EEAA News and Special Report: AIME 2018 wraps up | Close to 100 people registered for EEAA 2018 International Women’s Day Breakfast | New industry data available

By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia , 2 March, 2018

Are you joining us next week on 8 March at our International Women’s Day Breakfast when we put the spotlight on the important contribution made by women in the business events sector? I’m looking forward to interviewing our special guests Cr Christine Forster, Kim Mahaffy, Jane Mathews, Paul Nicolaou and Emma Triggs. If you haven’t booked – please do so as it will be another rewarding event.

Last week, the EEAA Board and team were in Melbourne for the final AIME by Reed Travel Exhibitions. We thank Angela Sciacca and the team for their great work and their gracious hand-over to Talk2 Media & Events. With the baton passing, came news of exciting plans for 2019 including fabulous stand options designed by our Member, Decorative Events and Exhibitions.

The EEAA Board met at Harry’s HQ in Richmond, Melbourne. This was a great opportunity for us to see their outstanding showroom and meet the Harry’s staff. All EEAA Board meetings are held at Member venues – if you’d like to host a Board meeting – just drop me a note. We’d value the opportunity.

We also held a workshop for our younger Members to discuss the EEAA Young Stars Program. The program is just over five years old and we’re looking forward to refreshing it with ideas from our Members.

At our AIME media conference, we officially launched our Traineeship program with TAFE NSW and Apprenticeship Support Australia. I’m pleased to say this will soon also kick off in Victoria. I urge the business events industry to back this opportunity – we need young people to join our industry and this is a highly incentivised way for employers to hire young entry level staff. I was joined at the media conference by Libbie Ray of AV 24/7, the first EEAA Member to be part of the program. TAFE NSW joined us on the EEAA stand to meet and promote the opportunity. Together, we called on all industry leaders to take responsibility for making the sector an employer of choice.

EEAA recently brought together our Organisers and Associations for a special forum at Merivale, Sydney to tackle issues impacting our Members. It was an excellent gathering of the EEAA community that creates the business opportunities for the sector. The discussions were held “in camera” and so there were very open exchanges about the challenges and opportunities. It was particularly pleasing to see some of our newer Organiser Members working in new sectors. Throughout the year, we will be holding similar forums for all our Member Categories.

So, here we are already into the third month of 2018. Members’ input to our “PULSE” survey and the UFI Global Barometer point to a strong 2018. Of course, some shows will be up and some will be down – but overall our sector continues to grow with exciting new events in areas such as Satellite and Space, Drones and Technology. The EEAA 2018 Events Calendar launched last week affirms the dynamic nature of our sector.

To all the Organisers, Associations, Venues and Suppliers – help keep our Association strong so we can be an effective voice for the sector. We value your Membership, sponsorship, in-kind support and most of all, your active involvement in YOUR Association.

Please call anytime if we can help, be sure to leverage your membership. There is nothing like the power of the EEAA network.

Joyce DiMascio,
Chief Executive


•Final days to register: EEAA’s International Women’s Day Breakfast next week
•Traineeships: EEAA calls on industry to employ entry level staff
•Research: EEAA “PULSE” Survey forecasts upbeat 2018 and new shows
•Organisers and Associations meet at Merivale
•EEAA joins Industry Skills Reference Committee
•Action now: Industry skills forecast open for consultation
•Vacancy at EEAA: Join our talented team
•Melbourne visit by EEAA Executive Board
•A special thanks to our AIME partners
•Jo-Anne Kelleway named Industry Person of the Year Award at AIME 2018
•ICC Sydney releases its first year report card
•EEAA Young Stars Program: Next phase explored
•A big thank you to Reed Travel Exhibitions
•EEAA supports BECA’s policy pitch to Federal Government
•Awards: Entries open for UFI 2018 Operations & Services Award
•Visas: Updated data available on temporary visas
•Research: German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA) shows domestic expos generate exports

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Source: EEAA