Organisers, Producers, Managers and Convenors

EXECUTIVE CHEF – Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

If there is one thing that Garry Kindred is a stickler for, it’s sourcing quality fresh, flavoursome locally grown produce. The Executive Chef at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) doesn’t compromise on this one element of how he operates the main kitchen and 12 satellite kitchens at Broadbeach. “It’s definitely something that’s important to me,” he said. Garry…

CASE STUDY, EVENT MANAGEMENT, TECHNOLOGY

PCOA steps up Gamification for 10th Annual Conference & Exhibition A little friendly competition was all PCOA needed to drive engagement to new heights at their 10th Annual Conference and Exhibition. Following the success of their 2016 Event App, PCOA worked with Entegy Labs to enhance the delegate competition and networking while boosting traffic to exhibitor booths. Event profile The…

Why Why Why Why Why; The Questions Behind Design Thinking

Tom Kelley, best-selling author and partner at the renowned design thinking and innovation consultancy IDEO wrote, “Innovation and Creativity are now widely accepted as the driving forces behind business success, and are among the most highly prized qualities in today’s leaders”. Organisations are increasingly aware of the need to implement practices that ensure creativity and innovation are integrated into daily…

PCOA Program Release – Meeting Beyond Tomorrow

Themed ‘MEETING Beyond Tomorrow’, the PCOA Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, between 26 – 28 November 2017, the city where it all started 10 years ago. The program, with two strong sub-themes of Innovation and Engagement, includes a variety of expert speakers, covering topics ranging from the latest technology and what…

Industry expert piece – “Advice and tips on planning a conference menu”

So you’ve defined your event goals and booked the venue, now it’s time to focus your attention on selecting the all-important menu. The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC)’s event managers and chefs share advice and tips on planning and implementing a successful conference menu. 1. Assess your event and audience Your menu needs to reflect a solid understanding of…

The sell-out sign has gone up early for exhibition booths at the 2017 annual conference of the Professional Conference Organisers’ Association

The sell-out is the fifth in a row for the event and came five months ahead of the conference, to be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre between  26 and 28 November 2017. Barry Neame, the PCO association president, said the clamour for the 60 booths illustrated the value suppliers placed on being able to build a…

New hotel development responds to record occupancies – yet are we building enough?

New hotel development responds to record occupancies – yet are we building enough? Australia’s tourism industry continues to be a ‘super sector’ for the nation’s economy, with strong growth in both international and domestic visitor numbers. The extreme levels of occupancy we are experiencing in Sydney and Melbourne CBD’s, translates to upwards of 100 nights per year above 95% occupancy.…