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The 2016 Asia Pacific Venue Industry Congress

The 2016 Asia Pacific Venue Industry Congress theme is: ‘Innovate – Integrate – Motivate”, and will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Australia, from 15 to 18 May 2016.

Highlights of this year’s Congress include presentations on Live Music, Arts & Cultural Festivals; Safety and Security within Mass Gathering Environments; Data Analytics; Viable Regional Venues; Venue Architecture and Interior Design; Human Resources and Litigation; Venue Design and Technology; Live Music Promoters and Ticketing; Brisbane’s World Class Venues; Rise of South-East Asian Venues; Food & Beverage Planning and Delivery; Event Sponsorship Trends and Opportunities; Environmental Programs for Venues; Crisis Media Management; Major Events Across Diverse Sectors; and much, much more!

Venue Management Association Asia Pacific (VMA) Chief Executive, Steve Romer, commented:

Following a record-breaking 2015 Congress, this year’s Congress will share new and exciting ways to innovate, integrate and motivate in today’s modern and contemporary venues.

The 2016 Congress will challenge traditional thinking around how venue professionals innovate, integrate and motivate within a modern venue environment. It’s been over 20 years since we’ve been to Brisbane, and we’re very excited that this year’s destination will play an important role in bringing together the largest gathering of venue professionals in our region.

The Congress will also feature a gathering of world-class speakers, including (but is not limited to):
 Tony Cochrane – Founding Director, International Entertainment Consulting
 Bill Hauritz – Founder & Director, Woodford Folk Festival
 Peter Noble – Founder & Director, Bluesfest Byron Bay
 Roger Field – COO, Live Nation Australia and New Zealand
 Karen Totaro – General Manager, Atlantic City Convention Center USA
 Alan Graham – General Manager, Suncorp Stadium
 Todd Greenberg – CEO, National Rugby League Australia
 Guy Ngata – CEO, Eden Park Trust New Zealand
 John Kotzas – CEO, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
 Cliff Wallace – Chairman, Shenyang New World Expo (Management) Ltd, China
 Michael Harrison – Tour Director, Frontier Touring
 Matthew Lazarus-Hall – CEO, Chugg Entertainment
 Tim McGregor – COO, Dainty Group
 Tim Worton – Group General Manager Arenas, AEG Ogden
 Leighton Wood – COO, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
 Craig Sheridan – Sheridan Consulting (former Commander State Planning Unit NSW Police)
 Phillip Di Bella – Founder & Director, Di Bella Coffee
 Danny Baade – Head of Security, 2018 Commonwealth Games
 Peter Hallinan – Queensland Police, Business Liaison Unit
 Jim Fidler – Director, Secure Events & Assets
 Stuart Barnes – General Manager, WIN Stadium & Entertainment Centre
 Tim Pow – General Manager, Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre
 Chris Dodds – Managing Director, The P.A. People
 James Pearce – Senior Associate, Populous
 David Sheehan – Executive Director, Asset Management – Plenary Group
 Steve Drury – Head of Development & Marketing, The P.A. People
 Lars Brandle – Billboard Magazine Journalist, Australia New Zealand
 Troy & Zara Swindells Grose – Directors, Humour Australia
 Michael Enoch – General Manager, Studio City Event Centre, Macau China
 Ian Love – Catering Manager, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
 Kim Pengelly – Deputy General Manager, Woodford Folk Festival
 James Irvine – Director Global Partnerships, AEG Ogden
 Sheila Nguyen – Director, Sports Environmental Alliance
 Peter Wearne – General Manager Facilities, Melbourne Cricket Ground
 Kim Tran – Director Policy & Programs, Live Performance Australia
 Darren Burden – General Manager, VBase, New Zealand
 Nelita Byrne – Venues Manager, Yarrow Stadium/TSB Bowl of Brooklands/TSB Stadium
 Karen Middleton – Freelance Journalist (former SBS Chief Political Correspondent)
 Bruce Whitehead – Director, Mock Court International Pty Ltd
 Gary Thomas – Manager, Technical and Design – International Projects, AEG Ogden
 Carly Whetham – Assistant Director (Events & Sports), Australian Sports Commission

For further information on the VMA and the Congress, go to: www.vma.org.au or www.vmacongress.com