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Mike Cannon inducted to AACB Hall of Fame

Industry veteran recognised for significant contributions to Australia’s business events industry.

Meetings maestro, Mike Cannon, has been inducted into the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Hall of Fame. The announcement was made at the 2018 AACB Conference on 14 August 2018.

Cannon served as executive director of AACB for 12 years (2000 – 2012) before helming the Sarawak Convention Bureau for five years, where he was instrumental in winning the bid to host the 2016 ICCA Congress. He now runs a boutique business events consultancy in Sarawak, known as MCBE.

His earlier career included stints with Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) and Qantas, and in 1978 he launched his own destination management company in Australia, which specialised in association study tours.

Cannon was also a founding board member of the National Tourism Alliance of Australia, served on the board of the Australian Tourism Export Council for two years as chairman, and was an integral part of the Australian Federal Tourism Minister’s Advisory Council under the Howard Government.

”Heading up AACB to drive the collective needs for convention bureau education, market intelligence and advocacy was a significant task, but a real privilege,” Cannon says.

“In a great sense, it was a distinct way to give back to a sector of visitation that had helped me so much when I ran my DMC. So, to be recognised with this award by the mighty organisations of AACB and IMEX, and as a consequence to sit alongside the likes of Vin Barron, Jon Hutchison AM and David Hall, is the icing on the cake, and I’m hugely grateful.”

The AACB Hall of Fame, sponsored by the IMEX Group, was established in 2015 to acknowledge the AACB’s continued business events leadership.

“We are thrilled to recognise Mike Cannon as an industry pioneer and Hall of Fame Inductee,” AACB CEO, Andrew Hiebl, says. “It is a privilege to recognise his valuable contribution to the industry and outstanding achievements in the AACB.”