The first Australian Event Awards to be held on the Sunshine Coast kicked off with a bang on Wednesday evening, setting the stage for a night of celebration as over 300 people from across the country gathered to recognise the best events in Australia and achievements by Australians in the worldwide events industry.
Amongst this year's winners was a balance of Event Awards veterans and first time finalists. Byron Bay Bluesfest, Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Mumbrella360 and Santos Tour Down Under all took home gongs to add to their collections, for Best Regional Event, Visit Sunshine Coast Best Tourism Event, CIM Magazine Best Meeting or Conference and Best Sporting Event respectively.
Meanwhile, Shane International Events & Entertainment were thrilled to win Best Achievement in Entertainment with their first entry into the Awards for their work on The Magical Gift of Mother Earth at the 2015 Royal Adelaide Show, and DG Global made a stunning Event Awards debut, taking home both Event Producer of the Year and Event Management Company of the Year.
The Australian Event Awards recognise the best of the national events industry, regardless of event size, audience or purpose. 23 categories were presented at this year’s ceremony, awarding the best events and achievements between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.
The Awards will be held on the Sunshine Coast again in 2017 and 2018 after Visit Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council won a nationwide bidding process in early 2016 to bring the Awards to the coast. 2016 marks the first time the Awards have been held in a regional area since they were founded in 2009.
Visit the website for full list of Winners and Finalists by category.
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