Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade; Tourism; Commerce; Science

    Reconnect WA funding helps secure new business events

    11/02/2022 3:35 PM
     
    • Five big new business events secured for Perth
    • More than $13 million to be injected into WA economy
    • New events follow extra $15 million funding boost for Business Events Perth in $185 million Reconnect WA package

    Five new business conferences have been secured for Perth following a funding boost to attract major events in the recently announced Reconnect WA package.

     

    The events include four large-scale medical conferences between 2022 and 2025 and a 1,600-delegate education conference in 2025.

     

    Business Events Perth expects the conferences to inject more than $13 million into the Western Australian economy.

     

    The McGowan Government's $185 million Reconnect WA package announced in December included a $15 million funding boost for Business Events Perth.

     

    The extra funds were aimed at attracting lucrative business events to WA to support the recovery of the State's business event, hotel and hospitality industry.

     

    Since July 2020, Business Events Perth has secured 108 national and international events set to take place in WA from 2022 to 2029, representing $107 million in economic impact for the State.

     

    The McGowan Government, through Tourism WA, has supported Business Events Perth for more than 20 years, providing ongoing funding to attract conferences, exhibitions or tradeshows, workshops and seminars to the State.

     

    Comments attributed to Tourism and State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook:

     

    "Business events play an important role in our State's tourism industry which is why we boosted events funding in the recent $185 million Reconnect WA strategy.

     

    "These events help to promote our vibrant city, its venues and attractions to high-yield visitors who spend valuable dollars while here, and who will hopefully plan a return trip for leisure purposes.

     

    "Despite setbacks for this industry due to COVID-19, Business Events Perth's optimism and resilience has been demonstrated by continuing to pitch for large-scale events for the future."

     

    "These five new business conferences are another positive sign for tourism in WA."

     

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