointed as the new NZ PCOA councillor

Ali portrait 2017-1-2Ali established akB in 1999. She is a leading Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) and an Australian/NZ Certified Event Manager.

Having been a director of the Otago Chamber of Commerce for a number of years, Ali has developed many competencies around good strategy. She is skilled and experienced in working with and leading multiple stakeholders to bring projects to completion. Being on both sides of the management and governance table Ali’s knowledge and practice around good governance is strong.

Ali has contributed to the University of Otago School of Medicine ambulatory course, through medical teaching of 3rd – 5th year medical students over the last 9 years.

Ali replaces Janet Matheson, Conferences & Events Ltd who recently retired from the position.

Join us for the 10th Annual PCOA Conference and Exhibition, to be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 26 – 28 November 2017

Hear from one of the Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry – Corbin Ball

I  just wanted to say congratulations on securing Corbin Ball. I met him many years ago and have been following his blogs and facebook ever since. Everyone will walk away from his session learning more than 3 years of university! He is fabulous – what a win for PCO.

He alone means I need to clear my calendar!

Well done
Kind regards
Jacqueline Murkins

Corbin Ball_HeadshotCorbin Ball, CSP, CMP is an internationally recognised expert on technology. His articles have appeared in hundreds of national and international publications. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USAToday and US News & World Report.

Corbin was recently named as one of “The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry” by Successful Meetings and MeetingNews magazines, the fifth time he has been so named.

He has spoken to groups in 33 countries, on five continents in a manner that is engaging, understandable and fun. Corbin is the only person to have received both MPI’s International Supplier of the Year and MPI’s International Chapter Leader of the Year award.

Corbin recently told PCOA, “I’m very much looking forward to participating in this year’s PCOA Conference on the Gold Coast. It has been three years since I have been to this part of the world and I always look forward to returning to Australia!

To me, the 2017 conference theme of MEETING Beyond Tomorrow identifies the need for event managers to embrace new technology and to understand how it can enhance the delegate experience, while increasing their own productivity.

My keynote will discuss a number of emerging trends including data analytics, the internet of things, virtual and augmented reality and wearable computing. I will be encouraging audience questions throughout the presentation and look forward to hearing from the Australian and New Zealand audience to get a sense of what’s happening in the industry down under.”

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