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28 Jul 2017

Business Events Survey Finds That Skills Shortages Are Impacting Industry

The AACB partnered with Meetings & Events Australia and Exhibitions and Events Association of Australasia to formulate a skills shortage survey of the business events industry. AACB CEO, Andrew Hiebl said "We look forward to working collaboratively with the business events industry to remedy the skills shortages impacting this broad and dynamic sector. Through this research, we aim [...]

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26 Jun 2017

Business Events Meets Parliament

Media Release on behalf of the Business Events Council of Australia Business Events leaders and members of the Business Events Council of Australia last week met with parliamentarians at the Business Events Meets Parliament bipartisan Friends of Tourism luncheon held at Parliament House. The event was attended by politicians from both sides of politics [...]

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21 Jun 2017

Business Events Leadership Descends Upon Canberra

Media Release on behalf of the Business Events Council of Australia Leaders of the Business Events industry have visited Canberra to engage with Federal Parliamentarians and senior departmental officials as part of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) Business Events Meets Parliament program, taking place today. The event commenced last night [...]

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07 Jun 2017

AACB Supports Global Exhibitions Day

Today, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has expressed its support for Global Exhibitions Day, highlighting the role that convention bureaux play in attracting exhibitions to Australia. The AACB’s latest market intelligence indicates that a total of 146 international business events with an exhibition component were secured on the Forward Calendar (at January [...]

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01 Jun 2017

Tourism Australia and Qantas Continue to Invest in Industry's Future

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is proud to announce its continued partnership with Tourism Australia and Qantas in delivering the AACB Staff Scholarship for 2017/18, offering a middle to senior level convention bureau staff member the opportunity to demonstrate their professional commitment to the business events industry by delivering a project which highlights innovat [...]

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10 May 2017

Federal Budget Missed Opportunity: Bid Fund Remains a Priority for the Business Events Industry

CANBERRA: The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has expressed its disappointment in last night’s Federal Budget, flagging the missed opportunity to invest in the business events industry by establishing a national convention bid fund. The bid fund remains a high priority for the business events industry given the latest International Congress and Convention Assoc [...]

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06 Apr 2017

Convention Bureaux Drive Growth in Forward Calendar

CANBERRA: The number of international business events attracted to Australia by convention bureaux is increasing, but there is scope to strengthen our market share, according to the latest industry analysis which has been released to coincide with Global Meetings Industry Day today. The analysis is contained in the new International Business Events Forward Calendar, which has been produ [...]

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05 Apr 2017

AACB Announces 2017 Young Professional Scholarship Winner

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) and Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) are pleased to congratulate Sasha Andersen of the Melbourne Convention Bureau as the winner of the MEA Young Professional Scholarship. Sasha is responsible for looking after the Incentive and Corporate Meetings sector as a Sales Executive, promoting and marketing Melbourne as a leading busi [...]

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17 Mar 2017

New Update Further Demonstrates Economic Contribution to Australia by Business Events Industry

Media Release on behalf of Business Events Council of Australia 17 March 2017  NEW UPDATE FURTHER DEMONSTRATES ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION TO AUSTRALIA BY BUSINESS EVENTS INDUSTRY The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has released an update of its 2013/14 study on the value of the business events industry to Australia’s economy. [...]

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17 Mar 2017

MEA Partners with Industry Associations on Survey of Events Industry Skills Shortage

  Media Release on behalf of Meetings & Events Australia 17 March 2017 For immediate release MEETINGS & EVENTS AUSTRALIA PARTNERS WITH INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS ON SURVEY OF EVENTS INDUSTRY SKILLS SHORTAGE Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) is co [...]

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09 Mar 2017

Business Events to be in Foreign Policy White Paper

CANBERRA: The importance of business events to the Australian economy and the role they play in international diplomacy should be formally recognised in Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper, according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB). In its presentation to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the AACB aligned the following recommendations with [...]

