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I started ASE in early 2000. It was a year of optimism for the event industry. We had survived the Y2K …

February 23, 2021

The experiments are both on humans. Experiment #1 commenced on Monday – Boris Johnson’s so called Freedom Day. ASE checked what …

July 22, 2021

Entertainer James Bustar has compiled a heart rending video in which members of the arts community tell of the devastation of the pandemic on …

July 21, 2021

The construction industry is up in arms because they have finally been shut down. Welcome to lockdown boys and be thankful …

July 20, 2021

Part two of the interview with Roslyn Mcleod looks a the Olympics and the 21st century Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInWhatsAppLike this:Like Loading…

July 20, 2021

Over the past few weeks I’ve been observing the tradies working on building sites as I go for my morning walk. …

July 19, 2021

Hi Melbourne – we really didn’t want to stuff it up for you again, and we feel for you. And just …

July 16, 2021

On ABC RN this morning medical epidemiologist Mike Toole was talking about the modelling done by the Burnett Institute on the …

July 14, 2021

Currently our political leaders are all telling us that they are “listening to the medical advice” before making decisions on lockdowns.  …

July 13, 2021

Roslyn Mcleod OAM started her first business providing tour guides for the 1971 Rotary International Convention in Sydney.  That business developed …

July 12, 2021

Gary FitzRoy has had plenty to say about the situation we find ourselves in as an industry. He went on to …

July 8, 2021

You were right Trevor; July 2021 does still look a lot like March 2020 and that’s still having an impact on …

July 7, 2021

Once again this morning has seen wall to wall media conferences by state premiers and the federal treasurer. The big news …

July 7, 2021

Business events might account for 79% of Victoria’s event industry in economic terms, but frustratingly today they again didn’t get a …

July 7, 2021

National Event Alliance (NEA) are delighted to announce the appointment of Doug MacColl as the interim CEO following overwhelming positive feedback …

July 7, 2021

We are saddened by the loss of every event – whether it is a conference for a not-for-profit group, a product …

July 6, 2021

Philip Carr was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. In this interview Philip talks about growing up in apartheid South Africa, how …

July 6, 2021

How nice that Our Beloved Leader has released a National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response. Which looks like this …

July 5, 2021

Doug MacColl discovers that 100,000 people have lost their jobs in the events sector A Nine Newspapers investigation into inbound arrivals …

July 2, 2021

Currently over half of Australia’s population is under lockdown restrictions of some sort. It appears that the only safe place to …

June 30, 2021

In the second half of the Peter Jones interview we discuss some of the great events he has delivered – and …

June 29, 2021

First held in 1823, the Sydney Royal Easter Show (SRES) is Australia’s largest annual ticketed event, attracting over 828,000 attendees on …

June 28, 2021

In March 2020 the events industry was the first to be shut down when the 500 pax limit was put on …

June 25, 2021

The business events industry’s leadership convened at ICC Sydney earlier this month to prepare for the future of business events in …

June 23, 2021

Peter Jones is Melbourne born and bred; a dedicated Melbourne Football Club fan, despite the team having a miserable track record …

June 22, 2021

At the recent National Events Alliance Meetup at Sydney Showground Gayle Dickerson shared insights into how business sees events coming back. …

June 21, 2021

The latest Victorian outbreak has started to have real bite and again the exhibition and event industry is left in disarray, …

June 17, 2021

This week the Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula, announced new grants for event organisers saying,  “Event organisers have …

June 17, 2021

Media release from Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula   Event organisers, hosts, suppliers, producers and cinema businesses will …

June 15, 2021

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA)​ has announced that Independent Chair of the peak industry body, Dr Vanessa Findlay, has stepped down from the role after leading the business events industry’s advocacy and federal government lobbying efforts throughout the turbulent period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 15, 2021

During the 2020 lockdown I started a podcast – in 2021 we are revisiting those chats. Lena Malouf grew up in …

June 15, 2021

While training at the William Angliss Institute Anne failed egg boiling but managed to run a catering business on the side. …

June 8, 2021

Event organisers are a responsive, take-it-in-your-stride type. Throughout the last 14 months we have found ways to continue meeting despite uncertainty …

June 7, 2021

You don’t expect page 7 of the Sunday Herald Sun ($) and the back page of the Sunday Age to be …

June 7, 2021

As Victorians enter week two of lockdown 4.0 I became aware of massive failure and a missed opportunity. The failure We …

