PCO 2018 to be held in Melbourne

Professional conference organisers (PCOs), in-house event planners and meeting industry professionals will be heading to Melbourne in December for the PCO Association’s 11th annual conference and exhibition.

The event will bring together more than 400 meeting professionals at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) between 09 and 11 December.

Sixty suppliers to the meetings industry are expected to take part in the trade exhibition.

PCO Association President Barry Neame, in announcing the decision to make Melbourne the venue, said PCOA is very excited to be hosting the conference in the new MCEC expansion space.

The conference was last held in Melbourne in 2013.

He said this year’s theme of Embracing Diversity: How Agile Are You is a proactive call to all meeting planners to seek out fresh perspectives and try something new.

The program will encompass the many facets needed by meeting planners in 2018 and beyond.

The PCO Association is the leading body representing the interests of PCOs and event managers in Australia and New Zealand.

The association aims to increase the standards of professionalism of its members and to promote a better understanding of the roles, functions and contributions of professional conference organisers and event managers in the conference and event sector.

MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King said 2018 is a really exciting time for MCEC.

“We are looking forward to the opening of our expansion in July and the increased opportunities our expanded venue will offer our customers, especially the PCO Association for their event in December”