Meetings & Events Australia 2023 Awards Program opens


Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has launched its 2023 Awards Program, recognising the most exceptional events industry achievements, creativity, and best practices over the last year.

The MEA Awards offers a total of 39 award opportunities across eight categories blanketing the scope of the Australian events sector.

MEA CEO Peter McDonald said the events industry is back in full swing with “some outstanding activity across the sector”.

“Given the volume and quality of events we’ve witnessed, winning one of the 39 MEA awards up for contest this year will certainly have been earned,” he said.

Among the other awards in this year’s line-up, is the Outstanding Contribution Award, which honours the remarkable achievements of an individual who has led discussion, supported change, and who continues to nurture the industry’s future leaders. Recipients in recent years have included Anne Jamieson, Kate Smith and Trevor Gardiner.

“In the event industry recently, we have seen a constant swirl of heightened demand, challenging supply line and staffing issues, and run-away expenses; next, we are returning to the norms of a highly competitive market,” said Simon Baggs, Chair of MEA’s judging panel.

“We’ll flip from a sellers’ market to a buyers’ market. Our reputation will be our greatest asset in securing business; reputation is a more significant influencer than price.

“I strongly recommend you apply for a MEA Award or multiple awards; it will put you in good stead in a competitive environment.”

Submissions for the awards will close on 12 February 2024.