Professors Leo Jago and Margaret Deery join AACB Hall of Fame

Professor Leo Jago and Professor Margaret Deery have been inducted into the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Hall of Fame.

“On behalf of the Board, we are delighted to recognise Professor Leo Jago and Professor Margaret Deery as Hall of Fame Inductees,” said Michael Matthews, AACB president.

“It is a privilege to recognise their valuable contribution to Australia’s convention bureaux and outstanding achievements for the business events industry.”

Professors Jago and Deery have had a significant impact on the AACB and its members for some 21 years, advising many convention bureaux around the country how to best value the economic benefit of business events to their respective destinations.

This work also led to ongoing improvements to the AACB’s annual performance reports over the past 16 years, through to the development of the Association’s current market intelligence program which now produces the AACB Forward Calendar.

They are best known across the industry for their involvement in the 2005 National Business Events Study – one of the most robust research reports that is still referenced today to identify the economic contribution of the industry to Australia.

“We feel honoured to be inducted into the AACB Hall of Fame and privileged to have had the opportunity to work with the business events industry for 21 years,” they said.

“As researchers we have had insights into the substantial contribution that this industry makes to the economy.

“Although the AACB members compete for business, we have always been so impressed with the willingness of staff to support staff from other bureaux and to share data for the benefit of all members. We have not seen this in other sectors in which we have worked.

“We would like to thank the AACB and IMEX for making this award possible; it is a great honour to join such a distinguished group of Hall of Fame inductees from earlier years.”