Members of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), launched a pre-election campaign at Parliament House in Canberra last week calling on Members of Parliament to unequivocally support policy and funding of the sector.
A delegation of business events industry leaders met with 12 key MPs and their advisors, from all sides of politics, with a united message about the need for a strong policy for business events and additional funding through Tourism Australia.
BECA has called on the Coalition, Labor and other parties to launch a policy for business events ahead of the May Federal election covering six key areas.
Chairman of BECA, Matt Hingerty, said the mission to Canberra was a vital step in getting the business events sector’s power, scope and potential understood by our Parliamentarians and embedded in policy.
“The industry delivered a strong and united message about the importance of the business events sector as a key driver of the Australian economy,” Mr. Hingerty said.
“Our delegation was well received as we delivered clear evidence to substantiate the merits of backing business events in order to deliver real benefits to cities as well as regional Australia.”
The BECA delegation comprising representatives of all its Member Associations advocated for government support to help reap the opportunities that the business events sector can offer Australia, including generating jobs for life, international trade and soft diplomacy, investment and both regional and national economic development.
BECA called for a policy which would include the following six strategies:
1. Extension of the successful Bid Fund Program (BFP), and partnership programs managed by Business Events Australia. BECA calls for increased BEA funding of $10M or $40M within four years.
2. Funding for research; managed by the business events community and Tourism Research Australia in order to benchmark the industry, and quantify the sector’s size, impact and worth.
3. A national infrastructure mapping study to identify the gaps and priorities for business events infrastructure in metro and regional areas.
4. Support to work more closely with VET and higher education sector (namely TAFE) to design courses that match the industry’s needs now, and in the future.
5. Temporary skilled labour visa reform to enable the industry to more easily respond to fluctuating demands with a more flexible temporary visa system.
6. Growth Industries Business Events Team to link our outcomes with those associated with the Industry Growth Centre Initiatives.
“While business events stimulate the visitor economy, their impact is more far-reaching than just tourism.”
The business events sector stands on its own two feet as a major contributor to Australia’s GDP and provides significant commercial opportunities, jobs and contribution to our reputation as a progressive, innovative and successful nation with which to do business.
BECA’s mission to Canberra was designed to carry a strong message that the business events sector must be supported in order to leverage the huge opportunities we can uniquely deliver for our economy and community.
“Whilst Australia had a strong reputation hosting business events, our international competitiveness is being compromised by markets in Asia, and we need to act now to curb the impact,” said Mr. Hingerty.
BECA visited the offices of the Hon. Mark Coulton MP, the Hon. Josh Wilson MP, the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, the Hon. Trent Zimmerman MP, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Senator the Hon. Tim Storer, Senator the Hon. Pauline Hanson, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Senator the Hon. Murray Watt, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP.
BECA members who attended the government meetings with Matt Hingerty included: Joyce DiMascio, CEO of Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA); Robyn Johnson, CEO, Meetings & Events Australia (MEA); Barry Neame for Professional Conference Organisers of Australia (PCOA); Andrew Heibl, CEO, Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB); and Karen Bolinger for International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
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Delegates at next week’s PCO Association Conference in Melbourne will be asked to band together and help #getNZonthemap at the 100% Pure New Zealand hub.
The campaign is inspired by Tourism New Zealand’s latest hit video which features influential Kiwi figures, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and comedian Rhys Darby, working to overcome the conspiracy of New Zealand being left off world maps.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia Manager, Sharon Auld says delegates can help complete a fun quiz to connect the dots on a giant map. “Once New Zealand is on the map and all the dots are connected, we will be serving New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay Pelorus bubbles to celebrate.”
“Our 100% Pure New Zealand hub promises to be a welcoming space for delegates to engage and network, with lots of reasons to return and talk with New Zealand participants over the two days,” she says.
For PCOA delegates, CINZ is launching the MEETINGS 2019 hosted buyer programme with express applications available during the PCOA Conference on 10 and 11 December. As well as attending the two-day MEETINGS trade show in Auckland, delegates can also apply to join one of four pre-famils visiting Northland, Rotorua, Wellington or Queenstown. A select group of Australian hosted buyers will also have the chance take part in a special trip south for the Christchurch Uncovered programme post-MEETINGS.
On Monday 10 December, futurist and keynote speaker Rohit Talwar will be at the 100% Pure New Zealand hub signing his book, The Future of Business. The first 50 delegates to visit the stand at morning tea will receive a free book.
During lunch on both Monday and Tuesday, delegates are invited to join the team at the New Zealand hub for their annual Cloudy Bay wine event, now a PCOA conference ritual. Kiwi beers and Antipodes water will also be on offer.
