Get Local expands footprint and launches Education Program

Get Local co-founders Gary Bender and Donna Kessler.

Get Local has expanded its show floor footprint at ICC Sydney to meet the rising interest it has received from exhibitors and buyers.

The show will now be hosted in both The Gallery and Parkside Ballroom to accommodate delegates attending the Education Program featuring well known keynotes and panel discussions.

Co-owners Donna Kessler and Gary Bender said the support for the show “has been truly outstanding”.

“Donna and I are pleased to say we have sold out of the NSW, QLD and National Zone exhibition areas, but we still have some availability in other zones,” Bender said.

“We never expected we would need to expand the show footprint at this stage.

“Not only will we have the industry suppliers, but we now have a great Education Program lined-up.”

Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison will kick off The Presentation Zone followed by John Sharp, deputy chairman of Rex Airlines.

The Education Program includes a Saxton Showcase with serial entrepreneur, Lisa Messenger; award-winning producer and presenter of the Health Report, Dr Norman Swan; and adventurer and traveller Caroline Pemberton.

The program continues with presentations from Arinex with tips on turning events from virtual to face-to-face, a panel discussion from The Association Specialists on how for-purpose organisations manage risk and deliver value for members, and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence ANZ will deliver a session on the power of incentives.

“While we have expanded, we are still capped on the amount of people able to attend,” said Kessler.

“We expect places for the education showcases, the Get Together Welcome Event at Doltone House Darling Island, the networking lunch and cocktail party to be popular and we urge attendees to reserve a place now, so they don’t miss out.”