‘Boost of positivity’ as MEA launches virtual awards night

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has reimagined its national awards night into an online only event.

“This week we would have been in the wonderful Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley attending Evolve 2020 and we would be celebrating the Australian event industry’s night of nights – the 2019 MEA Awards,” said MEA CEO Robyn Johnson.

“Given the circumstances, this year MEA has arranged an online alternative so that we can celebrate the spectacular achievements of 2019.”

The new format will include live entertainment, in-studio MC Shelly Horton, a red carpet including a best dressed competition plus MEA’s very own MEALIVE 2019 Awards Spotify playlist.

“Given the challenging year we have had to date, it is fantastic to take a moment to celebrate the innovation, creativity, commitment and passion our industry members are renowned for in creating outstanding events,” said Kate Smith, MEA’s chairperson.

“It is time to celebrate these attributes that will assist in the recovery of our industry sector too. I’m pleased we are able to provide the recognition of our members in this exciting forum.”

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said they were delighted to support MEA in transforming their national awards into a virtual event this year.

“Over the last few months, we have hosted numerous live streamed events from our studios, but this will certainly be one of our biggest challenges,” he said.

“Using our world class facilities and skilled team, we are confident that together with MEA we will creatively re-imagining one of our industry’s most looked forward to events, ensuring it is as engaging and enjoyable as ever”.

The MEA 2019 National Awards event will be broadcast online from The Studio at ICC Sydney on Friday 29 May, between 6-8pm AEST.

Tickets can be purchased online here.