BECA News

Articles of industry interest

  • Prime Minister announces $50 million injection to drive confidence for Australia’s business events

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    The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) welcomes the Government’s $50 million funding announcement to support the restart of Australia’s business events industry. The targeted support will drive confidence and create momentum, positioning the industry to rebound as market conditions improve.

    Under the Australian Business Events Grants Program, approved business events, including meetings conventions, incentives and exhibitions, will be able to apply for upfront grants to cover up to 50 per cent of their costs (between $10,000 and $250,000). This initiative is part of the Morrison-McCormack Government’s $1 billion COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund, which supports sectors severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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  • Joint letter to National Cabinet on the impact of internal border closures

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    BECA joined a coalition of peak industry bodies in a joint letter to National Cabinet on the impact of internal border closures on business confidence and certainty.


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  • BECA appears before Senate Select Committee on COVID-19

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    BECA appeared before the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19, represented by Dr Vanessa Findlay, Chair of BECA, and Andrew Hiebl, CEO of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, to reinforce the case for ongoing support for Australia’s $35.7 billion business events industry and the 229,000 people it employs.


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  • JobKeeper extension a critical lifeline but more targeted support needed to save business events

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    Australia’s business events industry has welcomed the Government’s extension of the JobKeeper payment as a critical lifeline for the industry but warns that more support is needed to save the industry and the thousands of jobs that hang in the balance.

    On Wednesday the Business Events Council of Australia released the results of an industry-wide survey that showed JobKeeper was supporting up to 96% of industry businesses to retain employees. 


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  • Business Events Recovery Framework calls for JobKeeper extension to keep the industry alive

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    Without an extension of the Government’s JobKeeper arrangement, the business events industry will face financial ruin. Beyond September, the business events industry will not be in full recovery mode given the long lead times to plan and promote events and for revenue to start flowing again.

    Across the business events industry, the necessary cancellation of events has seen a near 100% loss of revenue.


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  • ZERO! It’s official

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    Overseas arrivals data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday has confirmed the extreme shutdown of Australia’s international business events industry. The number of short-term visitors arriving in April 2020 whose main reason for travel was to attend a convention or conference was zero.

    With Australia’s borders still closed, this picture is unlikely to change for some time, and represents the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business events industry and jobs.


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  • BECA and CINZ align to strengthen Australasian business events

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    Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) and Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) have announced a joint agreement which will see both organisations collaborate on issues which mutually affect their markets.

    “COVID-19 has impacted business events on both sides of the Tasman in an extraordinary way,” says Lisa Hopkins, CEO, CINZ. “However, it has also created opportunity and conversation amongst organisations who would not normally align, and our agreement with BECA is an example of this.”


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  • BECA Delivers COVIDSafe Guidelines to Government

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    BECA has delivered a set of strategic principles to Government that instils confidence in Australia’s business events industry so that COVID-19 restrictions can be safely lifted and the industry can rapidly restart. 

    The news coincides with the unveiling of the three-step plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions by the Government last Friday. 


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  • Tourism and Events Industry Supports COVIDSafe App

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    The tourism and events industry has encouraged even more Australians to download and use the COVIDSafe app saying it was the next step in the containment of COVID 19 and would help to hasten the easing of current restrictions and social distancing measures, the industry’s peak bodies said today.


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  • $35.7 Billion Wiped from the Economy as COVID-19 Decimates Australia’s Business Events Sector

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    - Australia’s economy is set to lose over $35bn over the next 12 months as COVID-19 shuts down gatherings across the country
    - Nearly all business events (96%) scheduled for 2020 are now cancelled or postponed
    - Over 92,000 industry job losses are expected between the end of 2019 and 30 June 2020
    - Business Events Council of Australia announces it is working with the Government on an urgent strategy tosustain the industry over the next 12 months and drive recovery from the crisis


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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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