APPEA wins prestigious national conference award

first_imgSource = APPEA The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) is thrilled to have won a major national award for its 50th anniversary National Conference and Exhibition held in Brisbane last May.The winners of the 2010 Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) National Awards were announced at a gala dinner at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre last night. The MEA event was attended by around 1000 conference and event industry professionals. Having already won the state award, APPEA also won the national award for best Association or Government Meeting of the Year.APPEA Chief Executive, Belinda Robinson, said: “This award recognises the experience, talent and dedication of the APPEA staff in ensuring that the annual APPEA conference is the best it can possibly be.”In commending all those involved in the conference’s organisation and planning, Ms Robinson paid particular tribute to APPEA’s Events Director, Julie Hood, for her leadership and commitment to excellence.“In terms of organisation, attention to detail and determination to keep the APPEA conference at the forefront of a cluttered conference environment, the APPEA events team, led by Julie Hood, is without peer,” Ms Robinson said.APPEA 2010 was held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 16-19 May. Almost 2600 delegates attended, including international delegates from 25 countries. Delegates enjoyed a plenary and concurrent programme of high-calibre speakers from around the world. The associated Exhibition showcased more than 150 oil and gas exploration, production and business service companies, and provided a free wi-fi communications lounge and several networking lounges where delegates could mingle and do business.Other highlights included the launch of a history of APPEA and Australian oil and gas politics by industry author Rick Wilkinson, and the attendance of many of APPEA’s founding directors at an APPEA Hall of Fame function.“Winning the MEA award for the 2010 event was particularly gratifying as it was APPEA’s 50th Anniversary Conference,” Ms Robinson said.“The event not only addressed the challenges and opportunities of the present and the near future, but also celebrated the achievements of the last five decades in which Australia’s oil and gas industry has grown from fragile infancy into robust maturity. It was a memorable event and winning this MEA Award makes APPEA 2010 even more special for our association and our industry.”The 2010 conference would not have been possible without APPEA’s regular and loyal partners. These included Sane Event Group, Execugifts, Victor Goldsztein Event Management, Field Public Relations, Media Dynamics, Octavo Design, Exponet, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, the Meetings Manager managing director Rosemary Ryan, Matt Farthing, and the technical team led by Tony Poynter (Poynter Productions) and Mark Algie (Blugreen).“I would like to extend my thanks to all our partners who assist us year after year in making our conference so successful,” Ms Robinson said.“The APPEA secretariat creates the framework for the event, but the conference and exhibition only comes to life when the people who know and are engaged in our industry come together to share ideas, network and socialise.“The APPEA Conference and Exhibition owes its success to the support given to it by the extended family of Australian oil and gas.” last_img

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