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May 15, 2017 MICE No Comments Email Email

Following an extensive national tender process Adelaide based All Occasions Group (AOG) has been named the event manager for the highly prestigious World Fisheries Congress 2020 (WFC2020) – a fantastic follow up to their winning the right to manage the largest event to be held in Adelaide – the International Astronautical Congress (September 2017).

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, and South Australian Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Leon Bignell, last year announced that Adelaide will be the host city for this prestigious event.

The Congress will be led by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) in partnership with AOG on behalf of the Australian Society for Fish Biology and the broader Australian and New Zealand seafood industry.

Anne-Marie Quinn – CEO, AOG said: “We will be working alongside the WFC2020 Steering Committee to bring an expected 1500 national and international delegates to Adelaide to learn about and foster cooperation in fisheries science, conservation and management.  In a win for the local industry, we anticipate that similar to the 2014 World Aquaculture Conference, delegates will also visit South Australia’s regional fisheries and aquaculture sites.”

As the conference organiser, AOG alongside its client WFC2020, will manage a massive undertaking including:

Budget Management – preparing and regularly updating a detailed budget for the Congress.

Marketing and Communications – undertake a plan targeting potential delegates globally.

Venue Management – from ‘bump-in’ to ’bump-out’ for both the congress and exhibition at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Event Management – from registration to dietary requirements of delegates, manage audio-visual requirements, provide secretariat services and a messaging service for delegates and speakers.  A schedule of associated events and workshops is also to be created.

Exhibition Management – total management of the exhibition including establishing the floor plan, creating packages for and liaison with exhibitors and managing an onsite internet café.

Travel – reserve and manage blocks of bookings at numerous Adelaide Hotels and negotiate rates.  Manage air and ground transport requirements, provide personalised itineraries for delegates and co-ordinate all ground transport requirements and shuttles.

Program Management – establish a suitable event program structure and schedule including opening and closing ceremonies.

Social Program – develop concepts for social functions as part of the event as well as creating a schedule of activities/tours for partners. Create options for pre and post touring and off site tours during the event incorporating regional South Australian options.

Sponsorship Management – work to establish attractive sponsorship opportunities and packages, and manage sponsors.

The WFC2020 will showcase internationally, Australia, New Zealand and the broader Pacific region – home to an array of marine and freshwater habitats extending from the tropics to the Antarctic.  Significantly, the region is at the forefront of scientific assessment and management of fisheries and aquatic ecosystems.

“The fisheries industry is perhaps at a more globally significant time than ever before.  We’re excited to work with the Steering Committee to bring in a host of the industry’s top research and management experts from across the world.  Delegates will enjoy insightful presentations, information on the latest technological advances in fisheries and an inspiring forum for debate and discussion on critical developments needed to ensure the future sustainable development of the world’s oceans and rivers,” said Ms Quinn.

Professor Gavin Begg, Chair of WFC2020 and Research Chief Aquatic Sciences at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), a division of PIRSA, said: “Anne-Marie demonstrated to us that All Occasions Group has the capabilities and experience in managing an international event and the committee looks forward to combining this experience with her local knowledge and expertise.  We look forward to the WFC2020 being an exceptional success.”

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