BusVic registration open

By: Amie Hickland

Registrations to the Maintenance Conference and Australasian Bus and Coach Expo are open

BusVic registration open
This year's conference and expo will be held at 'Jeff’s Shed'

Delegates are being encouraged to register for BusVic's combined Maintenance Conference and Australasian Bus and Coach Expo later this year.

The event is being held on July 8 and 9 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre – known as Jeff's Shed - for the first time. 

The event is the only bus and coach expo to be held in Australia in 2015 and will deliver unprecedented quality and value for those that attend.

The event will feature maintenance, technical and management conference sessions and workshops delivered within the exhibit, premium keynote speakers and entertainers and a New Event app will be available to enhance learning, information sharing and networking.

BusVic executive director Chris Lowe says the organising committee has been developing an informative and relevant programme for some months, and the full details will be released very shortly.

 "This year’s event is the first of the new model whereby we have a full two-day technical program and two full days of trade and chassis exhibitions," he says.

The new format is part of the reason for the move to the exhibition centre, as previous conferences have been held at Moonee Valley Race Course.

"The main reason is because this is what the suppliers told us that they wanted," says Lowe.

"The feedback we’re getting is that Moonee Valley was tired. To be fair, we have been at capacity in Moonee Valley for some years.

"It was just a matter of time before we outgrew it and we have now outgrown Moonee Valley.

 "We support that initiative but at the same time we made it known that Jeff’s Shed is not as affordable as Moonee Valley."

The new venue has been described as "cutting edge" and Lowe says suppliers are already showing their support.

"But none-the-less there has been complete support for the pricing associated with the change in venue.

"We now look forward to taking delegate registrations given that it’s a full two-day technical conference and some management program items as well."

The event will be the largest exhibition of its type in Southern Hemisphere this year and represents years of the state industry associations working together toward one major show.

BusVic is also developing an app which will be in use throughout the show to assist delegates with the program.

 "We’ve got an app that will be operational by the time the event starts which is fairly new for participants of a maintenance conference at a bus show," he says.

"Technology can assist learning in so many ways and that’s been proven time and time again, so we’re embracing that technology."

Lowe is expecting this year’s event to be one of the best.

"We’ve already had a very strong response from exhibitors and as a result, the exhibition space is almost sold out," he says.

"We now invite operators and other industry representatives from around Australasia to join us for the conference.

"We are expecting a good turnout. We’re very excited."

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