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ASM Global has announced the appointment of entertainment industry specialist Matthew Lazarus-Hall, as the group’s Executive Vice President, Entertainment & Content. …

April 11, 2024

Barry Neame, the President of the Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA), is delighted to announce Denise Broeren as the incoming PCOA …

April 11, 2024

Peter Jones looks at the “Outside Your Control” factors impacting our events.During a recent discussion session with first-year event management students, …

April 10, 2024

I love it when an event producer gets the essentials right. For a welcome event, that includes time to network at …

March 7, 2024

Associations play a vital role in shaping economies and acting as conduits between industries, governments and communities.  They are seen as …

March 6, 2024

Erwin Matheeuwsen, Research Coordinator at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is honoured to be awarded the 2023 ICCA Researcher of the …

March 6, 2024

AIME 2024 has been touted as “The biggest AIME in a decade” with 33 countries represented at AIME, 17,000 meetings, over …

March 1, 2024

by Linda Tillman* Six key challenges were raised by 130 event organisers and Council Event Officers from across regional Australia who …

February 28, 2024

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) is proud to announce the launch of its First Peoples Engagement Guide, a valuable resource aimed …

February 20, 2024

The Australian Business Events Association (ABEA) and International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) have signed a memorandum of understanding today at …

February 20, 2024

I do love Taylor Swift, but have been getting nauseous about the numerous claims that her concerts here make Melbourne one …

February 16, 2024

Cost of living and the knock on effect of COVID are being blamed for the cancellation of events around Australia. The …

February 16, 2024

Organisations looking to host conferences in Wellington NZ now have expertise on hand to assist with conference legacy projects. Business Events …

February 9, 2024

AIME has announced the theme and location for its 2024 Welcome Event on Monday 19 February: AIME Neon Carnival at Grazeland.   …

February 9, 2024

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has today announced that the 2024 event will be the biggest AIME in …

January 24, 2024

Evolve 2024 and the 2023 MEA National Awards Dinner will be held over 12 and 13 June 2024 at Rydges Resort …

January 17, 2024

Australian Regional Tourism is pleased to announce that Mackay, Queensland will be host to the 2024 Australian Regional Tourism Convention to be …

January 12, 2024
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Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and the world’s largest association for business events strategists, PCMA, released the findings of a new global …

January 12, 2024

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done an update and for good reason.  Like the rest of the event industry …

November 24, 2023

The nation’s most versatile venue isn’t afraid of the toughest turnarounds – story by John Cain Arena Venue Manager, Kerry Gassner …

November 23, 2023

At its 2023 Annual General Meeting on 21 November, Meetings & Events Australia announced that Oliver Sheer, Benjamin Ferry and Craig …

November 23, 2023

The theme for AIME’s 2024 Knowledge Program is “The 4Ps of GLOCALISATION” and will explore the relationship between global insights and …

November 23, 2023

As part of Business Event Sydney’s (BESydney) Change Starts Here agenda, it has engaged a Social Impact Specialist to drive the …

November 23, 2023

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland welcomed women from across the world for a conference on the importance of diversity and inclusion of women …

November 23, 2023

During 2020 and 2021 I did my best to keep readers up to date with how COVID-19 was impacting our industry. …

November 13, 2023

After 29 years as the national voice for business events, the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has been voluntarily de-registered …

November 13, 2023

The Australian Business Events Association (ABEA), the peak body for the Business Events industry, proudly announces the appointment of two additional …

November 6, 2023

In 2022-23, the first full year of operation since the pandemic, MCEC exceeded expectations, hosting 694 events, welcoming more than 2.6 …

November 3, 2023

After a very competitive tender process, Doltone House is thrilled to announce that we been selected as the successful ‘Venue Management …

November 3, 2023

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) is thrilled to announce Tourism Australia will sponsor the Outstanding Contribution Award category of the 2023 …

November 3, 2023

AIME Event Director, Silke Calder takes a deep dive into AI As the AIME Event Director, I am constantly immersed in …