June 4, 2021

The organisers of the Australian Event Awards are providing an opportunity for a State, Territory, venue, government bodies or partnerships thereof …

June 3, 2021

Trina Butler is Senior Director, Global Accounts at HelmsBriscoe Trina works with clients in Legal, Medical, Corporate, High Tech, Government and …

June 2, 2021

IN 2020 there were no evens to cover so I took the opportunity to have a chat with industry colleagues. In …

June 1, 2021

The Victorian government’s announcement of $20m in Event Assistance is a modest, but long needed, step in the right direction.   …

May 31, 2021

We all have memoires of the childhood story of the Little Engine That Could who pushed to get over the mountain …

May 28, 2021

The Acting Premier of Victoria James Merlino has just announced a seven day ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown of Victoria. The lockdown covers “Hotels, …

May 27, 2021

How exhibitions drive economic recovery by enabling growth and recovery is the key theme for this year’s Global Exhibitions Day 2 …

May 25, 2021

In 2020 I did a series of interviews for a podcast series. The idea was to get to know the back …

May 24, 2021

Someone has to come out and say this so it might as well be me. Time to say enough of the …

May 24, 2021

The latest budget papers show that over the next year the Victorian government will give $10.2 million to Melbourne Convention Bureau …

May 21, 2021

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) welcomes the Victorian Government’s commitment to long-term investment in Victoria’s Business Events Program through the announcement of …

May 21, 2021

At Wednesday’s hearing of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Support for the Tourism and Events Sectors, we heard Norwest CEO Matt …

May 21, 2021

Yet again the exhibition and event industry has been left wondering what they have to do to get recognition and any …

May 18, 2021

To celebrate 20 years of publication in 2020 I set out to interview 20 interesting people in our industry and this …

May 17, 2021

Exactly one year ago today, we were advised that Australia had moved up to 12th place in the world for hosting …

May 13, 2021

In March and April 2021, the Australian Event Awards Team reached out to the industry across the country for input about …

May 11, 2021

Originally from Perth, David moved to Sydney with dreams of being a successful rock musician. When that didn’t eventuate he became …

May 10, 2021

This week I’m back to reviewing the COVID situation – How it affects us personally and how it is affecting events. …

May 7, 2021

Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) CEO, Andrew Hiebl, expressed the key role that the health sector will play in the …

May 7, 2021

The tragic preventable death of 44 Israeli citizens during their religious celebrations is just another link in the long ugly chain …

May 7, 2021

The exhibition industry has been one of, if not the worst affected industries as a result of Covid. Unable to operate …

May 5, 2021

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA), calls for the Commonwealth Government to extend the money available under the Business …

May 5, 2021

Music industry charity Support Act is encouraging anyone working professionally in music across the arts and who is in financial difficulty …

May 4, 2021

In March 2020 our industry was shut down and so most of us who could still work, did so from home. …

May 3, 2021

NEA Emerge Meet Up is not about feeling dwelling on negativity, it’s about putting in place positive actions to rebuild and …

April 21, 2021

Tourism Australia’s specialist business events unit, Business Events Australia, has today made a series of announcements to further bolster the Australian …

April 16, 2021

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan …

April 16, 2021

My name is Simon Thewlis. I’ve proudly been a member of the event industry in Victoria for 39 years – including …

April 14, 2021

At 10am this morning (Wednesday) Simon Thewlis from Save Victorian Events will be appearing, along with Tiny Good from ShowTech Australia …

April 14, 2021

Melbourne Convention Bureau has announced today a new funding initiative to encourage interstate organisations to hold their events in Australia’s event’s …

April 9, 2021

Professor Joe Goldblatt  reviews The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker. Professor Goldblatt is the author, co – author and editor …

April 9, 2021

There is no question one of the biggest unspoken impacts of the pandemic was on health and mental well-being. Expertise Events …

April 6, 2021

The cancellation of Bluesfest is devastating for so many in our industry. Sadly, it is just one of the many events …

April 6, 2021

It’s not just COVID.  The industry is tearing itself apart as well. In scenes reminiscent of the shutdown of the 2020 …

April 1, 2021

The National Events Alliance (NEA) today has released its logo, vision, mission and objectives for the future. The National Events Alliance …

April 1, 2021

As JobKeeper ended on 28 March, the latest insights published by the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) highlight the difficult situation that …

