By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia , 7 March, 2019

The 2018 winner of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award, Georgie Chapman-Burgess, heads to Tokyo next week as the inaugural winner of the Tourism Australia scholarship.

Ms Chapman-Burgess will be one of four Australian women to take part in the Asia-Pacific Conference of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI).

The Australian delegation comprises:

  • Joyce DiMascio, CEO, Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA)
  • Helen Mantellato, Business Development Manager – International & Exhibitions, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney)
  • Jo-Anne Kelleway, CEO, Info-Salons Group
  • Georgie Chapman-Burgess, Operations Manager, Exhibition and Trade Fairs

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said that she was thrilled to be introducing Ms Chapman-Burgess to the global community.

“This is an outstanding development opportunity for the winner of our Richard Geddes Young Achiever award and we are immensely grateful to Tourism Australia for sponsoring this scholarship.” Ms DiMascio said.

In Tokyo next week, over 300 leaders from around the world will tackle the issues impacting the sector.

Tourism Australia’s Penny Lion and John Trevillian AM were on the judging panel to select the recipient of the scholarship.

“Tourism Australia recognises the importance of nurturing young talent in business events. Georgie Chapman-Burgess will have a career defining experience and we are very pleased to be involved with scholarship.” Ms Lion said.

“The business events industry provides outstanding career opportunities for young people – we commend the work of the EEAA and look forward to seeing what Georgie will achieve.”

Ms Chapman-Burgess will be on the program for the EEAA Conference in June where she will report back to the community about her experience and learnings from Tokyo.

“I am honoured to be attending the UFI Asia-Pacific Conference and am keen to learn what challenges our industry will face in the future, with particular significance to the rise of digital tools and platforms and how this will transform the way we communicate.” Ms Chapman-Burgess said.

“I’m so thankful to Tourism Australia for sponsoring the scholarship and for giving me the opportunity to travel to Tokyo for the conference. What a great opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and to broaden my network whilst representing the Australian exhibition industry.”

Exhibition and Trade Fairs Managing Director, Gary Daly, is sure Georgie will make the most of this opportunity.

“At Exhibition and Trade Fairs, our goal is to develop our young people to not only to be the best they can be, but to demonstrate the potential for a long-term career in the exhibition industry. Over the past 3 years, Georgie has developed a passion for the industry and a thirst for knowledge.” Mr Daly said.

“Attending the UFI Asia Pacific Conference in Tokyo will allow Georgie to further develop her knowledge and also allow her to engage and discuss current industry challenges industry people from around the world. We thank the EEAA for its ongoing recognition of our industry’s young talent.”

EEAA will call for nominations for the 2019 Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award in August 2019.

Source: EEAA