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BECA appears before Senate Select Committee on COVID-19

BECA appears before Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 for reinforcements to support Australia’s $35.7 billion industry

21 August 2020

• BECA has called for targeted government support that will build confidence and create momentum for people to get back to in-person business events.

• Border restrictions continue to impose the most significant challenge impeding the recovery of the business events industry.

Business Events Industry success through Convention Bureaux

More than 600 domestic business events have been secured by Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) members across the country according to the latest analysis of bids won scheduled to occur from January 2019 out to 2023. This is an increase of 119 business events on the Forward Calendar compared to the position 12 months ago and will attract approximately…

Australia steps up to 13th place in the World as regional competition increases

The ICCA Country & City Rankings released earlier this week shows that Australia has moved up one place to 13th position with a total of 265 international association meetings held in 2018. The report by the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA) examines the global association meetings market. It recorded a total of 12,937 rotating international association meetings taking place…

Positive Federal Budget for Business Events as Australia Sets its Sights on World Top 10

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has welcomed the Federal Government’s modest increase in funding for Tourism Australia as we set our sights on returning to the world top 10 of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Country Rankings. Last Tuesday night’s federal budget confirmed that funding has been secured for Tourism Australia, with an increase of approximately…

BUSINESS EVENTS TO PLAY INTEGRAL PART IN GOVERNMENT’S FUTURE TOURISM STRATEGY

The voice of the business events industry will be strongly represented in the development of Australia’s future tourism strategy through the Beyond Tourism 2020 Steering Committee. The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, has convened the first meeting of the Committee in Sydney. The Committee represents a selection of tourism industry leaders who have been tasked…

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EVENTS ATTRACTING GLOBAL TALENT

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux’s (AACB) latest industry analysis shows the value of international business events in attracting global talent, as our convention bureaux secure almost quarter of a million international delegates on the Forward Calendar. “Around the world, business events are being used as strategic tools for attracting trade, investment and global talent”, said Andrew Hiebl, AACB CEO.…

BUSINESS EVENTS TO BE INCLUDED IN AUSTRALIAN VISA OVERHAUL

On behalf of the Business Events industry, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has welcomed the opportunity to give advice on streamlining Australia’s visa system to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The Department called for submissions with the intent of transforming the present system, reducing the current 99 visas to approximately 10 and making it easier to…

KEY FINDINGS OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EVENTS FORWARD CALENDAR (January 2017)

BID WINS As at January 2017, Australia’s convention bureaux had secured 384 international business events on the Forward Calendar/ into the future. A 7% increase from the position 6 months ago. • Attracting an estimated 216,500 international delegates (14% increase) • Total estimated delegate expenditure = $863m (11% increase) Main reasons for success include: • Strong bid team – professionalism…

CONVENTION BUREAUX DRIVE GROWTH IN FORWARD CALENDAR

The number of international business events attracted to Australia by convention bureaux is increasing, but there is scope to strengthen our market share, according to the latest industry analysis which has been released to coincide with Global Meetings Industry Day today. The analysis is contained in the new International Business Events Forward Calendar, which has been produced by the Association…