The Exhibition and Event industry has put the world spotlight on Australia at the 18th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG 18) being held in Perth this week.
LNG 18 being held at Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre from 11-15 April has brought industry leaders from around the world to Australia for one of Australia’s biggest export industries.
Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said the event highlighted the Power of Exhibitions to ignite a key pillar of the Australian economy and she was pleased Australia was able to welcome over 5,000 participants from around the world including over 250 exhibitors from over 60 countries.
“This event has been a long-time in the making and over the four days it will transform Perth – we are delighted the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saw it fit to attend this important business event and spread the message that Australia was open for business in this sector.” Ms DiMascio said.
EEAA congratulates Members who have worked so hard to pull-off this event. They include: Arinex, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, Perth Expo, Perth Convention Bureau and host venue Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre (PCEC).
Paul Beeson, Chief Executive Officer of the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) welcomed the return of this major international conference and exhibition to Perth.
“After the success of hosting LNG 12 in Perth in 1998, PCB canvassed the opportunity to bid for LNG 18 with the Australian Gas Industry Trust nearly seven years ago.” he said.
“PCB, along with its Major Partner, the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and Arinex as PCO, led a significant team-focussed bidding effort with major support from the Department of State Development, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), and industry gas giants including Woodside Energy and Chevron Australia to develop the bid on behalf of Australia.”
Paul Beeson said, “LNG18 is an excellent example of our relatively small, but high value industry working together to secure a large event. With an economic impact calculated at more than $50 million, LNG18 will deliver multiple dividends to the State of Western Australia and industry.”
Nigel Keen, State Manager LSE WA and General Manager of Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre said the lead up to and bump in for the event has been very smooth.
“I’m sure the event will run equally as well and leave a legacy behind for the client, the LNG industry, the city and the venue, as well as be a great testimony for our industry.” he said.
Currently, Australia is the world’s third largest LNG exporter. Australia is developing the fastest growing LNG projects worldwide and is on track to becoming the largest LNG exporter in the world by 2020. LNG 18 will showcase Australia’s “world-firsts” and innovative projects such as Floating LNG, subsea technology and coal bed methane to LNG.
LNG 18 has the full support from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who attended the welcome reception, and the Premier of Western Australia, The Hon Colin Barnett.
Roslyn McLeod, Arinex Managing Director, confirmed the successful opening of LNG 18 on Monday and said, “We got off to a really great start topped off by the Prime Minister’s presence which made our clients very happy.”
The importance of gas and the resources industry to the Australian economy has also been highlighted by the nation’s Federal Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, The Hon. Josh Frydenberg, in a speech to the National Press Club in Canberra.
“The global demand for gas will increase by 50 per cent between now and 2040 and as we are soon to be the largest exporter of LNG in the world, this makes us the principal beneficiary.” said Mr Frydenberg.
The 4-day program at LNG 18 includes plenary sessions, workshops, exhibition, poster sessions, technical tours to world-leading LNG facilities, city tours, opening and closing ceremonies and receptions.