A new leadership team was elected at the recent Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) annual general meeting, with ceo of Business Events Sydney, Lyn Lewis-Smith (pictured) moving from vice president to president.
Stuart Nettlefold, ceo of Business Events Tasmania, was appointed vice president, while Karen Bolinger, ceo of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, continues as AACB’s Treasurer.
Lewis-Smith said she was honoured to be elected president and represent Australia’s 15 convention bureaux on the national and international stages.
“I come to the presidency at a very exciting time for our industry: we have a new federal government that I am eager to work with to enhance Australia’s proposition within the international business events market and contribute to our own knowledge economy; many Australian cities are welcoming new or enhanced meetings infrastructure; and we are working hard to grow business from the booming Asian market.
“Our local minds are firmly set on strategies that will write the future success stories of our industry globally!”
Outgoing president Damien Kitto, ceo of the Adelaide Convention Bureau, was thanked for his efforts and hard work in leading the executive team for two consecutive two-year terms.