Australian convention bureaux staff convene in Brisbane

8th Sep, 2016

The latest insights into the meetings sector will be aired in Brisbane as staff from Australia’s convention bureaux convene for their 27th annual flagship meeting from 7-9 September.

To be held at the Emporium Hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Conference is attracting leading bureau staff and industry representatives from around the country.

The conference theme of “Collaboration: Better Together” will focus on collaboration within and outside of the sector along with the latest ideas and thoughts on professional development, innovation and research.

This year’s event is being hosted by the Brisbane Convention Bureau, and General Manager Rob Nelson said the event featured an impressive line-up of presenters.

AACBWe’re delighted to hear from experienced industry leaders such as Mantra Group CEO Bob East, AEG Ogden CEO Harvey Lister, Star Entertainment Group Queensland Managing Director Geoff Hogg and Emergent CEO Holly Ransom,” Mr Nelson said.

“We’ll also receive presentations from Brisbane’s Chief Digital Officer Cat Matson and Peak Teams Director Ian Schuback. We’re looking forward to hearing industry insights from the experts and taking the opportunity to network with our industry peers.”

AACB CEO Andrew Hiebl said: “Convention bureaux, as true public-private partnerships, by their very nature rely on successful collaboration.

“In order to bid for business events or market a destination, convention bureaux must work closely with their stakeholders in the tourism and events supply chain as well as governments at all levels.

“Australian convention bureaux are global leaders from a bidding and marketing perspective. It is essential we continue to support a strong culture of leadership and staff development that ensures bureaux remain internationally competitive.”   

The annual staff conference helps drive knowledge transfer and the professional development of bureau staff. It provides a unique opportunity for competitors in the same industry to network, share ideas, discuss trends and issues and work collaboratively on growing the overall business events market in Australia.

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