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13 Feb 2017

AACB Appoints Marketing and Communications Executive

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is delighted to announce the appointment of Annika Hofsink as Marketing & Communications Executive. In the pursuit of promoting the business events industry’s contribution to the Australian economy, the AACB has hired a communications professional to join the team based in Canberra. Annika has invaluable knowledge [...]

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09 Feb 2017

Business Events Policy Recommendations delivered to Australian Government

The business events segment of the tourism industry can help grow the Australian economy with the assistance of a series of targeted public policy measures, according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB). The policy proposals are contained in the 2017-18 Pre-Budget Submission of the AACB, the principal representative body for the business events industry. [...]

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22 Nov 2016

New Analysis of Australia's International Business Events Industry

Fresh analysis of the business events industry has found delegates attending international meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions in Australia will spend more than $750 million across the next decade. However, the analysis, which forms part of the industry’s forward calendar that has just been released by the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), also sho [...]

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14 Sep 2016

Growth Predicted for Business Events

Australia is well placed to secure an even greater share of international business events, despite the highly-competitive nature of this market. This has been one of the key outcomes of the 27th Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Conference which has been held in Brisbane. “While there are ongoing challenges, including greater scrutiny governments across A [...]

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13 Sep 2016

AACB Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) and IMEX Group are pleased to announce Ms Sue Calwell and Mr Jon Hutchison AM as the AACB Hall of Fame inductees for 2016. The induction ceremony took place at the AACB’s Annual Conference gala dinner held at Victoria Park, Brisbane on 9 September. The AACB [...]

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13 Sep 2016

Cairns Innovation Voted Best by Australia's Convention Bureaux

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is pleased to announce Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef (BEC&GBR) as the winner of the AACB’s Innovation Award for 2015/16. The award was announced at the AACB Annual Conference gala dinner held at Victoria Park, Brisbane on 9 September. AACB CEO Andrew Hiebl said, “We had three bureaux compete for th [...]

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13 Sep 2016

Samantha Thompson Awarded AACB Staff Scholarship

Samantha Thompson, Business Development Manager of Gold Coast Business Events has been awarded with the prestigious AACB Staff Scholarship for 2016/17. The scholarship was announced at the AACB Annual Conference gala dinner held at Victoria Park, Brisbane on 9 September. The scholarship is designed to offer middle to senior level bureau staff an opportunity to demonstrate their professi [...]

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08 Sep 2016

Supporting Australian Business Events on the World Stage

Additional support from the Federal Government for the business events industry has been welcomed by the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB). The support has come in the form of a successful reception at the Australian High Commission in London for Australian convention bureaux and heads of European associations and companies who have previously held, or have planned to [...]

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07 Sep 2016

New Minister Headlines Business Events Conference

Collaboration in the business events industry will be the focus of the 27th Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Conference, which commences in Brisbane this evening. The conference features national and international speakers, headlined by Australia’s new Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Keith Pitt MP. “Business events is [...]

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19 Jul 2016

Business Events Industry Welcomes New Ministry

Further recognition of the importance of the business events industry to the Australian economy is set to be one of the many benefits of the new federal ministry. The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) said the formal acknowledgement of tourism alongside trade and investment responsibilities is a welcome move. “The business events industry congratulates th [...]

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08 Jun 2016

Conventions and Exhibitions Key to Medical Research

In a submission to the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board’s research and innovation strategy this week, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) outlined its view that medical research relies on the collaboration between researchers and academics that takes place at international conventions and exhibitions. The advisory board is reviewing the prioritie [...]

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31 May 2016

Business Events Infrastructure is Vital for Tourism

Recognition of the importance of business events infrastructure to tourism by the Federal Opposition is a significant positive development, according to the business events industry. Convention centres were specifically listed as being eligible for funding under a “Northern Australia Tourism Infrastructure Fund”, which would be established if Labor wins the upcoming Fed [...]

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18 May 2016

Worrying Slide in Australia's Business Events Ranking

Policies which attract more conventions and exhibitions to Australia should be a priority for all political parties to reverse a worrying decline in Australia’s business events industry. That’s the message from the principal representative body for the business events industry, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) which comes on the back of Australia [...]

