20/01/2011 - 09:04

PCB to secure $100m in business events

20/01/2011 - 09:04

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The state government says $52 million will be injected into the local economy by business visitors over the next five years, with the Perth Convention Bureau on track to secure over $100 million in business events during the 2010-2011 financial year.

PCB to secure $100m in business events

The state government says $52 million will be injected into the local economy by business visitors over the next five years, with the Perth Convention Bureau on track to secure over $100 million in business events during the 2010-2011 financial year.

In the first six months of FY11, the bureau has secured 51 national and international conventions, and 24 incentive travel groups, drawing more than 27,600 delegates to Western Australia.

Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the performance reflected the importance of the business events sector to the state's tourism revenues

"The growth of this sector is particularly welcomed at a time when other areas of tourism right across Australia are being challenged by factors such as the very strong Australian dollar and intense competition from low cost airfares to overseas destinations," Dr Hames said in a statement released today.

Dr Hames said the successful bid to secure international gas conference LNG18 for Perth in 2016, which has the potential to draw over 5,000 delegates, had provided a substantial boost to the bureau's half-year results.

"This conference alone is expected to deliver a $10million plus boost for the economy," he said.

"The business events' sector has been performing strongly for the past four years which can be attributed to the bureau's success in focusing on securing conferences that match the State's areas of excellence in the medical, mining and resources, education, technology and marine industries."

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