Western Australian business events have received a much-needed shot in the arm, with Business Events Perth announcing a limited six-month extension of its Event Here Now fund.
Through the fund, business event organisers planning a new business event for WA can apply for sponsorship of up to $15 a delegate, to a maximum of $10,000, for new in-person events.
Business Events Perth CEO Gareth Martin said feedback on the Event Here Now initiative, since it launched in August 2020, had been overwhelmingly positive, and it was important to continue to support the local industry.
“The purpose of this initiative was to support the recovery of the Western Australian business events industry after major disruption to the sector caused by the global pandemic,” he said.
“So far, Business Events Perth has supported 202 state-based events through the Event Here Now initiative, and clients have told us that without this sponsorship, their events would not have been able to proceed with certainty, if at all, so we are thrilled to have made a difference.
“While there are positive signs for the local industry, with the lifting of local venue capacity restrictions, we’re aware that the transition ahead will be challenging, so we’re extending our support to the end of this year.”
Eligible events include conferences, exhibitions or tradeshows, workshops and seminars, as well as corporate meetings and incentive group events with a business event program.
Western Australian Tourism Minister David Templeman welcomed the extension, stating the funding provided to Business Events Perth by the state government supported the local industry and the long supply chain of jobs associated with business events.
“We all love to meet in-person, and it is encouraging that Western Australians have returned to business events with enthusiasm,” he said.
“Business Events Perth has supported events all over Western Australia, from Kununurra to Albany, that have brought more than 100,000 delegates together to meet, connect and collaborate.
“This is a great result for our state’s business events sector, which supports thousands of jobs across a range of local businesses, big and small, and shows that the appetite for events and meeting in-person is strong in Western Australia.”
Event Here Now sponsorship is valid only for new business event bookings to be held in Western Australia prior to 31 December 2021. The total funding support is determined by the event duration and number of delegates attending the event in-person.