22nd Asian-Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues

Event:22nd Asian-Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues
Delegates:200 delegates from 20 countries
Destination:Jupiters Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration:7-9 November 2010

The Asian-Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues is an annual event organised by an advisory committee made up of academics from around the world.  It was founded, and is still overseen, by California State University, based in Fresno, USA.

 

The conference is one of the most respected accounting conferences in the world.

 

“We are not a formal association in the usual sense. We are a bit unusual in that we don’t have a professional association per se, but we do run an international conference every year,” said Professor Keitha Dunstan, an academic at the Gold Coast’s Bond University and member of the conference’s Advisory Committee.

 

“I felt it was time for Australia to host it [the event] and I looked around for a university to hold it. Bond University on the Gold Coast provided the ideal opportunity to showcase Australian academia in this area,” Professor Dunstan said.

 

China was also interested in holding the 2010 conference, but the advisory committee opted in favour of Australia, with China hosting it the following year. 

 

“The idea of the conference is for it to move around the region and it had not been in Australia since 1999. Australia is a preferred spot. Our Asian neighbours want to come here,” Professor Dunstan said. “The Gold Coast is a coastal region with a fabulous climate and overseas people were attracted by that.”

Delegates came from all over the world. Australia was the most represented country with approximately 40 delegates, and a significant number of delegates came from Malaysia, New Zealand, China and Singapore.

Numbers were down on previous conferences because of funding constraints on academics in the USA, thanks to the Global Financial Crisis and resulting cutbacks.

 “The number of people coming from the US dropped significantly, down from around 100 to less than ten,” Professor Dunstan said. “We did have very strong support from the Asian region though, which was a very positive outcome. There was a general rise in International delegates, so I think the event will go on to even bigger things next year because of that.”

The primary objective of the conference was to provide an important forum for academics and practitioners to enhance the understanding of international accounting issues and their implications for the Asian Pacific region.

“The conference was very good for relationship building, and from Bond University’s point of view they made good contacts, which would be helpful in attracting international students,” Professor Dunstan said. Networking was definitely a highlight.”

 

“Gold Coast Tourism was very good and gave a lot of support and Jupiters was a great help to us and was very flexible. The Gold Coast Convention Bureau was very helpful with advice and contacts.”

 

The Gala Dinner, which included a bush dance, was a social and networking highlight. Many delegates stayed on and visited the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Gold Coast Tourism provided brochures for various tours.

Australia is a preferred spot. Our Asian neighbours want to come here. The Gold Coast is a coastal region with a fabulous climate and overseas people were attracted by that.

Professor Keitha Dunstan, member of the Advisory Committee