AACBThe Association of Australian Convention Bureaux’s (AACB) latest industry analysis shows the value of international business events in attracting global talent, as our convention bureaux secure almost quarter of a million international delegates on the Forward Calendar.

“Around the world, business events are being used as strategic tools for attracting trade, investment and global talent”, said Andrew Hiebl, AACB CEO.

“Governments are investing in the business events sector not just because of its high yield, but also the long-term benefits accruing from growth in the visitor and knowledge based economies.”

Analysis shows that, over the next decade, approximately 223,000 international delegates are expected to collaborate with 118,000 local delegates at international business events held in Australia. This translates to around 460 Qantas Airbus A380s full of international delegates.

The top 3 industries in terms of the number of international delegates attracted are:
1. Healthcare and Social Assistance (77,500)
2. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (35,000)
3. Administrative and Support Services (13,000)

“International business events are important facilitators in helping Australia achieve its innovation objectives, as they foster collaboration, enhance research skill development and provide forums for the dissemination of outcomes, said Karen Bolinger, AACB President

“Innovation and science are critical for Australia to deliver new sources of growth, maintain high-wage jobs and seize the next wave of economic prosperity.

However, Hiebl says, “We are still missing out on these great minds coming to Australia due to lost business, with almost 268,000 international delegates now set to go elsewhere.

“According to the Austrade 2017 Benchmark Report, the Information Media and Telecommunications industry is experiencing solid growth, reflecting Australia’s skills base in technology and knowledge-intensive sectors. However, 36 bids were lost in this industry, translating to approximately 27,000 international delegates that are now set to share their knowledge in other countries.

“Innovation is about new and existing businesses creating new products, processes and business models. However, to translate this innovation into commercial outcomes, there is a need to entice more innovators to come to Australia and exchange ideas with Australians. Conventions and exhibitions are the ideal forum in which such collaboration can take place and lead to greater commercialisation through the bringing together of scientists and researchers with private enterprise and investors.”

“Opportunity exists in the current bid pipeline, with the potential for 139,000 international delegates to travel to Australia to collaborate and share ideas with local delegates. However, the challenge of converting these 206 submitted bids into won business for Australia remains.”

For more information contact:-
Marketing & Communications Executive
Association of Australian Convention Bureaux Inc
M: +61 437 460 809

Luna Park Venues Celebrates Annual Christmas Ball in Harbourside Venue Crystal Palace

PrintLuna Park Venues announces tables to their Annual Christmas Ball are now on sale, offering a unique world-class Christmas dining experience. The Black and White themed ball will be held in the stunning Crystal Palace, providing an all-inclusive end of year celebration on Sydney Harbour – perfect for small to medium sized businesses seeking an especially memorable night out. Better than a restaurant booking, it takes the fuss out of organizing a Christmas party and gives small groups, SMEs and social clubs access to a grand Christmas party at a fraction of the budget.

Hosted by Australian television presenter Sophie Falkiner, the evening will be accompanied by a delicious three-course banquet specially curated by Luna Park Venues’ award winning catering team and a premium wine and beer beverage package. The night’s proceedings begin at 6:30 with live music, a DJ and variety of prizes to be won with donations going to Camp Quality.

Luna Park Venues General Manager Sales, James Granter commented, “We have hosted Christmas Balls since 2006 and this year we have selected the elegant and historical Crystal Palace as the venue where guests can enjoy the magnificent twilight views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House whilst still providing our outstanding service.”

Tickets are $155 each or a table of 10 for $1500. If guests book now they will each receive a complimentary ride pass valued at $57:

For more detail click here 

Alison Petrie from Encanta shares why Accreditation does matter

encantaAt Encanta we create world-class conferences, events, meetings and exhibitions that exceed our clients’ expectations. With offices in Perth and Melbourne and servicing clients internationally and across Australia, it is the quality and depth of experience of our team; our tailored approach to each and every client; and the systems, processes and technology that we employ to underpin our end-to-end suite of services that sets us apart. Our team is supported by a solid infrastructure incorporating effective project management tools, cloud technology and financial controls.

We maintain the highest integrity in our dealings with our clients, prospects and third party suppliers. We are a Fully Certified Event Company of the Professional Conference Organisers Association of Australia (PCOA). This is really important to us, and provides peace of mind to our clients that whilst we care and are passionate about their event, it’s also about delivering results.

Q: How many years have you been trading as an Event Management Company?
A: Over 20

Q: What does being a Certified Event Company (CEC) mean to your business?
A: Going through the actual compliance process was like doing an audit of the company. It made the Directors sit back and really take stock of what we do and how we do it. That alone was really beneficial. Having the accreditation is something we are enormously proud of and we make sure our staff feel that pride too, and we present our CEC status wherever we can.

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced when applying for your CEC?
A: Taking the time to complete the application! Gathering the data and making sure we were up to date with paperwork, processes and procedures.

Q: Name your three main reasons why an Event Company should be accredited
1. It makes you look forensically at your business, something we don’t do often enough.
2. It has to be a marketing advantage if managed correctly.
3. It keeps the company ahead of the pack and provides clients with the peace of mind that their chosen PCO has done the work, passed the PCOA’s robust accreditation criteria and has the right credentials to be looking after their event.

The PCO Association CEC Program is independently audited. For a company to be awarded CEC accreditation it must have a minimum of one Certified Event Manager (CEM) employed in the business and additionally satisfy criteria that is audited by an independent certified practicing (CPA) accountant.

Accreditation is valid for a period of three years, after which time the business needs to apply again to maintain their accreditation.

For more information on the PCO Association click here

Alison Petrie
M: 0413 168 426