October 31, 2023

Well it depends on who you talk to. As you would expect the organisers, Destination NSW and the main venue all …

October 30, 2023

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has unveiled its new Change Starts Here strategic agenda aimed at sharing the depth of possibilities for …

October 27, 2023

LED screens are becoming a must-have for important corporate events, creating a dramatic presence far beyond projected images. They act as …

October 24, 2023

An exclusively female technology team from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre produced the Chief Executive Women (CEW) Leadership Summit, which was …

October 20, 2023

Gary FitzRoy looks at the price increases being foisted on expo organisers. In a concerning development for the exhibition industry, some …

October 17, 2023

With a history of recognising excellence in the events industry, Meetings & Events Australia’s Awards Program has celebrated the achievements of …

October 16, 2023

So some observations. There are four streams – Tech & Innovation, Games, Music and Screen. From the point of view of …

October 11, 2023

Photo: UC Distinguished Professor Steven Ratuva, Professor Bronwyn Hayward and Professor Shaun Ogilvie — co-convenors of AF2025.   An international climate adaptation …

October 10, 2023

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has won the inaugural Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement) and #MEET4IMPACT Impact Award for destination management organisations committed …

October 9, 2023

Vale Rodd Craig In mid-2020 I had a call from Rodd Craig who shared his concern for the mental health of …

September 27, 2023

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has been awarded Best Exhibition or Trade Show at the 2023 Australian Event …

September 19, 2023

New Zealand’s first Business Events Week launches today (18 September 2023) with the Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) Annual Conference in …

September 18, 2023

Milestone Creative Australia took out the National Award for “Best Achievement in Marketing or Communications” at the prestigious Australian Event Awards. …

September 18, 2023

The 2023 Australian Event Awards were presented on Wednesday night in suburban Bankstown. 33 awards were presented. The major winners included Vivid …

September 15, 2023

Following the recent announcement of three accomplished graduates, Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) is delighted to shine a spotlight on yet …

September 12, 2023

I enjoy checking out reports and photos from the annual Burning Man Festival held in a normally barren desert. This year …

September 12, 2023

In just two days, the curtain will be lifted, unveiling the best of the best at the 15th Australian Event Awards …

September 11, 2023

To the Industry, The AWISA Board are disappointed to advise that the AWISA Exhibition planned for July 2024 has been cancelled. …

August 31, 2023

As a concerned, long-time member of the event industry I felt that someone had to represent the industry at the Senate …

August 30, 2023

After recently announcing two new graduates, Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) is thrilled to announce that it has graduated yet another …

August 29, 2023

In a turn of events that has left the exhibition industry reeling, the country’s largest annual event for the Wood and …

August 29, 2023

With only a week to go until the music officially begins, the Gympie Music Muster site in the Amamoor State Forest …

August 22, 2023

Just read Fitz-Roy’s brave takedown of the exhibition suppliers. Gutsy! As a three decade veteran of trade shows, I recall planning …

August 22, 2023

Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading annual business events exhibition, MEETINGS broke records this year for the projected value of business it generated. …

August 22, 2023

The monopolistic price gouging by certain suppliers and venues is poised to cause significant and lasting repercussions within the industry and …

August 22, 2023

When the announcement came out about Australia and New Zealand winning the hosting rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup it …

August 18, 2023

The international standard for event sustainability (ISO 20121) is up for a ten year review.  ISO 20121: Event Sustainability Management Systems …

August 18, 2023

The Australian Business Events Association have been busy with a roadshow to each state to explain the purpose of the association …

August 18, 2023

Gary FitzRoy shares his conceren about the future of the exhibition industry

August 15, 2023

The expert judging panel of the Australian Event Awards have named the best Events in Australia, together with a host of …

August 15, 2023

Sydney has secured the second edition of the FIFA Women’s Football Convention from 18 – 19 August 2023 to conclude the …

August 15, 2023

Business Events Industry Aotearoa welcomes the lifting of all New Zealand’s COVID-19 restrictions from today (15 August 2023). The New Zealand …

