The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has celebrated the end of the trade and consumer exhibition season with the announcement of the 2015 Awards for Excellence winners at Doltone House – Jones Bay Wharf on Sydney’s Waterfront.
During the EEAA Awards night this week, The Australian Triathlon, Endurance & Cycling (ATEC) Expo scooped the award for ‘Best New Show’. As the team working on ATEC have pointed out, ‘This is an outstanding achievement for a show that was launched into a new market and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our sponsors, exhibitors and visitors. The event is already in full swing and this has given us further vigour to take the event to a new heights in 2016!’
Momentum is in full swing for the second ATEC event – with over already 55 brands confirmed to exhibit at the second show next July.
The 2016 ATEC Expo will next year be staged at The Dome, Sydney Showground on the weekend of 23-24 July 2016. With a broader range of exhibitors and more interactive features, the organizers add that next year’s show is ‘on track to be huge!’
The EEAA Awards event this week was attended by almost 300 people representing organisers, association organisers, venues and suppliers from across Australia and New Zealand and was hosted by SBS TV news presenter, Janice Petersen.
EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said the awards attracted a broad range of entries reflecting the diversity of events, venues and services in our important industry. “These were judged by 29 independent volunteer judges from around Australia and overseas,” DiMascio said.
“It is clear from the judges’ feedback that our members have worked very hard to deliver outstanding results. It is this drive to constantly excel that we celebrate tonight.”
EEAA President, Domenic Genua, said that in 2015 the EEAA had introduced some changes to the Awards for Excellence program as part of a commitment to a process of continual improvement, and also to ensure the awards reflect the evolution and innovation in the industry.
“New Awards categories were introduced, particularly to recognise the contribution of venues, suppliers and contractors to the success of our industry. The Best Green Initiative award was replaced with a more holistic award for Corporate Social Responsibility,” he said.