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MEA award winners celebrate as 500 tune in for virtual event

Meeting & Events Australia has announced all the winners of the 2019 MEA State and National Awards at the MEALIVE 2019 Award virtual event held at ICC Sydney Studios.

This was the first time that the state and national awards were presented together and the first time it was broadcast to an audience of more than 500 attendees from across Australia participating online.

“This was a whole new experience, taking the Awards online was certainly a complex operation that involved an enormous amount of technical coordination,” said MEA CEO Robyn Johnson.

“Our goal was to make it the benchmark in virtual awards events. We were absolutely delighted with the attendance and the way the industry grasped the opportunity to celebrate with their colleagues virtually. It was an amazing night and a bright moment for the events industry.”

ICC Sydney took home four awards including Best Event Venue – Capacity over 1500 and the Event Legacy Award, which was won for the implementation of its Legacy Program for SIBOS 2018.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said it was an honour to be recognised with four accolades.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy.

“It has also been hugely rewarding to work with MEA to reimagine the awards ceremony as a virtual event during these challenging times,” he said. “I am proud that ICC Sydney delivered this seamlessly, setting a benchmark for more virtual events to come.”

See all the winners below.

Events of the Year Category                                       
Association Event of the Year Trucking Australia 2019

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Events of the Year Category                                       
Association Event of the Year ASFA Conference 2019
Cause Related Event of the Year Paralympics Australia Infinite Possibilities Gala
Corporate Event of the Year Salesforce World Tour 2019
Exhibition of the Year Get Global
Government Event of the Year NSW Training Awards
Incentives Event of the Year Amway China 2019 Leadership Seminar
Major Event or Festival of the Year 1Dance Africa
Regional Event of the Year Deni Ute Muster
Special Event of the Year National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) NSW Awards for Excellence
Event Management Awards
Event Agency Forum Group Events & Marketing
Event Management Team – Association ASHM Conference and Events
Event Management Team – Corporate IBM Australia and New Zealand
Professional Conference Organisation Arinex
Venue Awards Category                                                                       
Event Hotel of the Year Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Event Venue – Capacity less than 500 Aerial UTS Function Centre
Event Venue – Capacity more than 500 and less than 1,500 Sydney Masonic Centre
Event Venue – Capacity more than 1,500 ICC Sydney
Event Products & Services Category                                       
Audio Visual Services NW Group
Banqueting & Catering Sydney Showground
Event Marketing Milestone Creative Australia
Event Technology Sprintr by AV1
Speakers, Entertainers and Team Builders SongDivision
Event Professional Awards Category                                          
Operations Person of the Year Marc Singerling – ICC Sydney
Sales, Marketing or Business Development Person of the Year Kristi Blake – Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific
Destination Marketing Awards Category                                   
Regional Destination Marketing Organisation or Bureau Destination North Coast
Innovation Award Category                     
Innovation Award Harry the hirer
Event Legacy Award Category                                                                      
Event Legacy Award Legacy Program – SIBOS 2018

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Events of the Year Category                                      
Regional Event of the Year Uluru Climb Closure Celebration Event
Special Event of the Year NLC Indigenous Ranger Forum 2019
Venue Awards Category                                                                       
Event Venue – Capacity more than 1,500 Darwin Convention Centre
Event Professional Awards Category                            
MEA Future Leader Rosie Fall – AA&P Events

 

QUEENSLAND

Events of the Year Category                                       
Cause Related Event of the Year FearLess National Conversation on PTSD 2019
Corporate Event of the Year UQ Open Day – St Lucia
Government Event of the Year SportAccord 2019
Major Event or Festival of the Year UQ Open Day – St Lucia
Special Event of the Year Sunset Sangria on Brisbane’s New Runway

 

 

Event Management Awards Category                                     
Event Management Team – Government Programs and Events Team,

Department of Education, Queensland

Venue Awards Category                                                                       
Event Hotel of the Year Mantra at Sharks & Events Centre
Event Venue – Capacity more than 500 and less than 1,500 Howard Smith Wharves
Event Venue – Capacity more than 1,500 Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Event Products & Services Category                                       
Banqueting & Catering Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Event Technology EventsAir
Event Professional Awards Category                          
MEA Future Leader Kate Nichols – Howard Smith Wharves
Education Award Category                                                    
Education and Training Award TAFE Queensland, Brisbane region
Event Legacy Award Category                                                                     
Event Legacy Award SportAccord 2019