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09 May 2016

AACB Welcomes Barnett Investment in Business Events

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), welcomes yesterday’s announcement by Premier Colin Barnett and Treasurer Mike Nahan to reverse the funding cut proposed for the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) by reinstating $3.15 million, and adding a further $7.55 million across the forward estimates. AACB CEO, Andrew Hiebl said, “This is an investment not just i [...]

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04 May 2016

Funding Certainty for Tourism Australia Good for Business Events

A modest increase in the funding for Tourism Australia is a welcome sign in yesterday’s federal budget according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB). The 2016-17 budget contained an increase for Tourism Australia taking funding commitments to $629.4 million over the forward four years. “Investing in tourism is a smart decision by the [...]

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20 Apr 2016

AACB Commends Tourism Australia for Innovative Approach

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) congratulates Tourism Australia for showcasing Australia’s genius to the world at IMEX Frankfurt. 18 Australian business events products and destinations, including six convention bureaux, have come together on the Australia stand to target international incentive and association buyers at one of the largest business eve [...]

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15 Apr 2016

Simpler Visa Rules a Boost for Australia's Business Events Industry

The announcement in Shanghai today of simpler visitor visa rules for Chinese citizens is a welcome move that will make Australia more attractive to this key market for business events, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), said today. Federal tourism minister, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, officially announced the trial of online visa applications in Mandarin [...]

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14 Apr 2016

AACB Kicks off Global Meetings Industry Day with a New Report

Australia’s key representative body for the business events industry, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) kicked off Global Meetings Industry Day today by delivering a copy of its Forward Calendar report to the nation’s parliament in Canberra. AACB CEO Andrew Hiebl presented a copy of the report to staff of tourism minister Senator Richard Colbeck, w [...]

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10 Mar 2016

AACB Commends Bureau Backing

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), commends Opposition Leader, Mark McGowan, on his pledge to invest $5 million per annum in the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) if WA Labor wins office at next year’s state election.   [...]

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17 Feb 2016

AACB Congratulates New Minister for Trade and Investment

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), congratulates the Hon Steven Ciobo MP on his appointment as Minister for Trade and Investment. AACB CEO, Andrew Hiebl said, “Minister Ciobo is a friend of the business events sector, having pitched the most supportive policy package that the industry has seen in recent history during the 2010 federal election campaign as Sha [...]

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10 Dec 2015

Australian Meetings: Where Knowledge Happens

The National Innovation and Science Agenda is a crucial step in Australia's transformation into a knowledge economy, says the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. Welcoming the initiatives under the program, AACB chief executive Andrew Hiebl said meetings and exhibitions were at the heart of the ideas boom.  "Wherever fine minds meet, ideas are exchanged and busine [...]

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23 Sep 2015

AACB Congratulates New Minister for Tourism

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), congratulates Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck on his appointment as Minister for Tourism and International Education. With the business events sector in Australia currently worth $13 billion (Tourism Research Australia, year ending December 2014), the AACB is keen to work with the new Minist [...]

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22 Sep 2015

AACB Applauds South Appointment

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), applauds the appointment of Tony South as the new Chair of Tourism Australia’s Board. This follows the announcement by Andrew Robb as Minister for Trade and Investment on 16 September 2015.   With the ambitious Tourism 2020 goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to between $1 [...]

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18 Sep 2015

Inaugural Inductees of AACB Hall of Fame Announced

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) and IMEX Group are pleased to announce David Weston and David Hall as the inaugural AACB Hall of Fame inductees 2015. The induction ceremony occurred at AACB’s Staff Conference Gala Dinner in the Hunter Valley last Friday, 11 September. The AACB Hall of Fame was established to acknowledge AACB’s 30th anniversary and con [...]

