By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia, 26 August, 2013

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has called on the exhibition industry to showcase its best work and people by nominating for the 2013 EEAA Awards for Excellence.


Nominations have now opened for the prestigious awards which honour organisers, venues, suppliers and people working in trade and consumer shows across Australia and in NZ.


EEAA member venues host around 650 events each year creating a rich mix of events and industry categories.


The 2013 Awards for Excellence will take place at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on 26 November, one of the last official events to take place at the site.


The awards recognise leadership within the industry and provide an opportunity for EEAA members to showcase their innovation, creativity, performance and business success. Entries will be judged by a panel of independent industry experts.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio said the awards represent another important platform for putting the spotlight on the Power of Exhibitions.


“The Association recently launched the Power of Exhibitions – the Awards for Excellence gives members of the association the opportunity to showcase that power and have their work appraised by their peers.” she said.


There are Award 16 categories:

Best Consumer Show Under 10,000
Best Consumer Show Over 10,000
Best Trade Show Under 10,000
Best Trade Show Over 10,000
Best New Show
Best New Zealand Show
Best Australian Show
Best Custom Stand
Best New Product/Service
Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign for Event, Visitor, Exhibitor, Product or Service
Best Green Initiative
Best Show Team
Best Venue Team
Best Supplier Team (Category A & B Members)
Best Supplier Team (Category C & D Members)
Richard Geddes Young Achiever

The Awards cover a broad cross section of industry operations. It should be an exciting event this year, the exhibition industry itself has undergone significant change this year, with more than 20 new shows opening in 2013.


“We invite our members to present the story behind their achievements in their award submissions – we’ve streamlined the judging criteria to ensure the judges evaluate crucial information rather than fancy submissions.


“While many companies now use PR companies to prepare their submissions, we encourage member companies that cannot afford to outsource writing their entry to follow the guidelines and entry writing tips. This is designed to ensure the EEAA Awards are accessible to all members, large and small.”


Winners from the 2012 Awards for Excellence have commented on the value of winning a EEAA Awards for Excellence:


Winning the EEAA Best New Product Award 2012 enabled our contributions to the exhibition industry to be recognised and, importantly, endorses Info Salons innovations to our clients. The award was a fantastic achievement for our entire Info Salons team – in fact, we are still celebrating!” Jo-Anne Kelleway, Chief Executive Officer, Info Salons Group


ExpoNet has proudly been the recipient of a few EEAA Awards for Excellence over the years and the benefits have been manyfold including a fantastic recognition of our staff s’ hard work, as well demonstrating to our clients and potential clients our capabilities. Entering the awards allows us the opportunity to consolidate our year’s achievements and by participating in the event we showcase our support for the exhibition industry as a whole.” Jim Delahunty, Managing Director, ExpoNet


Winning two awards at the EEAA’s Awards of Excellence including Best Australian Show has provided us with a valuable marketing tool for next year’s event and has also provided us with a great deal of credibility with our exhibitors,sponsors,owners and the industry in general. Then, of course, there is the pride and motivation that awards such as these inspire in our team. It’s an honour to be recognised by your peers.” Alec Gilbert, Chief Executive, Adelaide Convention Centre


We made a special eff ort to enter the EEAA Awards and this eff ort paid dividends on many levels. The teams that won felt great about the recognition they received. After all the hard work required to deliver a winning show or marketing campaign there is a real sense of fulfilment and reward. The award race is followed with much anticipation and excitement by all here at Diversified.” Sarah Brennan, Marketing Director, Diversified Exhibitions


The EEAA Awards are the ultimate recognition by our peers of the work we do every day, every year. Exhibitions are an important part of the marketing mix by providing the opportunity for buyers and sellers to meet, engage and do business. ETF is rewarded by the positive responses from our exhibitors and visitors to our exhibitions and recognition through a EEAA Award is the icing on the cake.” Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions and Trade Fairs


It was extremely rewarding to be recognised by the industry for Best Marketing Campaign for Life Instyle in 2012. It was an incredible win for the Life Instyle team with some well thought out marketing strategies. The Awards for Excellence is a great way to recognise teams and also an opportunity to self-critique your performance. The document we prepared for the awards helped highlight just how far we had come.” Amelia Coote Harris, Exhibition Manager, Reed Exhibitions


To enter the EEAA awards for excellence: visit http://www.eeaa.com.au/about-awards.php


Important Dates

Event qualification period:

1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013

Nominations open:

19 August 2013

Entries close:

5pm (AEST), Friday 20 September 2013

Presentation Night:

Tuesday 26 November 2013, Parkside Ballroom,
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.

For further information regarding the event and partnership, contact EEAA phone 02 9413 9520 or email [email protected]




Joyce DiMascio, EEAA, Tel: 02 9413 9520, Mob: 0412 869 229

Sandra Stocken, EEAA, Tel: 02 9413 9520


Source: EEAA