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MEA National Conference
The MEA 2017 Conference began on Sunday
(April 30) at the new ICC Sydney with
unprecedented support for MEA’s Special
Interest Group and MEA committee meetings.
A new session, Brunch with the Branches,
was also held to maximise relationships and
discuss activities and policies with all state
and territory branch committees. Outcomes
from these discussions will assist in directing
MEA’s activities for the coming year. The
conference was supported by 550 delegates
who attended from across Australia. There
was representation across all sectors of the
industry with strong attendance from the
venue, event management and audio-visual
The conference met the objective of
showcasing what is new in the events
industry. The conference featured new
technology including the on-site delegate
electronic registration system. A number of
exhibitors showcased new products and
services that support the events industry and
had the opportunity to further present these
innovations in the “What’s New” session.
The program offered a variety of sessions
that provoked and inspired delegates to
imagine what the future of the events industry
would look like through innovative
technology. They were also challenged to
embark on new thinking of how events are
delivered now and into the future.
The Event Showcase was supported by
40 companies drawn from audio-visual,
venues, hotels, exhibition suppliers, delegate
materials, team-building and tours. A number
FROM THE CEO
of fun activities were incorporated into the showcase that attracted the delegates. MEA thanks
these organisations along with the sponsors for supporting the conference, particularly the team
at ICC Sydney who did an excellent job in working with MEA to deliver this exceptional event.
The delegate surveys indicated that the investment made in time and budget in attending this
year’s conference provided a good return for attendees in building their network and delivering
on many of their personal objectives including gaining industry knowledge and learning about
what is new in the events industry in Australia and from around the world.
Both the business and social program were highly rated by the delegates and there were also
a number of suggestions that will assist in the planning for the 2018 National Conference in
Adelaide. Planning on this has already started.
For a glimpse of the highlights of this year’s conference go to the link on the home page of
the Meetings & Events Australia website www.meetingsevents.com.au.
MEA Leaders’ breakfast
MEA launched its Leaders’ series of events with a breakfast on the final morning of the national
conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney.
This inaugural event was attended by more than 80 industry leaders who came to learn more
on the current position of Australia globally in the business events sector. Ray Martin quizzed
both John O’Sullivan from Tourism Australia and Margy Osmond from the Tourism and
Transport Forum on how Australia is positioning itself in this competitive international market.
The second event will take place in Sydney on July 6 with a third planned for Melbourne later
in the year.
MEA National Awards
The 2016 MEA Awards Gala Dinner was held on the final night of the national conference. The
dinner was attended by more than 600 guests in the spectacular ballroom at ICC Sydney.
Hosted by Richard Glover this was a fabulous night of masks, recognition and celebrations.
MEA inducted four members into the Hall of Fame including Adelaide Expo Hire, Business
Events Geelong, Scene Change Adelaide, and The Star Sydney.
The MEA Board would like to thank all of those who entered these awards from across
Australia and to the state finalists and winners, congratulations on your success and brilliance in
achieving the highest acknowledgement of excellence in the events industry in Australia.
The awards will now undergo a significant review and will be relaunched later in the year.
The 2017 MEA Conference and Awards were a great success and we look forward to
working with the industry in developing the program for the 2018 conference in Adelaide which
promises to offer a different experience to further build on the knowledge and expertise of
Australia’s event industry. m
Speakers and Ray Martin
at the MEA conference
CEO breakfast. Image
courtesy of Oneill
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