BECA News

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  • BECA appeals Federal Government with urgent priorities

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    Yesterday, representatives of BECA met online with the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment to plead for targeted support for businesses reliant upon income from business events.

    BECA Deputy Chair, Geoff Donaghy stated that, “Survival of the complete tourism and events supply chain is our number one priority, along with maintaining their skilled workforce. If we are to be match fit for domestic recovery and deliver global best practice to our international clients for which we are recognised when the border reopens, retaining our people is essential.” 


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  • Giving Business Events a Shot

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    BECA is supporting the call for the industry and broader community to get vaccinated as quickly as they are able, to support the first stage of the Government’s 4-step national plan and #GiveBEaShot.

    On Friday, 30 July, National Cabinet agreed in principle to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response, providing a pathway forward for the country. Each phase of the plan is triggered by vaccination thresholds and aims to remove restrictions, end lockdowns and domestic border closures, and recommence international travel – all of which are necessary for the business events industry to recover and prosper into the future. 


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  • Leadership unites for the future of Australia’s business events

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    The business events industry’s leadership convened at ICC Sydney earlier this month to prepare for the future of business events in Australia.

    The Business Events Industry Roundtable was jointly hosted by the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) and Tourism Australia. The workshop focused on building an understanding of the immediate objectives for the sector as well as obtaining business events industry insights to inform the Reimaging the Visitor Economy strategy for Tourism 2030. 


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  • Industry advocate, BECA Chair steps down

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    BECA has announced that Independent Chair of the peak industry body, Dr Vanessa Findlay, has stepped down from the role after leading the business events industry’s advocacy and federal government lobbying efforts throughout the turbulent period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    On completing her tenure as Chair, Dr Findlay said, "the business events industry makes an incredibly valuable contribution to the Australian economy. It delivers more than 440,000 business events annually, making a direct contribution to the economy of $36b and supporting 230,000 jobs but its impact extends far beyond this to the facilitation of the knowledge economy." 


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  • BECA and Get Local unite for the future of business events

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    BECA ​and Get Local unite. Dr Vanessa Findlay, BECA Chair announced today that BECA will have a strong presence at the event supporting all industry to rebuild and reignite business events.

    Dr Findlay said “Get Local is a great example of the initiative needed to get the business events industry back on track. Show founders Donna Kessler and Gary Bender should be commended for pivoting their Get Global event to cater for the needs of the local domestic industry.”


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  • BECA thanks Tourism Australia for additional investment in Business Events

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    BECA welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, and thanked Tourism Australia for its continued commitment to the Business Events industry with the extension of the Bid Fund Program by $3m for an additional 12 months through 2021/22. The Bid Fund Program is designed to increase the conversion of bids for new international business events by offering financial support at the critical bidding stage.


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  • Morrison Government fails Business Events industry as JobKeeper ends

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    March 28 has now passed and so too has JobKeeper, the vital support mechanism that supported the Business Events Industry over the months that saw its revenue streams decimated by between 75-100%.

    What has not passed is the uncertainty, severe limitations and restrictions that are compromising our industry’s survival and pathway to recovery. The business conditions that saw the JobKeeper scheme being introduced have not altered for our sector, and in some cases, they have worsened for 2021. The industry still faces critical challenges over the next 6-9 months whilst the market regains confidence to plan, deliver, book, and pay to attend events across the country. 


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  • Response to National Economic Recovery Plan

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    BECA ​acknowledges the announcement from the Federal Government yesterday in relation to the changes to the Business Events Grant Program as part of the National Economic Recovery Plan.

    BECA’s feedback on Business Events Grant Program challenges have been considered and contributed to the announced extension and enhancements to the current program guidelines.


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  • We need your voice: Government Support and Future Confidence Survey 2021

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    As the Commonwealth Government contemplates the need for ongoing industry-specific support arrangements from April 2021 onwards, the results of BECA’s Government Support and Future Confidence Survey will help inform State Governments of the state of the industry.


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  • BECA welcomed our new Minister’s confirmation of the Government's commitment to our industry

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    BECA has welcomed our new Minister’s confirmation of the Government's commitment to our industry. Our work with the Government is informing the ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of the Business Events Grants Program – making sure we’ve got the balance of support right between business event owners and business event participants. While this work in underway, we encourage all business events businesses – whether owners, delegates or exhibitors to engage with the program to ensure we can get the maximum revenue flowing through the entire supply chain as soon as possible.


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  • Border uncertainty threatening the survival of Australia’s business events industry

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    One month in to 2021 and the business events industry continues to face uncertainty, severe limitations and restrictions compromising its pathway to recovery and survival.

    Throughout 2020, the industry invested heavily in preparing its businesses to deliver COVID Safe events in terms of protocols, training and infrastructure and has demonstrated its ability to do so safely and effectively.


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  • Industry welcomes commencement of Government’s $50m Business Events Grant Program

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    BECA has welcomed the commencement of the Government’s $50 million Business Events Grants Program which was announced by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and portfolio ministers in September 2020.

    As a first phase Austrade has opened an EOI process to business event owners to establish a Schedule of Approved Business Events. BECA has urged business event owners across Australia to submit EOIs by 30 November to ensure their events can be considered for the Schedule when phase two of the grants Program opens in mid-December.


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  • BECA survey reveals industry confidence levels for 2021

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    In light of the $50 million commitment to the business events industry by the federal government, BECA conducted a short survey of Australian business event owners and organisers to better understand barriers and confirm levels of confidence across 2021.


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

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    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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