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DesignBUILD awarded Best Trade Show under 10,000sqm at EEAA Awards

Dec 10, 2015 DesignBUILD News

Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has celebrated the end of the trade and consumer exhibition season with the announcement of the 2015 Awards for Excellence winners at Doltone House – Jones Bay Wharf.

The event was attended by almost 300 people representing Organisers, Association Organisers, Venues and Suppliers from across Australia and New Zealand and was hosted by SBS news presenter, Janice Petersen.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said the Awards attracted a broad range of entries reflecting the diversity of events, venues and services in our important industry.

“These were judged by 29 independent volunteer judges from around Australia and overseas.”  Ms DiMascio said.

“It is clear from the judges’ feedback that our Members have worked very hard to deliver outstanding results. It is this drive to constantly excel that we celebrate tonight.”

EEAA President, Domenic Genua, said he was honoured to present the Trevor Riddell Award for contribution to both the Association and the Exhibition industry to Jim Delahunty of ExpoNet.

Jim Delahunty has been a strong advocate for our industry across his whole career. He has always been one of those trusted, “go-to” people in our industry who gives pragmatic, unbiased, intelligent and strategic advice. He has built a significant organisation that has employed and developed the careers of many people in our industry.” Mr Genua said.

Among those also honoured were the two winners of the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award –Stephanie Bleakley of Diversified Communications Australia, and Daniel Condon of Designteam.

The Best Australian Show was awarded to PAX Australia, organised by Reed Exhibitions Australia. The Best New Zealand Show was awarded to buildnz | designex & The National Safety Show, organised by XPO Exhibitions.

Mr Genua said that in 2015 the Association had introduced some changes to the Awards for Excellence program as part of a commitment to a process of continual improvement, and also to ensure the Awards reflect the evolution and innovation in our industry.

“New Awards categories were introduced, particularly to recognise the contribution of venues, suppliers and contractors to the success of our industry. The Best Green Initiative award was replaced with a more holistic award for Corporate Social Responsibility.

“These refinements were overseen by our 2015 Chair of Judges, John Trevillian, who has shared his outstanding events expertise with us. We thank John and all our judges for supporting the EEAA in this endeavour.

“We salute all those who entered the EEAA 2015 Awards for Excellence – and we salute our finalists and winners and also say thank you to all our partners and sponsors for supporting this special night.” he said.

THE EEAA 2015 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE WINNERS ARE:

Best Australian Show
Winner: PAX Australia – Reed Exhibitions Australia

Best New Zealand Show
Winner: buildnz | designex & The National Safety Show – XPO Exhibitions

Trevor Riddell President’s Award
Winner: Jim Delahunty – ExpoNet

*Richard Geddes Young Achiever
The judges awarded two winners in this category:

*Stephanie Bleakley – Diversified Communications Australia

*Daniel Condon – Designteam

Category Winners:

Best Consumer Show over 10,000 m2
PAX Australia – Reed Exhibitions Australia

*Best Trade Show over 10,000 m2
Winner: Integrate – Diversified Communications Australia

*Highly Commended: Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference – Diversified Communications Australia

Best Supplier Team – Event
Winner: G20 Leaders’ Summit – ExpoNet

Best Supplier – Services or Products
Winner: Harry the hirer

Best Venue Team
Winner: IUCN World Parks Congress Team – Sydney Showground

Best New Product or Service

Winner: Conrad System – Reed Exhibitions Australia

Best Corporate Citizenship
Winner: Good Friday Appeal 2015 – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign
Winner: Integrate – Diversified Communications Australia

*Best New Initiative – Venue
Winner: Dockside Pavilion – First Year of Operation – Dockside Group

*Highly Commended: Aerial – Food & Desire

Best Consumer Show under 10,000 m2
Winner: Dog Lovers Show – Sydney – Event Management International

Best Trade Show under 10,000 m2
Winner: DesignBUILD – Diversified Communications Australia

Best Custom Stand
Winner: Cisco Stand at Cisco Live – Exhibit Systems

Best Show Team
Winner: 26th World Gas Conference – Exhibition Team – Exhibitions & Trade Fairs

Best New Show

Winner: The Australian Triathlon, Endurance & Cycling Expo – Informa Australia

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON EEAA 2015 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE WINNERS:

Best Australian Show

The winners of each Australian show category that have been announced tonight were put in the running to find the best-of-the-best overall Australian show for 2015.