August 15, 2023

ASE was pleased to visit Wellington New Zealand as a hosted media for Meetings 2023 – first, some general observations For …

July 31, 2023

Meetings 2023 was hosted at the Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre. This venue is owned by the Wellington City Council and managed …

July 31, 2023

Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre is owned by the Wellington City Council and managed through Tākina Events, a partnership combining the Tākina …

July 31, 2023

Incentivise Live, the Society of Incentive Travel Excellence ANZ one-day conference in Sydney on Monday, August 7,will be asking some big …

July 28, 2023

After a week of connecting and doing business, the MEETINGS 2023 finale for 675 guests was all about celebrating, in true …

July 28, 2023

There is a lot being said in the mainstream media about Dan Andrews pulling the plug on the Melbourne Comm Games …

July 27, 2023

Wētā Workshop is an award-winning film effects company that service the world’s creative industries. Their crew have worked on many well-known …

July 27, 2023

Queenstown sits on the shores of Lake Wakatipu at the lower end of New Zealand’s South Island. It is a pristine area …

July 27, 2023

OK Helen Rosamond is not the first dodgy event manager to surface in Sydney (I reckon that would have been a …

July 25, 2023

The events industry has always been a dynamic and ever-evolving field, subject to various factors that shape its trajectory. As we …

July 25, 2023

A new partnership agreement signed between the Schwartz Family Company and Spectapular Enterprises – organisers of the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) – …

July 25, 2023

Registrations are open for Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (BEIA) annual conference in Marlborough which kicks off New Zealand’s inaugural Business Events …

July 25, 2023

The Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre precinct development is a step closer to reality with the selection of the preferred bidder …

July 25, 2023

VTIC welcomed the separate $150 million fund to support development of worker  accommodation in regional Victoria, which has been an enormous …

July 19, 2023

The Australian Business Events Association (ABEA) has today announced the appointment of its inaugural CEO, Melissa Brown.   Melissa Brown brings …

July 17, 2023

 FCM  Meetings & Events  General Manager, Simone Seiler, said the ‘Future is Neon’ theme was fitting as it complemented FCTG’s commitment to supporting the ‘Brightness of Future’ of all employees.

July 14, 2023

The International World Mining Congress has come to Australia for the first time since the association was formed in Europe in …

July 14, 2023
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Despite rising costs and inflation, 76% of event professionals plan to increase their total volume of events in 2023, highlighting critical importance of face-to-face experiences to drive business  

July 14, 2023

Joanna Matthew named as incoming Chief Executive Officer of Associations Forum Joanna Matthew Joanna was previously at Save The Children Wellington …

July 7, 2023

Joyn, a leading event technology platform, has announced that it has acquired Arinex, the largest Australian owned business event management company. …

July 7, 2023

Rotorua has been named host city for New Zealand’s 28th national business events showcase, MEETINGS to be held at the Energy …

July 4, 2023

The Australian Business Events Association (ABEA) has officially kicked-off and to mark the occasion has released its first 90-Day Plan to …

July 3, 2023

New Zealand’s only national tradeshow for the business events industry has been dubbed a triumph for the capital, celebrating many milestones …

June 27, 2023

Tourism New Zealand are targeting a record $135m worth of international conferences that will support sector and country recovery over the coming years.

June 27, 2023

Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s MEETINGS 2023 winds up in Wellington today after two days packed with over 6,000 meetings, networking functions …

June 22, 2023

Aotearoa New Zealand’s business events sector is set to celebrate and collaborate this September during a week-long forum focusing on future …

June 22, 2023

A group of 680 leading business events professionals were welcomed to New Zealand’s capital last night (Tuesday 20 June) with a …

June 22, 2023

Over 1,000 business events industry professionals have arrived in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, New Zealand for Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s MEETINGS 2023 exhibition. New …

June 22, 2023

Following the disruption of 2020 – 2021 (which is still being felt in 2022) is the Australian event industry back on …

June 19, 2023

At the recent MEA Evolve conference ASE caught up two members of the board to discuss the future of the event …

