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  • Tourism Industry's Largest Employers Need Urgent Support

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    The fortnightly wage subsidy of $1500 per person announced by the Federal Government today would help to save the jobs of the thousands of Australians employed in tourism, the industry’s peak bodies said today.

    The industry represented by the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF), the Accommodation Association (AA), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) the Restaurant and Catering Australia (RCA) and the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) welcomed the subsidy saying importantly it was also available to large businesses who between them employed tens of thousands of Australians.


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  • Business Events Industry Shutdown

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    The necessity of shutting down gatherings of people to control the spread of the coronavirus has meant the business events sector is also shut down. Like other sectors that are reliant on people coming together, business events companies have been hit hard and fast by the rapid escalation of the virus around the globe.

    Business events are the highest yielding component of the visitor economy. Switching it off takes $2.5 billion from the economy every month. To give context, this is equivalent to the value of the entire cruise industry every two months.


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  • Business Events Council of Australia Appoints Independent Chair

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    The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has appointed Dr Vanessa Findlay as the new Independent Chair of the peak industry body.

    Dr Findlay has a strong background in both the public and private sector, having previously held a number of senior positions including Chief of Staff in the Turnbull government in the trade, tourism and international education portfolios as well as working as a Division Head in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.


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  • BECA Targets Federal MPS in fresh new advocacy campaign for business events

    BECA urges government to provide assurity for policy and funding via six key pillars

    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.


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  • Business Events Meets Parliament

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    Business Events leaders and members of the Business Events Council of Australia last week met with parliamentarians at the Business Events Meets Parliament bipartisan Friends of Tourism luncheon held at Parliament House.

    The event was attended by politicians from both sides of politics who engaged with the industry as they pitched the value of business events to Australia and described the competitiveness of the industry.


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  • Business Events Leadership Descends Upon Canberra

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    Leaders of the Business Events industry have visited Canberra to engage with Federal Parliamentarians and senior departmental officials as part of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) Business Events Meets Parliament program, taking place today.

    The event commenced last night with a BECA board dinner with special guest Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.


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  • New update further demonstrates economic contribution to Australia by Business Events Industry


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  • Business Events Revealed as Major Driver of Economic Activity in Landmark Report

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    The first report in a decade on the Australian business events sector confirms that it is a major driver of the Australian economy and has enormous potential for dramatic growth in post-mining boom.

    The report proves the value of the business events industry to Australia’s prosperity. In the last financial year, 37 million people attended more than 412,000 business events held across in Australia, and provided 179,357 jobs.


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  • BECA Welcomes the Expanded Air Services Agreement with China

    On the 23rd January, 2015, the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) welcomed the Australian Government's announcement that it had negotiated an expanded air services agreement with China.


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  • BECA Appoints Matt Hingerty As New Chairman

    The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has announced the appointment of Matt Hingerty as its new independent Chairman.


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  • BECA Board Sets Its Agenda

    A major research project will be the cornerstone of the Business Events Council of Australia’s policy development through 2014/15. 


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  • BECA Chairman Matt Hingerty Urges Industry To Take Part In Major Study Of Business Events Sector

    The independent Chairman of the Business Events Council of Australia, Matt Hingerty, has called on the business events industry to take part in the major study of the sector being undertaken by EY.


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  • Federal Government Scraps the Cap

    The government has just confirmed that it will not proceed with the former administration's proposed cap on tax deductions for work-related self education expenses.


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  • BECA Welcomes Coalition Support of the Industry

    BECA said Coalition plans to include tourism within the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio and provide consular support for event bids were good news for the business events sector.


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  • BECA Welcomes Government Consultation

    BECA Welcomes Government Consultation on Self-Education Expense Cap

    Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s open consultation with industry on its decision to cap tax deductions for work-related self-education expenses.

    BECA Executive Manager Inge Garofani said the fact the Government was willing to consult on the matter showed it was responsive to industry feedback.


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