Producers, Managers
and Convenors


As 2020 draws to an end, we’d like to reflect on our conference held just a week or two ago.  It was critical to PCOA that we ensured we held a conference in this challenging year, to give our industry the opportunity to connect, to engage and provide a knowledge forum to continue our professional development.

PCOA pushed forward to deliver our annual industry conference ‘PCOA20’ as a hybrid event connecting over 480 members, business partners and industry colleagues across 7 venues in Australia and New Zealand as well as virtually via the OnAIR platform.

We deliberately set the bar high when creating the objectives for PCOA20 and we knew that it was ambitious and not without risk – but we were committed to demonstrate that hybrid events can and will work – as we navigate the next few years of the “new world” of business events.

PCOA wanted to challenge ourselves and all our supporters to be brave, to push the envelope to achieve our objective of “bringing our community together” and we all did just that.

The theme of the Conference FLEXIBILITY IS THE FUTURE – LIVE, LOCAL AND CONNECTED provided a much-needed platform for the business events community to come together to learn, connect & network.

Our focus for the program curated by Paula Leishman, Tasmanian PCOA Councillor and Managing Director of Leishman Associates was centred around the rebound and recovery of our sector by providing us with a pathway forward for 2021 and beyond.

There was a phenomenal line-up of speakers involved and we thank all of the speakers who contributed so much over the two days of the event with a special mention to ICMI Speakers & Entertainers and our fun and witty emcee Nick Bartlett.

The main hub at the Hyatt Regency Sydney was produced by Karen Sainsbury, our NSW Councillor and Managing Director of Cornerstone Events.

The Association would like to sincerely thank all our industry partners for their dedication and support to PCOA20 with a special mention to our Technology partners EventsAIR, Encore and Touchpoint.

We would also like a special shout to our venue partners, Hyatt Regency Sydney, Crowne Plaza Adelaide, Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Park Hyatt Auckland, Hyatt Regency Perth and Pullman Brisbane King George Square. There was certainly a special vibe & excitement felt within our hubs for those meeting face to face again.

What we do know from this unprecedented year is that as humans we enjoy nothing more than being together and sharing experiences, so therefore the future will be positive for the business events community.

We hope you can all join us in the beautiful Hobart, Tasmania for PCOA21 from 5 – 7 December 2021.

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