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EEAA chief executive endorses women’s heart health in new campaign

EEAA’s Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, is one of 16 senior business women invited to be ambassadors in a new  and Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry campaign.

“Business Women Champions of the Heart” was launched this week by Lucy Turnbull. The campaign aims to put women’s heart health in focus through the business community using the extended network of its newly appointed advocates.

Ms DiMascio said she believed, along with many women working in the business events sector, that the message about heart health was critical for the industry given the alarming statistic that 22 women die each week from heart disease.

“Women often prioritise others over themselves, which is why it is important to focus on women’s heart health. This campaign will give more women a chance of survival with increased awareness of symptoms and prevention.

“Heart disease in women is also a male issue – it’s something that the whole community should be concerned about. The Heart Foundation needs our support in spreading the message about this campaign.”

Lucy Turnbull and Joyce DiMascio

“Business Women Champions of the Heart” is the nation’s first network of senior business women dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease in women. The ambassadors will support its efforts to educate the community about heart disease in women.

The campaign was launched by leading businesswoman, urbanist and philanthropist Lucy Turnbull AO.

“The stereotype continues to persist that heart attacks and heart disease are male issues, but the numbers tell a different story. In Australia, 22 Australian women will die from heart disease each day, killing almost three times as many women as breast cancer,” Ms Turnbull said.

James Pearson, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said he was taken aback to learn that 46,000 Australian women were hospitalised due to heart disease each year.

“The Australian Chamber looks forward to initiating further ambassador opportunities for our female leaders, so we can continue to support the Heart Foundation in this vital work,” Mr Pearson said.

“Awareness is a key aspect of prevention. This is why this campaign is essential. It puts women in the forefront to spread a message on heart disease, which is commonly overlooked and ignored,” Ms DiMascio added.

“Many women have never discussed heart disease with their doctor, this has to change. Heart disease affects everyone and many women are missing key symptoms due to ignorance.”

The Australian Chamber of Industry stated that symptoms may include pain in the jaw, back or neck. They can also have shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and cold sweats, overwhelming fatigue or anxiety, lethargy and loss of appetite.

To find out more about women and heart disease, click here.

Another positive incentive outcome for Adelaide with Joymain

Following its largest incentive visit of 3000 pax in waves of 500 over 6 days from Perfect China in 2017, the Adelaide Convention Bureau’s  incentive marketing drive into China has paid dividends again with a 5 day/4 night visit in June by  750 employees of Joymain, one of China’s largest Science/Tech and direct selling companies.  The 750 pax in one wave was Adelaide’s largest single incentive group visit and is the second time the company has visited Australia with first being to Sydney in 2015.

Feedback from Joymain has been as positive as it was from Perfect China.   Adelaide, with the benefit of being a boutique city with major city infrastructure has the ability to engage all levels of support whilst providing a unique experience for guests in a destination that will be new and memorable.

“There were two reasons for choosing Adelaide as the destination for our event. First of all, the follow-up and assistance provided from the Adelaide Convention Bureau is the most important reason for us. Second, the comprehensive cooperation of the local government of Adelaide includes the Governor, the state government, the city hall and many other aspects….”

“Although Adelaide is a boutique destination, it has excellent resources for MICE events, such as the ACC, activities in the winery, Adelaide Oval rooftop climb. Personally, I think Adelaide is a great and a great destination suitable for direct selling incentive events. I hope Joymain will return to Adelaide again soon”.   Ben Fang – Joymain Director

“Interest in South Australia as a highly desirable destination for incentive groups is at an all-time high with companies and tour operators constantly seeking new destinations to visit as a reward for staff or clients.   We recognise that beyond the immediate economic benefits realised by the tour itself, Asian Incentive tourism represents a massive opportunity for the state from return visits with friends or family by group delegates as well as the chance for trade and investment by the host company.

The Adelaide Convention Bureau’s recently announced public policy includes a focus on attracting more incentive tours to South Australia and with the full backing of the policy by the new State Government, we are looking forward to further developing the opportunities at hand to attract more and larger groups.”  Damien Kitto – CEO, Adelaide Convention Bureau


Joymain group with Governer Hieu Van Le at Government House

Diana Taylor joins MCEC Trust

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust (MCET) has welcomed Diana Taylor as its newest trustee.

MCET Chairman, John Brumby AO said he was delighted to announce Ms Taylor’s appointment.

“Diana’s wealth of experience across some of Victoria’s most dynamic sectors, makes her an outstanding addition to the Trust,” Mr Brumby said.