June 18, 2023

The 2023 MEA conference saw the welcome return of the MEA Awards with the qualifying period covering both 2021 and 2022. …

June 18, 2023

 Excellence in event management proved the winning formula for Susan Harris, Managing Director and Event Director of Absolute Events & Marketing. …

June 16, 2023

We all know events have an extensive planning process. Sydney WorldPride 2023 showcased how to incorporate diversity and inclusion into major …

June 14, 2023

The Australian Business Events Association (ABEA) has revealed its Membership Prospectus geared towards engaging all sectors of the business events industry.  …

June 14, 2023

A new report from the USA exhibition industry may support growing concern that the industry could face significant challenges and could …

June 14, 2023

30 years after he founded ENTECH, now a national touring roadshow for the audio visual industry, Julius Grafton has branched out …

June 14, 2023

New Zealand’s capital, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington is set to host New Zealand’s largest business events showcase MEETINGS 2023 next week, the …

June 14, 2023

Australia’s longest operating and largest events industry association, Meetings & Events Australia (MEA), has acknowledged and celebrated excellence and achievements in …

June 9, 2023

Simon Baggs shares his observations about the current state of industry representation. Simon Baggs In my perfect world, all sectors of …

June 2, 2023

Australasia’s oldest professional conference organiser ICMSA has had plenty of industry firsts in its 57 year history but has never managed …

June 2, 2023

The Australian Business Events Association, the newly formed peak body for the business events industry announces its board of directors and …

May 25, 2023

Peter Jones responds to the formation of the ABEA Back in 2020 – 21 the events industry was in chaos, especially …

May 25, 2023

Welcome to this week’s update MEA Awards program The MEA awards program appears to be struggling to make a comeback after …

May 19, 2023

Arinex has marked its 50th anniversary by launching a refreshed brand with new logo, and paying tribute to its visionary founder.  …

May 19, 2023

About 100 members gathered at Jones Bay Wharf for a cocktail function to celebrate the NSW state winners in the MEA …

May 19, 2023

One played out like a three act opera and the other was a three day party. The Coronation of King Charles …

May 15, 2023

The amalgamation has been announced of AACB, EEAA and the ACCG into the Australian Business Events Association. The current peak body, …

May 10, 2023

One of Australia’s leading names in fashion and a Southern Highlands local, Collette Dinnegan, has been part of the judging panel …

May 9, 2023

In 1973, the Aquarius Festival, the bi-annual festival of the Australian Union of Students, was held at Nimbin in northern NSW, …

May 9, 2023

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) acknowledges the creation of the Australian Business Events Association (ABEA) as a new body in the …

May 8, 2023

All businesses are dependent on sales and they are currently facing unprecedented uncertainty and volatility in their day-to-day business. Expertise Events …

May 8, 2023

The business events industry will converge on New Zealand’s vibrant capital in June for the first time in the event’s 27-year …

May 5, 2023

Associations Forum returned to Sydney last week for its premier association sector National Conference with over 550 attending from across the …

May 5, 2023

Over 230 leading business event organisers from Australia, North America, Singapore and New Zealand have been confirmed as fully hosted buyers …

May 5, 2023

In the biggest shake-up of the business events association landscape in over a decade, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), …

May 5, 2023

Chip chip hooray! The home of the Big Potato will once again be the staging ground for the Robertson Potato Festival …

April 26, 2023

Following industry consultation, the Australian Event Awards Team have introduced 15 new categories and reintroduced 6 categories to recognise the entire …

April 19, 2023

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the second largest free public event in Australia (after Sydney NYE). But unlike …

April 18, 2023

Host city Sydney designed an itinerary that highlighted Sydney’s harbour for the Business Events Australia Asia Mega Famil Showcase this week …

April 5, 2023
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Australasian event management company Arinex has become the first to trial a new reforestation project open to business event groups visiting …

March 31, 2023

The Federal Government has today confirmed a $2 million allocation to measure the impact and benefit of business events. The project is …