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Events of the Year Category                                       
Special Event of the Year Nexteel Brand Launch
Venue Awards Category                                                                       
Event Venue – Capacity less than 500 National Wine Centre of Australia
Event Venue – Capacity more than 500 and less than 1,500 Adelaide Oval
Event Products & Services Category                                       
Audio Visual Services Novatech Creative Event Technology
Banqueting & Catering Adelaide Oval
Event Professional Awards Category                             
MEA Future Leader Lauren Symons – National Wine Centre of Australia
Innovation Award Category                      
Innovation Award Novatech Creative Event Technology
Event Legacy Award Category                                                                      
Event Legacy Award 68th International Astronautical Congress

 

TASMANIA

Venue Awards Category                                                                       
Event Hotel of the Year Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

 

 

 VICTORIA

Events of the Year Category                                       
Corporate Event of the Year 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Exhibition of the Year Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event
Government Event of the Year GPTEC 2019 (General Practice Training & Education Conference 2019)
Major Event or Festival of the Year Anything But Square Festival
Special Event of the Year Virtuoso 2019 Symposium Dinner
Event Management Awards Category                                     
Event Agency Alive Events Agency
Event Management Team – Corporate La Trobe University
Professional Conference Organisation Wise Connections
Venue Awards Category                                                                       
Event Hotel of the Year RACV City Club
Event Venue – Capacity less than 500 Metropolis Events
Event Venue – Capacity more than 500 and less than 1,500 Marvel Stadium
Event Venue – Capacity more than 1,500 Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Event Products & Services Category                                       
Audio Visual Services Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Banqueting & Catering Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Event Technology Cvent
Speakers, Entertainers and Team Builders Saxton
Specialist Services and Suppliers PBM Safety
Event Professional Awards Category                             
Event Manager of the Year – Agency Ellen Sexton – Solterbeck Events
MEA Future Leader Rebecca Martin – Solterbeck Events
Operations Person of the Year Pedro Gallo – Fed Square Pty Ltd
Sales, Marketing or Business Development Person of the Year Laura Reddaway – Showtime Event Group
Innovation Award Category                     
Innovation Award Saxton Engage
Event Legacy Award Category                                                                       
Event Legacy Award Conferral of Honorary Degree to Shah Rukh Khan and announcement of the Shah Rukh Khan La Trobe University PhD Scholarship

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Events of the Year Category                                     
Association Event of the Year AGOSCI 14th Biennial Conference 2019
Event Professional Awards Category                            
In-House Event Manager of the Year – (Association, Corporate or Government) Kath Bailey – Property Council of Australia

 

NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS

Destination Marketing Awards Category                                    
Regional Destination Marketing Organisation or Bureau Destination North Coast
Event Products & Services Category                                       
Audio Visual Services Novatech Creative Event Technology
Banqueting & Catering Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Event Marketing Milestone Creative Australia
Event Technology Cvent
Speakers, Entertainers and Team Builders Saxton
Specialist Services and Suppliers PBM Safety
Innovation Award Category                     
Innovation Award Novatech Creative Event Technology
Education Award Category                                                      
Education and Training Award TAFE Queensland, Brisbane region
Event Legacy Award Category                                                                      
Event Legacy Award Legacy Program – SIBOS 2018
Event Professional Awards Category                            
Event Manager of the Year – Agency Ellen Sexton – Solterbeck Events
In-House Event Manager of the Year – (Association, Corporate or Government) Kath Bailey – Property Council of Australia
MEA Future Leader Kate Nichols – Howard Smith Wharves
Operations Person of the Year Marc Singerling – ICC Sydney
Sales, Marketing or Business Development Person of the Year Kristi Blake – Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific
Event Management Awards Category                                     
Event Agency Forum Group Events & Marketing
Event Management Team – Association ASHM Conference & Events
Event Management Team – Corporate La Trobe University
Event Management Team – Government Programs and Events Team,

Department of Education, Queensland

Professional Conference Organisation Arinex
Venue Awards Category                                                                       
Event Hotel of the Year Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Event Venue – Capacity less than 500 National Wine Centre of Australia
Event Venue – Capacity more than 500 and less than 1,500 Howard Smith Wharves
Event Venue – Capacity more than 1,500 ICC Sydney
Events of the Year Category                                       
Association Event of the Year AGOSCI 14th Biennial Conference 2019
Cause Related Event of the Year Paralympics Australia Infinite Possibilities Gala
Corporate Event of the Year UQ Open Day – St Lucia
Exhibition of the Year Get Global
Government Event of the Year SportAccord 2019
Incentives Event of the Year Amway China 2019 Leadership Seminar
Major Event or Festival of the Year Anything But Square Festival
Regional Event of the Year Deni Ute Muster
Special Event of the Year Virtuoso 2019 Symposium Dinner

 

Platinum Awards                                                                                
Individual Marc Singerling – ICC Sydney
Company Arinex
Event SportAccord 2019

 

Outstanding Contribution Award                                               
Trevor Gardiner, Centium Software