Australian Pavilion – Expo 2020 Dubai
Dubai, UAE

IVG as part of a joint venture with Thinkwell Group is providing Operations, Retail and Staffing services at the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Expo 2020 Dubai runs from 20 October 2020 until 10 April 2021. It’s the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the first to be hosted by an Arab nation. Expo Organisers expect 25 million people to visit this mega event.

The Australian Pavilion will showcase the best of Australian architecture, innovation and design along with an immersive and impressive visitor experience. It will also host a targeted business program, trade, investment and VIP events and a contemporary program of cultural performances.

It is anticipated that 2.5 million people will visit the Australian Pavilion.

Our appointment to the Australian Pavilion follows other Expo 2020 projects, including providing advice to several high-profile participants on their presence at the event. This has involved developing a Concept of Operations for what will be one of the largest national pavilions on the Expo site.

Taipei Summer Universiade
Taipei, Taiwan

IVG provided Catering Management Consultancy Services for the 2017 Taipei Universiade.

Universiade is the world’s leading international multi-sport event for university students. Taipei hosted the 2017 summer edition, which ran for two weeks and attracted over 10,700 athletes and delegates from 140 countries.

Working closely with the Organising Committee, our scope included:

  • Athlete Village Dining Hall (the kitchen and dining hall were 10,500 sq. metres and provided 3500 seats)
  • Workforce Catering
  • A range of on-venue requirements at the 37 competition venues such as hospitality lounges and athlete venue meal boxes

Shanghai World Expo
Shanghai, China

Australian, USA, Brazil and New Zealand Pavilions

IVG undertook full operations of the Australian Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo for DFAT.

This required extensive collaboration over two years with commonwealth agencies, state and territory governments, Australian corporate entities, the Organising Committee and several departments of the Chinese and Shanghai government.

We undertook a similar role for DFAT at the Australian Pavilion at the Aichi World Expo.

At Shanghai, along with Australian Pavilion operations, we also provided VIP operations, catering and retail services at the USA, Brazil and New Zealand Pavilions.

These four venues attracted a combined 20 million visitors over the six months of Expo, which required the recruitment, training and management of 750 full time staff, working across 24 functional areas.

WTA Tennis Festivals

IVG designed and managed Australian sheepskin company Yellow Earth’s participation in the Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) Tennis Festival in China.

This included introducing the most popular brand activation activity in the entire festival which attracted significant media interest.

National Junior Triathlon Series

Working collaboratively and utilising the capabilities of multiple stakeholders such as Sports Medicine Australia, Triathlon Australia and the Education sector, we designed and implemented Australia’s first National Junior Triathlon Series.

Milo signed on as the major sponsor of this program for three years, which saw over 4,000 young athletes compete in eight events each year around the country.

‘This is Australia’

Working with project stakeholders such as DFAT, the Australian-Japan Foundation and the Board of Education in each of the ten prefectures in central Japan, we conceptualised and managed a school’s education project called ‘This is Australia’.

The program was a legacy activity of Australia’s participation in the Aichi World Expo.

Over 27,000 students and 300 schools in the Ciba region (central Japan) participated in the project, with the programs conducted by Australians living in Japan.