A self-declared ‘Geelong girl’, Ms Taylor completed her law degree at Deakin University and went onto a successful legal career at Melbourne’s top tier law firms. She has recently returned to the law in a part time capacity as Netball Australia’s General Counsel.

After serving in several senior in-house counsel roles, Ms Taylor returned to Geelong and entered into business with the CT Management Group, where she was named Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award Winner for Victoria (Corporate and Private) in 2016.

Since 2010, Ms Taylor has served as a Director on the Geelong Football Club Board and is Chair of the Geelong Cats’ Governance Committee. She is also a member of the State Government Advisory Board – the Geelong Authority, Chair of Anam Cara House Geelong (Geelong’s community hospice) and is a Member of the Barwon Sports Academy Board.

Ms Taylor’s three year appointment commenced on 3 July.

High numbers set to attend Meetings & Events Australia’s Victorian Careers Insights Program

High numbers set to attend Meetings & Events Australia’s Victorian Careers Insights Program

More 170 students will attend MEA’s Victorian Careers Program in Melbourne on Tuesday 21 August at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Students from a range of tertiary institutions including William Angliss Institute, Swinburne University of Technology and Holmesglen Institute of TAFE will learn first-hand from experts from C2 Melbourne, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Peter Jones Special Events, State Library of Victoria, Event Travel Management, Décor It Events and Business Events Geelong. The speakers will provide an insight into their careers and what opportunities to expect in one of the country’s most exciting and varied service industries.

MEA Career Insights 2017

Participants will be invited to extend the boundaries of what they know about the events industry, challenge their thinking of how their future in the industry may look like, and experience the “day in the life’ of an event manager to help prepare them for their career.

The events industry offers students many diverse avenues including audio visual production, event management and exhibition management – working in venues, large and small, that cater for events for business, government and the public at large.

MEA has been conducting career insights programs across Australia for more than six years as part of its strategy to grow a sustainable and skilled workforce. The Careers Insights program is part of MEA’s Career Pathway that also includes mentoring, scholarships professional development and networking to nurture and support young professionals who are looking for a career in the events industry.

There are Careers Insight events coming up in Western Australia in September and in New South Wales in October.

Gold Coast’s Shannon Thwaites awarded AACB Scholarship

Shannon Thwaites, Manager – Global Business Events at Destination Gold Coast has been awarded the prestigious AACB Staff Scholarship for 2018/19. The Scholarship was announced at the AACB Annual Conference Gala Dinner held at Spirt House Restaurant and Cooking School on the Sunshine Coast.

The AACB Staff Scholarship is designed to offer bureau staff an opportunity to demonstrate their professional commitment to the business events industry by delivering a project which highlights innovation and excellence.

With her winning proposal to future proof talent in the business events industry, Shannon’s project will investigate ways to cultivate specialised industry talent, analyse methods to transfer knowledge and experiences and to connect current leaders with future leaders.

Shannon has secured a $5,500 cash grant to kick start her project and international return flights to the US.

The scholarship is co-sponsored by Tourism Australia and Qantas. Both recognise the important role that convention bureaux play in attracting business events to Australia and therefore see this scholarship as an investment in the future leadership of the industry.

Penny Lion, Executive General Manager Events at Tourism Australia, and Rob Harrison, Head of Agency Partnerships, Qantas both congratulated Shannon on her success in winning the Scholarship.

Andrew Hiebl, CEO, AACB; Leisel Shaw, Partnership Marketing Manager, Tourism Australia; Melissa Trost, Destination Gold Coast; Shannon Thwaites, Destination Gold Coast; Stephanie Heyneke, Brisbane Marketing; Karen Bolinger, President, AACB.

Ms Lion said, “Tourism Australia is proud to support the development of our industry, in particular projects that foster and enhance talent, as ultimately this will deliver benefit for the business events sector in Australia. Congratulations to Shannon on winning the Staff Scholarship this year; we look forward to hearing about the progress of her project.”

“Shannon’s commitment to engage the industry, encouraging high performance and equipping individuals with the skills to lead Australian convention bureaux is of utmost importance to the future of the industry. Congratulations Shannon,” Mr Harrison said.

AACB CEO, Andrew Hiebl said, “AACB is committed to the recognition and encouragement of excellence. This scholarship offers bureau staff an opportunity to demonstrate professional commitment, delivery of high quality service and dedication to the business events industry. Well done Shannon.”

Shannon Thwaites said, “I am absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity to explore something I am very passionate about and I hope will benefit the industry long term. Thank you AACB, Tourism Australia and Qantas.”

The scholarship runners-up were Stephanie Heyneke, Business Development & Bidding Coordinator, Brisbane Marketing and Melissa Trost, Business Development Executive, Destination Gold Coast.

