At the recent Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) annual general meeting, a new leadership team was elected to drive the strategic direction of the organisation.
Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney, was promoted from Vice President to President. Stuart Nettlefold, CEO of Business Events Tasmania, accepted the then vacant position of Vice President, while Karen Bolinger, CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, continues as AACB’s Treasurer.
“It’s a great honour to be elected President and represent Australia’s 15 convention bureaux on the national and international stages. I come to the presidency at a very exciting time for our industry: we have a new federal government that I am eager to work with to enhance Australia’s proposition within the international business events market and contribute to our own knowledge economy; many Australian cities are welcoming new or enhanced meetings infrastructure; and we are working hard to grow business from the booming Asian market. All of these factors present opportunities and challenges for our sector and I look forward to working alongside Andrew Hiebl and the board to lead the charge,” comments Lyn Lewis-Smith.
“The convention bureau sector in Australia is engaged, innovative and well-respected globally. Our local minds are firmly set on strategies that will write the future success stories of our industry globally!”
The Board collectively thanked out-going President Damien Kitto, CEO of the Adelaide Convention Bureau, for his efforts and hard work in leading the Executive team for two consecutive two year terms.