The number of regularly-occurring, internationally-rotating association meetings is increasing by 100 per cent every 10 years

Keeping Australia MeetingSource: International Meetings Review

The International Congress and Convention Association released a report yesterday that looks at convention trends not in terms of year-over-year, but in terms of generations. “A Modern History of International Association Meetings: 1963-2012” is part of ICCA’s 50th anniversary year, and reveals some very promising patterns: Looking at aggregated figures for each five-year period (to remove annual fluctuations), the number of regularly-occurring, internationally-rotating association meetings is increasing by 100 per cent every 10 years, and has been consistently doing so for the last half century, with no signs of a slowdown

The full story can be found here

The implications of the report and the number of regularly-occurring, internationally-rotating association meetings will discussed at The SIG meeting of the 6th Annual Professional Conference Organisers Meeting in Melbourne this November: visit the conference website here

The 2013 conference will look at some of the “big picture” issues that are likely to impact the MICE sector in the next five years.

From Dr Frank Gelber, Chief Economist at Biz Shrapnel to Prof David Weaver and the “Lifecycle of Destinations”, we will examine Aviation, Venues, Global Meeting Trends and the continuing impacts of Technology. We will also address new age marketing and the development of online business communities.

The bread and butter issues have not been forgotten and will include a lengthy session on PCO business models.

The provisional program has been published on the conference web, it has been designed to be inclusive and encourage discussion.

Meetings Industry – PCO Conference November 2013

Meetings Industry – The PCO Annual Conference & Exhibition will be held at The Pullman
Melbourne, Albert Park from Thursday November 28 to Saturday November 30th 2013.

Michael Hann speaking at PCO Conference in Melbourne

Michael Hann

Michael Hann from Deep Blue Learning is now confirmed as one of six workshop presenters at the Meetings Industry PCO Annual Conference & Exhibition in November.

His topic is Building “Humane” Programs and Content.  He develops conference themes, content and then facilitates the subsequent coaching of presenters to deliver their content in an engaging and impactful way. His recent co-authored book “Humane Presentations” outlines how to structure and deliver a presentation in a way that will engage the audience in a natural way, making it easy for them to intake and process the content.

“One definition of “humane” is a commitment to the alleviation of suffering, and we could all concede that we have sat through programs and content that were anything but “humane”!” said Michael.   Not always, but often, event planning is dominated by logistics, registrations, flights, gala dinners, logos and social events, all vital things.

The “content” of the event however, is sometimes left to the individual presenter who turns up on the day with a usb stick, hands it to the AV operator, and starts “clicking” through it. Often to the dismay and inevitable suffering of the audience.   Michael said “This workshop will be “humane” and help you define for your clients what Content Direction is, why they should consider doing it and show you how you can help them through the process. Ultimately adding value to your clients’ events and to your business.”

All workshops are free to full conference delegates.  You can see the program at http://conference.pco.asn.au

Meetings Industry – The PCO Annual Conference & Exhibition will be held at The Pullman
Melbourne, Albert Park from Thursday November 28 to Saturday November 30th 2013.
The Meetings Industry Premier Educational and Networking Event

Meetings Industry Conference, Melbourne, Australia 2013

Keeping Australia MeetingChanging business and client expectations will be a addressed at this year’s PCO Conference in Melbourne. The inclusive industry program will examine meeting sector changes and the outlook for key segments in the next few years.

The Association will also offer delegates, sponsor and exhibitor staff complimentary access to the six (6) post event workshops. Places need to be booked on the registration page or by emailing the secretariat.

The conference will deliver a thought provoking business program combined with ample opportunities for networking and peer to peer discussion.

From Dr Frank Gelber, Chief Economist at Biz Shrapnel to Prof David Weaver and the “Lifecycle of Destinations”, we will examine Aviation, Venues, Global Meeting Trends and the continuing impacts of Technology. We will also address new age marketing and the development of online business communities.

The bread and butter issues have not been forgotten and will include a lengthy session on industry business models.

The provisional program has been published on the conference web, it has been designed to be inclusive and encourage discussion.

The owner/directors SIG will be held before the conference and will be facilitated by Richard Woodward. Richard’s brief is to establish 6 issues of importance the Association can address in 2014. The short list will be prepared following consultation with members and presented to SIG attendees for discussion and evaluation.

Visit the website for details, early bird registration will close in four weeks. http://conference.pco.asn.au

You can’t afford to miss it!