Arinex, Australia and their collaborating partners, Business Events Perth, AIM Group International and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre were announced as the winners of the IAPCO Driving Excellence – Collaboration Award during the IBTM World Virtual Awards Ceremony.

Ori Lahav, IAPCO President and VP Client & Operations, Kenes Group said ‘2020!  What a year…The PCO year of innovation, collaboration, resilience, adaptation and forward-thinking.  It is time for us to celebrate the triumphs, despite the still challenging climate.

The winners demonstrated the power of collaboration, where partners and supporters came together for the good of the business events industry to deliver one of the first and largest business events industry hub and spoke events since the COVID19 pandemic: The Turn of Events; Bringing Business Events Back

The goodwill and inspiration provided as a collective to event planners and clients supported the announcement of $50 million being provided by the Australian Government to kickstart the industry.’

Nicole Walker, CEO, Arinex replied “We were overwhelmed by the support of a crippling sector to not only assist and back the event, but each made significant financial contribution during the most difficult of times for the benefit of the whole sector. We have been privileged to be part of this group. This award is timely given its international prominence to align with the global Tourism Australia international campaigns which highlight Australia’s strength in safety, sustainability, wide open landscapes, extraordinary adventures and the ability to work together. We look forward to welcoming international business events back to Australia.”

IAPCO received a record number of high quality submissions for the award in 2020.  These submissions were shortlisted to the following finalists:

  • ICMS, Australia with the Australian Society of Antimicrobials
  • Arinex, Australia with Business Events Perth
  • Conference Partners International with Glasgow Convention Bureau

Ori, closed the awards ceremony by recognising all of the hard work of the IAPCO members in what has been a challenging year.  As well as, sincerely thanking IBTM Events for their continued support of the award and IAPCO Activities.