2016 Global Exhibitions Day

7-8 June
Melbourne

Established to highlight and celebrate the contribution of exhibitions to diverse sectors of the economy, business growth and national prosperity, GED is not one event, but a series of events, activities, and personal contributions from all over the world that together will give the global industry a united and cohesive voice to promote the Power of Exhibitions. Across 8 and 9 June 2016, EEAA celebrated GED by holding the Association’s Annual General Meeting of our Member community (8 June) and popular annual summit featuring senior industry leaders and stakeholders (Leaders Forum, 9 June). The world launch of GED kicked off with Australia and EEAA was honoured to be part of such an important global movement.


Official 2016 Global Exhibitions Day Video


EEAA Activities on Global Exhibitions Day:

EEAA 2016 Annual General Meeting

At the EEAA 2016 Annual General Meeting a new Executive Board was welcomed by the EEAA. Spiro Anemogiannis, Managing Director of Informa Australia, has become the new president of the EEAA succeeding long-serving Board Member, Domenic Genua. Brian Thomas, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions Australia stepped up to the role of Vice-President. Domenic Genua stepped down from the Board after 13 years of consecutive volunteer service. Gold and Platinum Partners of the Association were honoured as their dedication to supporting the exhibition industry and help spread the message of the Power of Exhibitions is valued greatly.


EEAA 2016 Leaders Forum

The EEAA Leaders Forum serves as a high-level thought leadership forum which engages leaders from the Organiser, Association Organiser, Venue and Supplier network in discussions which will shape the direction of the industry. The 2016 event saw a strong line-up of senior leaders in the industry. The speaker line-up included:

  • James Pearson, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Theo Psychogios, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
  • Jonathan O’Dea, Parliamentary Secretary, Trade and Investment; Major Events and Tourism
  • Bryce Prosser, Executive Director – Public Policy & Corporate Affairs, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Paul Beeson, Chief Executive Officer, Perth Convention Bureau
  • Craig Sheridan, retired Commissioned Police Officer, NSW Police
  • Michael Park, Partner, Norton Rose Fullbright Australia
  • Geoff Donaghy, Group Director Convention Centres, AEG Ogden
  • Penny Burke, Director, Essence Communications
  • Phil Silverstone, General Manager – Australia, Eventbrite
  • Brian Cohen, Group Marketing Director, Diversified Communications Australia
  • Paul Baker, Director, Reed Exhibitions, ReedPOP
  • Gillian Minervini, Director, gill minervini creative
  • Tom Larner, Director Events & Facilities, Tennis Australia

Visit the event page for more information on the EEAA 2016 Leaders Forum.


EEAA 2016 Leaders Forum Dinner

The EEAA 2016 Leaders Forum concluded with a special dinner at Aerial, in South Wharf Melbourne where EEAA was joined by the Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment, and his key team – Chief of Staff, Vanessa Findlay and Media Advisor, Rachelle Miller.

The event format was an open forum with Members outlining what our sector needs from the Government and its agencies. The Minister responded to these remarks with a positive and encouraging speech that clearly showed the Senator’s strong appreciation of the value of trade and consumer exhibitions.

Minister Colbeck reinforced the government’s support for our sector: “Events and exhibitions are an important part of the wider visitor economy and the government recognises the valuable contribution they make to our tourism industry,” He said.



Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Global Exhibition Day Oration

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in collaboration with the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) hosted a Global Exhibitions Day Oration – a free public event to highlight the impact that the exhibition industry has on local economies to ignite innovation, trade and business development. Justin Baird delivered the oration exploring how economic growth will benefit from the power of exhibitions, considering the changing pace in technology and the global nature of business.


Other EEAA Member Events

EEAA Members around Australia celebrated the inaugural Global Exhibitions Day (#GED16) with a series of announcements and internal events. List of members who participated:

  • Australian Technology Park Sydney
  • Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
  • Info Salons Australia
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Reed Exhibitions Australia
  • Royal International Convention Centre Brisbane
  • Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island (SEC@GI)
  • Sydney TAFE

Ministerial and Business Leader Participation

A number of business and political leaders joined us on and off-stage at the EEAA 2016 Leaders Forum including:

  • The Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment
  • Jonathan O’Dea, NSW Parliamentary Secretary, Trade and Investment, Major Events and Tourism
  • James Pearson, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Bryce Prosser, Executive Director – Public Policy & Corporate Affairs, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Steve Whan, Manager at the Australian Chamber National Tourism Council
  • Matt Hingerty, Chairman of the Business Events Council of Australia
  • John Dalton, Senior executive, Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy, Tourism Victoria

Our events also received recognition and support from the below who were noted as apologies:

  • Steve Ciobo, Federal Minister for Trade and Investment
  • Jon Eren, Victorian Minister for Major Events
  • Stuart Ayers, NSW Minster for Trade and Investment
  • Bruce Gosper, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
  • Margaret Bounader, Trade Manager, Services, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
  • Clover Moore, Mayor, Sydney
  • Monica Barone, Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney
  • Lyn Lewis Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Business Events Sydney; and President of the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux (AACB)
  • Mike Pickford and Barry Neame, Directors, The PCO Association
  • Margy Osmond, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF)
  • Penny Lion, General Manager, Business Events Australia