This year, 19 venues, hotels, convention bureaus and activity operators from across the country are exhibiting at the PCOA Association Conference with CINZ and Tourism New Zealand in Melbourne.
Join us for the 11th Annual PCOA Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 9 – 11 December 2018
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Venue Radar: 9 conference & event locations from the City to Sea
With nine, highly unique properties across Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania, RACV Conferences and Events has a venue to suit functions of all sizes and styles. From an architecturally-designed resort perched above the ocean, to a classic country club located in one of Victoria’s most picturesque food bowls, don’t book your next event without considering one of these standout venues:
Sweeping ocean views, an 18-hole golf course, deluxe day spa and several versatile function areas capable of holding up to 410 people make the RACV Torquay Resort a top option for an oceanside conference or event. Only 75 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, this resort is located at the gateway of the world-renowned Great Ocean Road. The resort’s premier location is matched by luxurious accommodation, a day spa, gym and polished service from hospitality professionals. Dedicated event coordinators add another level of ease to event planning at this sought-after venue.
A convenient option for those events where you want to minimise travel time, the RACV City Club’s function room options cater to all types and sizes of events, from intimate dinners for 20 people to large, end-of-year balls for 500 guests. Valet parking, a theatrette, billiards tables, private dining rooms, wine cellar and outdoor terraces offering views of Melbourne’s skyline make the RACV City Club an elegant venue with a difference. As one of Melbourne’s best venues for corporate functions, RACV City Club’s prime Bourke Street location and long track record of hosting events for prestigious organisations makes it a standout choice for your next conference or event.
Healesville Country Club
The Yarra Valley is synonymous with exceptional food and wine experiences, and an event held at the RACV Healesville Country Club is no exception. Guests can expect outdoor terraces and a gazebo with mountain views, premium rooms with private balconies, an indoor swimming pool, spa, steam room, bowling green, croquet lawn and menus using the freshest Yarra Valley produce – all only an hour from Melbourne. For a classy event with a cool country vibe, make a beeline for the RACV Healesville Country Club.
Royal Pines Resort
The Gold Coast could easily be renamed the ‘Golf Coast’, such is its reputation for being one of Australia’s biggest golf hotspots. The RACV Royal Pines resort has everything you’d expect from a state-of-the-art conference venue, including versatile function rooms, meeting rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, and eight restaurants and bars to choose from. But it’s the resort’s golf offering that sets it apart from the rest. A 27-hole golf course, driving range, golf shop and expert golf tuition means guests can have a swing whether they’re beginners or keen golfers.
Hobart Apartment Hotel
With some of Australia’s best culinary experiences right on the doorstep, scheduling an event at the RACV Hobart Apartment Hotel is a savvy way to mix business with pleasure. Schedule a conference, then take off to explore Tassie’s farm gates, markets, distilleries and wineries. Alternatively, make the most of the prime Hobart location by encouraging attendees to visit Salamanca Market, MONA and Constitution Dock.
A conference location that is guaranteed to get even the most cynical attendee excited, the Sunshine Coast has all the ingredients for a blockbuster conference or event. The RACV Noosa Resort’s villas, apartments and suites offer a variety of accommodation options and styles, while a combination of formal indoor and casual alfresco dining spaces make the most of Queensland’s warm climate and relaxed, indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
Surrounded by 150 acres of state forest, the RACV Goldfields Resort is a serene spot for a stress-free conference or event. Mountain bike and hiking trails give attendees plenty of space to enjoy time in nature and every chance of a kangaroo sighting. Whether you’re organising a small team building day for 10 people or an end-of-year event for 600, the Goldfields Resort’s bushland setting far from the pressures of the city puts attendees in a different headspace from the get-go.
A stunning property far from the built-up city streets of Melbourne, the RACV Inverloch Resort showcases the best of South Gippsland’s wild delights. Sessions in ocean-view boardrooms will ignite ideas while an outdoor barbecue enables guests to soak up some fresh, Bass Coast sea air. Gippsland’s wine, cheese and fresh produce feature heavily on the restaurant and bar menus, another way this resort makes the most of its coveted South Gippsland location.
Cape Schanck Resort
Raising the bar for conferences and events, this all-new resort is a must-consider destination for your next conference, seminar or team building weekend. Located only 75-minutes from Melbourne, the picturesque Mornington Peninsula is a world away from the skyscrapers and buzz of the city. Conference rooms flooded with natural light and breakout areas take care of the business side of things, while an indoor swimming pool, championship golf course, day spa, and direct access to the beach ensure attendees are afforded a memorable stay.
From City to Sea, RACV Conferences and Events has you covered.
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