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Gary Fitz-Roy

Gary Fitz-Roy is the convener of the National Events Alliance and MD of Expertise Events, one of Australia's largest family owned exhibition companies.

Readers are very aware I have been concerned about what I consider to be price gouging led by a couple of …

August 5, 2022

Following the announcement from a ‘mainstream organiser’ that an event planned to run in the next month has been cancelled – …

July 26, 2022

There has been a lot of talk around suppliers walking away from shows with little notice even with long term relationships; …

July 15, 2022

I note of late that some of the major expo contractors are talking about how costs have risen due to staff …

June 22, 2022

Recent announcements made by the MCEC and BCEC about changes to senior management opens the door to some interesting changes that …

June 15, 2022

Last year ASE reported on the previous government’s Business Event Grants program, and the fact that there seems to be no …

June 7, 2022

My company has recently completed several events across three states and we have another in the next two weeks. I am …

June 2, 2022

Gary Fitz-Roy is concerned that things are not as rosy as some are making out as events return – short staffed …

May 18, 2022

For some time I have pointed out that the industry will see changes this year that will impact us until 2024 …

April 21, 2022

EEAA recently ran a panel discussion in support of UFI Asia-Pacific Week entitled ‘The Bumpy Road to Recovery’. Gary FitzRoy has …

April 13, 2022

OK we need it on the recovery table. We can win the battle but loose the war and if the major …

March 10, 2022

Two mice and two small people can probably help us, or can they? International borders have reopened, even WA is reconnecting …

March 4, 2022

It is envisaged that COVID variants will remain circulating around the world until at least the end of 2023. This means …

February 4, 2022

Mark McGowan’s announcement last night should come as no surprise as it reflects his whole way of operating for the last …

January 21, 2022

Victoria is the only state so far to launch an insurance package for the broader event industry. However there are numerous …

January 14, 2022

It sounds like Groundhog Day. The threat of covid spreading faster than a brush fire and again creating uncertainty and lack …

January 7, 2022

As we kick off 2022 the event industry has been delivered a new ball game and one that offers less certainty …

January 7, 2022

There is a saying that goes along these lines, “judge your friends during the tough times as this is when their …

November 30, 2021

While business events are not expected to return until March, Sydney Showground and the MCEC will be buzzing with costumed fans …

November 19, 2021

I love the line in Crocodile Dundee where Paul Hogan talks about a problem and he says to Linda Kozlowski, “I …

November 8, 2021

There is no doubt that the global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world. It has changed the way people live their …

November 2, 2021

The hard work is only just starting and the reform being discussed falls way short to what we really need. I …

October 26, 2021

It seems we can’t take a trick, over the weekend it has been announced live performance theatre shows, music and arts …

October 18, 2021

Federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud was in Brisbane on Tuesday to announce a second round of funding to support agricultural shows …

October 15, 2021

The resilience of exhibitions and events cannot be under estimated. It wasn’t so long ago the sector’s long term existence was …

October 11, 2021

The announcements by the new NSW Premier should put a skip in every event company step whether a venue, organiser or …

October 8, 2021

On the 28th I posted an article around Making every day count. In it I raised awards, not surprisingly I had …

October 1, 2021

Gary Fitz-Roy on staffing, associations and the future. We all know that planning and preparation are the cornerstones to effective performance, …

September 28, 2021

Isn’t it funny how we come to miss something only after we no longer have it?  I raise the point because …

September 22, 2021

With the anticipation of the NSW road map announcement the events industry was waiting in the hope we may be able …

September 10, 2021

Over the last week Info Salons have advised clients they are closing their Australian operation. Info Salons was founded by Jo-Anne …

September 8, 2021

It’s time for a reset. The one thing we have learnt with covid over the last 18 months is how quickly …

September 7, 2021

The industry have been so focused on various aspects of recovery, namely insurance and a road map to re-open. However, it’s …

August 30, 2021

Up until late June, there seemed to be a path back for the events industry, but now uncertainty prevails again despite …

August 26, 2021

As founder of the National Events Alliance, Gary Fitz-Roy welcomes the recent meeting of BECA with Minister Tehan. Their language is …

August 20, 2021

There is a lot being written and reported about the vaccine rollout and how that will get us out of the …

August 10, 2021

In a move that has left many in the event industry questioning a double standard, Gary Fitz-Roy asks why the Federal …

August 3, 2021

Gary FitzRoy has had plenty to say about the situation we find ourselves in as an industry. He went on to …

July 8, 2021

In March 2020 the events industry was the first to be shut down when the 500 pax limit was put on …

June 25, 2021

The latest Victorian outbreak has started to have real bite and again the exhibition and event industry is left in disarray, …

June 17, 2021

We all have memoires of the childhood story of the Little Engine That Could who pushed to get over the mountain …

May 28, 2021

Yet again the exhibition and event industry has been left wondering what they have to do to get recognition and any …

May 18, 2021

The exhibition industry has been one of, if not the worst affected industries as a result of Covid. Unable to operate …

May 5, 2021

NEA Emerge Meet Up is not about feeling dwelling on negativity, it’s about putting in place positive actions to rebuild and …

April 21, 2021

The National Events Alliance (NEA) today has released its logo, vision, mission and objectives for the future. The National Events Alliance …

April 1, 2021

On the day Job Keeper is removed and Qld goes into lockdown again, we are already hearing about redundancies within our …

March 30, 2021

The Federal Government’s latest tourism package to support tourism and the flow onto restaurants, bars, taxis, supermarkets etc. is another on …

March 12, 2021

The Events and Exhibitions Industry identifies inconsistencies in the government’s definitions and calls for the persons limit to be changed in …

September 16, 2020

Gary Fitz-Roy MD of Expertise Events asks what is the daily number of COVID cases within a State that allows us to resume events.

August 12, 2020

Dormant, billion dollar white elephant venues, thousands out of work or on Jobkeeper, and hundreds of events being cancelled every week, …

June 24, 2020

The recent announcement of the $250 million support package for the arts community is wonderful news, but has again highlighted that …

June 2, 2020
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