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Sound, sophistication needed

CONVENTIONS and seminars have become more elaborate with attendees expecting more sophisticated levels of multimedia presentation, says Corporate Theatre managing director Vaughan Emery.

Perth Audiovisual managing director Peter Blewitt said effective lighting and good sound were crucial, often neglected areas in corporate events.

Perth Convention Centre director of Communications Dion Bromilow said audio visual arrangements had not been finalised for the new dedicated convention centre, but predicted a preferred in-house supplier would be appointed, with the option for clients to use a private contractor if they wished.

Staging Connections general manager Merv Jones said the Queensland-based complex managers, Ogden IFC, should ensure the sound set-up was as flexible as possible.

“You can spend a lot of money on a sound system that doesn’t offer any flexibility,” Mr Jones said.

“What is considered state-of-the-art today is old hat in two years time, and venue managers have realised the cost of keeping technologically up-to-date is financially quite prohibitive.

“The best arrangement for the new convention centre would be a basic technical infrastructure provided on-site with the flexibility of using contractors – with their own equipment – on an event-by-event basis.”

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Banquet capacity

1st↑Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre3,630
2nd-Perth Arena2,000
3rd↑Crown Perth1,560
4th-Crown Towers Perth1,560
5th↓HBF Stadium1,500
53 convention centres ranked by total banquet capacity

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