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MEA Recognises National Award Recipients


By Gwen O’Toole
 
Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) recognised and rewarded the industry’s top performers at their annual gala dinner National Awards night held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on April 7 (Tuesday.)  The event, with it’s wine themed dress code of red, white or sparkling, recognised industry best practice and winners were selected from the ranks of winners of State and Territory MEA awards following a judging and submissions process. 
 
 
 
Inside the Adelaide Convention Centre for the 22nd Annual MEA National Awards
 
The gala dinner, was the finale event of the 22nd MEA conference.
 
South Australia was a top performer taking out three much sought after awards for the evening including the Adelaide Convention Centre winning for Meeting Venue over 500 Delegates and two Corporate Social Responsibility awards, Adelaide Expo Hire took the award for best meetings and events support services and Event Planners SA’s Brylee McFarlane was noted as the ‘YMEA Future Leader of the Year.’
 
Also at this year’s event two ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees were announced. The Hall of Fame Award applies to members who win the same award for three consecutive years. This year saw Tour Hosts inducted for Meetings Management – 8 or more employees as well as Special Event Organiser, Great Southern E-vents.
 
 
Complete award recipients follow:
 
Meeting of the Year – More than 500 delegates- Tour Hosts Pty Ltd
 
Meeting of the Year – Less than 500 delegates0- Event Planners Australia
 
Special Event of the Year- Limelight Events for The ANZ Breakout Festival Grand Finale Event
 
Exhibition of the Year-Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau
Reed Exhibitions, for AIME
 
Incentive of the Year- Tour Hosts Pty Ltd
 
Public Event of the Year- Peter Jones Special Events for the Victorian Australia Day Celebrations
 
Meetings Management – 8 or more employees-Tour Hosts Pty Ltd
 
Meetings Management – Less than 8 employees- The Forum Group
 
Special Event Organiser-Great Southern E-vents
 
Banqueting & Catering-Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
 
Technical & Creative Production- Solution RED
 
Transportation and/or Travel Services- Murrays Coaches, Buses & Limousines
 
Meetings & Events Support Services-Adelaide Expo Hire
 
Meeting Venue – More than 500 delegates-Adelaide Convention Centre
 
Meeting Venue – 150 to 500 Delegates-Radisson Resort Gold Coast
 
Meeting Venue – Less than 150 delegates- University of New South Wales
 
Specialty Venue- The Mint
 
Operations Person of the Year- Chris Connelly, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
 
Sales and Marketing Person of the Year-Donna Kessler, Tourism Portfolio
 
Meetings Manager of the Year0-Jan Shaw, Event Planners Australia
 
Y MEA Future Leader- Brylee McFarlane, Event Planners Australia
 
Metropolitan Convention Bureau/Tourist Organisation- Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau
 
Regional Convention Bureau/Tourist Organisation- Newcastle Visitor & Convention Bureau
 
Corporate Social Responsibility Award – 1-5 full time employees- Great Southern E-vents
 
Corporate Social Responsibility Award – 6-30 full time employees- WALDRONSMITH Management
Corporate Social Responsibility Award – More than 30 full time employees- Adelaide Convention Centre
 
Platinum Award –Incentive of the Year, Tour Hosts Pty Ltd
The Platinum Award is awarded for the highest overall point score gained by a national winner
 
Outstanding Contribution Award –Geoff Donaghy, Group Director Convention Centres AEG OGDEN; Chairman of Business Events Council of Australia (BECA);
Vice President International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC)
This award recognises the value of an outstanding contributor to the Meetings and Events Industry
 

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