The Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) has cleaned up at Australia’s premier exhibition and event industry awards for the third year running, taking home the awards for Best Australian Show and Best Trade Show Over 10,000m2 at last night’s Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Awards for Excellence.
AOG beat out some of Australasia’s leading trade and consumer shows to claim two of the top honours at the gala event at Crystal Palace Luna Park, Sydney, which recognised innovation, performance and success in the exhibition and events industry.
The double win sealed a three-peat for Australia’s leading oil and gas exhibition, following wins for Best Trade Show Over 10,000m2 in 2009 and 2010 and Best Australian Show in 2009.
Event Director, Bill Hare said the awards provided an amazing end to a year that saw AOG again draw record exhibitor numbers and a nearly 15 percent increase in visitors.
“To be recognised by a judging panel of industry experts as not only the best trade show of our size for the third successive year, but also the best Australian show is a very humbling experience and a testament to the ongoing hard work and innovation of our team,” said Mr Hare.
Acquired by Diversified Exhibitions Australia in 2007, AOG has grown to become Australia’s largest oil and gas event with more than 450 exhibitors from across 16 countries and the only exhibition of its kind to attract over 11,000 visitors.
Also incorporating the Subsea Australasia Conference, the AOG Conference, plus a comprehensive program of seminars, a careers day and networking opportunities, the 2011 event generated expenditure of $10.9 million in Western Australia.
One of 17 awards presented last night, the Best Trade Show category was judged on several criteria, including visitor and exhibitor evaluation, marketing campaign, innovation and results to budget.
Mr Hare acknowledged the support of the Government of Western Australia, City of Perth, Society for Underwater Technology and Subsea Energy Australia in making AOG an award-winning success and said his team were now busy preparing for an even bigger show in 2012.