Brisbane alliance delivers trifecta of conference wins

The Brisbane Convention Bureau has partnered with The University of Queensland (UQ) to secure a trifecta of conferences worth over $2.1 million for the city’s economy.

Combined, the three conferences won with UQ’s School of Languages and Cultures are expected to attract over 800 national and international delegates across 11 event days.

Brisbane will host the 9th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication (INPRA) in June 2020, the 6th Biennial Colloquium of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) in November 2021, and the 6th International Conference on Conversation Analysis (ICCA) in July 2022.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said business events delivered many benefits for Brisbane, with those won by the Bureau and partners last financial year worth over $96m in economic impact.

“Every business event that flows into Brisbane supports our tourism and hospitality businesses including hotels, restaurants, service providers and retailers,” Cr Quirk said.

“These conferences will bring together scholars and researchers from around the world, boosting our local academic and research capabilities, and raising Brisbane’s profile as a destination of choice for business and leisure.”

Brisbane Convention Bureau General Manager Juliet Alabaster said partnering with academics and industry professionals to attract conferences to Brisbane was a key strategy of the Bureau.

“Through our expertise in event bidding and staging, we help world-class institutions such as UQ to attract high-calibre conferences that build Brisbane’s knowledge economy and support local industries,” Ms Alabaster said.

“That is one reason why we launched the Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant, which is so far supporting seven local researchers and professionals to attend leading international conferences to help us and our partners attract future rotations to Brisbane.”

Professor of Linguistics and Head of the School of Languages and Cultures, Michael Haugh, said the conference wins were a great coup for UQ and Brisbane.

“Hosting these three conferences will raise the school’s profile in teaching and research, particularly as the two international conferences have historically been held in Europe and North America,” Prof Haugh said.

“I’m delighted with the support offered by the Brisbane Convention Bureau to secure these conferences and bring the world’s top minds in the field to Brisbane.”

The Event Symposium to go fully interactive in November

The 2018 Australian Event Symposium program has been released and it’s 100% interactive.

With entries closing soon for the 2018 Australian Event Awards, organisers have announced a significant change to the approach to professional development across the events industry.

Taking place 20-21 November on the Sunshine Coast, this year’s program features a day of industry based, collaborative Workshops followed by a day of Masterclasses led by ground-breakers from beyond the events industry.

The theme, The Skill’s The Limit: Enriching Events focusses all session on tangible take-aways for attendees. The Symposium will be topped off with the 2018 events industry extravaganza: the 10th Australian Event Awards.

“This year’s celebration of our events culture will be the biggest we have seen yet,” said Event Awards and Symposium Managing Director Ian Steigrad.

“We have focussed this year on event professionals getting their hands dirty and taking away real skills – it will be fun and interactive but also an opportunity to grow as professionals and get some serious skill injection.”

Former Wallaby and journalist Peter FitzSimons will deliver an interactive Masterclass at the Australian Event Symposium | Photo supplied

In opening registrations for the event, organisers have announced one Masterclass presenter will be Peter FitzSimons – The Wallaby, the Journo and, of course, the Republican.

The Event Symposium team is working closely with Peter to develop a special interactive masterclass under the title “Creativity and Agility – Ducking and Weaving in the Events World”.

The Masterclass will lead attendees through the creative process and all the challenges and opportunities that come with the territory, from identifying creative triggers to building resilience and flexibility to meet today’s ever-changing event environment.

The session will include the opportunity to complete tasks and obtain Peter’s feedback in a relaxed atmosphere.

Sustainability declared a top priority by exhibition and event industry who commit to collaboration for change

The Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has kicked off a major new initiative to tackle sustainability and reduce the environmental impact of the events sector.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio said the member-driven renewed focus on the environment within the Association would be led by newly elected Board Member, Leighton Wood, Chief Operating Officer of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“We have formed a new Environmental Sustainability Working Group comprising of representatives from all parts of the industry – each person has excellent credentials and is committed to working with the Association to make a difference.” Ms DiMascio said.

“The Environmental Sustainability Working Group met last week – and while we all agree that many positive steps have been taken across the industry to reduce the environmental impact of events, it was time to step-up and collaborate industry-wide to do more.” Ms DiMascio said.

The Working Group met for the first time on 7 August 2018 to kick-start an industry-wide action plan.

