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Event Summit to return in October as free-to-attend physical conference

Event Summit to return in October as free-to-attend physical conference
June 30, 2020

Expressing confidence in the recovery of the conference sector, the annual Event Summit will return to Sydney this October and will be free for event stakeholders.

Originally scheduled for June 2020 as part of the Vivid Ideas program, the annual Event Summit was postponed as a result of measures introduced to control the spread of COVID-19.

Since the postponement, the team behind the Event Summit, Premium Media Events and Risk Facilitator, has kept in close contact with industry stakeholders to understand the full impact of the global pandemic.

Recognising that the Summit is an important opportunity for the industry to come together, organisers have worked with their amazing partners to reschedule the 2020 Event Summit in October, to support the events community to bounce back from the crisis.

Acknowledging the show of support for the event industry, NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres advised “there is no doubt that this year has been incredibly challenging, particularly for those working in the events industry. The Event Summit presents an exciting opportunity for event professionals to learn from the best, as we all work together to rebuild the industry and come back stronger than ever."

To be held across two landmark  Sydney venues on one day - The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Yallamundi Rooms – Sydney Opera House, supported with catering from Trippas White Group, the Event Summit will bring together the events industry and help it get back on its feet.

Carla Armanet, Director of Experiences, Sport & Engagement of The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, added “the Event Summit showcases the best of the best in the event industry and we are privileged to partner with them as a host at The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

“After months of significant changes and impacts to the industry, we are thrilled to be part of an event that celebrates the resilient teams behind some of Australia’s most iconic productions and events.”

Scheduled for the 14th October 2020, the Event Summit will now be free to attend.

Registrations to the Event Summit normally start at $990 but will be free to any professional that has a touchpoint in their business with events. On registration, attendees will have the option to make a non-compulsory donation of $50 to $150 to the Support Act charity.

While the full 2020 line up of speakers is yet to be announced, NEC Australia have been confirmed to host a session about their innovative facial recognition technology, Hardware and Onelove, the producers of Festival X, will join the Summit to talk about the complexities of launching a new event brand to market, in addition to Johnny Little, Vice President of Tough Mudder who will join live from New York.

Past speakers include The Australian Open, The Glastonbury Festival, The Amazing Race, Splendour In The Grass, The NFL, Sail GP, The Melbourne Cup, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Destination NSW, Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW and Victorian Police.

Craig Tiley, 2018 Event Summit Speaker, Chief Executive of Tennis Australia and Director of the Australian Open, stated “the Event Summit is a great opportunity to connect with the event community. There is nothing like learning from others and hearing about best practice. The Event Summit is a fantastic platform for building a growth mindset in events”.

As in previous years, the Summit will showcase both international and Australia events, with event professionals discussing and dissecting the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the Event industry.

The Event Summit will comply with social distancing requirements as per the time of the event.

The full line up of speakers and partners will be announced on Tuesday 18th August.

Click here for registration and other information through the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

Images: Delegates at the 2019 Event Summit (top) and Tennis Australian and Australian Open Chief Executive Craig Tiley at the 2018 Event Summit (below).

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