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September 11, 2017

Karen Bolinger Named AACB President

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has announced the election of Karen Bolinger, CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, as its new president.

karen bolingerThe election was held at the AACB Annual General Meeting and announced at the opening of the AACB Conference.

“I am looking forward to a productive year, with one of the first actions being to revisit the strategic plan with a view to the future model of the business events industry in Australia,” said Bolinger.
Bolinger opened the AACB Conference with a presentation on the significance and growth of the business events industry, following the official presidential handover from Lyn Lewis-Smith. Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney, served as AACB president for four years.
The Board also announced the appointment of Michael Matthews, CEO at the Canberra Convention Bureau as Treasurer, and Damien Kitto, CEO of the Adelaide Convention Bureau, as Vice President.
The 28th Annual AACB Conference took place at the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania, commencing with the Welcome Reception and concluding with the AIME Gala Dinner on September 8.
AACB sponsors and supporters include AIME, Tourism Australia, Simpleview, IMEX, Qantas, Destinations International, iVvy, Executive PA Media and the Associations Forum.


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