The Sustainability Working Group comprises:

  • Chair:  Leighton Wood, MCEC and EEAA Board Member
  • Helen Mantellato, ICC Sydney and EEAA Board Member
  • Ross Ferrar, Gaming Technologies Association and EEAA Board Member
  • Pedro Gallo, Diversified Communications Australia
  • Luke Edginton, Adelaide Convention Centre
  • Cory McCarrick, Reed Exhibitions Australia
  • Jonathan Wilczek, Diversified Communications Australia
  • Michael Firman, Harry the Hirer
  • Adrian Slingsby, ICC Sydney
  • Heather Craven, Audited Media Association of Australia
  • Rodd Craig, Aerospace Maritime and Defence Foundation of Australia
  • Claudia Hunter, Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia
  • Joyce DiMascio, Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia

The Association has also reached out to its younger Members making “Sustainability” the topic for discussion at EEAA Young Stars Networking event in Melbourne.

Drawing on the talent and expertise of our emerging leaders, the Association is committed to ensuring the voice of younger Members is heard.

“We heard from four passionate emerging leaders who are working on CSR matters – their skills can help influence the course ahead.”

The Young Stars panel comprised of:

  • Jamal Gittens, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
  • Jaeram ‘Jez’ Richards, Harry the Hirer
  • Tom McAlister, Reed Exhibitions Australia
  • Laura Goddard, ICC Sydney

Many of the participants at the Young Stars event expressed excellent ideas about how the industry can reduce waste and have volunteered to become involved. Most participants at the Young Stars event ranked sustainability as a 9/10 priority.

“At the Young Stars meeting we concluded that the industry is clearly demanding a bigger effort. The Environmental Sustainability Working Group has developed a clear framework for collaboration on this important issue – there is great momentum and the meetings were a productive start to this important work.

“With a clear strategy, strong leadership and industry buy-in we can go far in changing some practices for the better.” DiMascio said.

Members of the EEAA Environmental Sustainability Working Group L-R Claudia Hunter, Jonathan Wilczek, Pedro Gallo, Michael Firman, Rodd Craig, Leighton Wood, Joyce DiMascio and Luke Edginton | Photo supplied

Pages Hire appointed Official Supplier of Overlay for Invictus Games Sydney 2018

Pages Hire has been named Official Supplier of Overlay, Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment for Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover.

The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and ill service men and women, both active duty and veteran. The Games use the healing power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and celebrate the crucial role played by family and friends in the recovery process.

Pages Hire, now in its 60th year of business, will provide marquees, furniture and equipment for competitor, official and support crew facilities, and corporate entertainment spaces.

David Berry, Procurement Officer, Invictus Games Sydney 2018, said he was impressed with Pages Hire’s flexibility to meet the unique requirements of the event.

“The Pages Hire team’s exceptional work, commitment, wealth of experience and passion for the Games could not be overlooked. We are excited to have Pages Hire on board as part of our supplier group to deliver a successful event,” said Mr Berry.

Stephen Thatcher, Managing Director, Pages Hire, said his experienced team is looking forward to supporting the delivery of the Games and showcasing the high calibre of work the Australian event industry can offer.

“We connected on the values that the Invictus Games represent, and I just knew we had to be part of this project and help make it a memorable event for all,” said Mr Thatcher.

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will take place from 20-27 October with events being staged across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and in and around Sydney Harbour.

Game, set and match against ticket scalpers

The Victorian Labor Government has declared the Australian Open 2019 as a major event to crack down on ticket scalping at one of Melbourne’s most iconic international sporting events.

This summer’s Australian Open is expected to draw mammoth crowds following the record-breaking 743,667 fans that attended the tournament in 2018.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren made the decision to declare all matches at the Australian Open 2019 under the Major Events Act 2009 due to the expected strong demand for tickets for next year’s tournament.

The Australian Open is the latest in a string of major events to be protected under the legislation, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, the AFL 2018 finals series, 2019 AFL Anzac Day blockbuster and Meredith Music Festival and its sister festival Golden Plains also being declared.

The Australian Open is the largest annual event in the southern hemisphere, attracting thousands of visitors from across the world and positioning Melbourne as Australia’s sporting and events capital.

The Labor Government has provided $271.55 million for stage three of the Melbourne Park redevelopment, which includes a new 5,000 seat show court arena, new function and media centre, and improved patron facilities.

The investment guarantees the Australian Open will remain in Melbourne until at least 2036, as well as creating 600 jobs during construction and supporting thousands of jobs in our tourism and hospitality industry.

Under the legislation, tickets to a declared major event cannot be advertised for resale or resold for more than 10 per cent above the original value.

New authorised ticketing officers will support Victoria Police in enforcing the new law and prosecuting ticket scalpers. Penalties can range from $806 up to $483,500 depending on the nature of the offences.