New national association joins forces with ICCA

Australian Business Events Association signs MoU with congress organisers to advocate diversity, sustainability, legacy and talent

ICCA and the newly formed Australian Business Events Association have agreed to cooperate on key areas such as diversity, sustainability and talent development.

Under an MoU signed at the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) in Melbourne, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Australian Business Events Association (ABEA) agreed to strengthen their partnership through a commitment to work together on three key issues facing the Australian business events industry.

From left: Board members Peter King and Matt Pearce, with ABEA chief executive Melissa Brown, and Senthil Gopinath, of ICCA

Both associations have agreed positions on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); Legacy and Sustainability; and Talent Development and Retention through the publication of white papers, access to programmes and information sharing, and developing key opportunities for emerging leaders.

Senthil Gopinath, ICCA chief executive, said that the Australian Business Events Association had led the way with its unification of industry bodies, providing a powerful entry point into the Australian sector.

“We are delighted to work with the Australian Business Events Association team to take strong, practical, and impactful steps to supporting the success of the Australian industry.

“ICCA brings world-class programmes, connections and experience that we willingly share with our Australian colleagues. This is an exciting partnership, and we look forward to its ensuing success,” said Gopinath.

Peter King, who chairs ABEA, said that as the leading voice for business events, this was an opportunity to harness well-renowned international expertise and connections to amplify the work of ABEA for its members.

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“We know our members are needing to embed DEI principles, sustainability, and develop talent to thrive in the competitive marketplace. Our partnership with ICCA is designed to provide unparalleled opportunities for our members, and the sector, to tackle these challenges head on.

“No one organisation can do this on their own. By joining forces with ICCA, the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry, we can pool our resources and focus to achieve the outcomes we all need,” said King.


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