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January 28, 2021
In this issue
Matt Pearce says we need an injection of confidence
Two Canberra event profs make Australia Day Honours List
Hello 2021!
Anna Hayward departs Auckland Convention Bureau
Young Gun - Mathew Lee

Matt Pearce says we need an injection of confidence
By Joyce DiMascio
He’s one of the most dynamic and commercially savvy leaders in the business events industry. And he’s invested lots of his time promoting the “greater good” of our sector. Yet this week he had to announce the difficult but necessary decision to defer the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) from 2021 until 2022.
AIME is not just any event, it’s the business event of the business events industry and the news of its deferral strikes another blow to our industry which is looking for opportunities to stand on its own two feet and restart.
Matt Pearce, director and founder of Talk2 Media spoke to Joyce DiMascio about what led to the show’s postponement and also how he sees the current state of the industry.
Read the story here. 
Two Canberra event profs make Australia Day Honours List
By Laura Bradley
Two event professionals from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) made the Australia Day Honours List this year: Allan Williams and Stephen Byron.
Allan Williams was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to business tourism, and to the community”.
Formerly chair of the Canberra Convention Bureau (CCB), the now retired Williams boasts a lengthy career in tourism and conventions. Most notably, he forged a career in the aviation industry with the now defunct carrier TAA, then with Australian Airlines and finally Qantas.
Stephen Byron, who is the CEO of Canberra Airport, received a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. A former member of the CCB board, Mr Byron was recognised for advocating aviation, tourism and social interests in Canberra and across Australia.
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Anna Hayward departs Auckland Convention Bureau
After 13 ½ years in the role, head of the Auckland Convention Bureau Anna Hayward has announced her departure.
In a LinkedIn post, Ms Hayward said she will be moving from Auckland to joint-manage Wai-iti Beach Retreat with her husband.
“It has been such a privilege in this role and [working with] the amazing, talented people I have met domestically and internationally,” she said.
“I wish you all much success in 2021 and hope to see you in Taranaki sometime soon.”
Anna was the recipient of the Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Outstanding Achievement Award in 2018, and in the same year was named as one of micenet’s Exceptional Women in Business Events. You can read the piece here. 
Young Gun - Mathew Lee
This week we're venturing out of the ballroom and into the kitchen to speak with sous chef at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) Mathew Lee.
This young gun has a progressive approach towards both banquetting and the direction he believes the events industry should head in. He told us the biggest lessons he's learnt during Covid, the advice he'd give his younger self and his most embarrassing event moment.
Click here to read his responses.
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