New Zealand’s biggest team for PCOA Conference 2018

Tourism NZNew Zealand’s biggest-ever team of business events’ suppliers is set to exhibit at the PCO Association Conference from 9 to 11 December in Melbourne.

This year, 19 venues, hotels, convention bureaus and activity operators from across the country are joining Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

CINZ Australia Manager, Sharon Auld says it is New Zealand’s largest contingent in eight years at the PCOA Conference, and this year they will be ready to greet delegates on an eye-catching new 100% Pure New Zealand stand.

“Our growing team reflects the expansion of venue infrastructure and opportunities across the country. We are excited to update delegates on the realm of options in New Zealand and the significant developments, including the two new convention centres in Christchurch and Auckland opening in 2020,” Sharon Auld says.

As part of the conference programme, Tourism New Zealand has invited futurist and sought-after speaker, Rohit Talwar to explore the opportunities and challenges arising from the global forces driving change and creating new business potential in the meetings industry.

PCOA delegates will also have a chance to apply for the 2019 CINZ MEETINGS Hosted Buyer programme, with applications going live at next month’s conference.

“Throughout the conference we will be sharing our unique sense of manaakitanga, making guests feel welcome with some special kiwi treats, including Cloudy Bay wine served during the conference lunch breaks,” she says.

Joining CINZ and Tourism New Zealand are at PCOA Conference 2018 are: Air New Zealand, Auckland Convention Bureau, Auckland Conventions Venues and Events, Auckland Museum, Business Events Waikato, Business Events Wellington, ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau, Cordis Auckland, Destination Rotorua Business Events, Dunedin Convention Bureau, Heritage and CityLife Hotels, Hobbiton Movie Set, Napier Conference Centre, New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC), Queenstown Convention Bureau, Rotorua Energy Events Centre, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, Venues Wellington, and Wayfare (Real Journeys).


GCCEC2The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has been recognised as a venue of excellence at the annual Queensland Tourism Awards.

The Broadbeach property has won bronze in the Business Event Venue category..

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre General Manager Adrienne Readings said the Business Event Venue category was hotly contested with 10 entries this year.

“To be awarded bronze is certainly an honour, given the variety and calibre of other entrants across the state,” she said.

“We work extremely hard to make all events smooth, seamless and successful. More importantly, our ultimate goal is to make them memorable.

“Tonight’s award is a true reflection of the work our whole team do every day. Every single one of them contribute in their own way so I thank them for their dedication.”

Ms Readings congratulated Empire Conference Centre Rockhampton for winning silver and the Novotel Twin Waters Resort for winning gold.

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre hosted a string of high quality and challenging business events across a range of industries during the qualifying period.

“We are very proud to be a major contributor to Business Event tourism in Queensland, Ms Readings said.

“Last financial year, $372M was injected into the Queensland economy as a direct result of events held at our venue. We buy local, trade locally and invest in the industry to ensure it grows and remains strong.”

The Centre is unique, in that it’s a boutique venue that allows flexibility in its use of conference facilities, catering from as few as 10 people up to 6,000 delegates in 10,000m2 of exhibition space. Its adaptability allows for not only conferences, exhibitions and banquets but concerts, special events and sporting fixtures – including netball and basketball games that attracted almost 100,000 fans for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, as well as 300 international media.

On the back of those successful Games and interest in the region as a tourism and business events venue, the Centre is working with the Queensland State Government on an extension. The expansion will meet the increasing demand for larger spaces and concurrent sessions during national and international conventions and incentives.

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GCCEC are a PCO Association business partner

The PCO Association congratulates the GCCEC on winning this award.


Adelaide Convention CentreA pioneer from the start, the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) recently unveiled its latest innovation in the form of a fresh new menu, Honest Goodness. Developed in collaboration with leading nutritional experts from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the University of Adelaide, and CSIRO, Health and Biosecurity, the new menu is transforming the convention centre culinary experience with its emphasis on minimal intervention foods and conscious reduction of processed elements.

“We’re proud to unveil Honest Goodness as our latest innovation and to help bring the public nutrition message to the forefront; innovation has been core to the Adelaide Convention Centre experience from the very beginning,” says Simon Burgess, General Manager, Adelaide Convention Centre.

“Honest Goodness is best described as ‘feel good, whole food, made fresh’, and all about enriching the client experience here in Adelaide,” adds Burgess. “Food and beverage is such an integral part of conferencing; we ultimately want clients to come to Adelaide and enjoy the food we produce.”

Adeliade 3Designed with good nutrition in mind, Honest Goodness was created by the ACC’s Executive Chef Gavin Robertson in consultation with Professor Gary Wittert of SAHMRI / University of Adelaide, and Pennie Taylor of CSIRO’s Health and Biosecurity unit. Brimming with nutrient-dense, whole foods sourced from local environments, ingredients are prepared, in-house, by the ACC’s chefs to make restaurant-quality dishes that are vibrant in colour and bursting with flavour. And for conference organisers, the best part is that the pricing remains competitive and inline with the market, ensuring they can treat their delegates to fresh, wholesome and creative food without incurring additional expense.

“Our team enthusiastically embraced the challenge of creating Honest Goodness as public nutrition is important to all of us,” comments Chef Gavin, who heads up the ACC’s team of 75 kitchen staff. “We listened to our clients, handpicked the best of regional produce, and engaged with local artisan producers to develop a menu that is not only distinctly South Australian, but full of flavour. The emphasis is very much on ‘house-made’ and replacing processed elements with whole, fresh ingredients.”

TAdealaide 2o deliver on this commitment, Chef Gavin and his team reduced salts by replacing them with rubs and spices and swapped out sugar-laden drinks for house-made ice teas and fruit-infused waters. The menu also has a strong focus on ‘preservative free’. Instead of using ingredients featuring nitrates, synthetic food preservatives or other additives, Honest Goodness uses natural rubs and house-made marinades to enhance flavour. In addition, cured and processed meats, which are traditionally high in nitrates, have been exchanged for in-house smoked and roasted meats.

Beyond its focus on minimal intervention foods, other standout features of the Adelaide Convention Centre’s new menu include:

• Sensible Fats: Processed and manufactured fats and related substitutes have been replaced with natural animal and plant-based fats to create more balanced dishes, free from preservatives.

Adelaide 4Low sugar and sodium: Honest Goodness focuses on the conscious reduction of refined white sugars, salts and processed sauces and dressings. As an example, ingredients with traditionally high sugar volume have been replaced with house-made chutneys, sauces and dressings with lower sugar levels.

A Taste of South Australia: Honest Goodness reflects the ACC’s ongoing commitment to sourcing food from local, sustainable environments. 97 percent of produce used by the venue is sourced from South Australia.

House-made: The ACC’s in-house chefs are actively involved in preparing all dishes served at the Centre. Chef Gavin has worked closely with artisan producers – from cheesemakers to bakers, butchers and fishermen – to ensure any outsourced ingredients have been prepared in keeping with the Centre’s Honest Goodness

View the ACCAdelaide’s complete Honest Goodness philosophy and menu here

The Adelaide Convention Centre is a PCO Association business partner