ENEWS – UFI Asia-Pacific Conference wrap up, Save the date for Leaders Forum and Conference, Global Exhibitions Day and more

By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia , 20 March, 2019

It was great to see a big Australian presence at the 14th Asia-Pacific Conference of The Global Association for the Exhibition Industry held in Tokyo last week.

There was excellent content and opportunity to meet with peers from around the world – similar challenges prevail across our industry.

For me, one of the stand-out presentations was from Margaret Ma Connolly, CEO of Informa, Hong Kong who discussed the challenges associated with attracting and retaining the right workforce for the future.

“Young people want to work in companies where they can connect with its purpose,” she said.

Informa acquired UBM last year making it the biggest exhibition company in the world. In recruitment and building teams, she stressed the need to focus on three things: a candidate’s “curiosity”, “passion” and ability to communicate and be heard. I couldn’t agree more. We need clever people – with the right attitude and willingness to learn and create opportunities.

There was also a big focus on digitalisation, VR and AI applications to our sector, festivalisation and whether it’s just a buzz word.

Thanks to the Members who attended the event – and to UFI for bringing together the global community. The event will be held in Macau in 2020.

A warm welcome to our new members: Venue – Melbourne & Olympic Parks as well as Supplier – Honeycomb Promotional Marketing Agency. See more information below.

Our new committee of the EEAA Young Stars is working with us to frame the program of events for the rest of the year. Following the success of the two workshops on sustainability with our younger Members we’re keen to create more forums for both knowledge sharing and networking. We have an excellent new committee who are looking forward to seeing their ideas translated into real outcomes for the program.

Please block June 5 and 6 in your diaries for EEAA’s key knowledge sharing events for the year, the EEAA 2019 Leaders Forum and the EEAA 2019 Conference. These will be held to coincide with Global Exhibitions Day and the Association’s Annual General Meeting.

I am very pleased to advise that the core focus of our Conference will be on environmental sustainability with the aim of helping all our Members better understand the actions required by our sector. These events will be held in Melbourne – stay tuned for details.

We’re looking forward to being in Brisbane next month for our Board Meeting and annual Member Round-Table. I’ll also be visiting Members in Perth. If you would like the opportunity to catch-up, please let me or Claudia know.

Finally, our thoughts are with the people of New Zealand following the terrible attacks last week in Christchurch. Our collective grief will never bring enough comfort to the families of the innocent victims of this brutal act. I am filled with admiration for the way in which the PM of New Zealand has responded – leadership needs empathy and kindness and swift action. Jacinda Ardern we salute you.

Joyce DiMascio
Chief Executive


  • Australia among the 23 Expo nations to descend on Tokyo
  • 5 – 6 June: Celebrate Global Exhibitions Day at EEAA 2019 Leaders Forum and Conference
  • Get involved in #GED19
  • Invitation: Stand for the EEAA Board at the Annual General Meeting – 6 June
  • Key event dates for 2019
  • Advocacy: Federal Labor pledges support of business events
  • Advocacy: EEAA continues to ensure industry voice is heard through important policy submissions.
  • Sustainability Education: A new course kicks off for EEAA Members with TAFE NSW
  • Young Stars committee developing next round of events
  • Meet our new intern: Dominique Carruthers
  • Education: 2019 National Skills Week puts spotlight on the many pathways to success
  • Member News
  • New Members: Welcome Melbourne and Olympic Parks and Honeycomb Agency
  • Member Offer: Waterfront Melbourne Apartments offers special rate for MCEC attendees
  • Jobs Portal
  • Research

Read more here

Source: EEAA