MEI Awards

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Europe Linda Apelt accepts the award at MEI’s Major Events Summit.

TIQ has received a UK award for its work on the Trade 2018 program carried out in conjunction with this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

UK sports business firm Major Events International (MEI) recognised TIQ’s Trade 2018 work with the Outstanding Government Agency Award at a ceremony in Liverpool recently.

Trade 2018 was a program of events leading up to and during the Commonwealth Games that was designed to strengthen Queensland’s trade ties with Commonwealth nations and boost the state’s global business profile.

TIQ CEO Virginia Greville said that MEI had sent a delegation to the Trade 2018 Major Events Forum, providing an ideal opportunity for delegates to network and see a major sports event in action.

‘TIQ’s team in London and our people on the ground in Queensland worked closely with MEI and its delegates to make sure they got full value from their trip,’ Ms Greville said.

‘The MEI delegates had an opportunity to engage with visiting international delegations active in Asia and the wider major events market, and connect with local companies and fellow mission delegates with a view to long-term collaboration on regional major events.

‘It is always more beneficial to see these events in action to better understand the latest and best practice for major sports events delivery – and it also gave MEI a chance to assess Gold Coast capabilities for future events.’

MEI delegates also met local companies at business-matching events.

TIQ’s Europe office previously supported MEI missions to the Gold Coast in 2015 and 2017, when delegates visited Commonwealth Games venues and participated in major-events workshops.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Europe Linda Apelt accepted the award on TIQ’s behalf at MEI’s Major Events Summit 2018 in Liverpool on 27 June.

Promoting Queensland globally is one of the priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.