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MEA National Awards names winners in Brisbane


This year’s 2011 MEA conference, held in Brisbane has ended on a high with winners in the national categories being named. The event was attended by around 1000 meetings and event industry professionals and held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Additionally, Sydney has been announced as the destination of choice for the 2012 conference.

Winners were as follows:

Association or Government Meeting of the Year
APPEA Conference and Exhibition (ACT)
Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association Limited (APPEA)

Banqueting & Catering
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

Event Management Organisation
The Forum Group (NSW)

Event Manager of the Year
Mark Taylor, Director
Belle-Laide Events (NSW)

In-House AV Services (company or department)
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

Meeting Venue 500 delegates or more
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

Operations Person of the Year
Yammi Yam, Banquets Supervisor
Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour Sydney

Specialty Venue
University of New South Wales CBD Campus, UNSW Venues and Events

Technical & Creative Production – Branch turnover < $5 million
AV1 Pty Limited (NSW)

Corporate Social Responsibility – Category C (over 30 full time employees)
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau

Platinum Award
University of New South Wales CBD Campus, UNSW Venues and Events

Cause Related Event of the Year
j2 ideas & events (QLD)

Meetings or Events Management Organisation 8 or more Employees
Event Planners Australia (QLD)

Technical & Creative Production – Branch turnover > $5 million
Staging Connections Pty Limited (QLD)

Y MEA Future Leader
Holly Roestenburg, Business Development Executive
Staging Connections Pty Limited (QLD)

Meetings Manager of the Year
Renee Jolly, Conference Consultants apmea (SA)

Support Services
Adelaide Expo Hire Pty Ltd
Hall of Fame 2010 – 2013

Corporate Social Responsibility – Category B (6-30 full time employees)
Adelaide Expo Hire Pty Ltd

Exhibition of the Year
Reed Travel Exhibitions and Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau
Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME)
Hall of Fame 2010 – 2013

Meeting Venue under 500 delegates
RACV City Club (VIC)

Meetings or Events Management Organisation less than 8 Employees
Wise Connections (VIC)

Metropolitan Destination Marketing Organisation
Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau
Hall of Fame 2010 – 2013

Public Event of the Year (Including Festivals)
Peter Jones Special Events (VIC)
Hall of Fame 2010 – 2013

Regional Destination Marketing Organisation
Business Events Geelong

Travel Services
Flight Centre Group Travel (VIC)

Corporate Social Responsibility – Category A (1-5 full time employees)
Red Scooter (VIC)

Outstanding Contribution Award
Sandra Chipchase, Chief Executive Officer
Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau

Business Development Person of the Year
Paul Beeson, Director of Business
Perth Convention Bureau

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