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ith 300 individuals pre-
registering to attend the
event and a new partner in
ICMI Speakers &
Entertainers, Get Global at the ICC Sydney
on July 20, was a pretty industry show that
provided visitors with plenty to do for its
duration, despite a high “no-show” factor.
Only made up of exhibitors who service
the international meetings and incentives
market, Get Global will never be a giant event
simply because not all conference companies
or associations send business off-shore.
But what it does offer is a relaxed, friendly,
and professional atmosphere in which to
conduct business, and all with a relatively low
price point to participate.
According to Get Global there were 286
senior local and international buyers interacting
on the day with 140 international suppliers
from more than 20 different countries.
A new concept to keep buyers longer at
the show was the ICMI Inspiration Corner
which had presenters from early in the day
through to drinks in the afternoon. These
included Lola Berry, Contiki Holidays veteran,
Mark Carter, corporate motivator and skills
trainer, Andrew Klein, founder of restaurant
booking tool, Dimmi, Stevan Premutico,
former Facebook ANZ CEO, Stephen
Scheeler, and endurance athlete and social
entrepreneur, Samantha Gash.
Attendees to these events wore
headphones allowing them to hear the
presenters without the presenters and
audience disrupting business being undertaken on the adjacent show floor. It’s a cool idea and
one that works well for formats of this kind.
New Zealand had a big presence, with Tourism New Zealand adding something extra at the
end of the day with a Maori ceremony as drinks and canapes were being served.
Another big contingent was Hawaii which really is racing up the charts for group business
from Australia in the past 12 to 18 months.
Directions Conference & Incentive Management supplier relationship manager, Michael
Walker, said he loved the free flow of the exhibition and the flexible time to meet with who he
wanted and needed to see for his immediate business needs.
“[It was] a relaxed way to meet and connect with suppliers and peers,” he said.
Isagenix event and registration coordinator, Janelle Maber, saw some “exceptional speakers”
as part of her Get Global experience. “Their knowledge, passion and unrivalled experience with
some of the most well-known brands in the world, helped not only to break up the day, but
gave me lots of inspiration when I returned to work on Monday,” she said.
212f account director, Vanessa Grant, said she loved the concept of the ‘silent disco’ in the
“As it was located right on the exhibition floor, we were all given Silent Sounds headphones to
listen to the speakers. This meant we weren’t disturbed if we were not at the speaker session
while trying to have business discussions and vice versa. What a great idea! It made it even
On the exhibitor side, general manager of the Alila Seminyak, Pierre Lang, said Get Global
had “a great atmosphere, great networking, great food, great bar concept!”
Get Global co-founder, Donna Kessler, said she was thrilled to hear business being confirmed
right on the exhibition floor as well as anecdotally throughout the day.
“And that is what Get Global is all about. We are, of course, thrilled with the large turn-out of
exhibitors, buyers, suppliers, sponsors and speakers, but the real success of the event is the
business and the new partnerships formed. It is disappointing when you consider our audience
run events themselves and then do not show up. It reflects poorly on our entire industry.”
Her thoughts were shared by co-founder Gary Bender, who said the “no-show” factor
seemed to be increasing across the board.
“Why say yes when you mean no? We will have a very funky approach at the ICC Sydney
next year which will allow for the 30 per cent projected expansion. Keeping the warmth and
buzz in the room is imperative.
“We’re putting our creative heads together already so watch this space.” m
Get Global 2019 will be held at the ICC Sydney on July 26. Photos courtesy of Oneill Photographics.
It didn’t have huge
visitor numbers, but
in just its second year,
Get Global provided
enough evidence that
it will be back bigger
and better in 2019.
GET GLOBAL GETS IT RIGHT
GET GLOBAL REPORT | BRAD FOSTER
Was it something I said?
A Get Global silent seminar.
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