PCO Association president shares announcement with Showtime Event Groups

Thanks to the support of State Library Victoria and Showtime Event Group the PCOA will be holding this year’s networking event in Australia’s oldest public library and one of the first free libraries in the world.

PCOA president Barry Neame said “State Library Victoria will provide the perfect environment for attendees to network and exchange ideas in an historic setting and at the same time appreciate the newly revitalised event spaces being made available through this significant redevelopment.”

The  PCO Association Networking event will be held on Monday 10 December 2018, welcoming over 450 MICE Industry influencers.

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In alignment with the Library’s vision, Showtime Event Group will be looking to grow the hospitality offering to various event markets: including revitalising the current wedding offering, capitalising on the strong connection the group has to the MICE market, greater accessibility for the local corporate and community market, and rolling out the new approach to the way delegates conference and meet. Showtime Event Group is also a strategic partner of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, in line with their focus around the Business Events market.

“Showtime Event Group is committed to supporting Melbourne Convention Bureau’s mission to showcase Melbourne a leading global business events destination.

“Having worked with the Showtime Event Group for more than 5 years, we were thrilled to have recently welcomed them as a Strategic Partner, enabling us to put Melbourne’s best foot forward to our international clients when showcasing the venue and catering options on offer by Showtime Event Group.” Karen Bolinger, CEO Melbourne Convention Bureau.

Showtime Event Group rebranded in February of this year with the launch of an offsite catering arm, and the appointment as exclusive caterer and event partner to the Old Melbourne Gaol precinct in collaboration with the National Trust Victoria.

‘It’s been a very big 2018 for Showtime Event Group, but it’s something that has been planned for quite some time. We established a 10 year plan in 2012 to become the industries leader, and this an important step in the journey. As exciting as this is, we still have a lot more to roll out in the next few years. It’s a very exciting time to be part of the events industry in Melbourne’. Brad Dabbs, General Manager, Showtime Event Group.

State Library Victoria and Showtime Event Group will be hosting the PCO Association Networking event on 10 December 2018, welcoming over 450 MICE Industry influencers.

For further Information :-

SEG Press Enquiries;
Troy Stasinowsky – Head of Business Development
E:troy@seg.melbourne
M. 0481 095 304

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Tickets to the PCO Association networking function can only be accessed by registering for the 11th Annual PCOA Conference and Exhibition, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, between 9 –and 11 December 2018.

Visit the PCO Association website here

Maxine Tod
Director Business Partnerships
PCO Association
E: maxine@pco.asn.au
M: 0435 103 912

Currinda and Wotif Team Up for Events Accommodation Breakthrough

CCurrinda-Logo-SMALL-2017-CMYK-Full-Colour7-and-halfpercenturrinda has teamed up with online travel brand Wotif to give Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs) access to a huge selection of accommodation options and the opportunity to earn commission along the way.

Currinda has leveraged the power and scale of Wotif to create a seamless event accommodation workflow within the online event registration process. This innovation delivers significant benefits to PCOs everywhere, including:

• A generous commission for each qualifying transaction via Currinda’s online software solution, powered by Wotif
• Less Risk to the PCO – Option to have no room blocks and no rooming lists to manage, OR run Wotif in parallel with your room blocks
• Less legwork and staff costs to manage
• Lets PCOs stay in the accommodation market right up to the event

It’s the Event Registrations platform that benefits PCOs

The Currinda-Wotif alliance is game-changing for PCOs and event managers, who have struggled with the economies of managing event accommodation for many years.

Going forward, Currinda customers can satisfy the accommodation needs of their event guests and delegates while being given the opportunity to earn commission.

We think that’s the way it should be.

For more information, contact Eamon Bowler at Currinda by email eamon@currinda.com or phone +61 3 8658 9534

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A golden milestone for MCEC

MCEC expansionAustralia’s newest event space has arrived, with Acting Premier, James Merlino announcing Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) expansion site has officially opened.

The $205 million expansion was funded by the 2015-16 Victorian State Budget with building works commencing in 2016. The expansion adds 20,000 square metres, increasing MCEC’s total size to 70,000 square metres, heralding the venue as Australia’s largest convention and exhibition space.

POC Association president Barry Neame congratulated Peter King and his team on delivering a world class facility that is functional, adaptable and aesthetically pleasing with a quality and sophistication that reflects the attributes of Melbourne.

Mr Neame said, “we are very excited to be holding the 11th Annual PCOA Conference and Exhibition, in the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre extension between 9 and 11 December 2018. This will be an opportunity for meeting planners to experience the centre first hand”.

For further information on PCOA18 click here

For more details on the MCEC expansion click here