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18 Sep 2015

Vibhor Pandey awarded AACB Staff Scholarship

Vibhor Pandey, Manager of Market Research and Lead Generation at Brisbane Convention Bureau, has been awarded with the prestigious AACB Staff Scholarship for 2015/16. The scholarship, co-sponsored by Tourism Australia and Qantas, was announced at the AACB Staff Conference last week. The scholarship is designed to offer middle to senior level bureau staff an opportunity to demonstrate th [...]

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18 Sep 2015

AIME partners with AACB for another successful conference

[from aime.com.au] The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), the leading business events trade show, has sponsored the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) annual conference, 9 – 11 September 2015, for the se [...]

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17 Sep 2015

Altogether Perfect win at AACB Staff Conference

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is pleased to announce Newcastle Convention Bureau through Altogether Perfect as the winner of AACB’s Innovation Award for 2014/15. The award was announced during the AIME Gala Dinner at Tempus Two, Hunter Valley. The award recognises new innovations that represent a significant transformation to bureau operations, technology [...]

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16 Sep 2015

AACB Sets Future Direction

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) held its Annual General Meeting last week where achievements were highlighted and the strategic plan for 2015-18 set. Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney, was re-elected as President of the AACB with the full support of the board. Ms Lewis-Smith thanked the AACB board and management for their efforts and ongoing commitme [...]

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08 Sep 2015

Hunter hosts peak industry conference this week, showcasing capacity of regions to host corporate events

[from Altogether Perfect] A key conference in the Hunter this week organised by Australia’s peak business events body will help reinforce the capacity for regional areas to host major conventions, according to the Altogether Perfect marketing group which won the conference for Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. [...]

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01 Sep 2015

Approved Bodies overlooked in 2015 EMDG Review

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is frustrated that Approved Bodies were overlooked in the 2015 review of the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) scheme. AACB Executive Director Andrew Hiebl said, “We have been vocal about our concern regarding changes made by Austrade over recent years through the application of Section 46 to Approved Bodies, which signi [...]

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26 Aug 2015

Business Events Missed Opportunity

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) expressed disappointment that the business events industry was not better represented in the Productivity Commission’s recent draft report, Barriers to Growth in Service Exports. AACB Executive Director Andrew Hiebl said, “The recommendations put forward in this report fail to identify business events as a key [...]

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19 Jun 2015

Developing Northern Australia... For Business Events

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), commends the Australian Government on its White Paper, Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future. AACB Executive Director, Andrew Hiebl said, “Pivoting Australia’s focus to the north will directly benefit the business events industry in destinations such as Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns, Townsville [...]

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02 Jun 2015

Tasmanian Government Backs Business Events

[Media release from Business Events Tasmania] Announced late last week as part of the Tasmanian budget 2015-16, the State Government pledged an additional $400,000 over four years to increase Tasmania’s share of the business events market. Following the an [...]

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02 Jun 2015

2015 IMEX Politicians Forum

This 2015 IMEX Politicians Forum gave politicians an essential insight and appreciation of how the benefits from meetings and events go well beyond valuable tourism revenue. It showed that by reaching into the fields of science, technology, education and regional commerce, the benefits are wide ranging and broadly integral to the economic development of a country, region or city.  [...]

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15 May 2015

Statement: Perth Convention Bureau Funding Cut

Statement from Andrew Hiebl, Executive Director of AACB The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux would be extremely disappointed if the announcement made by Western Australia’s State Treasurer resulted in an extreme 28% funding decrease for the Perth Convention Bureau. As the mining boom settles with the transition to production, tourism has been i [...]

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13 May 2015

Opportunity for Business Events in 2015 Federal Budget

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) welcomes the additional $36.7 million over the forward estimates for Tourism Australia’s international marketing activities. This increase ensures international marketing dollars keep pace with exchange rate fluctuations and maintains overseas purchasing power. “Safeguarding funding for international marketing is paramo [...]

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23 Apr 2015

Support up for events Down Under

[Source: TTGmice by Paige Lee Pei Qi] Australian business event players expect better outcomes from event bids now that the national government has committed to stronger support for the sector, writes Paige Lee Pei Qi Australia is not empowered to better pitch and bid for [...]

