By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia , 9 October, 2018

Two major Associations who represent the business events sector have committed to closer collaboration following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the EEAA 2018 Global Exchange held in Sydney this week.

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) and the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) signed an historic MOU following the delivery of the 2018 Global Exchange Oration by AEO’s Chief Executive, Chris Skeith.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio said the establishment of a formal partnership between Australasia and the United Kingdom would open up many areas for collaboration between the two Associations and their Members.

“It’s an honour to welcome Chris Skeith to Australia for the first time and for him to deliver the 2018 Oration at ICC Sydney,” Ms DiMascio said.

“Throughout his visit we have been able to build on our existing relationship and establish some parameters for greater collaboration and knowledge sharing in the future. We are immensely grateful for the opportunity to work closely with another successful Association whose Members represent the world’s biggest event organisers.”

AEO Chief Executive Chris Skeith addressed industry leaders at a special reception at ICC Sydney, joined the Political Insiders panel at L’Aqua and addressed the EEAA Board during his visit.

Mr Skeith said his Australian visit and the signing of the MOU is a great opportunity to build on the positive relationship between the two national peak bodies.

“The world is getting smaller and yet our challenges are very similar,” Mr Skeith said.

“Through the MOU, we will identify some common areas and save a lot of time, energy and resources to come up with resolutions.”

At the Global Exchange Oration, Mr Skeith was joined on stage by industry leaders, including ICC Sydney’s CEO Geoff Donaghy, EEAA President, Spiro Anemogiannis, EEAA Board Members, Jo-Anne Kelleway and Helen Mantellato for an in-depth discussion on the major trends, opportunities and challenges affecting the global business event industry.

At the EEAA Gold and Platinum Partner Political Insiders Round-table, Chris part of an illustrious panel of political commentators: Chairman of Business Events Sydney, The Hon. Bruce Baird AM, Managing Director of Hawker Britton, Simon Banks and CEO and Managing Director of Barton Deakin, Matthew Hingerty as they delved deep into the current state-of-play in Australian and UK politics.

“It has been our honour to have Chris Skeith on our stage and give our industry access to his expertise and insights,” Ms DiMascio said.

We thank our venue partners, the ICC Sydney and the Dockside group, who generously supported the 2018 Global Exchange Oration and the Gold and Platinum Partner Political Insiders Round-table. We also thank our supporting partners:

  • ExpoNet
  • Eventbrite
  • FabFrame
  • Impact AV
  • Homepix Photography
  • Royale Limousines
  • The Visual Storytellers

Source: EEAA