Best PCO Conference yet – with 344 delegates and 60 exhibitors

The best and biggest PCO Conference yet!

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The business program received rave reviews from delegates, sponsors and exhibitors thanks to the energy, experience, relevance and professionalism of the presenters; we discussed Aviation, Venues, Global Meeting Trends and the continuing impacts of Technology. New age marketing and the development of online business communities also proved popular with delegates.

The updated social program gave attendees ample time to network/do business with exhibitors and sponsors. One hotel has reported getting $500K in potential new business leads / bookings.

The pre-conference owner/director SIG was fully booked, and Novotel on Collins hosted the themed SIG Dinner.

Some of the initiatives the Association will action in 2014 on behalf of members includes;

  •  Setting up a members buying group
  • Establishing affiliate arrangements with other industry groups
  • Launching a national advertising campaign to support accredited  PCO’s

Completing benchmark studies on;

  • PCO staff wage levels by State
  • Business model project management hours
  • Social media use for individual conferences and events

Two new SIG groups will be formed to meet regularly in 2014;

  • Communication and Technology – chaired by Craig Rispin
  • Innovation – chaired by Danny Davis, Entrepreneur, Strategist, Consultant and Mentor

Life memberships were presented to Rob Bulfield and Robyn Johnston, two of our inaugural council members and Rob Henshaw the foundation association President.

New staff appointments will be announced in February 2014; in Canberra, Tasmania and Queensland, including the position of Director of Industry Partnerships.

The 2014 conference will take place at the National Convention Centre in Canberra, check the website for details.



Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre July 29 2014

Convene Queensland 2014 is a one day exhibition which allows professionals who organise events (from the company Christmas party to large conferences) to source a diverse range of Queensland event products and services in one place, at one time.  Convene Q provides the opportunity for face to face interaction between buyers and exhibitors. Professional conference organisers from around Queensland, the rest of Australia and New Zealand will be welcome at the vent. Registration to open early 2014.

PCO Conference APP – now available

This year at the PCO conference we’re delighted to introduce our new look conference app. It will be launched officially early next year but we wanted to give you,our industry colleagues, the first opportunity to use it in Australia.

Download the app by entering into the browser on your device (if  you are using older versions of Internet Explorer the app will appear in it’s old format). Once downloaded you won’t need an internet connection to browse content. When you are connected you’ll receive content updates which will be downloaded in the background without interrupting your use of the app.

Use the app to:

  • Create a personalised schedule
  • Take notes on sessions
  • View sponsor and exhibitor listings, documents and videos
  • Browse attendees and enhance your attendee profile
  • Tweet from within session information
  • Participate in live polling

And more..

Watch this movie for an intro to the app.