Exhibitions key to economic recovery to be key focus for Global Exhibitions Day 2 June

By Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia, 25 May, 2021


How exhibitions drive economic recovery by enabling growth and recovery is the key theme for this year’s Global Exhibitions Day 2 June 2021 #GED21, which will be marked by the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) with a hybrid seminar featuring high-profiled speakers and networking drinks.

Global Exhibitions Day is an annual world-wide campaign that was established by UFI, the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry and is supported by more than 40 partner associations and industry bodies from 90 countries and regions.

Claudia Sagripanti, EEAA Chief Executive said that Australia has developed world’s best practice in hosting COVIDSafe events and will share the learnings from consumer and trade shows.

“Exhibitions and business events are key to rebuilding economies, and we will be aiming to highlight the sector’s capability to propel the economy forward particularly at this time.

“We will be showcasing the power of exhibitions and why a focus the work of the sector should be a top priority for business and governments in the current climate.

“Just before COVID, the business events sector contributes more than $35b to GDP, ran over 430,000 events annually and employed more than 229,000 people.

“The sector is a major contributor to Australia both financially and for its ability to expand marketplaces by bringing buyers and sellers together and offering a platform for launching innovation and new product,” said Ms Sagripanti.

After the massive success of #GED2020 in which an online webinar attracted over 800 people from Australian and internationally, this year’s event will be hybrid, with a welcomed return to in-person element for those who can attend the International Convention Centre Sydney.

The seminar will feature leading thinkers in our sector and offer a local and international perspective and experiences. Delegates will hear from:

  • Harvey Lister, Chairman and Chief Executive, ASM Global (Asia Pacific)
  • Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist, Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities, HSBC
  • Chris Skeith, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Event Organisers UK
  • Chris Kilbee, Executive Director, ASEAN at Informa Markets based in Singapore
  • Simon Burgess, General Manager, Adelaide Convention Centre
  • Jimmy Busteed, General Manager – Sales Australian Turf Club
  • Kym De Britt, CEO, Australian Dental Industry Association
  • Jane Ford, CEO, Exhibitions & Events Australia and New Zealand
  • Geoff Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer, International Convention Centre Sydney

Registration details:

Events details:

Date: Wednesday, 2 June 2020

Start 2:30pm Sydney Time (UTC+10)

Registrations: Purchase your tickets here

3.00pm Welcome: Claudia Sagripanti, Chief Executive, Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia

3.05pm Venue Welcome: Geoff Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer, International Convention Centre Sydney

3.10pm KEYNOTE: Economic Outlook and the Business of Business Events

Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist, Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities, HSBC
3.30pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Learnings from COVIDSafe Shows

Panellists:

Simon Burgess, Adelaide Convention Centre

Harvey Lister, Chairman and Chief Executive, ASM Global (Asia Pacific)

Jimmy Busteed, Australian Turf Club

Kym De Britt, Australian Dental Industry Association

Jane Ford, Exhibitions & Events Australia and New Zealand

4.00pm Panel Q&A

4.20pm INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

Outlook for UK & Europe Chris Skeith, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Event Organisers

Outlook in Asia: Learnings to date; Challenges & Opportunities Chris Kilbee, Executive Director, ASEAN at Informa Markets

5.00pm Close of Seminar

5.30pm Networking drinks and canapes

7.30pm Finish

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Media contacts:

Claudia Sagripanti, CEO, EEAA 0414 520 836; [email protected]

Felicity Zadro 0404 009 384 [email protected]

ABOUT THE SPEAKING PANEL:

Jimmy Busteed, General Manager, Hospitality & Sales, Australian Turf Club

Over 20 years of experience in the events and hospitality. Jimmy has led the sales team at the Australian Turf Club for five years. He has also been at National Maritime Museum, Sydney Showgrounds and Royal Agricultural Society of NSW where he developed a passion for delivering exceptional experiences to fully meet the needs of his clients.

He was instrumental in delivering superior customer service in hospitality at Royal Randwick biggest modern-day crowd (Winx’s final raceday in 2019) and helped deliver the biggest event in Sydney, the Royal Easter Show for 5 year running.

Jimmy has a strong focus on building relationships with new and existing clients alike.

