EEAA: make sustainability, development and talent a priority

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has wrapped up its five events for Global Exhibitions Day (5 June 2019) with a call out to the industry to make ecological sustainability, talent acquisition and career development a major priority.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio said that Global Exhibitions Day focussed on three key messages for the industry including the importance of the sector to the economy, exhibitions as an effective and sustainable way of doing business and promoting a “A career for life” in business events.

“These themes were embedded in the program from start to finish and they resonated strongly with delegates and partners from across the industry,” she said.

“In order for our industry to continue to grow and contribute to the economy, it’s vital that we attract a broad range of talent with the right set of skills. Sustainable business practices are at the core of what many emerging leaders look for from their employers – and the business events sector must commit to taking real steps to reducing our impact on the environment by cutting our waste output and looking at procurement with conscious regard for sustainability.” Ms DiMascio said.

At the 2019 Leaders Forum and Conference and Global Exhibitions Day dinner, EEAA outlined a new partnership with Tourism Australia that will address ecological sustainability and career development and talent acquisition.

John O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Tourism Australia said, “Our partnership with EEAA is a key part of Tourism Australia’s business events strategy, and recognises the importance of the exhibitions sector to both the business events sector and Australia’s visitor economy.”