By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia , 29 April, 2019

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) as the host venue for the Association’s annual knowledge sharing and networking events, the EEAA 2019 Leaders Forum and Conference, taking place on 5 – 6 June 2019.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio said she was pleased to take the Association’s flagship events to Melbourne this year and is looking forward to exploring the diverse range of issues and industry initiatives within the program with the industry’s leaders.

“With two of the key themes for this year’s event focussing on environmental sustainability and talent acquisition, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is an exemplary host, having implemented a number of industry benchmark sustainability initiatives and career training programs.” Ms DiMascio said.

“As winners of the Best Corporate Citizen Award for the 2018 EEAA Awards for Excellence, it is fitting to be named as the host venue of this year’s EEAA Leaders Forum and Conference, which has a special focus on environmental sustainability.” Peter King, MCEC Chief Executive said.

“We are a leader in sustainable business practices and continue to achieve outstanding results with initiatives such as the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) which has enabled us to offset the projected electricity use of our 20,000 square metre expansion space with renewable energy.

“We will continue to collaborate with our customers and industry partners to ensure MCEC remains a truly sustainable events destination.”

International Organiser, Margaret Ma Connolly, CEO of Informa Global Exhibitions Asia, is confirmed as the keynote speaker. Ms Connolly heads the Informa operation for the fastest growing region in the world, Asia. She will address the challenges associated with attracting and retaining the right workforce for the future – and also will speak about her work in merging the workforces of UBM and Informa following the historic acquisition announced in January 2018.

The EEAA Leaders Forum will be followed by the EEAA Global Exhibitions Day Dinner in the evening and the EEAA Conference the following day featuring a series of workshops that allow participants the chance to explore the leading topics for the industry in a customised ‘boot camp’ style-learning environment.

“The Conference has an inspiring program for those working in the event industry. Whether they are in-house organisers working in the finance or banking industry or working for large conference and exhibition organisers.” Ms DiMascio said.

Register now to secure your place.

The program will be held over two days in Melbourne, 5-6 June 2019 and consists of five major events:

  • Wednesday, June 5 – EEAA 2019 Leaders Forum
  • Wednesday, June 5 – EEAA 2019 Global Exhibitions Day Dinner
  • Thursday, June 6 – EEAA 2019 Conference
  • Thursday, June 6 – EEAA Annual General Meeting
  • Thursday, June 6 – EEAA Annual General Meeting Networking Reception

The program’s themes are aligned with the key messages of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) for Global Exhibitions Day (#GED19). #GED19 will be celebrated on 5 June this year, it is an opportunity for our industry to celebrate the Power of Exhibitions and our sector’s contribution to economic development, trade and export, careers and employment, visitation and knowledge sharing. #GED19 key messages are:

  • Exhibitions are a large global industry
  • Exhibitions are an effective and sustainable way of doing business
  • Exhibitions can contribute to a sustainable world
  • The exhibition industry offers a variety of job opportunities

We thank our partners and sponsors for their support:

  • Quest Apartment Hotels
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • FabFrame
  • O-Tix
  • The Global Association for the Exhibition Industry (UFI)
  • HomePix Photography