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22 Apr 2015

Australian Convention Bureaux Seek NEXTPractices

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) recently hosted a strategic-level workshop in Adelaide with AACB and its member bureaux to gather input for the DestinationNEXT scenario model and its phase 2 NEXTPractices. The workshop, attended by convention bureaux CEO’s, focused on t [...]

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10 Apr 2015

Business Events on the Radar

[From Business Events News] THE Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has put the business events sector on the radar of the Backbench Tourism Committee. Following a meeting at the end of last month with Federal Member for Bennelong John Alexander (pictured left), [...]

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11 Mar 2015

AACB Contributes to 2015 Review of the Export Market Development Grants Scheme

AACB has provided input to Australia’s 2015 review of the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme. The EMDG scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program through Austrade that supports the export of a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia. The [...]

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04 Mar 2015

Australian convention bureaux geared to crack Asia

[Source: Mix Meetings] The AACB announces a report that compels stronger relations with Asian convention market, writes Marisa Cannon This year’s AIME programme saw the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) share [...]

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23 Feb 2015

AACB welcomes EY report on the Value of Business Events to Australia

Today, the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) released a report by Ernst & Young (EY) highlighting that: Over 37 million people attended more than 412,000 business events across Australia in financial year 2013-14. This generated $28 billion in direct expenditure, 13.5 billion in direct value added, 179,357 direct jobs and $23.1 billion in total economic contribution (GDP). [...]

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22 Feb 2015

AACB takes AIME in 2015

All of AACB’s 15 city and regional convention bureaux members will take part in AIME 2015, from 24-25 February at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Australia’s convention bureaux and their member organisations will make a significant impact, taking up more than one third of the show’s floor space.  AACB will also be on show in 2015 at stand E716 – a first for [...]

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23 Jan 2015

Business Events to benefit from new air deal with China

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) congratulates Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure & Regional Development Warren Truss and Trade & Investment Minister Andrew Robb on today’s announcement of a new air deal with China. The new arrangements allow Australian and Chinese airlines to immediately increase capacity by 18% to 26,500 seats ea [...]

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10 Dec 2014

AACB presents on the value of Business Events to ACTE

The business events industry continues to gain momentum and recognition for the strategic and economic value contribution the sector makes to the Australian economy. AACB Executive Director, Andrew Hiebl, presented on the value of business events at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) conference in Sydney on 9 [...]

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27 Nov 2014

New Federal Government Framework For International Business Events Will Help Australia Pitch And Win On The Global Stage

The Australian Business Events sector, worth more than $13b a year to the economy, received a major boost on Thursday when the Federal Government entered into a formal partnership to assist the industry during the bidding and event delivery process. The Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, recognised international business events as an integral part of the gover [...]

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24 Nov 2014

AACB Presents Deloitte Report to the Productivity Commission

The Australian Government’s Productivity Commission has commenced a research project examining Australia’s international tourism industry – calling for comment. Objectives of the project are to examine trends, drivers and barriers to growth in the sector. The Association of Austral [...]

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20 Nov 2014

AACB Delivers Deloitte Report on Australia’s International Business Event Sector

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), in partnership with Deloitte Access Economics, has undertaken a robust study on the benefits of international business events. The study, Australia’s International Business Events Sector: The Economic and Strategic Value Proposition, highlights the sector’s contribution to the Australian economy and aims to in [...]

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13 Nov 2014

Business Events Victoria joins the ranks of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux

MEDIA RELEASE BY BUSINESS EVENTS VICTORIA: Business Events Victoria (BEV) is proud to announce its ongoing commitment to leadership in the business events industry [...]

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02 Oct 2014

AACB Staff Scholarship: A Commitment to Excellence

Becky Hargrove, PR and Media Executive at the Northern Territory Convention Bureau, is the recipient of the 2014/15 AACB Staff Scholarship.  T [...]

