Are you Accredited

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Are you Accredited – PCOA President, Barry Neame says the PCO Accreditation program was established in 2009 to provide individuals and businesses with a set of standards that are recognised as the minimum standard level of service and business practices.

“The PCO Association offers two types of Accreditation that provide individuals and businesses with a set of standards that are recognised as the minimum standard level of service and business practices.

“The Certified Event Manager (CEM) is a peak professional standard for event managers and the Certified Event Company (CEM) certification is based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative assessments of intelligence/academic ability, industry qualifications, experience and quality of delivery. CEM accreditation is offered across the various membership types with varying accreditation criteria for each member type.

“For a company to be awarded CEC accreditation with the PCO Association, it must have a minimum of one CEM employed in the business and additionally satisfy certain other criteria”.

For further information on accreditation or to apply, visit the Association website here

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


PCOA participates in the political lobbing process as part of Business Events Council of Australia (BECA)

3 BE Meets Parliament (2)Business Events leaders and members of the Business Events Council of Australia last week met with parliamentarians at the Business Events Meets Parliament bipartisan Friends of Tourism luncheon held at Parliament House.

The event was attended by politicians from both sides of politics who engaged with the industry as they pitched the value of business events to Australia and described the competitiveness of the industry.

Mr Trent Zimmerman MP, Chair of the Coalition Friends of Tourism group said, “It was a pleasure to welcome the Business Events Council of Australia to Canberra last week to hear first hand all the exciting work they’re doing in this important space”.

Ms Terri Butler MP, Chair of the Labor Friends of Tourism group said “It was fantastic to be able to help launch the Parliamentary Friends of Tourism Business Events meets Parliament event last Wednesday. It was a great opportunity to meet with and hear from business events organisations from across the country”.

The day commenced with board-level engagement with the Honourable Anthony Albanese MP, Shadow Minister for Tourism, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, the Honourable Jason Clare MP, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, to highlight policy priorities of the industry. The board then met with the Honourable Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice to discuss how they can work with government to protect Australia’s greatest asset of safety and security.

The program concluded with a roundtable, including key representatives from Federal Government departments and agencies to introduce the business events industry and develop a mutual understanding of the industry’s alignment with Government. One outcome was an agreement by industry to more effectively share information that can assist the departments in leveraging from future business events.

This roundtable was attended by senior staff from Tourism Australia, Austrade, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Matthew Hingerty,Chair of BECA said, “All in all it was a very successful inaugural event with good attendance from both parties and genuine engagement and sharing of information between Government departments and industry. We look forward to hosting this event annually with the aim of continually raising awareness of the quiet-achiever of the Australian economy, that is business events”.

For further comment:
Matthew Hingerty, Chairman of the Business Events Council of Australia
M: 0407 220 945

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

Queensland event offers famil options for meeting planners

Three exciting regional famil options are among the highlights for professional conference organisers and incentive operators who attend a major business events expo at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) on 18 July.

Convene Queensland (Convene Q) will showcase more than 100 venues, accommodation choices, attractions, activities, theme and audio visual companies, speakers and other suppliers in the state. It is ideal for association executives, professional conference organisers, executive administrators and others who organise meetings, functions, trade shows and others who organise business events in Queensland.

Convene Q general manager Allyssa Eastaugh says that while delegates are welcome to attend the show only, they can get extra value out of exploring further through the event’s highly regarded famil programme – open to hosted buyers from around Australia and New Zealand.

An exciting new addition to the programme is a chance for delegates to join Mackay locals celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the MacKay Festival of Arts. Participants will catch the ‘tail end’ of the 10 day programme covering a variety of visual arts, music, theatre, family events, food, wine and more.

Another option is the Gold Coast famil – promoted as a ‘touch of Gold’ in the lead up to Commonwealth Games action.
And yet another exciting choice is a dual city famil – combining Brisbane with the Sunshine Coast so that delegates can experience the best of what these two centres have to offer.

All famil programmes will conclude in Brisbane, where participants will attend Convene Q and take part in pre-scheduled appointments with exhibitors. Register here

Convene Q is also open to local Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast based PCOs who decide to attend the expo only. They can attend on a ‘free-flow’ basis or make appointments to suit their time of attendance and maximise their time accordingly. Register here