A Message from the EEAA President

By Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia, 21 May, 2021

Looking Forward

Now that Business and Consumer Events have recommenced here in Australia, it is even more important for our industry to stay connected.

As I stressed at our last EEAA Networking events we all need to set aside our competitive spirit, both as businesses and as industry bodies, and work together to continue the momentum.

In order for our industry to gradually return to where it was and where it should be, we need to stay in touch and exchange knowledge and information whenever and wherever we can.

After the year that was, I am glad to report that the EEAA has managed to keep and maintain the same number of corporate members as in previous years. The number of corporate members is just under 100 and this not only includes all the major organisers, venues and suppliers but other mid-tier and smaller players with a number of new members joining this year for the first time. This shows that our sector views our body as the main peak body recognized by everyone, including government and non-government agencies and bodies.

As usual the EEAA will be celebrating Global Exhibition Day (GED) on the 2nd June with a half day in-person and live streamed event at the ICC commencing at 2.30pm. Paul Bloxham, the Chief Economist from HSBC will set the scene with an Economic Outlook for Australia, something that he has done for us on a number of occasions, and in my opinion, has always been spot-on in his predictions!

We also have a UK and European events outlook for events as they gradually return to F2F events in the second half of the year from Chris Skeith, the CEO of the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) along with Chris Kilbee from Informa Markets in Singapore where the landscape has suddenly changed in the last week with the cancellation of the World Economic Forum scheduled for Singapore in August. Chris runs exhibitions in seven countries in SE Asia and they each have their own COVID and restriction problems that he has to deal with, not dissimilar to the “state border” issues we face here in Australia.

In addition, we have Harvey Lister, Chairman and Chief Executive of ASM Global (Asia Pacific) joining the Australian panel comprised of organisers, venues and suppliers who will review our recent learnings from our recent return to F2F events. Secure your tickets here.

Please save the date for our annual EEAA Awards for Excellence Dinner, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 2nd December. It will be a great finale and gives us the time to celebrate coming out of 2020 and looking forward to 2022, and especially to appreciate and recognise our resilient and wonderful staff and industry colleagues.

Our AGM this year will be in September and preceding it will be the return of the EEAA CEO Forum. Again please not only be on the look out for these dates and venue but please consider nominating for the EEAA Board, as with everything, renewal is a good thing.

Warm regards,

Spiro Anemogiannis
President, EEAA






Source: Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia