Cairns to host G20 finance meeting
Cairns has been successful in its bid to host the G20 Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ meeting in 2014, prior to the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane. According to Rosie Douglas, director of Business Events, Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, the decision to hold the event in Cairns is “further testament that the region is a global business events destination”. The bureau was part of the whole of region group that prepared the successful bid. The group, which included Cairns Airport, the Cairns Convention Centre, Advance Cairns and Cairns Regional Council, demonstrated regional capability and cohesion that went close to winning the entire G20 meeting for the region.
Major Geosciences event descends on Brisbane
The attention of the global geosciences community is focused on Brisbane this week as the world’ s leading geoscience experts, international resources minsters, industry figures and academics converge on Brisbane for the 34th International Geological Congress, which opened at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Monday. During the six day congress almost 6,000 delegates from 112 different countries will experience first-hand the significance and influence of Brisbane’s role in the global geological and resources sector, emphasising the state’s mining and resource opportunities to the world’ s leading geologists.
Marquee welcomes buyers
Marquee at The Star in Sydney has welcomed over 650 event buyers and corporate event planners to an exclusive, invitation-only event, to introduce them to the venue. The night, named “Four Moods”, showcased Marquee’s flexible and luxurious function spaces. Highlights of the event included canapé s and cocktails in The Boombox, an event space with a capacity of over 325 guests, while the exclusive pamper bar in The Dressing Room featured manicurists, make-up artists and massage therapists with the Sydney skyline as a backdrop to the event. 
EEAA to boost Queensland presence
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has taken its message to Queensland, holding its board meeting and a series of round table and networking events at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre last week. The event drew an enthusiastic turnout of members and stakeholders and followed similar meetings that have been held in Adelaide and Perth as part of the EEAA’s focus on connecting with members around Australia and discussing issues that impact upon member businesses. EEAA president Matthew Pearce urged local members to become more involved in the Association. “Winning the G20 Conference is further evidence that Brisbane is a global player in the exhibition and events market and the Queensland industry needs to be strongly represented in the Association,” he said. 
ISES Melbourne wins international award
The Melbourne chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES), has won the internationally acclaimed ISES Spirit of Excellence “Excellence in Special Projects” Award. Founded in 1987, the ISES Spirit of Excellence Awards globally recognises ISES Chapters for their consistent excellence and overall performance of an outstanding achievement. ISES Melbourne Chapter entered their successful Student Conference, held at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins in May 2012, winning from a record 18 other nominees.
Trifecta of awards for National Wine Centre
The National Wine Centre of Australia in Adelaide has been named South Australia’s “Caterer of the Year” and “Best Wedding Caterer” at the recent South Australian Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence, recognising the Centre’s superb facilities, service, food and attention to detail. The venue also picked up the “Best Function Facility (Specialist)” award at the Australian Hotels Association (SA) 2012 Hotel Industry Awards for Excellence.
Mossman Gorge Centre opens
The Mossman Gorge Centre, a new $20 million eco- tourism development at the Mossman Gorge World Heritage Site has been officially opened by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin. The centre is a major drawcard in the Daintree region, providing the opportunity for “genuine, authentic engagement with Indigenous Australia," according to operator Voyages’ managing director Koos Klein. The Centre recently hosted a group of PCOs on a familiarisation of the Port Douglas region, who were given a “sneak peak” of facilities.
Event Symposium to focus on host cities
The Australian Event Symposium, to be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 12-14, will bring together events professionals from across the country to foster innovation in the industry. A highlight of the program will be the “ Events and the Cityscape” session, which will explore the relationship between events and their host cities. Speakers Anthony Bastic (AGB Events) and Gill Minervini (City of Sydney) who will talk about the different artistic and production techniques that they use to animate the cityscape, and how they use the metropolis to inform the character of the event.
New workshop for custom design business 
Staging Rentals & Construction Services. has opened the doors to a new event construction workshop in Port Melbourne, doubling its custom painting, building and construction capabilities in Victoria. Damien Collins, state manager for the company said that the decision to expand the construction arm of the Victorian business was in line with the industry's need for clever, fast turnaround and quality custom elements required for sets, props, exhibition stands, stages and catwalks.
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