April 1, 2021

Report to members by Chris Porter, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Tourism Industry Council As Victorians prepare to embark …

April 1, 2021

The revelation from BECA that only $8 million from the $50 million Business Events Grant Program has even been earmarked for …

March 31, 2021

March 28 has now passed and so too has JobKeeper, the vital support mechanism that supported the Business Events Industry over …

March 31, 2021

On the day Job Keeper is removed and Qld goes into lockdown again, we are already hearing about redundancies within our …

March 30, 2021

In 1996 the people of Australia were jubilant over having won the right to host the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in …

March 22, 2021

Yesterday, a group of event industry suppliers – led by Damian De Jong from Action Events – organised for 40 branded …

March 19, 2021

A large number of Events Industry people are driving their trucks and signwritten vehicles down to Parliament House, Spring Street Melbourne, …

March 16, 2021

It’s now just on one year since Friday 13 March 2020 when not even the Village People could stop what was …

March 16, 2021

I bet most people in our industry can remember exactly where we were on Friday 13th March when the PM announced …

March 13, 2021

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) ​acknowledges the announcement from the Federal Government yesterday in relation to the changes to the Business …

March 13, 2021

The Federal Government’s latest tourism package to support tourism and the flow onto restaurants, bars, taxis, supermarkets etc. is another on …

March 12, 2021

Even though business events – worth $35.7 billion per year – account for one third of the tourism sector, the Event …

March 12, 2021

This year, Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre (MCEC) celebrates its 25th anniversary. It also follows a year like no other. Peter King …

March 9, 2021

I took a break since Christmas and like many in our industry I had to reassess what my businesses are doing. …

March 8, 2021

In today’s announcement of business support Victoria’s decimated Event Industry missed out yet again.We saw another $24.9 million go to licensed …

February 22, 2021

The Australian Open needs to happen as it is an event that encapsulates the tourism, hospitality and events industries here in Victoria which have been, and still are, severely depleted by the pandemic.

January 29, 2021

In 2020, the events industry quickly adapted to survive. Virtual interactions became the norm, from Zoom calls to full animated avatar …

December 15, 2020

Robyn Johnson’s announcement that she is leaving MEA got me to thinking about the number of industry associations most of us …

October 15, 2020

After 9 months of watching, learning, and quite frankly just existing in this COVID-19 world, I’m finally at the point where I can say ‘it is what it is,’ and I just have to accept what this means for us as a company, a city and an industry as a whole.

October 15, 2020

The Events and Exhibitions Industry identifies inconsistencies in the government’s definitions and calls for the persons limit to be changed in …

September 16, 2020

Gary Fitz-Roy MD of Expertise Events asks what is the daily number of COVID cases within a State that allows us to resume events.

August 12, 2020

It is important for the business events industry to show the way when it comes to creating association conferences.  MEA had …

July 17, 2020

Security firms are in the spotlight again after being blamed for the latest COVID outbreak in Victoria. This should come as …

July 14, 2020

Scotland, and Edinburgh in particular, has a lively festival and event program that is often seen as an inspiration for Australia. …

July 6, 2020

On the weekend I visited a few venues in Sydney.   First up, the MCA, where a steady flow of people …

July 1, 2020

Dormant, billion dollar white elephant venues, thousands out of work or on Jobkeeper, and hundreds of events being cancelled every week, …

June 24, 2020

Spectacular. Iconic. Historic.  These are the kind of friendly adjectives often deployed to describe ‘hallmark’ or ‘mega’ events – perhaps best …

June 10, 2020

Live Performance Australia has developed a $345 million plan to help the live performance industry restart, rebuild and reopen for audiences …

June 10, 2020

It is important for the event industry to be at the forefront of event design, technology and presentation. It is also …

June 3, 2020

So far the federal government has only published a Three Step Framework for Recovery Now the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry …

June 3, 2020

The recent announcement of the $250 million support package for the arts community is wonderful news, but has again highlighted that …

June 2, 2020

When I was a young man, my first real job was working in a theme park entitled Six Flags Over Texas …

May 24, 2020

Peter Jones shares his thoughts on how corporate, fundraising or awards dinners might look under the current social distancing proposals. Your …

May 20, 2020

Alan Joyce is proposing that Qantas can resume services with full aircraft.   Let’s extrapolate that option to the event industry. Joyce …

May 20, 2020
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