MEA sets new conference dates for June but without awards

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced its 2022 annual conference Evolve will be held on June 29-30 at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins.

A welcome function will be held on the first evening, ahead of the conference and an event dinner on the final day.

“We hope that our early public commitment to lead by example and proceed with our conference will give rise and reassurance to the market and sector at a time when its most needed,” MEA CEO Peter McDonald said.

“Despite having postponed from last year, we’re very excited to have reconfirmed former Disney Head of Innovation and Creativity Duncan Wardle as a keynote speaker for the event.”

The registration portal and event program will be made available in the coming weeks but the awards program for 2021 will not be conducted.

“The Board is confident that whilst regrettable, its decision to abstain from holding an awards program in 2022 is right and in the best interests of the program’s integrity, and past and future winners,” said MEA Chairman Michael Firman.

“The capacity to deliver events around Australia last year was hindered by the realities experienced in managing the Covid pandemic. Our hope is that the environment will improve to being one that supports an abundance of events this year that will in turn underwrite a keenly contested Awards program in 2023.”