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Meetings draw $700m to WA

WA’s meetings and exhibitions sector is worth more than $700 million annually to the state economy, the Bur-eau of Tourism Re-search has found.

This figure is almost three times that of a study undertaken by the Association of Aust-ralian Convention Bur-eaux in 1994 that valued WA’s meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions sector at $276 million.

The BTR research reveals WA has a 10 per cent share of Austra-lia’s $7,000 million meetings and exhibitions industry.

The sector employs 85,000 people nationwide – one per cent of the workforce.

Perth Convention Bureau director Anne-Maree Ferguson said the study confirmed what the bureau had long thought – the industry contributed more to the WA economy than previously estimated.

“It is particularly pleasing news for the WA Government, coming at a time when it has committed $100 million towards the development of a dedicated convention and exhibition centre for Perth,” Ms Ferguson said.

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