WA, Perth set to reap A$54m after securing 60-plus events

WESTERN Australia’s official convention bureau, Business Events Perth, has secured 67 national and international business events set to take place in the state from 2022 to 2024.

The events are expected to inject A$54 million of delegate spending into the state’s economy in addition to 190 local business events supported in 2021.

Business Events Perth chair Bradley Woods said securing the events was an impressive achievement given the big challenges the industry has faced.

“2020 and 2021 have been difficult years for business events due to the impact of the pandemic. The support of BE Perth’s major stakeholders: Tourism WA and the City of Perth and our member partners has ensured a strong platform for recovery,” Woods said.

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“The delegates attending the events we have secured for future years will stay in our hotels, dine at local restaurants, drink at our bars and pubs, shop in our retail outlets, and take some time out to hop on a tour, all of which will support local businesses, providing jobs for West Australians.”

In total, 108 business events are set to take place in Western Australia through to 2024, representing more than 200,000 hotel room nights.

Business Events Perth CEO Gareth Martin said the 67 national and international events secured in FY21 were not only critical to the recovery of WA’s business events industry, but were not the organisation’s only strategy amid the pandemic.

“We’ve provided tangible support for the recovery of Western Australia’s business events industry, and I’m proud to say that in the 2020-21 financial year, Business Events Perth supported 190 local business events that have brought more than 82,000 delegates together across the state, ensuring our venues and suppliers had a steady stream of bookings generating much needed revenue to keep their doors open while we wait for the stable return of national and international events,” Martin said.

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