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Interview with Barry Neame by Joyce DiMascio: Challenges facing PCOs

Barry Neame is half of the double act that owns Canberra-based conference and event management company, Consec.

Neame and his wife Pamela have run the business for 26 years specialising in association conferences and association management.

The difficulties of the past 15 months don’t compare to anything they have experienced in the quarter of a century of running the business together.

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,…