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EEAA announce finalists in industry excellence awards

EEAA announce finalists in industry excellence awards
October 31, 2016

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced the finalists for the Association’s 2016 Awards for Excellence, congratulating the highest achievers in the exhibition and event sector.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said Organiser, Association Organiser, Venue and Supplier finalists are a step closer to becoming recognised as the best in the industry with all category winners being announced at a gala dinner to be held as an official test event at the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) on Wednesday 30th November following the EEAA 2016 Conference.

DiMascio explained “the panel of 32 independent judges assessed the submissions against the criteria and have commended the standard of entries in 2016.

“There was close to a 20% increase in the number of award entries. With the increased number of entries, it has made the competition even tougher.”

DiMascio said the new category recognising Best Association Event was well supported with high quality entries from both Association Organisers and Organisers on behalf of their Association partners/clients.

In addition, The Richard Geddes Young Achiever category attracted eight nominees and EEAA commended those companies who have put the spotlight on their outstanding young team members.

DiMascio added “to those who have not made the finalists list, we thank you for presenting your achievements and supporting the EEAA Awards for Excellence program.”

The EEAA 2016 Awards for Excellence finalists are:

Best Consumer Show over 10,000 metre²
Moreton Bay Caravan, Camping, Boating & 4X4 Expo 2016 - Australian Events
National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
Royal Melbourne Show - Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria
Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2016 - Reed Exhibitions Australia
PAX Australia 2015 - Reed Exhibitions Australia
Best Trade Show under 10,000 metre²
Foodservice Australia - Specialised Events
2016 Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
2016 Irrigation Australia International Conference & Exhibition - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
Hair Expo Australia 2016 - Reed Exhibitions Australia
Food Technology Queensland - Diversified Communications Australia
Best Trade Show over 10,000 metre²
Fine Food Australia - Diversified Communications Australia
ADX16 - Australian Dental Industry Association
DesignBuild - Diversified Communications Australia
Integrate - Diversified Communications Australia
Décor + Design / Australian International Furniture Fair - Informa Australia
Australasian Gaming Expo - Gaming Technologies Association
Best Association Event 
33rd National Conference and Exhibition of the Dietitians Association of Australia - Arinex
AGHA Melbourne Gift Fair 2016 - Australian Gift & Homewares Association
PAX Australia 2015 for IGEA - Reed Exhibitions Australia
ADX16 - Australian Dental Industry Association
Best Custom Stand 
Planit Stand at AWISA 2016 - ExpoNet
Schwarzkopf Professional Stand at Hair Expo Australia 2016 - Expocorp
Medtronic at WFITN 2015 - Designteam
Japan National Tourism Organisation at AIME 2016 - Decorative Events & Exhibitions
AWISA 2016 - Displaywise
Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign
Australian Triathlon, Endurance & Cycling Expo - Informa Australia
Fine Food Australia - Diversified Communications Australia
Hotel Career Expo - Zadro
Hair Expo Australia 2016 - Reed Exhibitions Australia
Best New Product or Service 
eSpeaker - Arinex
Expo Direct Communicate - Expo Direct
O-Tix - Omnyfy
Excelling in Exhibitions Program - Sydney TAFE
Best Corporate Citizenship 
Corporate Citizenship Programme - Reed Exhibitions Australia
Salvation Army Christmas Lunch - Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Best Show Team
National 4x4 Outdoor Show, Fishing & Boating Expo - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
18th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG18) - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
2016 Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
2016 Irrigation Australia International Conference & Exhibition - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
Best Venue Team 
Smash! - Events by ATC
AWISA 2016 - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Nu Skin - Sydney Showground
LNG18 - Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Museum Spaces - Museum Victoria
Best Supplier Team for an Event 
Makita 2016 Power Tool & Garden Expo - Expo Direct
NSW Seniors Festival Expo - Expo Direct
Data61+Live - Creative Hire
LNG18 - Perth Expo
Best Supplier - Services or Products 
Expo Direct Communicate - Expo Direct
Event Security Services for Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island - Southern Cross Group Services
Hire Services - Harry the Hirer
Richard Geddes Young Achiever Nominees
Samara Wilson - Ungerboeck Software International
Emma Lynch - Reed Exhibitions Australia
Georgie Chapman-Burgess - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
Rebecca Tolson - Luna Park
Anne-Marie Mina - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
Felicity Parker - Diversified Communications Australia
James Kennedy - Exhibit Systems
Fiona Nicolson - Museum Spaces, Museum Victoria
In the following categories there were no entries:
- Best Consumer Show under 10,000 metre²
- Best New Initiative - Venue over 10,000 metre²
- Best New Initiative - Venue under 10,000 metre²

In the Best New Show category there was only one entry. With the consent of the Organiser, this entry was submitted to another category.

The Best Show will be assessed in a two-stage process. The winners from the show categories will each be assessed in a second level review to determine the show of the year, which will be announced on 30th November.

DiMascio concluded “the Association’s annual awards ceremony recognises leadership within the industry and spotlights the achievements of our Members

“Our Awards for Excellence is always highly anticipated by the industry as we celebrate the achievements of EEAA Members during the year.”

EEAA’s events are open to Members and Non-Members of the Association.

Click here for details in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

Images: The EEAA Awards for Excellence logo (top) and the EAA Conference and Awards for Excellence will be a major test event held at the ICC Sydney prior to its opening.




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