Western Australia has won the right to host the world's biggest conference on the liquid natural gas industry.
Tourism Minister Pam Beggs said although the conference would not be held until 1998, it was a tremendous achievement that reflected the intense advance planning that was needed in competing for such events.
The conference bid was made by the Australian Gas Association and co-ordinated by the Perth Convention Bureau with the assistance of the Department of State Development, Burswood Resort Casino and Woodside Petroleum.
"The conference is expected to attract about 2,000 delegates and 600 accompanying spouses, as well as 90 exhibitors who will stage an associated expo," Mrs Beggs said.
"Total delegate spending will be around $5 million in today's dollars and there will be additional expenditure by delegates' spouses.
"The conference has been scheduled for April which is an off-peak time for tourism in Western Australia, meaning its impact will have big benefits for the tourism industry.
"The conference also will have technical tours to the North-West gas facilities, as well as leisure touring options covering the State."
Mrs Beggs said conferences and conventions were a highly competitive industry, especially when it came to international events.
"The lead times can be quite long as in this instance but the right to host an event as big as the liquid natural gas industry is an excellent achievement," she said.
"The closer relationship established in January last year between the Perth Convention Bureau and the Western Australian Tourism Commission has provided more resources to give the State the ability to bid for and win more conventions and incentives business."