Business Events Perth has launched a new funding initiative to encourage organisations to host local business events, helping Western Australians to safely meet again.
Western Australia’s business events industry had been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Business Events Perth chief executive officer Gareth Martin says the new funding will help the industry in Western Australia to get back on its feet and support local jobs in these challenging times.
“It’s safe to meet again in Western Australia and Business Events Perth wants to help,” said Martin. “We’re doing everything we can to kick-start the local business events industry, which supports thousands of jobs across a range of local businesses, big and small, and we encourage any organisation that is thinking of holding a business event, conference or meeting to please get in touch with Business Events Perth,” he added.
Funding of up to AUD30 (USD21.50) a delegate is available, with total funding support determined by the event duration and number of delegates attending the event in-person. Eligible events include conferences, exhibitions or tradeshows, workshops and seminars, as well as corporate meetings and incentive group events with a business event programme.
The offer is available for a limited time and valid only for new business event bookings for events to be held in Western Australia prior to June 30, 2021.
Tourism and Small Business Minister Paul Papalia encouraged organisations to safely plan their next business event at a local venue or use local suppliers and help support Western Australia’s business events industry.
“Many event suppliers and operators had all of their forward bookings wiped in a matter of days as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s really important that we do everything we can to help get business events back up and running again,” the Minister said.
“The state government has launched an AUD5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan to help Western Australia emerge from COVID-19, which includes AUD150 million to support the tourism industry, and we welcome this complementary initiative from Business Events Perth to further assist the sector.”