Winner: PAX Australia – Reed Exhibitions Australia

PAX Australia – Reed Exhibitions Australia was chosen as the Best Australian Show through a rigorous two-step judging process. A new team of judges reviewed the winners in all Australian show categories and PAX Australia – Reed Exhibitions Australia was chosen as the Best Australian Show. Judges remarked that PAX Australia delivered great results across all the judging criteria. PAX Australia is the biggest community gaming expo in the southern hemisphere. (See additional note: in category notes)

Best New Zealand Show
Winner: buildnz | designex & The National Safety Show – XPO Exhibitions

XPO Exhibitions successfully launched and delivered buildnz | designex – co-locating with The National Safety Show trade event in 2015.The event addressed important issues across the industry and an extensive communications strategy, leveraging of leading industry associations, media partners and targeted marketing ensured the event’s success. The event exceeded all sales targets and achieved its highest ever attendance: over 300 exhibitors and over 6,000 visitors.

Trevor Riddell President’s Award
Winner: Jim Delahunty – ExpoNet

This award is presented at the discretion of the President and is presented to honour contribution to the Association or industry.

Quotes are from EEAA President, Domenic Genua: As President of the Association I have the opportunity to choose the winner of the Trevor Riddell Award – this is presented at the President’s discretion to recognise those who contribute to our industry. Jim Delahunty has been a strong advocate for our industry across his whole career. He has always been one of those trusted, “go-to” people in our industry for pragmatic, unbiased, intelligent and strategic advice. He has built a significant organisation that has employed and developed the careers of many people in our industry.

*Richard Geddes Young Achiever
The judges awarded two Young Achievers:

Stephanie Bleakley – Diversified Communications Australia and

Daniel Condon – Designteam

*Stephanie Bleakley – Diversified Communications Australia

Stephanie is a critical member of Diversified’s marketing team. Her two events, Integrate and DesignBUILD have benefited from her capacity to deliver strong marketing programs for two big brands. She is also involved with industry sectors outside Diversified Communications and has the potential to make a big contribution to the EEAA Young Stars Program.

*Daniel Condon – Designteam
In relation to Daniel, the judges remarked that he is playing a key role re-defining the services of Designteam. He is taking the company from a traditional supplier of design services, to one that embraces new technology in the delivery of exhibitions. He has done four key things:

  •           He has focused on developing augmented reality elements to stand delivery
  •           He has contributed to the re-branding of Designteam
  •           He has also helped to win major contracts like Defence South Australia
  •           And he has contributed to the development of the EEAA Young Stars Program

Category Winners:
Best Consumer Show over 10,000 m2
Winner: PAX Australia – Reed Exhibitions Australia

Following a successful launch at the Melbourne Showgrounds in 2013, PAX Australia moved to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in 2014. PAX is the largest community gamers event in the southern hemisphere. PAX Australia 2014 was an outstanding event that:

– Doubled its floor space

– Increased paid attendance by 35% to 55,000 people

– It video streamed PAX content to over 1 million unique international viewers via Twitch.TV

The judges remarked that the visitor experience delivered at PAX made it the stand-out consumer show in the category.

*Best Trade Show over 10,000 m2
Winner: Integrate – Diversified Communications Australia

Integrate has cemented its position as Australia’s leading event for the AV and IT systems integration industry. Integrate 2015 connected more than 5,300 industry professionals with 120 leading brands. Integrate ran its most successful event to date in seven years, being held in Melbourne for the first time ever. It cleverly fostered relationships with key associations and local partners and it achieved a deeper market penetration in Victoria which added to its success. In 2015, Integrate featured a sold out event for women in AV, which focused on developing careers for women in the industry.
*Highly Commended: Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference – Diversified Communications Australia
Best Supplier Team – Event
Winner: G20 Leaders’ Summit – ExpoNet

Identified as the Australian event industry’s most prestigious government event, the G20 Leaders’ Summit was hosted by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the ExpoNet Team played an important role in its success. Largely acknowledged as the ‘friendliest’ and ‘best’ in G20 Summit history, world leaders and their delegations experienced the outcome of months of intense event planning and production.  The team behind the design, project management and supply of the venue fit-out works was spearheaded by ExpoNet in Australia.

Best Supplier – Services or Products
Winner: Harry the hirer

For over 35 years, Harry the hirer has been providing products and services to the exhibition and conference industry. They have built their business on the principle of ‘growing our client’s business’. The judges commented that the submission showcased the strength of the Harry the Hirer team and their pursuit for excellence. Harry the hirer was chosen as the category winner because of its investment in staff and improving the customer experience.

