By Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia, 24 March, 2021

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced the Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney will join its Members at a special event to address skills-related and operational issues affecting the business events industry.

Claudia Sagripanti, EEAA Chief Executive said the Association’s Skills and Operational Rebuilding Strategies Exchange will be held on March 29 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

“We are pleased that Minister Stuart Ayres will join this important opportunity to discuss the skills shortage and the current state-of-play in business events given the events of the past 12 months,” she said.

Ms Sagripanti said it’s important to share with the Minister the issues facing the industry and in particular, how these affect the ability to hold events in New South Wales.”

“Apart from the Minister, we will hear from a panel of key industry leaders from our community as well the Restaurant and Catering Association and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Our panel will address issues associated with staffing and skills. We’ll address which skills are in short supply and the industry’s appetite for micro-credentialling. We’ll also consider whether there is a need to reskill, cross-skill and upskill.

“These are all important areas that require leadership and focus if the industry is going to fully recover and get back on its feet and flourish again in the future.

“There is a lot of knowledge to be shared and we hope to identify opportunities that will help to make our industry stronger. There may be scope to implement operational efficiencies and share resources and skills sets across all sectors of the industry and make formal recommendations to Government.” she said.

Spiro Anemogiannis, President of the EEAA said the industry has had a very tough 12 months but there are now strong signs it is rebounding. “The timing for this exchange is excellent and having access to a most senior Minister in the NSW Government is very positive. We encourage the industry to take this opportunity to come together for these important discussions and collaboration.

“I invite the business events industry to join us to discuss short to medium-term measures to help rebuild and the business events industry in New South Wales.” Mr Anemogiannis said.

The EEAA has created this free to attend event. It is supported by ICC Sydney.

Date: Monday 29 March 2021
Time: 9.30 Registration
10.00 Welcome from the EEAA CEO, Claudia Sagripanti
10.05 The Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, New South Wales
10.45 Official thankyou: Geoff Donaghy, CEO, ICC Sydney, and Deputy Chair,
Business Events Council of Australia (BECA)
10.50 Panel
• Malu Barrios, Director of Event Services, International Convention Centre
• Belinda Clarke, COO, Restaurant & Catering Association
• Nigel Collin, Chairman, Meetings & Events Association (MEA)
• Jim Delahunty, Executive Director, ExpoNet
• Janet Hanlan, Industry Lead – Tourism and Experience Services, TAFE NSW
• Jenny Lambert, Acting CEO, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Moderator: Rodney Cox, past EEAA Board Member; Events Director,
International Gas Union (IGU); and Director, DELARO Pty Ltd
12.30 Close
Cost: Free


About the 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 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.

For more information contact
Claudia Sagripanti, EEAA Chief Executive: 02 9413 9520 or 0414 520 836

Source: Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia