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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: or

MEI becomes Official Event Partner of Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific

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Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015PanStadia & Arena Management’s ‘live’ event – will bring together the movers and shakers from the world of sports venue design/build, management, operation, fit-out and technology at the Singapore Sports Hub this September (28-30), for three days of networking, knowledge-sharing and doing business.


ALAD Ltd (the show organisers & magazine publishers) are delighted to announce that Major Events International (MEI) is now confirmed as an event partner, which will engender a close cooperation between the two. MEI members will benefit from discounted exhibition stand and sponsorship rates, as well as specially reduced delegate pass rates.


Dennis Mills, CEO of Major Events International commented:

We are excited to partner with Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific for the first time this year. This expo allows us access to the region for our members; a growing market full of sporting opportunities with the Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup and both Summer and Winter Olympics all taking place there in the next 5 years.


Major Events International is the only global professional membership scheme across all sectors in the major events industry. The organisation has years of experience working with best-in-class companies for the world’s most iconic sport events, including World Cup series, Olympics and regional games. With direct links to organising committees, specialist sector groups, and targeted networking opportunities, MEI’s promise is to make companies succeed in the global major events marketplace.


With a conference featuring over 50 industry experts and a free-to-attend exhibition showcasing the leading product and service providers in the sector, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific is already established as the largest gathering of industry professionals in the entire APAC region.


For further details on the event or to discuss speaker &/or exhibitor opportunities, please contact Sam Wibrew, Event Director, on Tel: +44 (0)208 133 7678 or email:


To view the list of industry elite speakers and conference topics to be under the spotlight at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, simply visit the show website at:


To find out more about Major Events International and the membership scheme, please contact Richa Ghai, Partnerships Manager, on Tel: +44 (0)207 073 2661 or email:


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Soccerex to partner with the ICSS to address Security and Integrity at the Asian Forum

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Soccerex have announced a new partnership with the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) that will see the organisation become the Sport Security and Integrity Event Supporter for the Soccerex Asian Forum 2015, which is being held May 3-4.

As part of the partnership, ICSS Executive Director Chris Eaton will speak on the ‘Integrity in Asian Football’ panel at the event, taking place at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre on the banks of the Dead Sea, Jordan.

Eaton is a seasoned international integrity expert, with over 40 years’ law enforcement and integrity experience, including senior roles at INTERPOL, as well as Security Advisor for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and subsequently Head of Security at FIFA.

Since joining the ICSS three years ago, Eaton has set about promoting integrity reform in sport through a range of programmes with sport, law enforcement and government to help encourage the creation of an international framework to combat integrity threats and corruption in sport.

Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie commented:

Corruption is an issue that has sadly threatened to plague the beautiful game in recent years. At Soccerex we are determined to help tackle this issue and are delighted to be working with top international experts such as Chris at the 2015 Asian Forum in Jordan. The panel will shed some much needed light on how one of the game’s most growing threats affects football in Asia.

The Forum will bring together key decision makers from major event committees, as well as other international football figures, to discuss the challenges faced throughout the region as it prepares for an unprecedented level of major event hosting. Senior members of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy will be on hand to discuss the latest developments ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.  Other industry leaders already confirmed include the CEO of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2016, Samar Nassar and FIFA Vice-President HRH Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein.

For further details about the Soccerex Asian Forum please contact Soccerex on Tel: +44 208 987 5522 or email: or visit

PanStadia & Arena Management is proud to be an official Media Partner for all of Soccerex’s events in 2015, with our Global Business Development Director, Sam Wibrew, to be in attendance at the Asian Forum. Should you wish to arrange a date and time to meet with Sam during the Forum, please email him directly at:


Official Show Guide launched for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014

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Just 3 weeks remain until Asia Pacific’s largest ever event for the sports venue industry, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014.

With over 60 industry leaders confirmed to speak, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 boasts the most comprehensive program on sports venue design, operations and revenue-enhancement initiatives ever delivered in the region, as you will see when downloading the official Show Guide:


Make sure to book your DELEGATE PASS HERE and receive all of the following added extras Free of Charge:

  • Access to all conference sessions
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of new National Stadium, sponsored by Dallmeier and Vector Foiltec
  • Entry to the evening networking reception on Thursday 25 September, sponsored by Delaware North Companies
  • All food and drink during coffee and lunch breaks
  • A FREE two-year print subscription to PanStadia & Arena Management magazine (worth £200 or SGD 414)
PanStadia & Arena Management is proud to be an Official Media Partner for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014.

PanStadia & Arena Management is proud to be an Official Media Partner for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014.

To find details on the 60+ industry-elite speakers and the 50+ industry-leading exhibitors that will be present at this unmissable Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event, please visit the home-page at:

Beijing preparing to host 3rd annual international sports services convention

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China’s sports services sector is preparing to welcome the international sports world to its capital city, Beijing, later this month for the third annual China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS-Sports).


CIFTIS-Sports is being hosted by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports and will take place May 28 to June 1 at China’s National Convention Center in Beijing.


The conference will give companies from all over the world a chance to explore China’s booming sports market. The CIFTIS-Sports event will allow exhibitors to connect with members of 20 sports bureaus from throughout China, such as the General Administration of Sport of China, and the provincial sports bureaus of Beijing, Shanghai, Shanxi, Fujian, Guangdong, etc.


Other special guests include the China Sports Industry Group, Beijing Ring New Venture Capital Co. Ltd., Adidas, PEAK Sports, CCTV Sports, and many more.


Guest speakers include representatives from the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, NBA China, Beijing Sports University, and, to name but a few.


CIFTIS-Sports provides insights and strategies for international companies and allows them to become familiar with the emerging sports market of China. Event exhibitors will have exclusive access to government officials from the sports ministries who can assist in achieving strategic business objectives.


The Chinese sports market is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. With professional sports leagues such as the Chinese Basketball Association, the Chinese Super League, and the Chinese Volleyball League, the country has built a solid foundation for the growth of sports in its country. And Beijing has been active in hosting world championship events in its quest to co-host the 2022 Winter Olympics.


PanStadia & Arena Management is proud to be an Official Media Partner for CIFTIS-Sports, with attendees to receive copies of our latest Summer ’14 issue post-show.