MEA National Awards winners announced

Sydney Showground director of sales & marketing Andrew Roberts (centre) accpeting the MEA Award for Event Venue – Capacity >1,000. (Eventpix)

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced the winners of this year’s National Awards at a gala dinner held at the Rydges Resort Hunter Valley last night.

Caping this year’s Evolve 2024 conference, the MEA National Awards saw three recipients honoured with Platinum Awards for achieving the highest score within their respective greater categories – Forum Group Events & Marketing (MEA Platinum Company of the Year), ICMS Australasia – Meeting of the Mines 2023 (MEA Platinum Event of the Year), and Tiffany Lo from ICMS Australasia (MEA Platinum Event Professional of the Year).

The Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to Ian Whitworth from Scene Change, while Harry the hirer and Congress Australia entered MEA’s Hall of Fame.

“Last night we were able to showcase performances of distinction across the breadth of the Australian events industry during 2023,” said MEA CEO Peter McDonald.

“It’s my hope that every national, as well as state and territory, finalist and winner will use their peer determined acknowledgement to champion and leverage themselves as they conduct business.”

Sydney Showground won the award for Event Venue – Capacity >1,000, with the venue’s director of sales & marketing Andrew Roberts saying it was an honour to be recognised for the second year in a row.

“It’s been an incredible 12 months for our team,” he said. “We welcomed a range of new clients, hosted world tours, and supported countless consumer and corporate expos, all the while delivering an international broadcast centre for a world-class sporting event.

“The backbone to that success is our incredible team who work tirelessly to ensure every event is effectively executed, each client is supported and the unimaginable is made possible. This award is for them.”

The full list of winners below:

Event Agency Forum Group Events & Marketing

In-House Event Management Team – Corporate Melbourne Royal

In-House Event Management Team – Government Programs and Events Team Queensland Department of Education

Professional Conference Organisation Wise Connections

Audio Visual Services AV1

Banqueting & Catering Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Event Technology EventsAir

Exhibition Services Harry the hirer

Speakers, Entertainers and Team Builders SongDivision

Specialist Services and Suppliers Congress Australia

Destination Marketing Business Destination North Coast Business Events

Event Venue – Capacity >1,000 Sydney Showground

Event Hotel of the Year Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific

Association Event of the Year Heavy Vehicle Industry Association – Brisbane Truck Show 2023

Cause Related Event of the Year Biaggio Signorelli Foundation – Biaggio Signorelli Foundation 15 Year Tribute Gala Dinner

Corporate Event of the Year The University of Queensland – UQ Open Day – St Lucia

Exhibition of the Year ICMS Australasia – 26th World Mining Exhibition

Government Event of the Year CSIRO – 26th World Mining Congress

Incentive Event of the Year Encore Event Technologies APAC – Amway China Leadership Seminar

Major Event or Festival of the Year SXSW Sydney – SXSW Sydney

Regional Event of the Year ICMS Australasia – Meeting of the Mines 2023

Special Event of the Year VEE Agency – River Riffs

Event Legacy SoldOut Events – FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand, FIFA Fan Festival, Brisbane/Meanjin

Event Manager of the Year – Agency Matt Cooper – Sold Out

Event Educator of the Year Nicci Gow – TAFE NSW

In-House Event Manager of the Year Nicola Taylor – Queensland Department of Education

MEA Future Leader Tiffany Lo – ICMS Australasia

Sales, Marketing or Business Development Person of the Year Suellen Holland – ICMS Australasia

Platinum Event of the Year ICMS Australasia – Meeting of the Mines 2023

Platinum Company of the Year Forum Group Events & Marketing

Platinum Event Professional of the Year Tiffany Lo – ICMS Australasia

Outstanding Contribution Ian Whitworth