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Meetings and Events Australia National Conference opens at Adelaide Convention Centre

Meetings and Events Australia National Conference opens at Adelaide Convention Centre
May 7, 2018

The Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) National Conference opened yesterday at the newly renovated Adelaide Convention Centre.

Day one of the Conference focused on the strategic drivers for MEA, the peak body for the meetings and events industry, at the MEA National Branch meeting, including an update on the three year strategic plan, discussions around planning and sharing of information across the Branches and more national connectivity, which will enable and strengthen MEA's position in delivery of professional development, networking, webinars, awards and industry accreditation.

This strategic session was followed by four 60 minute concurrent sessions with the various MEA committees, including Conference Local Hosts, Accreditation, Awards and the Program Committees.

From midday, the newly invigorated 90 minute MEA Industry Forums were held in the Riverbank Rooms. Topics included Staffing and Recruitment; Governance and Ethics; Sustainability, Risk and Security; and the most popular session, Event Design and Technology. The outcomes of the Forums will be made available to the broader membership following the 2018 Conference.

Meetings continued throughout the afternoon, including the First Timer's Welcome, followed by the launch of MEA Future Leaders, a tour of the Adelaide Convention Centre, and the Conference Exhibition area was also officially opened.

The Conference Opening Ceremony was held from 5pm before delegates were led to nearby transport to the National Wine Centre for the Conference Welcome Function, followed by the late night ClubMEA event held at Nola Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar.

Today has seen the launch of the findings of the Executive PA Corporate Event Organiser Survey

The Survey, now in its second year, identifies trends to better understand how executive personal assisstants work, and just as importantly, how the meetings and events industry can work with them.

Russell Peacock, Chairman of Executive PA Media, explained “people who organise corporate events for their businesses as part of their other job responsibilities far outnumber dedicated in-house event managers by a high margin.

“Most are executive assistants, of which there are over 55,000 in Australia. They aren’t familiar with industry terminology, have little formal training, but nonetheless they are highly experienced events managers.

“This survey, now in its second year, provides an opportunity for the events industry to better engage with executive assistants and to work with them as business partners on their events”.

The MEA National Conference is being held until tomorrow (8th May).

For more information, go to www.meetingsevents.com.au/conference

Delegates and presentations at the MEA National Conference, including the presentation from South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway (below). Images courtesy of Oneill Photographics. 

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