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The 2018 edition of Get Global was a sold-out event, with 144 exhibitors making connections with 300 highly qualified buyers.
The 2018 edition of Get Global was a sold-out event, with 144 exhibitors making connections with 300 highly qualified buyers.

Get Global, Australia's only showcase for international destinations to the Australian and New Zealand outbound business events market, is happening at International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney on July 26, 2019. However, months before the day of the event, Get Global has already global exhibitors from the US and UK to New Zealand, hong Kong and Fiji. 

The 2018 edition of Get Global was a sold-out event, with 144 exhibitors making connections with 300 highly qualified buyers, 80% of which had over $200,000 to spend in the following financial year. Survey results from last year also showed that 95% of exhibitors met new buyers, and 94% of buyers said they expected to do business with the exhibitors they met within 12 months. 

The continued success of Get Global, according to Gary Bender and Donna Kessler, co-founders and directors, is due to the event being designed and managed by people who buy outbound events. "Donna and I have been buyers and sellers in this industry for a long time. We know what people want, need and expect. We have specifically made Get Global easy to engage with, and a great place to network, buy and sell. With Get Global, exhibitors don't need to spend weeks preparing their teams, don't need to invest in an elaborate stand, don't need to worry about appointments, and don't need to adhere to conversation time limits set by others. We're all about building and growing international relationships - and every aspect of the event has that laser focus in mind."

Kessler added that this year's edition of Get Global will be improved based on comments from attendees last year. These changes include a brand new exhibitor package, a buyer list that will be shared with exhibitors before the show, insurance that is now included in all packages, a brand new floor plan, a new discounted priced for additional exhibitor passes, as well as updated sponsor opportunities. As for the format of 2019's Get Global, Kessler added that there will also be more presentations in the GET Smart Corner, more in-zone catering to connect buyers and sellers, and more opportunities to network. 

Virginia McCarthy, business development manager, conference venues and booking services, and Get Global buyer said, "The exhibitors at Get Global were relevant to our business. I also learnt about new destinations who provided information and contacts for when the time comes for us to place business there. It was a very enjoyable and educational day."