A $ 15 million government funding to help BE Perth turnaround
Western Australia (WA) Prime Minister Mark McGowan has announced a new tourism stimulus package that will see the state’s official convention bureau, Perth Business Events (BE Perth), receive funding of AU $ 15 million (US $ 11 million). The goal is to help attract lucrative business events to WA, which will help support the state’s business events, hospitality and hospitality industry.
Speaking at the WA State of the State event on December 1, Premier McGowan announced $ 185 million in funding for Reconnect WA, a multi-faceted program that targets tourists, skilled workers, students international and events.
Premier McGowan said, “Our Reconnect WA package aims to build on what we have achieved in managing the pandemic by providing a safe and vibrant place to visit, work or invest.”
The package also includes a $ 65 million aviation fund for restoring international and interstate air routes that have been disrupted by the pandemic, as well as targeting new routes including Germany, India, China and Vietnam.
Bradley Woods, President of BE Perth, said: “In 2019, BE Perth generated $ 153 million in confirmed business events with $ 5.3 million in funding, representing a return on investment of 1:29 We therefore expect that this new funding from the Washington State government will generate significant economic returns for Western Australia and also support the CBD hotels in Perth that have borne the brunt of the pandemic.
“With delegates to business events spending up to five times as much as their leisure counterparts and almost two-thirds of delegates choosing to attend a conference in order to extend their trip to take a vacation, the events industry he business has a vital role to play in the ongoing recovery of WA’s global tourism industry.
Gareth Martin, CEO of BE Perth, commented: “With state government funding over the past 15 months, BE Perth has directly supported over 350 local events while securing a pipeline of national and international business events. for the coming years.
Full details of the package will be available soon. For more information, see Premier Mark McGowan’s press release here.