March 30, 2023

The Business Events Australia Asia Mega Famil Showcase has kicked off today with the first group of international planners arriving in Australia for a pre-famil visit ahead of the Sydney program with host city partner Business Events Sydney

March 30, 2023

AIME has today released new insights into the success of their 30-year anniversary show which took place over three days at …

March 29, 2023

I love arts festivals and I love Adelaide (I was born there) so it is fantastic to see another successful Mad …

March 27, 2023

Nicole Walker In a significant milestone in the 50th anniversary year of Australasian event management company Arinex, around 55 team members …

March 24, 2023

The Event Awards has released the opportunity to host its prestigious Ceremony and the associated Event Symposium to all Australian destinations, …

March 16, 2023

Exhibitors and buyers are lining up to be part of New Zealand’s premier business events showcase, MEETINGS 2023 run by Business …

March 15, 2023

Australian Regional Tourism is pleased to announce that the City of Newcastle will be hosting the 2023 Australian Regional Tourism Convention …

March 15, 2023

A major milestone in the lead up to opening of Tākina was celebrated this week with Wellington City Council receiving the …

March 9, 2023

MEA’s mentor program is back to once again connect event professionals across the country in its tried and proven capacity for …

March 6, 2023

What a weekend! – Sydney is alive again thanks to World Pride. And on Saturday night it was great to be …

February 27, 2023

I’ve now attended around 25 welcome functions for AIME and like all events there are a few simple things that make …

February 25, 2023

Australia’s leading conference for event professionals, Evolve 2023 will descend on the Gold Coast over Wednesday 7 – Thursday 8 June …

February 23, 2023

I asked ChatGPT to write a history of AIME – this is what came back. I’m interested in your thoughts, comments …

February 22, 2023

Let’s face it AIME has had its ups and downs over the previous 30 years (as I reflected in the lead …

February 21, 2023

The New Zealand stand at this week’s AIME trade show sets a benchmark for a more sustainable future. Tourism New Zealand …

February 20, 2023

Gold Coast’s brand-new eBook The Imagination Collective has been unveiled at Asia Pacific’s leading trade event for the meetings and event …

February 20, 2023

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has taken the next step in its sustainability journey, drafting an agreement with Toitū Envirocare as …

February 20, 2023

BESydney has welcomed a new Independent Director, Amy Glancey, to the strategic event bidding organisation’s Board. Announcing the appointment, BESydney Chair …

February 20, 2023

Tourism Australia has announced Adelaide will be the host city for Dreamtime 2023, its signature incentive showcase designed to increase awareness …

February 11, 2023

Today I’m packing to head to Melbourne for AIME. I always try to get down on the Saturday to take in …

February 10, 2023

The fourth quarter of 2022 wrapped up the corporate travel industry’s year of recovery, kept buoyant by strong growth in both …

February 9, 2023

First up… Congratulations to two event industry figures named in the Australia Day honours list Anthony BASTIC AM – For significant …

February 3, 2023

This year AIME celebrates 30 years and I reckon I have attended around 25 of them. At that time of the …

February 2, 2023

The Australian Convention Centre Group (ACCG), comprising representatives from the nation’s leading convention and exhibition centres, have passed a resolution to …

February 1, 2023

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) team, in partnership with the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), are delighted to announce …

January 31, 2023

Today, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) held a special general meeting of its members to vote on the future …

January 31, 2023

Anthony BASTIC AM – For significant service to the special events industry. Anthony is best known as the creator (with Mary-Anne …

January 27, 2023

From the archive – first published in 2000 The Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games were hailed as the greatest Games …

January 27, 2023

Tasmanian motorsport lovers are shocked at the news of the cancellation of the Longford Grand Prix Expo less than two months …

January 23, 2023

This time last year we were all approaching 2022 with uncertainty. Could COVID still derail the event industry? Are lockdowns truly …

January 20, 2023

Evolve 2023 will make its return to the Gold Coast, across Wednesday 7 – Thursday 8 June 2023 with the support of Destination Gold Coast.

