Barry Neame, president of the PCO Association challenges PCOA18 conference attendees

034Barry Neame, president of the PCO Association, opened the recent PCOA18 conference by challenging the 440 attendees to be brave and embrace change.

At the PCOA18 conference held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Barry Neame said there continues to be such a strong sense of collaboration at the PCOA conferences.

He said the attendees are happy to share their experiences, and this is appreciated by the growing number of In-house Event Planners joining the PCO Association and attending the annual PCOA conferences.

Neame said there is a great need for Event Planners and or Event Management companies to become accredited. He said, “accreditation determines if the Event Manager or Event Management company meets or exceeds minimum standards of service standards and business practices”.

“We see a surge in clients expecting an assurance that the event manager and or event management business they are dealing with meets the professional standards and is capable of delivering consistency and reliability in the delivery of its services”.

“Venues are recognising the value of working with an accredited event manager and or event management company”

“More so than ever before, Event Planners and Event Management Company’s need to be aware of the key areas to secure the data of their event. There are many risks to a modern event that can be catastrophic is exploited by the wrong people. As event organizers, it is important we diligently protect our events on multiple fronts.”

Neame went onto say he believes Event Planners must nurture their relationships with clients and suppliers.

“Like anything of great value, strong relationships don’t just show up on their own. You must do your part, take responsibility, be agile and do the things that will build relationships for mutual benefit”.

Join us for the 12th Annual PCOA Conference and Exhibition, International Convention Centre, 8 – 10 December 2019

Conference Grants Open Doors for Academics

GCCECApplications are open for the first round of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (GCCEC) innovative program that links academics and professionals with the opportunity to attend an international conference in their chosen field.

The 2019 Linkage Grant Program provides grants of up to $5000. Attendance at conferences provides the opportunity to learn about the latest thinking, trends and innovations, as well as the ability to network with peers and establish links to professional colleagues. The program also provides professional and personal development in the form of travel and increased industry knowledge.

In return, the recipient champions GCCEC as a choice for future international conferences and exhibitions through their new professional networks.

Dr Oz Sahin of Griffith University is a recent recipient of a GCCEC Linkage Grant. He holds a PhD and is affiliated with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program and the School of Engineering.

Dr Sahin received $5000 through GCCEC’s Linkage Grants Program to travel to Italy last year to attend an annual, international conference on sustainability.

While in Italy, he lobbied for GCCEC to win the honour of being the first Convention Centre in Australia to host the conference. “There are lots of ingredients needed for a successful conference – the quality of the conference itself, the quality of the venue, the city and the timing all need to be considered,” he said.

“I’ve attended a few conferences at the Centre and it comfortably meets all of those needs.” Dr Sahin said the greatest benefit from receiving the grant was being empowered to conduct negotiations confidently.

“It was very useful to be provided with all the knowledge and guidance. Receiving help with budgets and venue capabilities as well as advice on how to organise a conference encouraged us to negotiate effectively,” he said.

The GCCEC Linkage Grant program has been established for seven years and has resulted in 13 applicants who have travelled as part of the program. Last year three academics from Bond and Griffith universities were awarded grants to attend conferences in the fields of medicine, climate change and technology.

To date the Linkage Grant Program has provided more than 70 conference leads for GCCEC. Currently, GCCEC is in the bid phase for seven international conferences with the potential to bring millions into the Gold Coast economy.

Applications for the first round of the 2019 Linkage Grant Program close on 3 May.

GCCEC welcomes applications from QLD and Northern NSW residents.

Applicants can be lodged here

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is a business partner with the PCO Association

For more information on the PCO Association business partner program click here

Contribute to the Industry Strategy 2020

The Beyond Tourism 2020 Steering Committee submitted its report to Government in December 2018. In January 2019, the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment launched a consultation process to seek industry and governments’ views on the draft report. The next long-term tourism strategy will extend out to the year 2030. This consultation process will provide valuable insights in shaping the trajectory of Australia’s tourism industry.

The Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, has just released the Committee’s Report to Government and launched a public consultation process. The report and details of the consultation process and timing can be found here

The purpose of consultation is to seek feedback on the Committee’s vision for the future of the tourism industry in order to formulate the next long-term tourism strategy.

Please be advised that an on demand webinar has been published which provides an overview of the Beyond 2020 Steering Committee and its report to Government. The PCO Association encourage you to share this throughout your networks.

In addition, registrations have now opened for a face-to-face industry roundtable consultation session to be held from 2.30 – 4pm on Friday 1 March 2019 in Launceston, Tasmania. This is to coincide with the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards that evening.

For industry associations, we encourage you to share these details with your members, particularly any who will be in Launceston for the Tourism Awards.

A reminder that the portal for written feedback will be open until 8 March 2019.

Join us for the 12th Annual PCOA Conference and Exhibition, International Convention Centre Sydney, 8 – 10 December 2019