Producers, Managers
and Convenors

New President takes charge at IAPCO

New President takes charge at IAPCO – PCOA wishes to congratulate, long standing member, Sarah Markey-Hamm, CEO of ICMS Pty Ltd and the new President of IAPCO. The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) is a not-for-profit membership association, registered in Switzerland. IAPCO Members are Professional Congress Organisers (companies, not individuals) that have qualified for Membership under the detailed application process by demonstrating that they consistently deliver PCO services to their clients and partners at high-quality standards.

PCOA23 is heading to Adelaide!

Professional conference organisers, in-house event planners and meeting industry professionals will be heading to Adelaide in December 2023 for the PCO Association’s 15th annual conference and exhibition.

Welcome to PCOA22

I said at the outset that I am delighted to be welcoming you all in person, and I meant it – more so than usual when you consider the enormous challenges our sector and others have experienced over the past two years. I want to particularly acknowledge and thank sincerely the PCOA management committee – Paula Leishman and Karen Sainsbury, along with the PCOA councillors – Mary Sparksman, Mike Pickford, Anne Marie Quinn, Renee Bennett, Arna Wahl Davies and our fantastic team, who keep PCOA operating Maxine Tod and Cindy Axisa. What a team that has built the PCOA brand over the last 14 Years.

PCOA21 Postponement

The Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) last night regrettably announced that it was postponing the scheduled annual conference, which was planned for Hobart later this month. Barry Neame, PCOA president, said the decision to postpone was not taken lightly.

Exciting News from Luna Park Sydney

Luna Park announced today that we will be investing $30 million to upgrade one of Australia’s best known and most loved destinations. This investment will turn Luna Park into a world-class amusement park, fit for the 21st century, replacing some older rides with nine new, family-friendly rides and attractions.

EventsAIR passes 100,000 virtual attendees since the launch of OnAIR

EventsAIR passes 100,000 virtual attendees since the launch of OnAIR EventsAIR passes 100,000 virtual attendees since the launch of OnAIR, working with 1000’s of event planners around the globe. COVID-19 and the ensuing restrictions has forced many businesses to cancel or postpone crucial in-person events since March 2020. EventsAIR responded to the crisis and launched the OnAIR virtual and hybrid…


The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has announced its enhanced hybrid and virtual capabilities, expanding the list of event offerings at the award-winning venue.

Hard hit by the pandemic, the event industry has seen the rapid acceleration of demand for integrated event solutions, with strong enquiry for hybrid, live streaming and online options.

Virtual events play central role in Australians’ working life as online attendance continues to grow

ONE in three of us now attend more than 10 virtual events a month, according to a new study that indicates the sharp growth in online events sparked by the need to work and meet remotely could become permanent.

More than half (51%) of the respondents to the Australian study 1 expect to attend even more virtual events this time next year, while four in five say virtual events can be “as good as or better than their physical event counterparts”.

BECA appears before Senate Select Committee on COVID-19

BECA appears before Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 for reinforcements to support Australia’s $35.7 billion industry

21 August 2020

• BECA has called for targeted government support that will build confidence and create momentum for people to get back to in-person business events.

• Border restrictions continue to impose the most significant challenge impeding the recovery of the business events industry.