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Get Global gets stronger with third successful show

No speed dating but lots of interaction drive show’s appeal.

Delegates at Get Global take time out to listen to a series of motivational Saxton Speakers.
Delegates at Get Global take time out to listen to a series of motivational Saxton Speakers.

Get Global, the Sydney-based show dedicated to the outbound business events market, has wrapped up another successful event, its third, with both buyers and sellers praising the event's unique format.

Rather than "speed-dating" timeslots, buyers - 340 this year - are encouraged to flow around the floor at ICC Sydney for networking opportunities with exhibitors - 120 worldwide - and take time out to listen to a series of motivational Saxton Speakers.

This year's speakers included fitness and health powerhouse Michelle Bridges and entrepreneur and engineer, Felicity Furey, who reminded her audience that "as the millennial population grows, 40% of employees will have a boss who is younger than they are".

Rohani De Beger, regional associate director of Marina Bay Sands Singapore,  described the show as "pure international MICE suppliers and buyers, inspirational speakers, fantastic layout and format".

Get Global co-founders Gary Bender and Donna Kessler were encouraged by the quality and commitment shown by the industry.

"Get Global is different because it's not about time slots," said Bender. "There are no bells going off to interrupt conversations. It's all about interaction.

"We don't have hosted buyers, those at the show  are really keen to do business."

Kessler added, "I know when I attend a tradeshow I like to learn (not always about work), meet great people and have the opportunity to network. Which is exactly what we delivered this year."

Delegates from the Hawaiian Islands included representatives from Prince Hotels, the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Current Affairs Hawai'i, and Hawaiian Airlines.

Kris Phadungkiatipong, MICE and trade relationships manager for Hawai'i Tourism Oceania, said Get Global was a great opportunity for delegates from the Hawaiian Islands to network with those interested in meetings, conferences, incentives and events.

"The delegates joining us from the Hawaiian Islands each have years of experience in the MICE industry and are looking to build strong connections in the Australian market," he said.