Meetings & Events Australia’s (MEA) national conference is set to deliver the most extensive program in its 42 year history, with an international speaker line-up from all parts of the events industry.
The three-day conference, which runs Sunday 30 April to Tuesday 2 May, will be opened by Opposition Tourism spokesperson the Honourable Anthony Albanese, MP this Sunday 30 April at 5pm at the new ICC Sydney. Topics include new technology, industry trends and the future of events, with more than 500 event professionals from around Australia converging on Sydney to learn and network.
An exhibition held in association with the MEA Conference will showcase the latest products and services designed to enhance events and add to the delegate experience. The conference also includes the MEA National Awards, with more than 650 guests registered to attend – making it the largest event industry Awards in Australia.
Chairperson of MEA, Anne Jamieson commented, “This year’s conference will challenge delegates to think differently, to open their minds to new ideas and push the boundaries when it comes to event delivery“. “With our solid strategic foundation in place, we are now ready – more than ever before – to develop and promote growth and excellence in the meetings and events industry and further solidify MEA’s position as the peak national events industry body”, she added.
MEA will also launch the first event of part of its new Leadership Series on day 3 of the Conference. This event will discuss the importance of international attendance and visitation to Australia. Host, Ray Martin will speak with John O’Sullivan, Managing Director Tourism Australia and Margy Osmond, CEO of Transport and Tourism Forum about reinforcing Australia’s place as an aspirational events destination.