Kym De Britt, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Dental Industry Association

Kym De Britt is the Chief Executive Officer of The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the nation’s peak body representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers.
Kym has a proven track record of building businesses and culture through change management and leadership across a range of sectors. Kym’s strategic and measured collaborative approach to the threats of COVID on large public gatherings were essential to preservation of the integrity of dental events and exhibitions across the sector, and his response to targeted media criticism was central to the stability of public confidence in the dental profession as a whole. Following the early closure of ADX in response to Government cancellation of large events, Kym’s proactive approach to supporting exhibitors and introducing new events post shutdown ensured longevity of large dental exhibitions and events in Australia.

Geoff Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer, ICC Sydney

Geoff Donaghy is CEO of Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, ICC Sydney. He is also the director of Convention Centres for leading venue management specialists, ASM Global. Geoff is the immediate past president of the International Association of Congress Centres and sits on the executive committee of Joint Meetings Industry council. He is Deputy Chair of the Business Events Council of Australia, the country’s convention and exhibition body. He is currently a member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Tourism Restart Taskforce and Committee for Sydney’s Recovery Taskforce: Visitor Economy Sector Strategy.
Jane Ford, Chief Executive Officer, Exhibition & Events Australia

Jane Ford is the Managing Director and 100% shareholder of Exhibitions and Events Australia and New Zealand, which is one of Australasia’s largest privately owned event companies. The business organises and owns all of its 17 events including the annual Home Shows and MindBodySpirit Festivals. Jane has been in the events industry for 27 years and her experience stretches across all facets of exhibition organisation. Exhibitions and Events Australia and New Zealand generates significant business activity in the Australian and NZ economies through their exhibitions. Pre COVID, their events drew an annual attendance of more than 300,000 visitors and 5,000 exhibitors, with estimated economic activity of $2.7 billion.

Chris Kilbee, Executive Director of Informa Markets ASEAN

Chris is Executive Director of Informa Markets business in ASEAN. Chris leads a portfolio of circa 65 events and complementary digital brands across circa 14 verticals including food and hospitality, packaging, water, manufacturing, furniture, beauty, electric and power, oil and gas and renewable energy. Based out of Singapore, Chris’ remit includes the strategic development and performance of Informa Markets brands in 7 ASEAN countries – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Myanmar. Chris has had a 22-year career in the B2B media and events industries, starting in London and including stints in Europe, the Middle East and now in Asia.

Chris Skeith, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Event Organisers

Chris is the Chief Executive Officer of the AEO (Association of Event Organisers), the leading association for organisers of events in the UK and internationally. In 2006 Chris moved to the Events Industry Alliance, overseeing the merger of AEC & BECA to form ESSA (Event Supplier & Services Association) and the launch of the highly successful ‘Use an ESSA Member’ campaign. In 2010, he also became Director of ESSA’s sister association, AEV (Association of Event Venues), driving venue engagement through numerous special interest groups. Chris holds a seat on the Government’s Events Industry Board Committee and is Vice Chair & Treasurer of BVEP (Business Visits & Events’ Partnership), a partnership of all leading associations in the event industry, representing the sector to government and regulators. He is an UFI Board Member and chair of their associations.

Claudia Sagripanti, Chief Executive, EEAA

During her career, Claudia worked in events and exhibitions; and more recently in media and digital technology. She was the CEO of Publishers Australia the trade association representing leading B2B and B2C publishers and managed the events and awards of the Australian Data-Driven Marketing Association (ADMA).

Claudia led the development of professional standards in online and mobile advertising in Australia for the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA) and is currently on the advisory board for the International Social Media Association.

Claudia has also worked for Macquarie Bank and more recently with Optus as Business Program Manager delivering digital transformation and new technology pilot projects and developing project management value creation frameworks.

ABOUT EEAA

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is the peak industry Association representing Organisers, Association Organisers, Venues and Suppliers within the exhibition and event sector. The business events sector contributes $35.7 billion in GDP, runs over 430,000 events annually and employs more than 229,000 people. (Source: Business Events Council of Australia: “Value of Business Events to Australia 2018/2019” Ernst & Young.)
The work of our Association and our Members is a testament to the Power of Exhibitions as a driver of the economy and in particular economic development, trade and export, employment, visitation and knowledge sharing. A not-for-profit organisation, EEAA works to ensure industry growth by encouraging high industry standards, promoting the professionalism of EEAA Members and highlighting the unique business opportunities which exist through exhibitions.
Read more about EEAA, our advocacy work or view the Power of Exhibitions video.

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Source: Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia