Industry News

News from the Business Events Industry

  • Conferencing on the business agenda

    A recent survey by the Travelscene Corporate travel agency group has found that conferencing remains solidly in the agenda for the Australian corporate sector in 2012, with strong activity coming from a commitment to maximise a return on investment within MICE strategies.


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  • Quarterly Results of National Visitor Survey

    Tourism Research Australia have released their Quarterly Report of the National Visitor Survey. The results show business tourism is performing strongly with 15% of overnight trips and 11% of day trips attributed to business travel.


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  • March 2012 - Business travel up six percent

    Business travel was up six per cent to almost 14 million trips, with nights up four per cent and expenditure up seven per cent to $7.7 billion.


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  • March 2012 - Business Attracting International Visitors

    International visitors to Australia remained steady last year although the mix of international visitors to Australia changed, with more coming for business and employment, and fewer coming on holidays, according to the latest International Visitor Survey.

    Tourism Research Australia found that business travellers increased by five per cent, visitors coming for employment by 14 per cent, and holiday makers decreased by four per cent, compared with 2010


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  • There is nothing like Australia for business events

    Tourism Australia has launched a new integrated campaign aimed at corporate meeting and event planners as part of a broader strategy to grow Australia’s high yielding business events sector to as much as A$16 billion by 2020.
    Launched at AIME 2012 in Melbourne, the campaign comes off the back of strong growth in the business events sector.
    The multifaceted and digital campaign, including a new website (www.businessevents.australia.com), follows in the footsteps of Tourism Australia’s consumer marketing campaign, There’s nothing like Australia, and continued strength in business arrivals to Australia. For the first time Tourism Australia will consistently use the campaign positioning for all business events marketing activity.


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  • February 2012: Business Visitor Visa Increases

    Department of Immigration Visa information for the September 2011 quarter shows a strong growth in the application for business visa's including the short stay business visa. This is a strong indication for the business events industry that themarket is strong and stable against the tourism market.


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  • December 2011 - Enterprise Connect now available to tourism

    Enterprise Connect recently expanded to include the tourism sector, offering eligible tourism businesses access to an extensive range of services, including independent business advice, advisory service funding, workshops, market intelligence and networking opportunities.


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  • December 2011 - National Workforce Development Fund

    The Government has announced the priority areas for the additional $50 million funding to the National Workforce Development Fund.  Priority 2 provides for $15 million to address structural adjustment and reform in tourism and manufacturing, of which $5 million will be allocated to Service Skills Australia to fund projects within the tourism sector.


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  • December 2011: Visa Subclass 457

    The Department of Immigration and Citizenship invite you to an information session on the use of the Subclass 457 visa program in the tourism and hospitality industries.


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  • November 2011: New Pricing for Visa's

    On 29 November 2011 the Government announced as part of MYEFO that it will restructure visa application charges (VACs) brining them into line with international benchmarks.  The new measure is also intended to encourage online processing, resulting in a more efficient and sustainable visa processing system.


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  • October 2011 - BECA releases State of the Industry Report

    BECA commissioned Dr Leo  Jago and Dr Margaret Deery to produce an annual report analysing the performance of business events. The annual report provides a measurable assessment of the substantial contribution that business events make to Australia's economy. 


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  • July 2011: BECA welcomes goals set for Australian business events

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    Since the launch of the 2020 Tourism Industry Potential in November 2010, the Business Events Council of Australia has worked with Tourism Australia to set out what the 2020 Potential would look like for our sector.


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  • June 2011 - New Skilled Migration Blog

    The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has launched a blog to promote Australia's skilled migration policy. The blog will highlight existing skilled migration policy, flag potential program changes and be a vehicle to increase awareness about skilled migration in Australia.


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  • June 2011 - Discover Tourism Website Released

    A new Discover Tourism portal provides a range of career information about the tourism and hospitality industry. 


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  • May 2011 - Making Visitor Visas Simpler

    The Department of Immigration has released a discussion paper "Simpler Visas: Making Visitor Visas Simpler" and called for industry submissions.


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