The Australian Gas Technology Conference & Exhibition (AGT) has claimed one of the exhibition industry’s top honours in its very first year, winning the award for Best Trade Show Under 10,000m2 at this week’s Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Awards for Excellence.
AGT beat out some of Australasia’s leading trade shows to claim the award at the gala event in Melbourne, which recognised outstanding achievement and leadership in the exhibition and events industry.
Event Director, Bill Hare said the award capped off an exciting first year for Western Australia’s only gas technology event, which was held in Perth from 25-27 July 2012.
“To be recognised as the best trade show of our size in our very first year is a terrific honour and a testament to the enormous efforts of our team to deliver a major new event focusing on Australia’s $200 billion liquefied natural gas industry,” he said.
“In a crowded exhibition marketplace, we were able to establish AGT as an event, not just an exhibition, on the industry calendar, attracting more than 3500 visitors in our inaugural year.”
One of more than 15 awards presented on the night, the Best Trade Show category was judged on a number of criteria, including marketing campaign, visitor and exhibitor evaluation, and results to budget.
In accepting the award, Mr Hare also acknowledged the support of the Government of Western Australia’s Department of State Development and Department of Commerce, the City of Perth, the AGT advisory committee and committee chair Mark Stickells of the University of Western Australia’s Energy and Minerals Institute.
The first Australian event to focus on the “midstream – downstream” sector of the gas industry, AGT was launched in 2012 by Diversified Exhibitions Australia, organisers of the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG).
The ambitious inaugural event comprised not just an industry exhibition, but also a conference focusing on local industry issues, a careers and training seminar program, and an awards program to recognise Australian gas innovators.
Mr Hare said his team were now gearing up for an even bigger year in 2013, beginning with AOG 2013 at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20-22 February.
The first major industry event of the international oil and gas 2013 calendar, AOG will bring together more than 480 exhibitors from across 16 countries, providing a unique opportunity to see what’s new and build business connections with industry leaders.
AGT will return to Perth from 1-3 July 2013.