Organisers, Producers, Managers and Convenors

Prime Minister announces $50 million injection to drive confidence for Australia’s business events industry

Prime Minister announces $50 million injection to drive confidence for Australia’s business events industry MEDIA RELEASE:10 September 2020 • BECA welcomes $50 million funding announcement which will instil confidence and build momentum for Australia’s business events industry. • Government funding granted in response to BECA’s Recovery and Rebound Framework which highlighted the devastating impact of the pandemic and the need…

ICC Sydney launched its 2020 Menu Collection at PCOA 2019

ICC Sydney launched its 2020 Menu Collection at PCOA 2019 this past December. Carefully curated by Executive Chef Tony Panetta, Director of Culinary Services, Lynell Peck and Beverage Operations & Cellar Manager, William Wilson, both beverage and food collections first featured on ICC Sydney’s stand as well as throughout the event’s catering to more than 400 attendees. ICC Sydney’s culinary…

PCOA19 Conference & Exhibition Wrap

Barry Neame mentioned at the closing session that we “should all be proud” of what we have achieved over the past few days as part of the business events sector that is worth over $38 billion dollars to the Australian economy.

PCOA20 destination announcement

Business Events Tasmania (BET) welcomes the opportunity to showcase Tasmania’s conferencing and business event capabilities to industry professionals at the PCOA Conference 2020 in Hobart.

BET’s Chief Executive Officer Marnie Craig said ‘our team is excited that so many PCOs, in-house event planners and meeting industry professionals will enjoy first-hand, a genuine Tasmanian experience. We’re confident that the conference will leave a lasting impression on delegates.’

PCOA reveals details for annual networking night

Barry Neame, PCO Association president is delighted to confirm this year’s PCOA Conference and Exhibition networking function will be held on Starship Sydney and supported by Shorty’s Liquor. Starship Sydney is Sydney Harbour’s largest cruising glass vessel offering modern facilities, the latest in nautical engineering allowing for whisper quiet cruising plus remarkable stability. The award-winning Starship Sydney is the perfect…

Regional locations set to bid for more business events

Regional destinations around Australia will now have greater access to crucial funding to help them secure lucrative international business events, thanks to changes being made to the Morrison Government’s Business Events Bid Fund Program. Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham today announced a series of changes to the eligibility criteria of the $12 million Bid Fund Program, which is managed by…

ICC Sydney and PCOs Come Together at Second Annual Roundtable

Australia’s premier convention, entertainment and exhibition venue hosts immersive two-day event Professional conference organisers (PCOs) from across the country have come together at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) for the second annual industry update and roundtable to promote open dialogue, peer-to-peer collaboration and leadership in action. Taking place over two days, the event immersed PCOs in authentic Sydney experiences,…

Business events must be part of the political debate

People and organisations operating in the “very vibrant” business events industry must voice their views during any federal election debate, says PCO Association president Barry Neame. Ahead of the federal election, which is likely to take place in May 2019, Neame lobbied political parties to take into account the thousands of people the industry brings together for meetings, incentive events,…

Anything is Possible – where ingenuity, creativity and unpredictability meet

The 2019 PCOA conference, building on discussion at last year’s event, will equip and prepare attendees for a world where ‘Anything is Possible’, says PCO Association president Barry Neame. He says the conference program is going to explore new ways of thinking, working and creating via a combination of practical and thought-provoking sessions delivered by industry leaders, practitioners and ‘edge-thinkers’.…

PCO Association Councillor announcement

Alison Petrie, WA Councillor, has announced she will be stepping down from her position on the PCO Association Council effective immediately. This has been timed to coincide with her announcing her resignation as Managing Director of Encanta Event Management. Barry Neame, president PCO Association cannot thank Alison enough for the dedication, passion, and enthusiasm she has given the association over…