After a year unlike any other in living memory, the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) is excited to announce that registrations for Congress 2021 open this Friday!
While COVID is still creating a great deal of uncertainly across all states and territories Australia-wide, the ABGC remains confident of hosting a COVID-safe event in Cairns, from May 12-14.
Now, more than ever, the Banana Industry Congress promises to bring some much-needed social relief, inspiration and a rare chance to come together as an industry, as we continue to face challenging times.
The Congress Plenary Program and Exhibition/Trade Show will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre from May 12-14.
Social functions – including the official Welcome Drinks and Banana Bar – will be hosted at the nearby Pullman Cairns International Hotel, which is a short stroll to the Convention Centre. Delegates will be offered discounted accommodation rates at the Pullman when registering for Congress online.
The Program Committee has locked in a stellar line-up of speakers including motivational expert Matt Church (creating positive change), mental health advocate Mary O’Brien (Are you bogged mate?) and Australian marketing guru Adam Ferrier (brand strategy and consumer psychology).
In addition, delegates will again hear from fellow growers about their on-farm innovations and get up-to-date on the latest industry research and development. More speaker announcements to come!
In a very special appearance, Australia’s Outback Croc Wrangler Matt Wright will be attending the much-anticipated Banana Ball.
For more program details go to the Congress website here
Early bird savings!
Take advantage of early bird rates and save up to $115 if you register by March 15.
Big savings are also on offer if you are an ABGC grower member. To receive your discounted Congress rate (a saving of up to $110 for a full registration), members will need to provide their unique Grower Member Code. This Code will be posted and/or emailed to all members over the next week. You must use this Code while processing your registration via the Congress website online.
You can also access your Grower Member Code by contacting Hilary Opray by emailing Hilary.Opray@abgc.org.au or phoning (07) 3278 4786.
Win your way to Congress
The competition is back! All growers who register for Congress during the early bird phase will go into the draw to win back the cost of their registration, their accommodation and up to $500 travel expenses – a prize valued at up to $2000. The lucky winner will be drawn after the Early Bird period ends.
Staying COVID-19 safe at Congress
As previously stated, the ABGC and Congress Organising Committee remain extremely hopeful of hosting a successful Congress in 2021.
All delegates can rest assured that the ABGC, along with our professional events management company MCI, will be going above and beyond to ensure the health and safety of all delegates, including adhering to strict COVID safe guidelines and Government regulations for the entirety of the event.
Register with confidence
While the ABGC is hopeful Congress will go ahead as planned in May, when registrations open, the registration site will have clear Terms & Conditions that outline clauses if the event is postponed or cancelled.
· If Congress is postponed: existing paid registrations will automatically transfer to the new Congress dates. If you don’t wish to proceed, simply notify the organisers in writing no more than 90 days from the announcement, and you will receive a 100% refund. After this date, the standard cancellation policy will be applied.
· If Congress is cancelled: 100% refund is applicable in the event of Congress cancellation (excluding fees and bank charges).
We look forward to seeing everyone in Cairns in May!
Key details for Banana Congress 2021