A young conference industry professional from the Hunter and coordinator of a national conference for the Men’s Shed Association in Newcastle this October has won a scholarship award for her work in the meetings industry.
Originally from Thornton, Jessica Christy, 22, has won the Meeting and Events Australia (MEA) NSW Young Professional Scholarship award, which will see her travel to Hamilton Island next month to represent NSW at MEA’s national awards final and conference on Tuesday, 26 May. Her award offers her free flights, accommodation and attendance at the Queensland event.
The Altogether Perfect marketing group, which promotes Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens as events destinations, has congratulated Jessica, whom they have worked with in the organisation and promotion of events in the region.
One of the three leaders of Altogether Perfect, the Newcastle Convention Bureau’s Business Events and Conventions Developer, Georgia Lazzari, described Jessica as a passionate and dedicated advocate for the Hunter region as an events destination.
“We are thrilled Jessica’s enthusiasm for the lucrative business events sector and the Greater Hunter has been recognised by the MEA and we know she will forge a successful career in the industry,” Georgia said.
“We also look forward to working with Jessica in the management of the Men’s Shed conference later this year.”
Now working for Sydney-based company, DC Conferences, Jessica said that winning the award was a great honour.
“I really look forward to attending the 2015 National MEA conference, I am also looking forward to gaining valuable knowledge from leaders in the industry, expanding my networks and walking away from the conference with a plan of action for my future career,” Jessica said.
Jessica will help run the Australian Men’s Shed Association National Conference at Newcastle’s Civic Precinct from 17-20 October 2015, which will attract more than 500 ‘shedders’ from around Australia.
Jessica says she was introduced to the Men’s Shed movement at a young age and has witnessed the prominent role the movement has played in the Hunter along with the remarkable contributions the Sheds make to their local communities. Jessica says she is honoured to be working on the conference in a region she holds dear to her heart.
Image | Jessica Christy (left) receives her award from Alyssia Redburnd, Chair of the Young MEA Committee
Altogether Perfect is a collaborative marketing project promoting Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley as venues for conferences and other business events.
Backed by the Newcastle Convention Bureau, Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association and Destination Port Stephens and supported by industry operators, the joint marketing group attends trade fairs and sales missions and host visits to the region by key conference organisers and media to build the appeal of the Hunter region as a premier business tourism destination.
The Altogether Perfect campaign received funding through the Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF) which is managed and administered by the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.