EEAA ENews March 2017

By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia , 20 March, 2017

Dear Members,

Over recent weeks our team has caught up with many Members and it’s been really good to see first-hand the events being delivered by our Members. I have also attended the UFI Open Seminar in Singapore where it was immensely useful to meet colleagues in the global exhibition and event industry. The conference was held at the Suntec Singapore – an outstanding facility that shone in its service, hospitality, technical and venue services.

I had the opportunity to spend time with Kai Hattendorf the CEO of UFI and also with David Audrain the CEO of the Society of Independent Show Organisers. We have extended an invitation to them both to join us in Australia later this year. With Australia and NZ a long way from the rest of the world, we miss out on seeing key people from our sector often – so I was immensely grateful for the opportunity to personally meet Kai, David and also UFI’s Asia team led by Mark Cochrane.

UFI is currently looking to sponsor the brightest young stars to attend its upcoming congresses and take part in a special project to help define the future of exhibitions. I encourage you to nominate your best and brightest. See story below.

Visiting Singapore was also a timely reminder that Australia faces extraordinary competition from Asia – I met the leaders of the convention bureaus in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong. All operate with such polish and business acumen. Their focus is on attracting delegates from the broad business events sector including expos. Their incentives and partnerships are impressive.

While at the UFI Summit we tackled many important issues – labour and training, safety, sustainablility, event curation and we heard case studies from companies that have thrived in a digitally “disrupted” or as I see it – a digitally “enabled” economy.

Our President, Spiro Anemogiannis, who was also at the event and I were reassured that the issues we have tackled at our Leaders Forums, Conferences, Workshops and Seminars are similar to those addressed in Singapore – in some areas Australia is more advanced – training, sustainability, safety and nurturing young talent being four key areas. Globally we are all still focussed on working together in the advocacy effort around Global Exhibitions Day #GED17. I encourage you all to consider how you can shine the light on your companies and our industry during this important event taking place on 7 June 2017.

The EEAA will mark Global Exhibitions Day with our annual Leaders Forum and Annual General Meeting – they will be held on June 7 and 8 in Sydney. So mark these dates in your calendars and join us.

Thanks to all the Members who have renewed their Memberships. We rely on this to keep delivering our important work.

You will also see in the ENews that we have partnered with MEA and AACB on a skills survey for the business events sector – please take a few moments to complete it. It will help our industry better understand the training needs of our sector. Click here to complete the survey. Please complete this by the 7 April 2017.

It’s very busy around the industry as shown in our packed 2017 Events Calendar. Here’s the latest edition. If you are not in it – then please upload your show details via the Member login on Should you need any assistance – please contact anyone from the EEAA team.

We are looking forward to a strong second quarter at the many exhibitions and events being held around Australia and NZ.

Thanks to all those who attended and supported our inspiring International Women’s Day event. We were very proud to have led this important conversation with the men and women of our community and to have contributed to the Fitted for Work charity and also to UN Women.

If you missed hearing Steve Monnington at our Conference, we’ve now uploaded his keynote address and panel discussion, check them out on our website. Steve had some fascinating points to make about who drives growth in our industry.

Finally, may I ask you all to support our communications activities by “liking and sharing” our social media news. Each story in this ENews has a like or tweet symbol, just click on this for the particular story or go to our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube pages and support us.

Our socially connected, digitally enabled communications platforms would benefit enormously with your support. This helps us to spread the message about the power of exhibitions and events.

Joyce DiMascio
Chief Executive


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• June 7 – Global Exhibitions Day 2017 #GED17
• Save the date: EEAA 2017 Annual General Meeting and Leaders Forum
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• Upcoming EEAA events
• Resources
• Industry News
• Economic News
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Read the full ENews here.

Source: Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia