24/12/2009 - 14:21

Perth Convention Bureau delivers $55m

24/12/2009 - 14:21

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The body responsible for securing business events for Perth and Western Australia since 1972 has delivered $55 million to the state economy in the first six months of the financial year.

The body responsible for securing business events for Perth and Western Australia since 1972 has delivered $55 million to the state economy in the first six months of the financial year.

The Perth Convention Bureau has already achieved 67 per cent of its annual target of $81 million for the state in the 2009-2010 financial year.

The Bureau is confident of securing this level convention and incentive travel business for the benefit of the state, although next year's annual target will be significantly larger.

Perth Convention Bureau managing director, Christine McLean previously told WA Business News her organisation was continually chasing business.

"Our target this year is a 27 per cent increase over last year's target," Ms McLean said.

"Last year was $64 million worth of business, this year our target is $81 million and in two years' time it'll be at $107 million."

A total of 54 national and international conventions and 11 corporate and incentive travel groups, collectively representing an estimated 27,574 delegates, have confirmed their business for Western Australia so far this financial year.

At the same time last year PCB had been secured 48 conventions and incentive groups representing an estimated 21,090 delegates and $36 million.

"The recent decision by the state government to remove restrictions on PCB funding acknowledges the importance of the 'smaller but still significant' business events to the economy and will boost our efforts to maintain market share in an increasingly aggressive marketplace," Ms Mclean said.

"Perth hosting the CHOGM in 2011 would also provide a significant boost to the state's international profile as a business events destination."


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CONVENTION BUREAU DELIVERS $55 MILLION CHRISTMAS BONUS FOR WA

The Perth Convention Bureau has delivered a $55 million Christmas 'present' for the Western Australian economy.

That's the value of convention and incentive travel business secured by the Bureau in the first six months of the financial year.

Bureau Managing Director Christine McLean said the impressive results validated Western Australia's growing reputation as a destination that delivers world class conferences and events.

"The global convention market has proven to be resilient in times of crisis and our results suggest that international and national organisations have every confidence in WA being able to deliver a highly successful conference attracting strong delegate numbers." she added.

The Bureau has already achieved $55 million worth of business or 67 per cent of its annual target of $81 million for the State in the 2009-2010 financial year.

This means that a total of 54 national and international conventions and 11 corporate and incentive travel groups, collectively representing an estimated 27,574 delegates, have confirmed their business for Western Australia.

At the same time last year, the Bureau had secured 48 conventions and incentive groups representing an estimated 21,090 delegates and $36 million.

"The recent decision by the State Government to remove restrictions on PCB funding acknowledges the importance of the 'smaller but still significant' business events to the economy and will boost our efforts to maintain market share in an increasingly aggressive marketplace." Ms Mclean said

She added that "Perth hosting the CHOGM in 2011 would also provide a significant boost to the State's international profile as a business events destination."

The Bureau has been responsible for securing business events for Perth and Western Australia since 1972.

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