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Business Events Week 2015 opens with new research confirming the sector a major driver of the economy

February 24, 2015

Business Events Week 2015 opens with new research confirming the sector a major driver of the economy

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) officially opened Business Events Week 2015 – a week-long showcase of the business events industry across conferences and meetings, exhibitions and incentive reward travel – with a media conference strongly supported by its industry leaders.

Now in its third year, Business Events Week 2015 is building on its past success and broadening this year’s focus to a national perspective; delivering a platform to profile the Australian national business events industry.

MCB’s Chief Executive Officer, Karen Bolinger, said that whilst the significance of business events to Victoria was clearly demonstrated in 2014 with the World Cardiology Congress, the 20th International AIDS Conference and the World Cancer Congress – delivering almost 30,000 delegates to the city and an estimated economic contribution of more than $179 million – it was important that the Bureau supported the industry in raising the profile of business events on a national scale.

In breaking news at the media conference Matthew Hingerty, Chairman of Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), launched the first report in a decade on the Australian business events sector; presenting research demonstrating that the business events sector is a major driver of the national economy.

The study titled, The Value of Business Events to Australia was commissioned by BECA, conducted by the global research firm EY and co-funded by the Australian Government under the T-QUAL Grants program and the business events industry.

“A key finding of the research reveals the huge number of people participating in business events compared to other major public events,” said Matthew Hingerty.

“The significance of our sector is evident when the numbers show that 37 million people attended more than 412,000 business events held across Australia in 2013-2014 and provided 179,357 jobs.”

Ms Bolinger concluded, “Business events is a quiet achiever but this new report from BECA, with support from the business events industry, presents a very strong business case to government and industry stakeholders to continue to increase its support and investment in the sector.”

Business Events Week, an MCB initiative, is a week-long program of activities showcasing the value of business events to Australia in driving economic development, creating jobs, opening up trade and investment opportunities and fostering knowledge exchange.

For further information on Business Events Week or to conduct an interview with Karen Bolinger please contact Nicole Beasley, or for an interview with Matthew Hingerty contact Felicity Zadro.

AIME 2015 Gala Dinner location announced

February 24, 2015

AIME 2015 Gala Dinner location announced

Karen Bolinger, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has revealed today that Central Pier in Melbourne’s Docklands will set the scene for the inaugural 2015 Asia Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) Gala Dinner.

The showcase social event hosted by MCB will follow AIME on Wednesday, 25th February, rather than precede the show, which is all part of the new AIME experience.

“We are excited to announce the location as Central Pier as this community and events hub set on Melbourne’s waterfront reflects our distinct Melbourne style – meeting its industrial past with modern design and reinventing something new and surprising.”

“The setting, just minutes from the inner central business district and surrounded by stunning water views is perfect for the new style of event. Hosted Buyers, Media and Exhibitors will be immersed in a celebration that truly represents the creativity, colour and vibrancy of Melbourne.”

“Guests will be able to catchup with new business contacts and continue the conversations from the previous two days of the show in a more intimate and relaxed environment.”

Many local businesses, which are MCB members, have collaborated to bring the AIME Gala Dinner to life including Atlantic Group, Peter Jones Special Events, and Harry the Hirer, as well as support from the City of Melbourne.

Atlantic Group has a reputation for challenging industry norms through innovation and excellence continued Ms Bolinger. So whilst the location has been revealed be prepared for something a little different – Melbourne is known for unexpected discoveries and creative twists.

“I have no doubt that this year’s event will further showcase the great reputation of Melbourne’s business events services and suppliers and demonstrate that no other city works together quite like Melbourne does.”

Tickets are selling fast, with a limited availability remaining. The dress code is ‘dress to impress’ cocktail and a light jacket is recommended.

AIME is the largest business exhibition of its kind in Australia, and will take place on Tuesday, 24th and Wednesday, 25th February at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. AIME is set to attract more than 2500 delegates responsible for organising meetings, conferences, incentives and business travel, and over 600 Exhibitors from over 37 countries.

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