Melbourne Insider Issue 5


Karen BolingerThe Melbourne Convention Bureau recently completed its 2014/2015 strategic business planning, which gave us the opportunity to identify new ways to grow the business we directly deliver to you.

With this in mind, we have aligned the Membership team with International Incentives, and it gives me great pleasure to inform you that Jasmine Lim - Director, International Incentives is now also responsible for the organisation's Membership and Strategic Partnership portfolios.

MCB is currently recruiting for a Senior Membership Manager who will report to Jasmine, while Audrey Vignau will continue in her role as Membership and Event Executive.

Jon Malpas will now solely focus on strategic events in his capacity of Director, Events as we embark on significant renewal of the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME). In the Business Development and Bids team, Beverley Williamson has been appointed to Director, Business Development and PCO Partnerships and David McCarthy will become Acting Associate Director, Bids.

AIDS 2014 is now well underway, officially opened on Sunday night during a moving Opening Ceremony at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, where leaders of the HIV/AIDS global community, including Local Co-Chair Professor Sharon Lewin, paid tribute to their friends and colleagues who perished in the MH17 tragedy on Friday.

Delegate numbers are now over 12,000, with highlights of the week including a presentation by Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States and Founder of the Clinton Foundation today, and tomorrow, artist and activist Sir Bob Geldof will take to the stage.

The City of Melbourne's Cultural Program was launched on Friday night with the "Honouring the Past, Hope for the Future: Towards an HIV Free Generation" light projections on Hamer Hall, presented by Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH). The Program is the greatest city-wide activation the IAS has seen in the history of conference, which will see more than 160 events take place across the city involving more than 90 local businesses.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for working closely with us on the many facets of AIDS 2014. This collaborative effort will ensure the conference is not only successful, but makes history for our state.

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Karen Bolinger