PCO Up­date

Business Events News - - News - with Barry Neame

THE meet­ings and events in­dus­try has had a golden run, this year, says Barry Neame, the Pres­i­dent of the Pro­fes­sional Con­fer­ence Or­gan­is­ers As­so­ci­a­tion. He says the fall in the value of the Aus­tralian dol­lar has made do­mes­tic meet­ings man­agers adopt a ‘stay at home’ ap­proach. Mr Neame says there is an air of con­fi­dence within the Aus­tralian meet­ings and events in­dus­try that has not been seen for some time. “The PCO con­fer­ence re­cently held in Bris­bane drew a record at­ten­dance and our as­so­ci­a­tion’s mem­ber­ship num­bers are well over the 400 mark. “The con­fer­ence showed an un­sat­is­fied ap­petite from mem­bers for pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and ed­u­ca­tion. “All train­ing work­shops were booked out -- we had up to 100 peo­ple reg­is­ter­ing for one of the ses­sions.” Mr Neame said the PCO as­so­ci­a­tion would this year step up its ef­forts to em­bolden the skills of its mem­bers. “Our we­bi­nar of­fer­ings will con­tinue to be a key part of our ser­vice to mem­bers. “In 2016 we of­fered 17 we­bi­nar ses­sions to our mem­bers, busi­ness part­ners and broader au­di­ence.

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