Get Global founders launch local concept

Face-to-face domestic business events show planned for 30 July 2021

The founders/owners of the Get Global business events show, Gary Bender and Donna Kesler, have unveiled plans for an Australia-focused event for 2021, aptly named Get Local.

‘Get Local – The Meeting Place’ will celebrate Australasian destinations and suppliers, drawing inspiration from the successful concept of the multiple award-winning international destination show, creating an affordable and dynamic event experience for local buyers and suppliers.

The new show comes as Get Global is placed “on hold” due to the current uncertainty for Australians heading overseas. “As soon as it’s safe for international travel to commence, Get Global will be back, stronger than ever,” the Get Global website states.

“For a number of years, we have received strong support and encouragement from the industry to replicate the successful formula of Get Global for a local show. We now feel the time is right,” the Co-Founders said.

“We understand conferences and meetings bring significant economic and employment benefits to our destinations, hotels, venues and suppliers – it’s the livelihood of our industry. Now more than ever it is important to reconnect, reengage and meet face to face… after all, that’s what we do!

“We, like our entire industry, have felt the impact of COVID-19 in our day-to-day businesses, so we want to do something concrete to help the industry kick-start again,” said Bender.

“Get Local gives us a chance to reconnect and inspire the business events industry in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. By July 2021, we will be well and truly ready to see our friends and colleagues and get back to business.”

Get Local will be a COVID-safe event adhering to all state and federal requirements in place at that time.

“We create a fun day out of the office where the focus is on networking and learning opportunities. There has been industry pressure for some time for a local show and now is the right time to push ahead with our plans. There is so much incredible product available and conferencing is a key driver of our economy, it’s time to focus on what we have in our own backyard,” Kessler remarked.

Get Local will showcase metro and regional suppliers and activities, giving direct access to leading event, meeting and conference organisers with a view to support the MICE industry in 2021 and beyond.

Get Local is planned for Friday 30 July 2021 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney.

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