micenet February - Marcxh 2019
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April 11, 2019
In this issue
When presenters go off brief
Opera House reaches high octave with new event rooms
AACB executive line-up gets a reshuffle
Wanna learn more about event tech?
EEAA gears up for annual roadshow
MEA back with all-new Evolve conference format
After its successful Brisbane annual meeting last week you might find it hard to believe that just a few short years ago Meetings & Events was struggling with memberships in Queensland, with member numbers apparently reducing.
But as MEA Chair Anne Jamieson said at the conference start, there was a 15 per cent increase in registrations for the Evolve conference and the association had welcomed 135 new members over the past 12 months, no doubt some coming from the Sunshine State.
Definitely there was an energy at the meeting which had strong industry support (in terms of sponsors) and plenty of session takeaways.
MEA found a new star MC in the form of Kerry “Nigel” Domann and the overall program was boosted by some international guests including CEO of Ireland’s St Patrick’s Festival, Susan Kirby.
There were plenty of highs and very few lows. Full report in the next edition of micenet.
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When presenters go off brief
A new phrase was born at MEA’s Evolve 2019 conference that can now be used to describe when any keynote speaker seemingly ignores the brief and chooses to talk about whatever it is they want to talk about - `THE BOURIS’.
Speaking on day one of the conference, Mark Bouris was due to present a talk on `Accepting the Challenge… Strategies for Success in Tough, Competitive Markets’. Instead, his presentation was more like a manifesto on the underrated value of small business in Australia.
So many were looking forward to the presentation but it seems not a lot were satisfied at its conclusion with a speaker rating on the conference APP recording a score of two-and-half-stars out of a possible five.
So next time your conference keynote drifts well away from their advertised topic why not just say: “He’s done a Bouris” or “She’s having a Bouris” or “That presentation was absolute Bouris”.
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Opera House reaches high octave with new event rooms
It’s the news that has event profs across the city singing. The Sydney Opera House has cut the ribbon to its hotly anticipated function and events centre, the Yallamundi Rooms. With a moniker meaning ‘storyteller’ in the local Sydney Indigenous language, the Yallamundi Rooms are the manifested vision of renowned architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer.
The space offers sweeping views across Sydney Harbour, and can cater for up to 400 cocktail-style or 180 seated. Several room configurations are available. The opening marks the completion of the latest major project in the building’s $273 million program of renewals.
AACB executive line-up gets a reshuffle
In light of Karen Bolinger resigning from the Melbourne Convention Bureau and consequently from her positions as director and President of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), the association has announced a restructure of its leadership team.
CEO of the Canberra Convention Bureau Michael Matthews will take up the President role, and said he will continue raising the profile of the business events industry as an economic driver in Australia. In addition, CEO of the Adelaide Convention Bureau Damien Kitto has been appointed vice President, CEO of Brisbane Marketing Brett Fraser will assume the treasurer role and CEO of BESydney Lyn Lewis-Smith has been announced as immediate past President.
Wanna learn more about event tech?
If you’ve got no plans today at 1:30 pm, you may want to take part in the PCOA webinar on the top three event tech trends. Facilitated by digital events whiz at Redback Sara Gonzalez, the half-hour webinar will explore how you can apply live streaming and polling, chatbots and artificial intelligence and multi-use apps to your event in order to stay ahead of the pack.
The webinar is free for PCOA members and $25 for non-members. To register, click here. 
EEAA gears up for annual roadshow
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is on the road this month, visiting members and stakeholders in Brisbane and Perth to provide an update on the work of the association and to hear from members in their home states.
Chief executive Joyce DiMascio will meet with key stakeholders in Western Australia, including state minister for tourism The Hon. Paul Papalia, and the the association will afterwards host a board meeting and member roundtable in Queensland. We hope they have a killer road trip play list that includes a lot of Queen.
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  • Michael Davey re-joins Microhire as creative director
  • Rydges Southbank Convention Centre Townsville re-opens with an upgrade
  • Best Western Alpine Hotel opens in Christchurch
  • voco Gold Coast is offering up free meeting rooms
  • New day buyer initiative for CINZ MEETINGS 2019
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