The management and staff of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre had good reason to celebrate this week by collecting four awards at the annual Meetings & Events Australia’s national Industry Awards of excellence.
Prime convention and exhibition centres in Brisbane, Adelaide and on the Gold Coast also collected major awards, highlighting the nationwide quality of finalists at the Darwin event.
As many as 33 awards were presented at the gala event, other notable winners including Verve Creative Events, which collected two major crowns, ExpoNet, Victoria Park, Stadium Events – Delaware North and Business Events Sydney.
The annual Platinum Award for the highest score of all submissions (except individuals) went to IML while Emma Rutledge, of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, took out the Meetings or Events Profession of the Year for the highest individual score.
Honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award was Peter Jones of Melbourne-based Peter Jones Special Events.
Held in the Northern Territory for the first time, this year’s prestigious awards attracted a record number of submissions.
Victories for the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre’s came in the categories of Banqueting and Catering, Event Manager of the Year (Emma Rutledge, who was also crowned Meetings or Events Professional of the Year) and In-House AV Services.
“These awards have grown over the years to a highly competitive level, primarily because they encourage industry professionals to excel in the achievement of their business and personal goals,” said MEA chief executive officer Linda Gaunt.
“As in previous years, the latest awards will reward those who achieved outstanding results,” she said. “In the end, the winners will enjoy a considerable profile within the meetings industry and with the general buying public.”