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Mice Net : August 2008
mea conference 2008 conference ntcomes out on top at mea STORY BY brad foster imageS cOuRTeSY Of eventpix.com.au There may have been some hits and misses at meetings & events australia’s annual conference but the NT was a clear winner. f there was any doubt that the Northern Territory couldn’t host high-profile, medium-sized meetings that demanded elements including innovation, networking, and a range of concurrent sessions all under the one roof then the MEA 2008 conference proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that it could deliver on all fronts. If the interest in a destination can be determined by delegate numbers then with 517 attendees at the MEA annual gathering Alice Springs and the Northern Territory is clearly of great interest as a host of meetings and incentives. Conference chair Scott Lovett, formerly with the Alice Springs Convention Centre and now Staging Connections, said running an industry event for one’s peers, especially in such a unique location as Alice Springs, requires an enormous amount of work from many key people. “Our local host committee who crafted one of the best social programs in years must be congratulated – especially for the magical night at Ooraminna, memories of which will remain with many of us for years to come! “The program committee, headed by Lynn Fairbrass, must also be congratulated for putting on an inspiring, relevant and thought- provoking speaker program. Last and by no means least the conference team at MEA must be congratulated. As always, the conference impacts all MEA staff, and their work towards this conference went well and truly above and beyond the call of duty.” I Sessions and speakers It has to make you feel pretty good when you’re part of an industry and the Federal Minister representing your market segment comes along and speaks at your annual conference. MEA conference delegates were fortunate to have Federal Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, Martin Ferguson, welcome delegates to Alice Springs, and give assurances that the business tourism segment is a very important segment indeed, recognised by the Federal Government for its value to the community at large. 10 mice.net