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THE Ex­hi­bi­tion & Event As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­trala­sia’s (EEAA) pres­i­dent Spiro Anemogianni re­vealed am­bi­tious growth plans to trans­form the group into “the peak body for the sec­tor”.

Speak­ing to del­e­gates at the EEAA an­nual con­fer­ence in Syd­ney yes­ter­day, Anemogianni said it was im­por­tant that the two ‘Es’ in the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s name were both rec­o­gised.

“We are very strong in the for­mer but need to em­brace more of the other ma­jor events play­ers,” he ad­mit­ted.

Anemogianni said that with other as­so­ci­a­tions cur­rently at a cross­road, now was the time for the EEAA to take the lead.

“It is no se­cret that since be­com­ing pres­i­dent, I, with the board’s sup­port, have held dis­cus­sions with some of the other bod­ies, namely Meet­ings and Events Aus­tralia (MEA) and the PCO As­so­ci­a­tion,” he said.

Re­gard­less of the talks Anemogianni in­sisted EEAA’s fi­nan­cial po­si­tion and clear strat­egy would al­low it to be­come the main player, urg­ing mem­bers to “watch this space”.

MEAN­WHILE, The in­dus­try’s high­est achiev­ers were recog­nised last night at the EEAA 2016 Awards for Ex­cel­lence.

The en­tries were as­sessed by 32 in­de­pen­dent judges from across Aus­tralia and cov­ered over 20 in­dus­try cat­e­gories from pop cul­ture, en­ergy & re­sources, IT and health.

Among those recog­nised last night were the two win­ners of the Richard Ged­des Young Achiever Award: Anne-Marie Mina of Ex­hi­bi­tions and Trade Fairs and James Kennedy of Ex­hibit Sys­tem’s.

The Best Show for 2017 award was taken home by Hair Expo Aus­tralia 2017, or­gan­ised by Reed Ex­hi­bi­tions Aus­tralia, whilst the new­est ac­co­lade Best As­so­ci­a­tion Event was also won by Reed and its as­so­ci­a­tion part­ner In­ter­ac­tive Games & En­ter­tain­ment As­so­ci­a­tion for their work on PAX Aus­tralia.

View the full list of EEAA win­ners by CLICK­ING HERE.

Pic­tured in Syd­ney yes­ter­day are Spiro Anemogianni and chief ex­ec­u­tive Joyce DiMas­cio.

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