A List Directory Gains Award

Leading Australian event directory and website A List Guide won the hotly contested Best Product or Service Award at the third annual Australian Event Awards last week in Sydney.

The Best Product or Service Award was open to all businesses across Australia who supply the corporate and private events, festivals and weddings industries.

A List Guide was recognised for its innovative initiatives; it was the first to include venues alongside event suppliers and event-related activities in one resource. It was also the first directory to limit the amount of advertisers based on a set of criteria for entry.

The idea for A List Guide came from a team of event managers tired of spending hours searching the internet, printing off information and trying to keep a record of who-was-who.

The team needed a ‘little black book’ of favourite venues and suppliers for all their event management requirements. Founders, Amy Merriman and James McGregor knew that many event managers wanted the same thing and hence the ultimate tool for Australian event professionals was born.

Receiving the award on behalf of the whole A List Guide team, Ms Merriman and Mr McGregor said: “It has been an amazing journey; it began with having a simple idea of how we could be doing things better in event management. After 10 years and many editions later, we feel very grateful to be receiving this accolade that recognises the decision we made to put our idea into the market.”

List of Winners – 2011 Australian Event Award Winners

Australian Event of the Year
2011 Santos Tour Down Under – Events South Australia

Sydney Olympic Park Best Sporting Event
Australian Open 2011 – Tennis Australia

Best Tourism Event
2011 Santos Tour Down Under – Events South Australia

Best Charity or Cause-Related Event
Mother’s Day Classic 2011- Women in Super

CIM Magazine Best Meeting or Conference
35th International Trumpet Guild Conference – Conexion Event Management

Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event
Sydney Festival 2011

Best Corporate Event
Ford Ranger Global Launch Event – Imagination

Best Exhibition supported by the EEAA
Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition 2010 – Reed Exhibitions Australia

Best Community Event
Tropfest 2011 – Splendid Communications and Tropfest Events

Academy of Wedding Planners Best Private Event
Kuvesh and Vyda Wedding – Staging Connections

Best New Event
Melbourne Music – City of Melbourne

Best Regional Event
Ten Days on the Island

Best Achievement in Design, Look or Theming
IMAGINATION for their work on the Ford stand at the Australian International Motor Show, Sydney 2010

Best Achievement in Catering
Blanco Food and Events for their work on The Cook & the Chef (& the Winemaker)

Best Achievement in Marketing, Communication or Sponsorship
Adelaide Festival Centre’s OZAsia Festival

Best Achievement in Sustainability
Turnstile 21 for their work on Midsumma Carnival

Best Technical Achievement or Innovation
2Fish Brand Experience Creators for their work on Hot Wheels Secret Race Battle: Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney

Best Venue
Sydney Showground

Best Product or Service
A List Guide

Best Education or Training Program
Australian Centre for Event Management – Professional Development Program

Best Export
Laservison Mega~Media

Young Achiever of the Year
Tara Whitfield

Entertainer of the Year
Brad Blaze

Event Manager of the Year
Out There Productions

Lifetime Achievement Award
Peter Rix

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