Sydney’s Event Showcase and the Australian Business Events Expo 2012 opened their doors today to eager event professionals from around the country. Over 300 suppliers, venues and managers were revealed in an exciting and colourful collection of the event industry’s best.
Spanning three halls at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, the action-packed schedules of the co-located tradeshows and the high calibre of exhibition stands, demonstrate the diversity and high quality event ideas streaming from an industry whose creativity and ability to push the boundaries seems well and truly alive.
Exhibitor Steve Mellier, Managing Director of EmbroidMe is exhibiting for the second year in a row at Sydney’s Event Showcase.
“Getting to the actual person who makes the event decisions is difficult. We exhibit at the Showcase because it affords us direct access to the clients we want to talk to. The Showcase allows us to cut through the receptionist, saves us time and gives us the business we are after,” said Mr Mellier.
The inaugural Australia’s Event Master Class Seminars commenced with a breakfast session featuring Lyn Lewis-Smith from Business Events Sydney and Sandra Chipchase from Destinations NSW, with their session, ‘The Business of Events in Australia’.
International speaker Andrea Michaels headlines today’s seminars with, ’30 Years of Special Events – Lessons in Business and Life’. This is the first year the seminar programs of the two tradeshows have merged to create one mega-seminar series.
Fifty Hosted Buyers from around Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, sponsored by Australian Business Events Expo and Business Events Sydney, enjoyed their first VIP event at Luna Park last night. Over the two tradeshow days, the Hosted Buyers will have various one-on-one meetings with exhibitors. They will also be given private tours of some of the best venues in Sydney.
The revamped Entertainment Showcase was kicked off with Australian circus act, Thomas Worrell & Missy – Australian Circus Artists, whilst 80’s rock band Dragon will round off the first day with an enormous act set to wow the audience.
The Entertainment Showcase will also finish on a high when TV show sensations from ‘The Voice’ Mahalia Barnes and Prinnie Stevens, conclude the Entertainment Showcase on Thursday at 3:30pm.
For the first time, both shows invite the public to celebrate with the exhibitors at their exclusive evening event ‘Party After Dark’. Dibbed to be the industry’s ‘night of nights’, will be held at Cargo Bar, King Street Wharf, from 6pm onwards. Sydney Princess Cruises will transport visitors of the shows across the water for a grand entrance.
Limited tickets to Party After Dark are still available. Visit www.rsvpevent.com.au for more information.