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Spectacular new 360-degree virtual tour opens up the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre like never before

Spectacular new 360-degree virtual tour opens up the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre like never before. An interactive and immersive new 360-degree video will enable prospective clients to embark on a virtual site inspection and see the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) from a whole new angle. The innovative video, GCCEC360, invites viewers to walk through Australia’s…

Business Events Boost Program Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the Business Events Boost Program.

The new partnership program provides the opportunity to access funding support and leverage Business Events Australia’s expertise to deliver marketing or distribution projects that will help drive demand for domestic business events.

Proposed projects should be innovative, results-orientated and demonstrate the potential to influence domestic decision makers to hold events in Australia. Projects can target corporate meetings, corporate incentives, conferences, exhibitions or association meetings. Activity can include content creation, PR, media buy initiatives, direct marketing or digital campaigns.

CORONAVIRUS -The WHO continues to advise against any restrictions on international travel or trade

Still no WHO recommendation to restrict international travel. The WHO continues to advise against any restrictions on international travel or trade. Global cases of coronavirus continue to rise – virus reaches Belgium There are now over 24,500 confirmed cases of the coronavirus across countries. Belgium has reported its first confirmed case. The global death toll has risen to close to…

Major push to get more business events into fire-affected regions

  Local businesses and event planners are being urged to hold major conferences and events in Australia this year, under a new push by the Morrison Government to support Australia’s tourism industry. Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said Tourism Australia’s Event Here This Year campaign was aimed at encouraging organisations to provide a much-needed boost to the local tourism industry…

Australians urged to holiday at home to boost bushfire recovery

AUSTRALIANS are being encouraged to throw their support behind Australia’s tourism industry in the wake of the devastating bushfires by holidaying in their own backyard. Tourism Australia’s Holiday Here This Year campaign launched today taps into the overwhelming goodwill and support for local communities impacted by the recent bushfires, by urging Australians to plan, book and take a domestic holiday…

Australia tourism is back to business as usual

MEMBERS of the Professional Conference Organisers Association are being urged to reach out to their international contacts with a loud and clear message – ‘Australia tourism is back to business as usual’.
PCOA councillor Karen Sainsbury has made the call after attending, on behalf of the association, a tourism forum called by Minister Simon Birmingham and Austrade in the wake of the bushfire crisis.

Regional locations set to bid for more business events

Regional destinations around Australia will now have greater access to crucial funding to help them secure lucrative international business events, thanks to changes being made to the Morrison Government’s Business Events Bid Fund Program. Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham today announced a series of changes to the eligibility criteria of the $12 million Bid Fund Program, which is managed by…

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…

Proud achievement’ as bid fund helps secure events worth almost $100m

It’s only been running for six months but Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program (BFP) has already received over 69 applications for events worth a combined economic impact of over $503 million. Ten wins on the board as bid fund helps convert $97m worth of business. To date 10 bids worth over $97 million have been converted to business…

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…