Business Events Council of Australia is committed to proving the value of business events



Beca logoAs we move into an election year, the Business Events Council of Australia is committed to proving the value of business events – an industry that generated $23.1 billion in total economic contribution from 2013 – 2014. As the peak body for this vital industry, our key objective is to liaise with the federal government to garner investment which will boost the sector as a critical contributor to the pillars of our national economy.

The BECA board met with Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in December 2015. Member associations of BECA were given the opportunity to provide an overview of the performance of the business events industry. This meeting was timely and extremely productive, ensuring business events is included in any policy platform designed to grow the visitor economy. We will be seeking a similar meeting with the Opposition in early 2016.

Our goal is to work with the post-election government to produce the “win-win” outcomes of investing in business events: a win for the industry, and a win for the government in helping to activate the key pillars of the national economy.

BECA members will come together as part of Business Events Week to collectively set industry policies for the future. Our plan is to produce a finite number of achievable policy proposals specifically relevant to our sector.

Please share this news widely amongst your network, and if you have an idea that you would like considered, please send it to dimity.paul@melbournecb.com.au – we appreciate your support in sharing the news of BECA’s work.

Yours sincerely,
Matthew Hingerty
Chairman, Business Events Council of Australia
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Barton Deakin Government Relations