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.