ENews – Awards for Excellence update EEAA and AEO sign MOU and other news

By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia , 16 October, 2018

Here we are, almost at the end of another year – and that means we’ll be celebrating the achievements of our Members at the 2018 Awards for Excellence at ICC Sydney on 5 December.

The entries are now being evaluated by our panel of 35 independent judges. Ten of these judges are international industry leaders – this is an excellent way of ensuring broad peer-to-peer judging, adding integrity to the judging process.

And how exciting that the winner of the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award will be off to Tokyo in March to attend the UFI Asia-Pacific congress, thanks to the Tourism Australia supported scholarship. Nominees and finalists for all categories will be announced in the first week of November.

Keeping our Members connected with the global industry is an important priority of the Association – we were very pleased to welcome the CEO of UK’s Association of Event Organisers (AEO), Chris Skeith, for the 2018 EEAA Global Exchange Oration earlier this month. This concluded with the signing of an MOU between our two organisations. The MOU will pave the way for more collaboration between our two associations. Following his visit to Australia, we know Chris Skeith will be a great ambassador for our region on the world stage, joining both Kai Hattendorf and Mark Cochrane from UFI who joined us for Global Exchange in 2017.

Our work to lift our performance across the industry in relation to waste and sustainability continues – the Environmental Sustainability Working Group has continued to meet with the aim of delivering a charter for the industry as well as a range of other practical measure to drive more collaboration around waste reductions. Our younger Members have embraced the opportunity to be part of this initiative. We held another Young Stars Program “meet-up” on sustainability. This was led by a fantastic panel who are driving change and already working to deliver better results at events. I’m so proud of this work.

And it’s good to see that MEA has re-issued a Green Check-list developed by Tourism Australia when it launched Business Events Australia in 2008. Every little bit helps.

We’ve continued to deal with a few tricky issues impacting our Members – one of them relates to a music licencing overhaul to be introduced in 2019 by OneMusic Australia. Our Convention Centre Members have been collaborating on this. Stay tuned for more information as we’ve requested a special briefing from OneMusic Australia for all Members who may be affected.

With a Federal election looming and State elections in Victoria and NSW just around the corner – the advocacy and policy environment is very active and the EEAA is representing our industry and Members at every opportunity. We are working through the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and also supporting the Business Events Council of Australia to take the message to Canberra about the need to continue investing in business events and Tourism Australia. I’ll be in Canberra again this week to take the message to senior Ministers and Shadow Ministers. While there is a generally supportive climate, we can never assume that this will translate into favourable policy or funding support. Last week, EEAA added to the policy paper of the Australian Chamber, highlighting the importance of business events in promoting international diplomacy, knowledge sharing and trade through business events.

Coming up this week, a group of EEAA Members will be joining me at the first meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee, which I Chair at Skills IQ. The Committee is advising the Government on changes to the events training packages. This is important work designed to ensure that what is taught in the higher education and TAFE sectors is fit-for-purpose. I thank our Members and other industry representatives for contributing their expertise.

We’re pleased to welcome our new intern– Debbie Continho who is currently studying Events Management at TAFE. Debbie is a mature age worker retraining to join the events industry. This is the first trainee the EEAA has taken through TAFE and we are very pleased to be able to offer Debbie some excellent learning opportunities that will improve her skills and job prospects.

I urge you to take on interns. It is an excellent way to help add to the skilled workforce in our sector. If you would like to discuss how the EEAA can assist you in finding an intern, please get in touch with me directly. These are paid internships – EEAA does not support unpaid internships.

A special big welcome to our newest Members – Waterfront Apartments, Lup and Spritr by AV1.

It was great to see so many of you at our two recent events in Sydney – we’ll be in Melbourne and Adelaide soon so if you’d like to catch up for a one-on-one meeting, let us know.

And so good to hear the excellent news about the opening of a new Convention Centre at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast in April of next year. It’s been on the drawing board for many years and EEAA has supported the industry and Sunshine Coast in their calls for this important investment for regional Queensland. Hopefully a purpose built venue that can accommodate expos and other events will get the go-ahead soon.

Please get in touch with us if we can assist you in any way.

Joyce DiMascio
Chief Executive


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