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News from February 2015

Positively Wellington Venues hosts Webstock 2015

Over 850 web designers, developers and industry leaders from across America, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand descended on the Michael Fowler Centre and St James Theatre in Wellington on 16th February 2015 for the annual Webstock Conference. Both venues are part of Positively Wellington Venues. The four-day event is the result of Natasha Lampard, Mike Brown, Deb Sidelinger and Ben Lampard’s desire to create a conference that inspires and educates all those working in the digital sphere…

Re-imagining AIME for a brand new future

With Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) 2015 set to open tomorrow, the Melbourne-based event has officially launched a new direction. Set to completely change the way AIME is experience, no longer will the Expo be confined to just two days. Moving forward, AIME will be year-round experience as it reaches out to its community to execute its three key pillars of Networking, Business and Education. The AIME community is comprised of Exhibitors, Buyers and Visitors. At…

Navigating the Internet of Things Summit registrations now open

Registrations are now open for the Navigating the Internet of Things Summit. Held on 26 March 2015 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra, the Summit will focus on Transformation and the impact of ubiquitous and intelligent connectivity on the economy, society, business and government. The Navigating the Internet of Things Summit will explore three key themes: Transforming the Physical Economy and Built Environment

AIME Registrations Closing Soon

There are only a few days left to register for free for the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meeting Expo (AIME). Taking place on 24 – 25 march at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, AIME is the annual even of the Business Events industry. AIME was recently named Best Exhibition at the Australian Event Awards and is geared towards those involved in organising travel, businesses events and meetings, incentives, conferences or special events. Attendance at the event is free if delegates…

Innovation awards now open

Nominations are now open for the 2015 iAwards. There are five domains and 16 categories open for nomination, plus the Hills Young Innovator of the Year for people under 25. The iAwards aims to cultivate, communicate and celebrate excellent in Australian innovation at both the state and national level, as well as help individuals and organisers to build their capacity and confidence to shape the future of Australia. Last year’s winner of the Hills Young Innovator of the Year, Elliot…

Taste of New Zealand coming to AIME 2015

AIME 2015 is expected a big influx of New Zealanders with Conventions & Incentives NZ (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) leading a contingent from across the Tasman. New CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan will be updating AIME media and buyers on the latest developments around New Zealand, including the four new convention centres being planned for Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington and Auckland. “New Zealand I moving to the next level as it works to become a major player in the international…

ICCPM and IPMA renew alliance to strengthen project management capability globally

The International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) have signed a renewal of their alliance agreement. This document will support both organisations in their aim of strengthening the project management profession. The alliance between ICCPM and IPMA allows the organisations to further each other’s mission and objectives through reciprocal exchanges such as publications, research and events. It also enables a spirit…

Winning Canberra Convention Centre design described as "futuristic"

The winners of the competition to design Canberra’s new convention centre on City Hill have been announced as Guida Moseley Brown Architects and Rome-based architect Massimilano Fuksas, but Chief Minister Andrew Barr admitted the convention centre, if it is built, might not look anything like the winning design. Mr Bar said the distinctive, futuristic design would give only “a sense of the sort of building” that could come to fruition. The design, which beat seven other proposals, will…

Warwick Ragg appointed CEO of Natroad

As Chris Melham leaves Natroad to take up the CEO position at the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), Warwick Ragg has been appointed CEO at Natroad. Mr Ragg has more than 20 years experience working in member-based industry associations, including 11 years as Australian Forest Growers CEO and a senior position at the New South Wales Farmers Association. President Geoff Crouch said the selection process found some excellent candidates. “The appointment of Warwick was the culmination…

AIME 2015 Visitor Registration now open

AIME (Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo), on 24 and 25 February, is the must attend event for those planning meetings, conferences, or special events. With the best Knowledge Program of the Business Events Industry, Visitors are invited to apply today to avoid missing out on the best internationally renowned speakers. To find out more and secure free entry to the event, register for a Visitor pass on the AIME website here.

I-COM Global Summit Deadline Extended

I-COM has extended the deadline for entry into some of the award categories at their Global Summit. The Data Creativity Awards and Data Venture Challenge award categories are now open until February 13, 2015. The Summit itself will be held in San Sebastian on April 27 - 30, 2015. The Data Creativity Awards aims to acknowledge the most creative people and companies in achieving business value and competitive advantage for their clients by…

Ruth Webber appointed CEO at Down Syndrome Australia

Ruth Webber has been appointed CEO of Down Syndrome Australia. Ms Webber has previously worked for many years in politics as a campaigner, policy advertiser, political party official and Senator for Western Australia. Since then, she has advised a number of not-for-profit organisations. Ms Webber is currently Deputy President of the Mental Illness Fellowship of WA and has service on several boards, including Carers WA, Women’s Health Words and the ArtSound FM radio station. Ms…

CINZ MEETINGS back for 19th year in 2015

New Zealand business events trade exhibition, Conventions and Incentives NZ (CINZ) MEETINGS, will return for its 19th year in June 2015. Promising bigger business opportunities and an expanded program, CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan said the growth was expected to continue as the country’s business events sector expands. Over NZ$50 million was written at CINZ MEETINGS 2014. The event will be staged across two large pavilions at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on June 10 and 11, 2015. The…

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Completed

The new Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley facility has reached completion. The $6 million conference and event centre is the largest in NSW north of Sydney and features two conference rooms, 650 square metres of adjoining exhibition space, eight meeting rooms and 316 onsite accommodation rooms. “The new Conference and Exhibition Centre will position the Hunter Valley as a leading Australian conference and events destination,” said Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley General Manager Robert Coates. “We…

Biometrics Institute pushes trust-building agenda

The Biometrics Institute has initiated a feasibility study for a Biometrics Institute Trust Mark. The study will aim to create a simple model that Biometrics Institute members can sign up to and utilise to balance against the rigour and credibility of the Trust Mark. “The feasibility study will provide a landscape scan and road map for implementing the Biometrics Institute Trust Mark,” said the Hon. Terry Aulich, Head of the Biometrics Institute’s Privacy Expert Group. “The Trust Mark…

ADIA passes 10,000 Facebook followers

The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) has reinforced its reputation in the not-for-profit sector as a leader in communications management and developing online communities. By surpassing 10,000 followers on Facebook, the ADIA has become a useful communication tool for the dental community, regardless of geographical location. ADIA CEO Troy Williams said he felt the power of Facebook and online communities were working well for the Association. “It is an effective way to connect…

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