Get Local announces two new major partnerships ahead of ICC Sydney showcase

Get Local Expo, the domestic business events arm of Get Global, has announced two new major partners ahead of its inaugural event at ICC Sydney in July.

The exhibition will provide event managers, PCOs, meeting planners and incentive organisers the opportunity to learn more about the domestic offerings across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Destination NSW will partner with Get Local to provide event organisers with their latest offerings and news.

NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said it was great to have the opportunity to showcase NSW at ICC Sydney this July, as the return of more face-to-face business events ramps up.

“We know that the recommencement of business events will be crucial in rebuilding and supporting the industry, and the NSW government is focused on making sure event planners know about the many great locations and venues that regional NSW has to offer,” he said.

“It’s been fantastic to see the boost in confidence in NSW in getting back to business and attending events in-person, and we look forward to shining a bright light on our fantastic state at the inaugural Get Local Expo.”

Alongside its major partnership with Destination NSW, Get Local has also teamed up with the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) to support the success of its inaugural domestic business events showcase.

AACB’s convention bureaux members will come together to exhibit at Get Local, representing some 1,800 business events businesses across the supply chain.

Dedicated to driving meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions to their respective destinations, these convention bureaux will provide local support and expertise to event managers, PCOs, meeting planners and incentive organisers.

“The success of Get Local is in everyone’s interest as a key platform to restart the business events industry,” AACB chief executive Andrew Hiebl said.

Donna Kessler and Gary Bender (pictured), co-founders of Get Local, say that ‘uncertainty’ isn’t a word that comes up during Get Local planning sessions.

“The local domestic industry needs this event and it will go ahead. Get Local is a business events expo and a place to reconnect and do business which we need more than ever in 2021,” Bender said.

“2020 was the year of hibernation – 2021 is the year of collaboration and Get Local is the vehicle to make that happen.”

The open floor plan of Get Local will encourage visitors to plan their own day and connect with the suppliers they want to see. The exhibition will showcase venues, hotels, bureaux, AV, technology and all other suppliers to the business events sector across Australasia.

“Businesses need ideas and to innovate, and it can’t continue to be done in isolation,” Kessler said.