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.
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.
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
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.
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.
of awards for National Wine Centre
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.
Gorge Centre opens
, 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
, 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.
for custom design business
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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