Exhibition and Events Association of Australasia (EEAA) members met for a special general meeting on Thursday, December 8 to discuss and vote for a resolution that would allow its board to proceed with planning for the evolution of the association and a significant change to its operations and future. The members approved the resolution: 'That the Board of Directors of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) be given the authority to proceed with actions as required to merge the Association, and its assets, together with the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) and Australian Convention Centre Group (ACCG), into a new entity." Critical to this resolution was the desire to emphasise that the process would ensure EEAA members interests were protected, with any changes designed to support member prosperity.
„This move will strengthen our ability to serve our members.“
The next year will include the work to design and establish the governance, structure and operating body in place; the members discussed the need to not underestimate the volume of work ahead. Nicole Walker, president of the EEAA said, "This is a special milestone for the industry. This move will strengthen our ability to serve our members." Immediately after the special general meeting, the EEAA board met with leaders of the AACB and ACCG to discuss the resolution. Michael Matthews, AACB president, said a united front will have substantial benefits for sector advocacy, with one key voice fighting for industry growth and support. Domenic Genua, CEO EEAA said: "The vote today gives us certainty about our future, however our work to serve our members doesn't stop."