31/07/2020 - 15:30

WA to host marine mammal event

31/07/2020 - 15:30

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Perth has secured the rights to host the world’s largest marine mammal conference, ahead of competing bids from China and Singapore.

WA to host marine mammal event
Paul Papalia says Western Australia offers incredible marine experiences. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Perth has secured the rights to host the world’s largest marine mammal conference, ahead of competing bids from China and Singapore.

The 25th Biennial Conference on Biology of Marine Mammals is expected to generate $10 million into the local economy, attracting more than 2,000 delegates to Western Australia over an eight-day period.

The conference is being hosted by the Society for Marine Mammals and supported by Business Events Perth and Tourism Australia.

Business Events chief executive Gareth Martin said the news came at crucial time for the events industry, which had been adversely impacted by COVID-19.

“We are proud to secure such a high-profile event for the state, and regional Western Australia will also benefit with many delegates dispersing to our regions to experience our marine mammals firsthand,” he said.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said WA offered incredible marine experiences.

“We are delighted to welcome the international scientific community to Perth for the conference and to the various marine hotspots around the state for a first-hand look at our remarkable marine environment,” he said.

Federal Minister for Tourism Simon Birmingham agreed WA’s spectacular and unspoilt marine environments made it an ideal host.

He said the event, which is being held in December 2023, would require significant planning.

“We are not only looking to the long-term recovery of our tourism industry but ensuring Australia is kept front of mind for decision makers as a world-class events destination,” he said.

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