January 18, 2023

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event announced details of its highly anticipated Knowledge Program for 2023 which will include an …

January 10, 2023

COVID devastated what was a thriving and successful industry. The ramifications of the crisis rippled out and was experienced by event …

January 10, 2023

And so 2022 draws to a close. At the beginning of this year the event industry was still looking at an …

December 23, 2022

Lateral Events, the multi-award winning, independent, creative and diverse full-service event management company, celebrates 25 years with a change in ownership. …

December 23, 2022

In a fantastic celebration of the Australian events industry, event venue Sydney Showground was awarded Best Venue Team at the 2022 Exhibitions …

December 22, 2022

Expertise Events just closed the door on their 26th live event across four states and one territory this calendar year, quite an achievement for a small family business!

December 22, 2022

Australia’s leading conference for event professionals, Evolve 2023 will return to one of the world’s fastest growing regions, the Gold Coast, for the first time since 2006 on Wednesday 7 – Thursday 8 June 2023.

December 9, 2022

For over 30 years, Meetings & Events Australia (MEA)’s Awards Program has celebrated the best of the best across the latitude …

December 2, 2022

Premier event venue, Sydney Showground, has launched its new food and beverage menu today, with the organisation elevating its connection to …

November 30, 2022

The Australian Event Awards delivered a night to remember on Wednesday night by recognising the best Australian events and achievements that …

November 25, 2022

Events are back but is the industry at risk again? COVID? What COVID? Everyone in the industry knows that events are …

November 11, 2022

Everyone in the industry knows that events are going gangbusters at the moment. A combination of pent up demand and the …

November 11, 2022

In addition to being AIMEbassador for AIME 2023, Paula Rowntree is Head of Events, Australian Psychological Society and Founder, The Business …

November 10, 2022

Roslyn McLeod OAM, Founder of Professional Conference Organisation Arinex, has been presented with an Honorary Membership of the International Congress and …

November 9, 2022

I made a brief visit to Sydney CBD last weekend and felt quite a buzz. Following lockdowns and wet weather it …

November 4, 2022

Nicole Tingey has been elected Society for Incentive Travel Excellence Australia and New Zealand president, replacing Colette Baini who steps down after a two year term. Nicole was most recently SITE ANZ VP of Sponsorship, working with other board members to successfully deliver the inaugural SITE ANZ Conference in Sydney in 2022.

November 4, 2022

In announcing the move, Gary Fitz-Roy, the company’s founder said, “To a large extent, especially during the last passage of time, Zac, like all of us, has had to perform a number of cross over responsibilities so this is natural progression and makes way for him to take over the running of the business.”

November 4, 2022

To me tourism falls into three broad categories – 1 visiting natural attractions, 2 visiting man-made attractions and 3 events. Yes …

October 21, 2022

The winds of time are changing too quickly while we struggle to recover.  The announcement this week of the sale of …

October 20, 2022

The Grey Nomad Awards has launched two new gongs for 2022 – one that recognises those caravan and camping spots where …

October 20, 2022

The Australian Regional Tourism Convention, convened by ART, was held in Ballarat last week, incorporating the inaugural Australian Agritourism Conference. Here’s …

October 20, 2022

Welcome to the wrap. Remember back in January I published an article looking at where the money from the Business Events …

October 14, 2022

Back in 2020 I declared that if anything, the overall government response to COVID proved once and for all that the …

October 14, 2022

The Hon. John Brumby AO, Chair of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, has today announced the appointment of Natalie O’Brien …

October 14, 2022

Nominees Released for Event Awards 2022 Today, the expert judging panel announced the best Events in Australia, together with a host …

October 12, 2022

Tourism Portfolio is celebrating 20 years this month, with founder Donna Kessler reflecting on the challenges and successes and the changing …

October 4, 2022

It appears that many Australian event producers were pretty impressed by the funeral of QEII. I didn’t get to watch it …

September 30, 2022

Australia’s peak industry body uniting various business events industry segments, the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), is leading a review …

September 27, 2022