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EEAA Announces Finalists for 2016 Awards for Excellence
11/3/2016
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced the finalists for the Association’s 2016 Awards for Excellence, congratulating the highest achievers in the exhibition and event sector.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said Organiser, Association Organiser, Venue and Supplier finalists are a step closer to becoming recognised as the best in the industry with all category winners being announced at a gala dinner to be held as an official test event at the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) on Wednesday, 30 November following the EEAA 2016 Conference.

“The panel of 32 independent judges assessed the submissions against the criteria and have commended the standard of entries in 2016.” she said.

“There was close to a 20% increase in the number of award entries. With the increased number of entries, it has made the competition even tougher.”

Ms DiMascio said the new category recognising Best Association Event was well supported with high quality entries from both Association Organisers and Organisers on behalf of their Association partners/clients.

In addition, The Richard Geddes Young Achiever category attracted eight nominees and EEAA commended those companies who have put the spotlight on their outstanding young team members.

“To those who have not made the finalists list, we thank you for presenting your achievements and supporting the EEAA Awards for Excellence program.”

The EEAA 2016 Awards for Excellence finalists are:

Best Consumer Show over 10,000M2
  • Moreton Bay Caravan, Camping, Boating & 4X4 Expo 2016 - Australian Events
  • National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
  • Royal Melbourne Show - Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria
  • Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2016 - Reed Exhibitions Australia
  • PAX Australia 2015 - Reed Exhibitions Australia
Best Trade Show under 10,000M2
  • Foodservice Australia - Specialised Events
  • 2016 Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
  • 2016 Irrigation Australia International Conference & Exhibition - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
  • Hair Expo Australia 2016 - Reed Exhibitions Australia
  • Food Technology Queensland - Diversified Communications Australia
Best Trade Show over 10,000M2
  • Fine Food Australia - Diversified Communications Australia
  • ADX16 - Australian Dental Industry Association
  • DesignBuild - Diversified Communications Australia
  • Integrate - Diversified Communications Australia
  • Décor + Design / Australian International Furniture Fair - Informa Australia
  • Australasian Gaming Expo - Gaming Technologies Association
Best Association Event
  • 33rd National Conference and Exhibition of the Dietitians Association of Australia - Arinex
  • AGHA Melbourne Gift Fair 2016 - Australian Gift & Homewares Association
  • PAX Australia 2015 for IGEA - Reed Exhibitions Australia
  • ADX16 - Australian Dental Industry Association
Best Custom Stand
  • Planit Stand at AWISA 2016 - ExpoNet
  • Schwarzkopf Professional Stand at Hair Expo Australia 2016 - Expocorp
  • Medtronic at WFITN 2015 - Designteam
  • Japan National Tourism Organisation at AIME 2016 - Decorative Events & Exhibitions
  • AWISA 2016 - Displaywise
Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign
  • Australian Triathlon, Endurance & Cycling Expo - Informa Australia
  • Fine Food Australia - Diversified Communications Australia
  • Hotel Career Expo - Zadro
  • Hair Expo Australia 2016 - Reed Exhibitions Australia
Best New Product or Service
  • eSpeaker - Arinex
  • Expo Direct Communicate - Expo Direct
  • O-Tix - Omnyfy
  • Excelling in Exhibitions Program - Sydney TAFE
Best Corporate Citizenship
  • Corporate Citizenship Programme - Reed Exhibitions Australia
  • Salvation Army Christmas Lunch - Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Best Show Team
  • National 4x4 Outdoor Show, Fishing & Boating Expo - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
  • 18th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG18) - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
  • 2016 Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
  • 2016 Irrigation Australia International Conference & Exhibition - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
Best Venue Team
  • Smash! - Events by ATC
  • AWISA 2016 - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Nu Skin - Sydney Showground
  • LNG18 - Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Museum Spaces - Museum Victoria
Best Supplier Team for an Event
  • Makita 2016 Power Tool & Garden Expo - Expo Direct
  • NSW Seniors Festival Expo - Expo Direct
  • Data61+Live - Creative Hire
  • LNG18 - Perth Expo
Best Supplier - Services or Products
  • Expo Direct Communicate - Expo Direct
  • Event Security Services for Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island - Southern Cross Group Services
  • Hire Services - Harry the Hirer
Richard Geddes Young Achiever Nominees
  • Samara Wilson - Ungerboeck Software International
  • Emma Lynch - Reed Exhibitions Australia
  • Georgie Chapman-Burgess - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
  • Rebecca Tolson - Luna Park
  • Anne-Marie Mina - Exhibition and Trade Fairs
  • Felicity Parker - Diversified Communications Australia
  • James Kennedy - Exhibit Systems
  • Fiona Nicolson - Museum Spaces, Museum Victoria
In the following categories there were no entries:
  • Best Consumer Show under 10,000 M2
  • Best New Initiative - Venue over 10,000 M2
  • Best New Initiative - Venue under 10,000 M2
In the Best New Show category there was only one entry. With the consent of the Organiser, this entry was submitted to another category.

The Best Show will be assessed in a two-stage process. The winners from the show categories will each be assessed in a second level review to determine the show of the year, which will be announced on 30 November.

“The Association’s annual awards ceremony recognises leadership within the industry and spotlights the achievements of our Members.” Ms DiMascio said.

“Our Awards for Excellence is always highly anticipated by the industry as we celebrate the achievements of EEAA Members during the year.

“Congratulations to all the entrants and we look forward to celebrating your achievements and announcing the winners on Wednesday, 30 November.”


ABOUT EEAA
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is the peak industry Association representing Organisers, Association Organisers, Venues and Suppliers within the exhibition and event sector. The EY study, The Value of Business Events to Australia, shows in 2013-14, there were 2,157 exhibitions staged in Australia, attracting 9.3 million visitors and over 65,000 exhibitors. The total direct expenditure from exhibitions was $3.1 billion and these events contributed direct value add of $1.5 billion and generated over 21,000 full time equivalent jobs.

The work of our Association and our Members is a testament to the Power of Exhibitions as a driver of the economy and in particular economic development, trade and export, employment, visitation and knowledge sharing. A not-for-profit organisation, EEAA works to ensure industry growth by encouraging high industry standards, promoting the professionalism of EEAA Members and highlighting the unique business opportunities which exist through exhibitions.

Read more about EEAA at www.eeaa.com.au.


Contact:
rius@eeaa.com.au






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