An illustrious line-up of political advisers and advocacy specialists described Australia’s events industry as “perfectly placed to drive growth, jobs and opportunities for the future”.
The fourth annual Gold & Platinum Partners Round-table hosted by the Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) was held at Star Room, above the IMAX Theatre this week and attendees heard from leading political and industry “insiders”.
Panellists Kate Carnell, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Simon Banks, Managing Director, Hawker Britton; and Andrew Humpherson, Director, Barton Deakin provided a candid overview of the “new” Government in Canberra and what this meant to Australia’s Business Events sector.
EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said the annual event was now one of the most popular in the EEAA calendar and gave Members access to outstanding political commentators.
“Our goal is to connect our Members with those in-the-know for Chatham House background briefings about politics and the economy – two big influencers of business and consumer sentiment,” she said.
“Our fourth event was most timely, given the recent changes in Canberra with the new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. We were keen to hear from the “insiders” about the likely impacts on policy and the business environment.”
The “new” Turnbull Government was described as energetic, motivated and consultative.
The presenters highlighted the trend towards innovation, urban redesign and the changing skill base needed to progress Australia’s economic future which is forecast to be centred on services, education and aged care.
The panel agreed there was a major “culture change” within the Prime Minister’s office. They forecast the Turnbull Government would take a less combative approach than recent governments and will work across the political divide to achieve reform.
“Understanding the early signals of the new government in Canberra, and the current political environment, will put us on the front-foot when it comes to harnessing the opportunities for our industry in the future.
“The Round-table provided EEAA Members with valuable insights to navigate the course, particularly with the focus shifting towards infrastructure development and innovation in the services sector.” Ms DiMascio said.
The Star Room, one of the venues within Dockside Group, provided views across Darling Harbour, Barangaroo and the Sydney CBD emphasising the scale of investment by the state government in developing Sydney as a global centre for business.
The Gold & Platinum Partner Round-table was the final event of the EEAA 2015 Round-table series.
Earlier this month, EEAA also held a Western Australian Member Round-table, hosted by the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre on 13-14 October. The WA event was attended by key Partners and Stakeholders who supported the EEAA’s mission to position the industry as an important economic driver.
The WA Members embraced the Association’s advocacy agenda, working together to seek access to services and funding that will maintain Perth’s competitiveness as a Business Events destination.
“EEAA was honoured to be in Perth and to meet with Members to discuss the issues and opportunities in the city.” Ms DiMascio said.
There is currently a major focus on infrastructure renewal – especially in hotels and venues.
This presents a whole new era for Perth and positions it well to continue attracting important business events. With the mining sector moderating and more capacity coming on-line, the business events industry is keen to ensure its record of achievement continues.