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22 Sep 2014

Australian Convention Bureaux in China

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), through its members including Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, Business Events Sydney, Gold Coast Business Events and Northern Territory Convention Bureau, took part in CIBTM 17-19 September in Beijing, China. “The economic opportunity for international business events i [...]

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16 Sep 2014

Future Direction Outlined at AACB Annual General Meeting

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) recently held its Annual General Meeting where future actions were highlighted and office holders were elected. Stuart Nettlefold, CEO of Business Events Tasmania was re-elected as Vice President and Simon Ambrose, CEO of Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd was newly elected as Treasurer.  Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business E [...]

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15 Sep 2014

$100,000 Boost for Greater Hunter Region with Convention Win

MEDIA RELEASE BY ALTOGETHER PERFECT: An organisation launched earlier this year to attract more business events to Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley has scored its first major win with confirmation of a 2015 convention worth up to $100,000 for the region. The Association of Australian Convention Bure [...]

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10 Sep 2014

Ministerial Recognition of Business Events Industry at 25th AACB Staff Conference

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) brought together top business events industry leaders and bureaux staff for the 25th annual staff conference from 27-29 August in the Whitsundays, Queensland. The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment said in a statement to conference delegates, “The business events sector runs deeply across my portfolio. I [...]

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26 Aug 2014

25th AACB Staff Conference Opens

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) 25th Annual Staff Conference opens on Wednesday, 27 August, at Daydream Island Resort & Spa.  The staff conference will build upon its 2013 theme of innovation. With Australia’s convention bureaux being seen as global leaders from a bidding and market [...]

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13 Jul 2014

Karen Bolinger, AACB Treasurer, on Switzer Daily

How is the strong Aussie dollar affecting the tourism trade? Karen Bolinger from Melbourne Convention Bureau, which will soon put on the largest health industry conference in Australia's history, joins Switzer TV. [...]

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27 May 2014

Innovation at the Centre of AACB Staff Conference

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) will hold its 25th annual staff conference in August 2014, continuing to build upon its 2013 theme of innovation. With Australia’s convention bureaux being seen as global leaders from a bidding and marketing perspective, a culture of innovative thinking must be supported in order to remain internationally competitive.     [...]

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14 May 2014

Visitor Economy Recognised as Part of Government's 'Economic Action Strategy' through Federal Budget

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) welcomes the move by Federal Government to protect Tourism Australia from tough budget cuts. Contrary to the recent Commission of Audit Report Recommendation 33(a) to halve funding for Tourism Australia, the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP has confirmed an increase for Tourism Australia in the 2014 Federal Budg [...]

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17 Apr 2014

Australia: Open for Business

Opinion by Andrew Hiebl, Executive Director Most political analysts have stated that the week of 7-13 April 2014 has been the Australian Government’s finest since coming to office in September 2013. With a pre-election vision of strengthening trade and investment relationships into Asia, actions have spoken louder than words, signalling that Australia is open for [...]

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03 Apr 2014

AACB Joins Australian PM and Minister for Trade and Investment for Shanghai Launch

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) will join the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb AO in Shanghai from 9 to11 April to take part in Australia Week in China (AWIC) activities, which will continue to develop relationships in market, resulting in Asian business for Australia. Lyn Lewis-Smith, President of AACB says, [...]

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01 Mar 2014

Politics in the Business Events Arena

Opinion by Andrew Hiebl, Executive Director Cast yourself back to the morning of Saturday, 7 September 2013. What were you doing? What was your plan of attack for the day ahead? As the date in question was the Australian Federal Election, I’m sure that you were debating who to vote for. Assuming that most readers are either directly or indirectly connected [...]

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20 Jan 2014

Australia: Well Placed for International Success

Opinion by Andrew Hiebl, Executive Director In terms of international business events, Australia punches well above its weight. Given our geographic challenges in relation to access from Europe and the US, to be ranked 13th in the world according to the International Congress & Convention Association’s (ICCA) Country and City Rankings Report 2012 (and as high [...]

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