Canberra Convention Bureau recently hosted the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux (AACB) annual conference.
The conference itself was held at the Hotel Realm with social functions at the Australian War Memorial, the National Arboretum and a gala dinner at the National Gallery of Australia.
Speaking about the conference CCB CEO Robyn Hendry said, “It was a pleasure to welcome my counterparts from all over Australia into Canberra for what I believe was an extremely successful event. Any good conference is a combination of content, networking and location and Canberra delivered on all three.
“I was proud to be able to showcase world renowned speakers from right on our door step including; Dr Phil Robertson, Chief Operating Officer from NICTA and Prof. Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist of Australia. With a conference theme of Innovation: Fearless Thinking Fresh Ideas both men demonstrated how innovation can come in many and varied forms. I feel having speakers from outside our own industry really adds a new dimension and allowed us all to think outside the box.
“There was plenty of time for delegates to network; catching up with old friends and making new and valuable connections. A highlight for me was the welcome reception at the Australian War Memorial with Dr Brendan Nelson as the guest speaker. Not only is it a beautiful venue in a superb location but Dr Nelson spoke about the role of all cultural institutions in the development of business event programs which was both insightful and inspiring.
“Canberra really put on a great show, with the warm spring weather putting everyone in a positive frame of mind and allowing delegates to explore the lake and surrounds at their leisure both before the conference started and for some who stayed on afterwards”.