Best Venue Team
Winner: IUCN World Parks Congress Team – Sydney Showground

Sydney Showground delivered the once in a decade, IUCN World Parks Congress from 12 – 19 November 2014. The team welcomed over 6,000 delegates from over 170 countries to explore the theme of Parks, People, Planet: Inspiring Solutions. The event delivered an estimated $34.2 million of economic activity into NSW. The team catered for 931 different dietary requirements!

Best New Product or Service

Winner: Conrad System – Reed Exhibitions Australia

Reed Exhibitions Australia needed to find an innovative way to sell tokens to comic-con fans which reduced their queuing times and offered a more acceptable experience. Reed created its own online “shopping cart experience” called ‘Conrad’ after the Oz Comic Con mascot ‒ a world-first digital token system.  Key benefits of the new system included queue times reduced from over 2 hours to under 30 minutes.

Best Corporate Citizenship
Winner: Good Friday Appeal 2015 – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Good Friday Appeal of the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, was the strongest of the entries in this category. Big projects like this raise the community consciousness about contributing to important community causes. This submission was an outstanding example of the impact that can be made when a big organisation gets behind an important social and environmental initiative.

Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign
Winner: Integrate – Diversified Communications Australia
Integrate – was held in a new location which meant it had to start from scratch in many ways. The increase in visitor numbers as well as the media coverage was impressive. Integrate – had a very innovative approach to social media. Its campaign involved creating a digital superhero figures and developing a campaign around these.  This campaign was an emotive “pull” to be a part of a superhero industry.

*Best New Initiative – Venue
Winner: Dockside Pavilion – First Year of Operation – Dockside Group

Dockside Pavilion, anchored on a floating pontoon at Convention Wharf, Darling Harbour, has added an exciting new venue to Sydney.  During its first year of operation, its space has offered a blank canvas that allows total flexibility in event design and delivery, hosting a large number of public and corporate events. The judges remarked that the Dockside Pavilion is a great addition to Sydney.

*Highly Commended: Aerial – Food & Desire

Best Consumer Show under 10,000 m2
Winner: Dog Lovers Show – Sydney – Event Management International
The second Sydney Dog Lovers Show welcomed over 20,000 passionate dog lovers, over 500 dogs, more than 100 breeds, 180+ Exhibitors and literally hundreds of products and services for your pooch.

A hugely successful show across the board – growth, happy customers, exceeding show objectives and profitability! To have the show licenced overseas is a great testament to the show team and organisers. An incredible result.

Best Trade Show under 10,000 m2
Winner: DesignBUILD – Diversified Communications Australia

Diversified Communications Australia looked to feedback from the 2014 DesignBUILD to provide an evidence-based, data-driven roadmap to success.

This was distilled in to the ‘Ten Commitments’ – a document that would inform all decision making for 2015. The event was a resounding success with 65% of exhibitors committing to return for the 2016 event while also boasting 43% growth in revenue from 2014. A great result, driven by a great plan.

Best Custom Stand
Winner: Cisco Stand at Cisco Live – Exhibit Systems

For the fifth consecutive year, Exhibit Systems delivered Cisco’s demonstration space at the renowned Cisco Live event in Melbourne. With an increased floor space, this was the largest stand Cisco and Exhibit Systems have produced – and the most daring – featuring an urban park village theme throughout the space. With emphasis on the Internet of Everything (IoE) and Internet of Things (IoT), it showcased Cisco’s products and technologies – and how they connect with each other and with us.

Best Show Team
Winner: 26th World Gas Conference – Exhibition Team – Exhibitions & Trade Fairs

In June 2015, the ETF Sydney team delivered the record-breaking 26th World Gas Conference in Paris. This was the first exhibition in France for ETF. ETF provided a turnkey delivery of the exhibition – from strategic planning, sales and marketing – to on-site delivery. The ETF team delivered 38% growth of net exhibition space and 17 % sponsorship growth. The judges remarked that the degree of difficulty in building a team to deliver an offshore project in a foreign location – with language and cultural barriers – made this the winning team.

Best New Show

Winner: The Australian Triathlon, Endurance & Cycling Expo – Informa Australia

The Australian Triathlon, Endurance & Cycling (ATEC) Expo is Australia’s FIRST and ONLY multisport exhibition targeting an audience of triathletes, cyclists, endurance runners and multisport enthusiasts under the one roof. Launched on 4-5 July, 2015 the show attracted an audience of over 3000 visitors and boasted an impressive line-up of 80 exhibitors as well as interactive experiences for people of all ages.

 

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